Course Title: Research in creative practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research in creative practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof Mikala Dwyer & Dr Nikos Pantazopoulos (Fine Art) & Dr Ray Cook (Photography)

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3796-Art & 9925 1483-Photo

Course Coordinator Email: & &

Course Coordinator Location: Building 6, Level 3

Course Coordinator Availability: Via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

See the BH052 & BH125 Program Guides for Entry Requirements.

Course Description

This course provides a critical overview of the relationship between research and creative practice and is undertaken in conjunction with Cultures and Contexts and Honours Studio. You will develop an understanding of research methodologies, theories of practice and the strategies for making connections between concepts and ideas with reference to your own planned outcomes. The course aims to provide you with the skills and experience to enhance your ability to critically reflect on the contemporary field of practice and theory, and to present an informed argument in a scholarly way.

Through lectures, workshops and tutorials, your capacity for informed and independent judgment in critical fields pertinent to contemporary art or photography practice will assist you in your career as a professional practitioner or in postgraduate studies.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) (Honours):

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

Bachelor of Photography (Honours):

  • 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 reflect upon the relationship between structured research and creative practice
  2. Evaluate a range of research methodologies and their suitability for practice
  3. Critically reflect on a range of theories in relation to contemporary art practice
  4. Develop a range of strategies for realising practice-led research projects
  5. Identify research statements to guide your practice led research.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will engage with theories and methodologies of research as a way of defining and exploring your practice. You will engage in a range of learning activities that explore the relationship between research and practice, and be exposed 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 to implement this into 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 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 learning outcomes for this course. In classes you will engage in critical reflection and reviews.

Overview of Learning Resources

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.

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 through the following assignments:

Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) (Honours)

There are three assessment tasks for this course:

  1. A Research Framework (Methodology and Research Questions) (20%) LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
  2. A Literature Review (30%) LO1, LO3.
  3. An Exegesis Part I (Introduction, Methodology and 2 chapters) (50%) LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4


Bachelor of Photography (Honours)

There are three assessment tasks for this course

  1. Annotated bibliography 25% LO1, LO2, LO3,
  2. Document Structure Map 25% LO1, LO2, LO3
  3. Exegesis Part 1. 50% LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4


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.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:

Late submission or presentation of assessable work without an approved extension or special consideration will be penalised as follows:

Completed work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day

Work submitted after day 7 will not be assessed

Weekends and holiday periods are included in the calculation of the late penalty

How the penalty is calculated:

Example - Work is submitted 6 days late, incurring a penalty of 30% (6 x 5% = 30%).

The submission receives a result of 60 out of 100. 60 - 30% = 42.

The numerical result for that assessment submission is modified from 60 to 42.

The result of 42 is used to calculate the final grade for the course.