Course Title: Self Directed Projects A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Self Directed Projects A

Credit Points: 24


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

VART2969

City Campus

Postgraduate

340H Art

Distance / Correspondence

Sem 2 2012

VART2969

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

VART2969

City Campus

Postgraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

VART2970

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 undertake a number of self directed studio based projects in consultation with an academic advisor, in order to explore and extend conceptual and material methods of approach within your art practice. You will actively research theoretical, conceptual and contemporary art discourse as appropriate to your developing research interests. You will engage in peer to peer dialogue and develop an ability to critically and reflectively evaluate creative outcomes.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Engage in self directed studio based learning and independent research to develop and locate your individual art practice and research focus within appropriate contemporary, conceptual and theoretical contexts.
  • Test, experiment and explore formal and conceptual issues through individual studio practice.
  • Analyse and evaluate global, social, cultural, environmental and historical contexts that may inform your art practice.


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

  • Test, experiment and explore formal and conceptual issues through studio practice
  • Innovate within studio based practice and independent research
  • Link your conceptual ideas and research to the use of materials, technologies and methods of production
  • Critically and reflectively evaluate creative outcomes in relation to appropriate contemporary, theoretical and conceptual contexts
  • Demonstrate how a critical dialogue about your artwork with academic staff and your peers is informing your creative works.
  • Engage with, persist and sustain your studio practiceand demonstrate this through appropriate documentation of your creative processes and outcomes.


Overview of Learning Activities

The course engages teacher guided, learner directed, and peer to peer learning. The learning activities may include:

  • Individual advisor meetings and tutorials
  • Self-directed studio based practice and independent research
  • Cross-disciplinary group tutorials
  • Lectures and workshops
  • Discussion groups
  • Peer to peer learning
  • Visiting artist presentations
  • The research and annotation of your studio practice

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  program and course level outcomes.


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, including studio facilities, equipment hire and support from technical staff. You will also have access to a wide range of online and hardcopy resources through RMIT University Library. 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. 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

Self Directed Projects A has 3 assessment tasks:
1. Reflective feedback report due in week 6 of the semester
2. A digital folio that contains appropriate documentation of the projects due at the end of semester
3. An accompanying methodology report due at the end of semester
The reflective feedback report is a succinct analysis of your experimental projects in relation to independent research, peer to peer learning and advisor feedback.
The digital folio demonstrates how your studio based practice is developing in relation to appropriate theoretical, conceptual and contemporary art discourse.
The methodology report is a chronological evaluation of projects that demonstrates how a period of studio experimentation has extended conceptual and practical methods of approach within your art practice. It should reflect upon the feedback and knowledge gained through group tutorials, individual tutorials and lectures.
Self Directed Projects A will be assessed and moderated by a panel of academic staff on the MFA Program. 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