Indigenous Art, Protocols and Practice

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Indigenous Art, Protocols and Practice

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Art, Indigenous Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This course requires additional faculty approval and student must be studying a art or film study related program

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course aims to give students a foundation in some of the vitally important issues that face Indigenous people and offers frameworks for practice when engaging in creative projects/collaborations that involve Indigenous content.

    Course Introduction
    This course, 2901QCA Indigenous Art, Protocols and Practices, aims to help students develop a sound knowledge of and ethical standards for working with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people, communities, and organisations. It draws on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander guest lecturers to introduce topics and issues important for making art which learns from, and maintains appropriate respect for the culture of the original inhabitants of Australia.

    Students are required to demonstrate their understanding of these issues by visually analysing instances of the misuse of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 An appreciation of the broadness and richness of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture;
    2 A sound understanding of why 'protocols' are important for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture;
    3 A critical awareness of how Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture has often been misused in our society;
    4 An ability to approach intercultural projects in a well thought out, sensitive, and productive manner;
    5 An ability to use creativity as a form of cultural diplomacy to benefit other people and promote better understanding between cultures.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.