Course Title: Theories and Professional Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Theories and Professional Practice 2

Credit Points: 24


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


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 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Assoc Prof Keely Macarow

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4959

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 50 Lev 2

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed VART3422 Theories and Professional Practice 1 before you commence this course.

Course Description

This course will build on and extend your understanding of theories and professional practice established in Theories and Professional Practice 1. It is delivered through the class Tools for Creative Action and Critical Frameworks. In Tools for Creative Action you will focus on developing the practical and theoretical requirements for successfully undertaking art projects in public space. You will focus on developing skills in creating a personal artist profile as an artist package and preparing submissions for public art commissions. You will do this within the framework of critical analysis and reflection on the practice of art in public in an Australian and international context. In Critical Frameworks you will explore and locate yourself with the theoretical critical frameworks of contemporary art practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Locate your practice within a contemporary context of art in public space.
  • Produce grant submissions, documentation and project proposals to professional and industry standards
  • Present your practice in a professional manner to a range of stakeholders
  • Develop advanced skills to integrate practice within a specific theoretical context
  • Critically analyse and reflect on the complexity of contemporary practice both in an Australian and international context
  • Critically discuss the social, theoretical, cultural issues and ideas that influence your body of work or practice

Program Learning Outcomes
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
  • Test, experiment and explore real and conceptual issues and develop key project management skills through innovative public practice and engagement with international and local industry
  • Critically examine global, social, cultural, environmental, and historical knowledge and contexts that inform public art practice
  • Research, analyse and synthesise information and select methods and resources to develop communication and work ready skills appropriate to the public art field
  • Engage in autonomous and collaborative continuous learning concerning new developments in cultural/artistic production and associated discourses in art in public spaces
  • Create and manage a safe, sustainable and effective project environment within public space both independently and with your peers

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
Develop a professional project with partners and collaborators
Prepare a business and financial plan for Art in Public Space projects
Effectively communicate your ideas in a range of contexts
Explain the complexities of contemporary practice both in an Australian and international context
Work within an historical, theoretical and ethical context
Apply skills of analysis, reflection and critical thinking at a Graduate Diploma level.

Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of learning activities are used primarily throughout the course including lectures, seminars, tutorials, guided reading, presentations and discussion and developed through practical application and 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 &

The Library provides guides on academic 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 is based on drafting and developing the following items - concise biography, artist or project statement, Curriculum Vitae, identification of images that demonstrate your practice delivered in the form of presentation, web presence and support package. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Through these tasks you will develop skills in analysis, documentation and project delivery.

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: