Course Title: Skills and Methods

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Skills and Methods

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

VART3528

Hong Kong Arts Centre

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Offsh1 13,
Offsh1 14,
Offsh1 15,
Offsh1 16

VART3437

City Campus

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Greg Creek

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5386

Course Coordinator Email:greg.creek@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

Melbourne Campus
This course introduces you to material, conceptual and technical skills of art practice in Painting, Drawing and Media Arts. The course is based around a series of structured projects that engage collaborative ideas about creativity, self, identity, the nature of art practice and the critical relations of expression and objectivity within society. The objectives are to gain and employ skills that relate to use of materials, processes and conventions within your studio specialisation; to create a range of art works and related support material and to establish the means to analyse modes of practice and models of aesthetics and meaning. You will investigate traditional and alternative art making processes alongside new technologies and explore the possibilities of the different readings these modes create within a fine art practice.

Hong Kong Campus
This course introduces you to material, conceptual and technical skills of art practice in Painting. The course is based around a series of structured projects that engage collaborative ideas about creativity, self, identity, the nature of art practice and the critical relations of expression and objectivity within society. The objectives are to gain and employ skills that relate to use of materials, processes and conventions within your studio specialisation; to create a range of art works and related support material and to establish the means to analyse modes of practice and models of aesthetics and meaning. You will investigate traditional and alternative art making processes alongside new technologies and explore the possibilities of the different readings these modes create within a fine art practice.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • find creative solutions to constraints and challenges in a fine art context
  • effectively communicate via artistic production in a range of media and modes with awareness of and sensitivity to a range of local and global contexts and cultures
  • develop a critically reflective arts practice, in order to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed and improved by arts practice
  • develop individual and collaborative modes of working and apply skills in teamwork, leadership and self-management
     


Learning Outcomes

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

  • produce a range of artworks that respond to structured projects
  • identify and employ relevant skills, theories and methods in art making as a way of producing personal and social meaning
  • develop a body of artwork as visual research that translates ideas, themes and concepts through diverse media (drawing, painting and moving image).
  • explore creative uses of materials and collaborative strategies to expand your art practice
  • critically reflect on your work and the work of others produced within this course


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will engage with studio technologies, creation and enquiry. You will learn and use techniques of making art works in ways that compliment and inform your studio specialisation. You will also employ analytical, technical and interpretative processes to critically evaluate the use of technologies for creative practice using a range of reflective learning tools. 

Through workshops, demonstrations, seminars, lectures and group discussions you will engage in a range of learning activities that explore skills, tools and methods such as the hand made, digital, electronic, mechanical & workshop equipment & processes, and hardware & software. You will also explore safe working practices, industry standards and extend your knowledge, language and vocabulary of technology. 

You will 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 and capabilities for this course. In classes you will engage in critical reflection and reviews.


Overview of Learning Resources

Melbourne Campus
RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including studio and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment specific to your studio area. A selected range of supplies are available, as well as support from technical staff. You will also have access to a wide range of online and hardcopy resources through RMIT University Library.

RMIT University is in close proximity to a broad range of galleries and cultural venues which you will be expected to visit as part of your course. Professional studio specific workshops, labs and suppliers are also readily accessible.

Hong Kong Campus
Hong Kong Art School will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including studio and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment specific to your studio area. A selected range of supplies are available, as well as support from technical staff. You will also have access to a wide range of online resources through RMIT University Library.

Hong Kong Art School is in close proximity to a broad range of galleries and cultural venues which you will be expected to visit as part of your course. Professional studio specific workshops, labs and suppliers are also readily accessible.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program capabilities. The work resulting from your studio practice will be presented for assessment. It may consist of a range of works and/or presentation that either respond to a project outline or are self-directed and will be assessed by academic staff.

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 Studio Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An assessment 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 and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document.