Art Production (TASC lvl3)

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Art Production (TASC Level 3) - An Introduction

This course is designed to help students who want to combine practical work with analysis and criticism of art. Students will become familiar with current trends in art and this will help their work devlop in relation to the local, national and global context.

Art Production. TQA 3, 2012, p.2.

TASC. Art Production. Level 3, ART315117, 2021.

Course content can be accessed here.

This subject guide will help you to locate the resources you will find particularly useful when commencing your studies in this area. Here is the best place to find books, information about databases and a guide to appropriate websites.

Library Resources
AV Resources

Library Resources

The Library catalogue is a powerful searching tool. Use a basic keyword search to get quickly to the resources you will find on the shelves.

In a highly visual subject such as art you are often looking for that "something" that will give you an idea or set you off on your own path of discovery. While not the most efficient way for carrying-out research, under many circumstances browsing the shelves may bring you the results that you want. The following Dewey Numbers will help if this is the case.

Dewey Numbers

701 Philosophy and theory of fine and decorative arts

709 History of art

720 Architecture

730 Sculpture

738 Ceramics

741 Drawing

741.6 Graphic design

751.73 Graffiti and street art

759 Paintings - Historical (includes schools and styles)

759.13 Painting, American

759.2 Painting, British Isles

759.3 Painting, German

759.4 Painting, French

759.5 Painting, Italian

759.95 Painting, Asia

759.994 Painting, Australia

Contemporary Art on the Library shelves

For analysis and criticism you should refer the books on contemporary art for material on current trends and movements. This is just a small selection of books you can find in this area.

Folio Books

Folio books refer to books that are too large, too big, or indeed just to heavy to fit on the Library's normal non-fiction shelves. You will find this collection of books under the magazine shelves. Some of the highlights are from the publisher Taschen and include:

Or it may come in one large and heavy box:

Reference Material

Reference material can include dictionaries, encyclopedia, yearbooks and almanacs. Reference material can be a way to determine basic information about a new or unfamiliar topic.

General reference:

Encyclopaedia Britannica
The World Book
Online encyclopedia

You can also use Britannica Online via the database menu on the Library website. You will need your user name and password to log on.

Some of the Art reference books on our shelves:


The Library houses the following magazines on our shelves:

AV Resources

The Library has a wide range of AV material on DVD and as digital movies that can be located by searching on the Library catalogue. Please ask in the AV office for extended help.


Be careful what you download and use from the Internet.

Before using information from a web address ensure you are looking at a publication from a legitimate source. Material from the Internet often does not acknowledge the author or creator, does not cite references or footnotes, or include any type of bibliography or reference list. Use this type of material with caution. As part of your research process you need to sort out the reliable sources from the less trustworthy sites.

For further information read the Library Fact Sheet Evaluating Information from the Web.

Referencing advice: The TASC and your teachers at St Patrick's College expect you to present your work with citations and a reference list in the Harvard (author/date) format. Go to the Library's Referencing Guidelines for extended help in this area. The Library staff are always happy to help you with any queries you may have in regard to referencing requirements for any research you are undertaking.

Visual art students should also refer to the RMIT Harvard Referencing Easy Cite tool for more information about referencing images. If you are lucky enough to visit the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart there are additional guidelines you will be required to use when referencing material from their O-device. Please ask at the Library or your teacher for help.

Investigation Projects (IPs): When undertaking any investigation project, independent study, research or book review you must allow yourself enough time to search for and locate the material you need. To help you a booking sheet is kept at the Library desk where you may book an individual time with one of the Library staff when commencing any research in the Visual Arts.

Faculty resources: All material purchased for teachers in the Visual Arts is also available for student use if it is not required by teachers. Many of these resources are inter-shelved with the Library material and may be found using the Library catalogue.