Course Title: Public Art Projects

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Public Art Projects

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Martine Corompt

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2955

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 2.3.9

Course Coordinator Availability: Via email Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces the practice of art in public spaces. You will explore a range of works created outside the gallery or domestic environment including sculpture, light works, street installation, public painting, performative, social or relational works, virtual projects and art integrated within landscape and the built environment. You will review and critique the role of these works in contributing to ideas of public space. Your investigation and reflections will inform how your work will develop and move into public spaces and inform the development of your projects about and for public space. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This is a university elective so does not require program learning outcomes.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Create a range of artworks and proposals for artworks that explore notions of public space.
  2. Critically reflect on the role of contemporary public art within a variety of contexts.
  3. Review and analyse creative practitioners and theories in relation to public art locally and globally.
  4. Apply technical and production knowledge when making works in the public realm, including occupational, health and safety measures.  

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will engage with public space as a site of exploration, practice and presentation. It is studio based which means your learning is activated through experimenting, exploring, testing, envisioning, observing, and playing with a range of materials and art making processes and methods in a blended online and studio environment to develop you as an art practitioner. 

You will engage in a range of learning activities such as making works, experimenting with materials, practice based research, workshops, presentations, demonstrations, lectorials and site visits, reflective writing, group discussions, consultations on your studio work and technical occupational health and safety demonstrations. 

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff and peers through a variety of consultations and tutorials. This feedback will help you to track how your learning is progressing against the specified learning outcomes for this course. In classes you will engage in critical reflection and reviews. 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including studio and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment specific to your studio area. A selected range of supplies are available, as well as support from technical staff. You will also have access to a wide range of online and hardcopy resources through RMIT University Library.
RMIT University is in close proximity to a broad range of galleries and cultural venues which you will be expected to visit as part of your course. Professional studio specific workshops, labs and suppliers are also readily accessible.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program learning outcomes. The work resulting from your studio practice will be presented for assessment. It may consist of a range of works and/or presentation that either respond to a project outline or are self-directed and will be assessed by academic staff. 

Assessment Tasks: 

Project 1: Identifying and Situating your practice 20% LO 2,3 

Project 2: Context is half the work 30% LO 1,2,4 

Project 3: RMIT Next | Reframing the future 50% LO 1,2,3,4 

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: