Course Title: Painting Studio 2A2 Contemporary Concepts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Painting Studio 2A2 Contemporary Concepts

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Hong Kong Arts Centre


340H Art


Offsh 1 10,
Offsh 1 11,
Offsh1 12,
Offsh1 13

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Peter Ellis

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2838

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Building 2, Level C, Room 9

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is for Fine Art Students from BP201 only.  Successful completion of painting studio 1B2 or equivalent 

Course Description

This course provides an introductory exploration of ideas that inform contemporary Arts Practice.
This studio-based course will enable you to develop individually realised works within the framework of contemporary ideas.
Through individual research strategies, you will develop a strong conceptual basis for your personal expression.  Using a variety of media and processes students will develop  awareness and understanding of how broad social and cultural perspectives can be reflected in a personal contemporary art practice.
This course is a Work Integrated Learning course (WIL).  The key feature of WIL courses is that learning experiences simulate the working life of professional practitioners.  As such this course introduces you to a research based approach to painting and its related practices by working as a practicing artist in a studio based learning context.
Investigation may include: the body in art, contemporary abstraction, text, language and narrative, time based practices, the environment, gender, political and cultural identity, the personal and the social, idiosyncratic art, appropriation strategies , new art from old, popular culture, the outsider, art Brut and self initiated projects.
Studio based exploration of various contemporary concepts and issues in art practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

  At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Development a  practical and intellectual basis for articulating formal, conceptual and aesthetic concerns as they relate to fine art practice at a year 2 level
  • Initiate research based work practices that lead to a personal direction within a contemporary Fine Art context
  • Apply an experimental methodology using processes and materials relevant to producing a variety of preliminary and support work which lead to finished, resolved works
  • Produce resolved works that show an understanding of the conceptual issues studied in this course
  • Critique your own work and working process and the work of others in relation to professional artistic standards
  • Be able to demonstrate an ability to analyze and be verbally articulate in critique sessions and group tutorials
  • Identify issues that relate to professional practice and health and safety in the art industry

Overview of Learning Activities

The studio based approach to learning in this course will provide opportunities for you to work with industry professionals whilst engaging in real problem solving painting experiences. Problem solving projects will be devised by your lecturer and implemented and finalized in the form of your own art works. You will receive feedback from your peers, practicing artists and others in the arts industry through a variety of consultations, tutorials, critiques and reviews.
Focus will be on your individual responses to perceived core issues and methodologies that relate to contemporary art practice.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources may include studios, workshops, computer labs, online resources, field trips, gallery visits and access to the RMIT library.

Overview of Assessment

The work resulting from your studio practice will be presented for assessment at the end of semester in the form of a folio.  Your folio should clearly demonstrate the learning objectives of this course and may comprise drawings, sketches, maquettes, photographs, digital works, books, paintings, videos and journals which reflect your visual, conceptual and technical research.  This folio will be assessed by professional artists and art industry experts to the level of second year standards. 
The folio should reflect your involvement in consistent, dedicated research and production of artworks over the semester and will include works produced in lecturer guided hours and student independent, research time.