Course Title: Research in creative practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research in creative practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.  

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This course is delivered in BA (Fine Arts) (Honours) & BA (Photography) (Honours)


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Nikos Pantazopoulos (Art) & Kelly Hussey-Smith (Photo)

Course Coordinator Phone: Please email

Course Coordinator Email:;

Course Coordinator Location: Building 6, Level 3

Course Coordinator Availability: Via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the concept of research as creative practice and is undertaken in conjunction with Cultures and Contexts (VART3019) and Honours Studio 1 (VART3021). You will develop an understanding of creative research methods—primarily that of ‘praxis’—whereby theory and practice come together to inform your creative outcomes.

You will develop the skills to critically reflect on your own work in relation to fields of contemporary creative practice and theory, developing your independent judgement and capacity to articulate a cohesive argument/rationale for your creative decisions. Through the exploration of critical debates and multiple perspectives, you will identify key examples of creative practice relevant to your project.

Through the semester, you will define, devise, and commence a significant creative project to complete within a research framework and record and describe via an exegesis. Ultimately, this course will equip you with the skills and methods necessary to base your creative enquiry within the concept of praxis and produce robust academic or professional creative outcomes.

If you are enrolled in this course as a component of your Bachelor Honours Program, your overall mark will contribute to the calculation of the weighted average mark (WAM).   See the WAM information web page for more information. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) (Hons)

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge to undertake and initiate independent research as an integral part of your professional and artistic development and communicate research outcomes to a variety of audiences.
  • Build a body of knowledge that articulates the conceptual and artistic character of art practice in written and spoken communication.

Bachelor of Photography (Hons)

  • Apply independent research and advanced practical knowledge in the innovative production of a folio to communicate research outcomes to a variety of audiences.
  • Critically analyse and reflect on your photography practice to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed and improved by professional photographic practice.
  • Construct a proactive and critically relevant career as a member of the photographic industries as an active participant and in preparation for further study.
  • Work autonomously, and with others to apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in photo- graphic technology and image analysis.
  • Develop and implement a vision and philosophy of photographic practice through global, social, cultural, environmental and historical knowledge and contexts to contribute to the positive development of culture.

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

  1. Analyse and articulate the relationship between structured research and creative practice.
  2. Identify and apply resources and methods appropriate to conducting research within your discipline.
  3. Critically reflect on a range of theories, debates, and the work of other arts practitioners and professionals in relation to your creative practice.
  4. Design, conduct, and document a line of research inquiry within the context of contemporary creative practices and discourses.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online, or a mix of both.

You will engage with theories and methodologies of research as a way of defining and exploring your practice. Learning activities will introduce you to a range of strategies and methodologies for realising your projects.

The course is organised into a series of weekly lectures, workshops and tutorials designed to develop your awareness of research and how to implement this with your practice. Central to this is the role of exegetical writing in identifying your concepts and articulating how this informs your practice. The plan of an exegesis will be developed through lectures and workshops.

You will receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff and peers through a variety of consultations and tutorials and engage in critical reflection and reviews.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

You will have access to professional standard workshops and studio facilities, access to advanced production facilities and technical staff. Support resources and handouts will be available on Canvas and research support is available through RMIT Library.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) (Hons) Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 (25%)

Approximate words: 300 + graphics       

Contextual Mind-map

CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2 (35%)

Approximate words: 1,500

Annotated Bibliography

CLOs: 1, 2, 3


Assessment Task 3 (40%)

Approximate words: 1,500 to 2,000

Exegesis Structure Map and Methodology

CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Bachelor of Photography (Hons) Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 (25%)
Annotated bibliography
CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2 (25%)
Document Structure Map
CLOs: 1,2, 3

Assessment Task 3 (50%)
Exegesis Part 1.
CLOs: 1,2, 3, 4

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.