Course Title: Professional Practice Advanced Seminars

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Practice Advanced Seminars

Credit Points: 24


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

VART2965

City Campus

Postgraduate

340H Art

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012

VART2965

City Campus

Postgraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

VART2966

Hong Kong Arts Centre

Postgraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Offsh1 12,
Offsh3 12,
Offsh1 13,
Offsh3 13,
Offsh1 14,
Offsh3 14,
Offsh1 15,
Offsh3 15,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh3 16,
Offsh1 17,
Offsh3 17

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dominic Redfern - Melbourne Rhett D'Costa - Hong Kong

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2022 99252710

Course Coordinator Email: dominic.redfern@rmit.edu.au rhett.dcosta@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 4.2.9 and 2.2.09

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment.


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

In this course you will critically engage with professional art practice in the context of current discourse and cultural production. Drawing on expertise from arts industry professionals including practicing artists, curators, gallerists (including public, commercial and artist-run initiatives), theorists, critics and gallery administrators, this Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience may consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials, student presentations, studio visits and field trips. This course examines various spheres of contemporary art and your evolving relationship to professional art practice.

The course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience. Drawing on expertise from arts industry professionals including practicing artists, curators, gallerists (including public, commercial and artist-run initiatives), theorists, critics and gallery administrators, this WIL experience may consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials, student presentations, studio visits and field trips.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
• Analyse and evaluate global, social, cultural, environmental and historical contexts that may inform your art practice.
• Research, analyse and synthesise information and select appropriate methods and resources within your art practice.
• Engage in discourse and scholarship that is globally informed, culturally and socially aware, ethical and respecting of difference and diversity.
• Engage in autonomous and continuous learning concerning new developments in artistic production and associated discourses.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Critically and reflectively evaluate your creative practice in relation to pertinent issues raised during the seminars
• Apply new professional understandings of art practice with creativity and initiative
• Participate in a critical dialogue about your creative practice
• Develop an advanced body of knowledge with reference to cultural, social and political spheres of the contemporary art sector


Overview of Learning Activities

 

  • The course engages teacher guided, learner directed and peer to peer learning in a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) environment. The learning activities may include:
    • Field trips
    • Lectures
    • Seminars
    • Discussion groups
    • Studio visits
    • Audio/Visual material
    • Presentations
    • Workshops


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
The University Library has extensive resources for art students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies. The Library provides guides on academic referencing: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.
 

If you are studying in Melbourne the following resources are available:
RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources to engage in this course. You will have access to a wide range of online and hardcopy resources through RMIT University Library and recorded lectures (Lectopia). The program has a Learning Repository of Appropriate Durable Records (ADRs) from graduating students, which current students can access. You will be expected to access additional reference material as appropriate to your research. RMIT University is in close proximity to a broad range of galleries and cultural venues, which will form part of your self directed research.

If you are studying in Hong Kong the following resources are available:
Seminar Sessions will be undertaken at appropriate venues through the Hong Kong Art School. You will have access to a wide range of online resources through RMIT University Library and recorded lectures (Lectopia). Computer and library resources are available through the Hong Kong Art Center. The program also has a Learning Repository of Appropriate Durable Records (ADRs) from graduating students, which current students can access. You will be expected to access additional reference material as appropriate to your research. Hong Kong has a broad range of galleries and cultural venues such as Asia Art Archive, commercial and artists run galleries and museums which will form part of your self directed research.


Overview of Assessment

The Professional Practice Advanced Seminars will be assessed through three tasks that critically explore diverse ideas operative within contemporary art practice. Primarily this will be a research essay (50%: 1500-2000 words) and two tasks that ask you to critically reflect on course material and seminar presentations. These may take the form of panel presentations, reviews, and written proposals for grants, exhibitions or residencies.
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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment