Course Title: Studio as Research

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Studio as Research

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

VART3465

City Campus

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

VART3533

Hong Kong Arts Centre

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Offsh1 14,
Offsh1 15,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh1 17

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 3463 Studio Individual Development.


Course Description

In this course you will explore how studio based practice functions as research and as a way of generating new knowledge. The course builds on the processes and contexts of studio arts practice introduced in VART 3463 Studio Individual Development.

You will develop individually realised projects framed by contemporary ideas about sites of production, modes of dissemination and the construction of meaning. You will be introduced to a range of individual research strategies formed around ideas of cycles of reflection, the brief, seriality and modularity, histories of knowledge and intuition. You will develop a conceptual basis for personal expression, framed within an appropriately referenced and diverse context to establish a self-sufficient studio practice. Using a variety of media and processes you will develop awareness and understanding of how broad social and cultural perspectives can be reflected in contemporary 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 by and improved by arts practice
  • engage in autonomous and continued learning, apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in cultural/artistic production
  • invent, design and construct a pro-active and critically relevant career as a member of the cultural and creative industries


Learning Outcomes

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

  • Initiate and develop research based work practices that lead to a personal direction within a contemporary fine art context
  • Produce support materials, preliminary and resolved works that show an understanding of the relationship between studio development and new knowledge
  • Locate your emerging practice in an international and culturally diverse context
  • 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 technology as a process of creation and enquiry. You will learn to use technologies in ways that compliment and inform your studio specialisation by making art works. 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
The 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. You will also have access to a wide range of online resources through RMIT University Library.

The 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 lecturers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document.