Course Title: Experimental Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Experimental Practice

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Hong Kong Arts Centre


340H Art


Offsh1 15,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh1 17

Course Coordinator: Simon Perry

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2920

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

VART3456 Ideas and Process.

COMM 1241 Audio Technology 1A (Sound students only)

Course Description

In this course you will focus on exploring and developing experimental processes in contemporary sculpture, sound and music. The emphasis is on the realisation of processes that support the development of thinking for sculptors, composers and sound artists and how this can be translated or manifested as a work or series of works. You will explore a range of projects that relate to sculpture through object making, materials, development and construction, and/or sound art and music through studio recording and production.

These projects will be conceptually orientated to encourage a range of individual and different responses within the project brief. This course will also provide opportunities for you to explore other artists’ processes and will consider a wide range of practices including installation and object based work and/or studio recording and production. You will critically evaluate your work alongside other students’ work in group feedback sessions as well as exploring the work of professional artists.

This is a work integrated learning (WIL) course. The key feature of WIL courses is that learning experiences simulate the working life of professional practitioners. As such this course introduces you to a research based approach to object making and its related practices by working as a practicing artist in a studio based learning context.

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
  • 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
  • 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

Learning Outcomes

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

  • explore a range of experimental processes in contemporary sculpture, sound art and music
  • examine and discuss the fundamental principles which underlie the relationship between recording and articulation, or object and space
  • develop a series of works from projects translating ideas into artworks, sound designs or compositions
  • explore and experiment with conceptual and technical skills appropriate to your interests through innovative thinking
  • critically reflect upon the materialisation of ideas in your own work and the work of others by developing informed dialogues in a group setting

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will engage with the studio as a process of creation and as a site of practice and enquiry. It is studio based which means your learning is activated through experimenting, exploring, testing, envisioning, observing, and playing with a range of materials and art making processes and methods in a studio environment to develop you as an art practitioner.

You will engage in a range of learning activities such as making works, experimenting with materials, practice based research, workshops, presentations, demonstrations, lectorials, gallery and site visits, reflective writing, group discussions, consultations on your studio work and occupational health and safety demonstrations.

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

Overview of Learning Resources

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.

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.