FINA102-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Communities of Practice

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


An introduction to communities of practice within the contemporary arts world.

FINA102 (SEM 1), Communities of Practice, provides students with the necessary critical language and contextual insight for them to reflect on their studio based programme and its place in the broader fine arts world. During this course, students will be taken to highly regarded art, design and multi-media studios, art galleries and cultural institutions to provide ‘real world’ models of how the visual arts are discussed, contextualized and disseminated.

Learning Outcomes

  • The student who passes FINA102 will:
  • Exhibit a basic understanding of the broad theoretical and operational roles of different types of art institutions and their mandates within the creative industries.
  • Be able to identify and reflect on different communities of practice and be able to select and apply known solutions to familiar and unfamiliar problems surrounding them.
  • Have begun to develop a broad understanding around critical language/vocabulary within the visual culture.
  • Have begun to demonstrate with broad guidance critical and reflective writing and thinking skills.
  • Develop and demonstrate rudimentary skills in class engagement in the contribution of constructive discussions that reflect critically on contemporary practice in the arts.
  • Evidence an understanding of and sensitivity towards the cultural contexts in which artists make   and display work within Aotearoa New Zealand.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Head of School. Entry to this course is limited.


Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Course links

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $994.00

International fee $4,566.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 85

For further information see Humanities .

All FINA102 Occurrences

  • FINA102-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023