Course Title: Formal Systems 1a

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Formal Systems 1a

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010

Course Coordinator: Dominic Redfern

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2022

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Moving Image Technique 1 VART 1594
Video Art VART 1595 [optional but highly recommended]
NB there is no technology component to this course, technique is discussed but there is no instruction in the use of software or cameras.

Course Description

The integration of work based learning and academic learning, commonly referred to as Work Integrated learning (WIL), will allow you to solve authentic industry problems and address real issues faced within the arts industry.
This course offers you a model of moving-image practice that begins with the personal and then develops practical and conceptual methodologies to produce moving-image experiences for others. You are encouraged to value your own background, abilities and experiences as a source of raw material for your art practice. This method is presented as fundamental to a wide variety of arts practice and explored though approaches such as diaristic video making, the theory of bricolage and its application in moving image practice, appropriation, and video performance. You will learn to use a three-stage analysis method focussing on form, content and context to understand your own practice as well as the work of other artists. These two foundations of the course combine to help you develop moving image practices that are expansive and flexible. This course emphasises a rigorous approach to the relationship between technology, form and content and the cultivation of an individual sensibility.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Development
Upon completion of this course you will have developed the capabilities to address conceptual, perceptual, formal and aesthetic concerns using your personal life experience as the catalyst for your work. You will also develop your artistic production capabilities by critically reflecting on your own and the work of others.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
• Develop your art practice by recognising and cultivating departure points for art works from within the full range of your personal and cultural experience
• Articulate in written and oral form the history and language of moving image technologies and their impact upon arts practice
• Analyse and discuss audio/visual sequences for elements of form, content and context
• Create a range of moving image works
• Successfully execute and manage all stages of your production process.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will provide you with opportunities to receive industry feedback on your learning activities and assessment tasks from an experienced artist with an active arts practice.
Learning activities comprise lectures, screenings, peer-based learning in small groups, discussion forums and making works. You will be introduced to a range of concepts around the central themes of the course through formal lectures and discussions.

Overview of Learning Resources

Your classes will be held in the following specialist teaching spaces and you will have access to these rooms for making works outside of class time:

Media Arts computer Lab Rm 5.3.12
Media Arts Video Studio 7.3.12

As a media arts student you will be able to hire specialist equipment from our Media Arts Equipment Hire. You are also strongly encouraged to make use of the RMIT Library AV collection and the RMIT Library Book and Periodical Collection.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this area is based on the development of 3 solo projects and you will be expected to make works that respond to a project brief. Feedback will also be given to help you track how your learning is progressing against the specified learning outcomes and capabilities for this course.

Discussion, Presentations and Critique
Assessment in this area is based upon group discussion projects, and peer review sessions. This means writing, presenting and speaking about your own work and critiquing the work of other practitioners. Critiquing is an analytical process that helps you articulate the form, content and context of your own and others’ work and is an essential part of being a professional artist.