Course Title: Fine Art Professional Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fine Art Professional Practice

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008


Hong Kong Arts Centre


340H Art


Offsh 2 09,
Offsh 1 10,
Offsh 3 11,
Offsh3 12,
Offsh3 15,
Offsh3 16,
Offsh3 17

Course Coordinator: Rhett D'Costa, Program Manager, Hong Kong BA

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2710

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Fine Art Professional Practice is offered as a University Elective course for final year students in BP201 programme in Hong Kong.

Course Description

The aim of this course  is to provide third year fine art students with an overview of the professional practice skills required for an emerging artist. There is an emphasis on making students awareness of the professional aspects of being an artist both in relation to the local arts community and the wider global arts community. The course is designed to assist graduating student/artists to understand the current cultural community in which they are planning to be an active part of and contribute to.

This course is lecture based and will cover practical and theoretical issues relevant to  a Fine Art contemporary professional practice. The course may include a guest lectures program where speakers will be invited to lecture followed by class discussions relating to the relevant themes discussed. The lectures will provide for a wider discussion and awareness of historical and social contexts which influence Fine Art professional practice today. The course is deliberately practical, aiming to engage issues relating directly to the exhibiting of artworks in a range of public exhibition contexts.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Development
This course allows you to gain the capabilities related to:

  • critical reflection and reflective arts practice, in order to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed and improved by arts practice
  • the development of a  practical and intellectual basis for articulating formal, conceptual and aesthetic concerns as they relate to fine art practice

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

  • Identify issues that relate to a Fine Art professional practice in the art industry, both from a local and global perspective.
  •  develop a language and models with which to approach your emerging arts practice professionally and as an arts business.

Overview of Learning Activities

learning activities may include:

  • management of a project, both financial and legal, as it relates to artists
  •  developing general business skills and knowledge to survive  as a contemprary artist in Hong Kong.
  • exposing you to agencies available to artists beyond the HKAC and RMIT.
  • proposal writing in order to exhibit the skills necessary to conceive, plan and carry out an exhibiting practice.
  • the importance of peer groups and networking.
  • how to continue to research and develop your practice away from the support of an art school.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be provided with a resource hand-book containing references and directions to additional texts and online resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will be based on the construction and completion of an exhibition or work proposal, such as a gallery application or grant proposal.