Course Title: Major Project A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Major Project A

Credit Points: 24


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

VART2973

City Campus

Postgraduate

340H Art

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012

VART2973

City Campus

Postgraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

VART2974

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

Completion of Self Directed Projects A and Self Directed Projects B and Professional Practice Advanced Seminars
AND
Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, Major Project Proposal Development.


Course Description

In this course you will begin to consolidate your self-directed studio practice through the development of a major project in consultation with your academic advisor. The major project comprises a series of focused investigations that define your research aims and objectives, methodologies and the critical context for your work. This will be achieved through self-directed studio practice, individual advisor meetings, cross-disciplinary group tutorials, peer to peer learning, lectures, discussion groups, visiting artist presentations and the research and annotation of your projects.


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.
• 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:
• Plan and execute a substantial studio-based research project through a series of focussed investigations evident in developing and resolved artworks
• Innovate within studio based practice and independent research
• Critically and reflectively evaluate creative outcomes in relation to appropriate theoretical, conceptual and contemporary art discourse
• Justify your conceptual ideas and research in relation to the use of materials, technologies and methods of production
• 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 practice and 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 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 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. 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.www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment 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

Major Project A will be presented for assessment in the form of a digital folio that contains appropriate documentation of the projects and an accompanying report. The folio should clearly demonstrate the course and program learning outcomes for this course. Major Project A will be assessed and moderated by a panel of academic staff on the MFA Program. The report should be a succinct and chronological annotation of a series of focussed investigations that engage your research project, key methodologies and the critical context for your work.

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.

Use the form: Application for extension of time for submission of assessable work to apply for an extension of seven or fewer days from the original due date for submission of assignments, projects, or essays. This form can be lodged electronically (emailed to your Offering Coordinator) no later than one working day before the original submission due date.


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