Course Title: Concepts of Representation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Concepts of Representation

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

VART3493

City Campus

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

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

In this course you will be introduced to local and global ideas and practices examining modes of representation, abstraction and ways of seeing. Linking theory to practice this course will develop your formal and conceptual understanding of abstraction and representation and your knowledge and application of these fundamental ideas. You will be encouraged to reflect on this as a primary point of investigation within modernism, postmodernism, and contemporary art practices.

The objectives of this course are to understand how knowledge and making are linked through ways of seeing and thinking, to investigate pictorial languages and conceptual approaches to communication through the making of creative works, and, to relate critical concepts, texts and practices to your studio production.

This course is one of twelve ‘fine art concept development’ courses offered within your Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) degree. The aim of these courses is to extend your conceptual skills in relation to your studio 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
  • 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:

  • investigate uses of visual modes of representation in fine and and related fields
  • develop a body of material and visual research that translates ideas and developed themes and concepts through various media (drawing, painting and moving image)
  • explore contemporary and historical contexts of how modes of representation manifest in Fine Art
  • apply critical methods and strategies that may be extended through individual research and studio practice


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning in this course will assist in the development of your lateral, analytical and critical thinking processes in ways that help you to deepen your conceptual ideas and develop a critically informed studio practice.

You will engage in a range of practical learning activities such as making art works, experimenting with materials, applied conceptual thinking, tutorials and workshops. Other learning activities include lectorials, listening to artist’s talks, observing demonstrations, visiting galleries and sites, reflective writing, analysing case-studies, group discussions, peer reviews, and consultations on your studio work. Some of your learning will be collaborative, however at other times you will be expected to engage in independent practice-based research.

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff, peers, practicing artists, and others in the arts industry and community 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 tutorials you will also 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, where appropriate, studios and technologies. RMIT University’s online systems will also support your learning and you will 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. Your work will be assessed progressively throughout the semester and may consist of collaborative works, individual creative works that relate to your studio practice, reflective writing, presentations, practice-based research folios, critiques of methods and processes, and peer reviews.

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