Course Title: Printmaking Chance and order 2A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Printmaking Chance and order 2A

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,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Richard Harding

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1035

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Bld 49.2.11

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are required to have studied at least one introductory undergraduate course in Printmaking, such as VART 1898, 1899, 1901, 1902 or equivalent. You should have basic technical knowledge of, and competence in, a range of printmaking processes such as relief, intaglio and digital, and the capacity to apply these skills to explorations of conceptual concerns.

Course Description

Through projects this course will encourage you to think critically about printmaking’s relationship to contemporary art practice. Aspects of random selection in both process and content will be investigated within the context of a formal visual language. The course aims to diversify the options for art practice and develop analytical thinking and articulation in visual perception.

Research in contemporary visual art practice is one of the primary aims of this course; self directed gallery/studio visits to relevant exhibitions and artists will form an integral part of your project development, as will individual tutorials.

You will further develop your technical skills with a view to produce a resolved body of work, and gain a greater understanding of safe handling of materials and processes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

It is expected that you will acquire a capacity to formulate and articulate a conceptual foundation for your practice, and to make appropriate decisions as to which mediums and presentation methods best translate your conceptual premise. You should begin to develop a capacity for identifying not only the strengths and possibilities, but also areas for improvement, in both your own and your fellow students’ art practice, and to be able to articulate these both verbally, and in written form. You should begin to develop and refine your technical skills in order to produce a resolved body of work, as well as develop an understanding of the possibilities offered by print media, and of its position within contemporary art practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning will essentially be studio based via individual and group tutorials and consultations. Students will also conduct individual visual research and be introduced to written and verbal means of articulating visual projects. Gallery/studio visits may also be incorporated within the course as relevant exhibitions arise.

Overview of Learning Resources

In addition to a modest, personal workstation, you have access to professional standard printmaking facilities, a selected range of supplies and equipment, and full time technical staff. RMIT is in close proximity to a broad range of Melbourne galleries and cultural venues, and professional printmaking workshops and suppliers are also readily accessible. All students have access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources, with the State Library being on RMIT’s doorstep.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is via folio submission, and is conducted by the lecturer and reviewed by the Studio Co-Ordinator. Details will be available through the lecturer prior to the time of assessment.
The final folio of work should demonstrate technical competence and a critical engagement with the set projects. Back up work should demonstrate both technical and conceptual experimentation, as well as engagement with contemporary art practice. Supporting, written documentation should clearly articulate the student’s intent and rationale.