Course Title: Major Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Major Research Project

Credit Points: 36


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

VART3002

City Campus

Postgraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Maggie McCormick

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4959

Course Coordinator Email: maggie.mccormick@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 50 Level 2

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed Integrated Project 2 and Theories and Professional Practice 2 before you commence this course.


Course Description

As a capstone experience for the program, in this course you will finalise a major project and present it to external examiners in the form of documentation of your project through a Research Catalogue and public presentation at the Post Graduate Conference. The project may result as a work in public space or presented as a fully resolved concept (not necessarily implemented in practice). 


The course will culminate in you preparing a Research Catalogue and giving a public presentation that document the project’s research aims, objectives, questions, rationale, context, methodology and outcomes within a critical and theoretically informed framework. These outcomes will reflect a sustained research project that brings to fruition all prior learning and demonstrates an advanced body of knowledge appropriate to professional public art practice and further learning.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Finalise a substantial art in public space research project through the resolution of innovative creative practice that demonstrates new formations of knowledge
  • Demonstrate the integration of theory and practice through the resolution of your major research project
  • Critically and reflectively evaluate creative outcomes in relation to appropriate theoretical and conceptual discourse in the field of art ion public space.
  • Demonstrate through your practice an awareness of issues of sustainability in the creation of contemporary art in public space

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

  • Engage in self-directed learning and independent research with an emphasis on art in public space practice to develop an individual and collaborative art practice and locate practices within an appropriate conceptual and theoretical context
  • Communicate to a professional level the conceptual development of a body of work within the framework of contemporary public art practice
  • Produce a body of work that demonstrates a professional level of technical and conceptual excellence in a selected area (or areas) of contemporary public art practice.


Learning Outcomes above


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is undertaken through an independent project supported by academic advice, lectures, tutorials and guided reading.


A variety of learning activities are used primarily through lectures, seminars, tutorials, guided reading and discussion and developed through practical application in a major project assisted through academic advice.


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
Public Art http://rmit.libguides.com/artpostgraduate & http://rmit.libguides.com/profile.php?uid=1501
 

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment includes final proposal development, Research Catalogue (50%) and Public Presentation (50%). 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