Course Title: Public Art Projects

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Public Art Projects

Credit Points: 12


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

Course Coordinator: Fiona Hilary

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4959

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 50

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment (mobile phone)

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 street installation, public painting and sculpture, light works, performative 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

You will be assessed on your development of the following program capabilities in this course:
• acquire knowledge of creative practice and theory and their applications to fine art
• develop a critically reflective arts practice, in order to participate in a career as a participant of the cultural and creative industries
• engage in continued learning and independent practice, in response to developments in technology, culture and artistic production
• apply practical knowledge and a philosophy of fine art in which to base your professional practice or future study

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Design and create a range of artworks that explore notions of public space
• Critically reflect on the role of public art in contemporary sites
• Analyse the application of creative practice and theory in local and global public art works
• Apply occupational, health and safety measures when making works

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 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, gallery and site visits, reflective writing, group discussions, consultations on your studio work and 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.
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: