Course Title: Skills and Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Skills and Practice

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

VART3438

City Campus

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015

VART3530

Hong Kong Arts Centre

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Offsh3 13,
Offsh3 14,
Offsh3 15,
Offsh3 16

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

VART 3437 Skills and Methods / VART 3528 Skills and Methods (Hong Kong)


Course Description

Melbourne Campus
This course develops a number of key strategies for art-making in Painting, Drawing and Media Arts. In this course you will extend and build upon the ideas and processes introduced in VART 3437 Skills and Methods. The course is structured around projects that facilitate the development of ways of working that are expansive and adaptable to expanded studio practice. The objectives are to develop skills and their application relevant to studio specialisations and artistic conventions; to create a sustained body of art works and investigations that demonstrate a developmental relationship to precursors and to critically reflect upon strategies of practice and constructions of meaning.

You will be introduced to irrationality and non-linear approaches to making such as chance, spontaneity, error and intuition, organise your work into an archive of resources defined both as a tool and as an end in itself and distil generated material into a cohesive body of work investigated and realised through final presentation.

Hong Kong Campus
This course develops a number of key strategies for art-making in Painting. In this course you will extend and build upon the ideas and processes introduced in VART 3528 Skills and Methods. The course is structured around projects that facilitate the development of ways of working that are expansive and adaptable to your art practice. The objectives are to develop skills and their application relevant to studio specialisations and artistic conventions; to create a sustained body of art works and investigations that demonstrate a developmental relationship to precursors and to critically reflect upon strategies of practice and constructions of meaning
You will be introduced to non-linear approaches to making art works such as chance, spontaneity, error and intuition. You will investigate different ways of organising your work such as an archive of resources defined both as a tool and as an end in itself and distil generated material into a cohesive body of work investigated and realised through final presentation.
 


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
  • engage in autonomous and continued learning, apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in cultural/artistic production


Learning Outcomes

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

  • explore alternative strategies to expand your creative visual practice
  • discuss the developmental relations between preliminary and resolved works
  • finalise a body of visual art work and research that translates your ideas, themes and concepts through diverse media (drawing, painting and moving image)
  • apply skills and concepts in ways that lead to a personal direction within a fine art context
  • initiate independent work and develop strategies to overcome obstacles in your work 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, practice 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 technologies, tools and processes 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.