Course Title: Art of Place

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Art of Place

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Irene Barberis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 4331 358058

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will investigate your changing relationship to place through artmaking. You will explore ideas of the landscape and the environment in global, urban, actual, metaphorical and micro/macro spaces. By drawing on ideas and practices in art and the sciences, you will examine the effect of various technologies such as painting, photography, sound & the moving image on our perception and representation of environment. You will relate these ideas and methods to your studio practice.

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.

Please note this course will incur a cost associated with travel.  The details are included in the Part B course guide.

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 to effectively communicate via artistic production in a range of media and modes with awareness of an sensitivity to a range of local and global contexts and cultures.
  •  to help 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
  • to utilise a spontaneous and 'plein - air' approach to the landscape

Learning Outcomes

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

  • work spontaneously from any given location
  • identify and apply a range of critical strategies when working with the environment as a focus of practice to explore a sense of place
  • develop a body of material and visual research related to your environment
  • to recognise and critically reflect upon the role of key ideas, histories and practice on place, environment and landscape in the production of meaning
  • analyse and discuss a range of artworks and cultural forms and the techniques used in their production
  • there will be a focus on drawing methodologies and strategies applied to all media

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.