Course Title: Fine Art Study Tour

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fine Art Study Tour

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,

Course Coordinator: Dr Mark Edgoose, Dr Robin Kinston(New York)

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252225

Course Coordinator Email:,

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment (email)

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is an international study tour conducted in an intensive study period (up to two weeks depending on the destination) that will visit significant galleries, museums and cultural institutions in New York, Europe, Hong Kong or Bali. The tour to New York specifically focuses on the everyday cultural influences to art life in that city. The Hong Kong tour will visit the International Basel Art Fair while the tour to Europe has an emphasis on object based works including gold and silversmithing and ceramics in cities including London, Amsterdam and Munich. The Bali tour is run in conjunction with Jakarta Institute of The Arts (IKJ).
You will direct your own learning in each tour by identifying and investigating particular cultural, historical and contemporary aspects of the art-world in the city you visit. Your knowledge and personal meaning will be fostered through active engagement and reflection on experiential learning activities. Reflecting on the experiential aspects of your learning will help inform your own practice or interest in contemporary fine art.
All participants in any of the Fine Art study tours must enrol in this course. Please note that course enrolment fees or RMIT Training fees do not include tour costs. Refer to the Course Coordinator for details of your preferred tour including itinerary; travel and accommodation costs; tour costs and deadlines.
Prior to the departure of each tour there will be a series of meetings and administrative tasks to complete. Your full engagement is expected in these tasks.
Tours are usually conducted in early December (New York) or March (Europe and Hong Kong) or May (Bali)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• reflect on your own art practice or comprehension of art experiences in relation to the international museums, galleries and individual artists’ practice you visited
• identify and analyse the connections between social and cultural aspects and the art culture of the international destination
• critically observe artworks and be visually literate in relating technical, aesthetic and conceptual issues
• reflect on practical and theoretical concerns surrounding the art world in the international destination you visited

Overview of Learning Activities

Class meetings prior to departure
You will engage in face to face and online meetings specific to your selected study tour. These will include discussion of the itinerary and suggested cultural sites for group and individual investigation.
Activities during the tour
Each tour will visit a number of major museums, contemporary galleries, artists’ studios and attend talks delivered by specialists and authorities working in the arts industry.
You will use written journals and visual diaries to develop your self-awareness and ability to think critically about your experiences. You will also engage with your peers in critically reflective discussion of pertinent issues about your experience.
You will be required to keep a written journal that includes critical reflections and reviews and a visual diary that may include drawings, photographs, collections of materials etc that relate to your experiences.
Staff may suggest a bibliographic reading list as appropriate to your chosen destination and own art practice.
Activities after the tour
You will be required to create an artwork in response to your experiences and learning gained from the Bali tour.
Feedback will help you to track of how your learning is progressing against the specified learning outcomes for this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
Learning resources may vary due to your chosen destination and will be distributed during meetings and via email prior to departure.
While on tour you can expect to access lectures at public museums and commercial galleries, tours of cultural sites, discussions with curators, artists and peers groups.
The University Library has extensive resources for art students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course. Assessment may consist of a reflective written journal, visual diary, review of an artwork/ exhibition/cultural experience and a summation of your experience. For the Europe and Bali tour you will be required to create an artwork.
Your assessment submission will evidence your learning during and after the tour, reflecting on your experience and the tour’s relevance to your practice or understanding of your area of interest. The assessment tasks will enable you to record and summarize your experiences, contextualize your understanding of international museums, galleries and individual artist practice, develop your critical observation skills of art works and make connections between social, cultural and artistic aspects of your international destination.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: