Course Title: How the object talks

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: How the object talks

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

VART3496

City Campus

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Summer2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Mark Edgoose

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3540

Course Coordinator Email: mark.edgoose@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

This course will provide you with a growing understanding of the many voices of the object, as they are experienced in your own studio work as well as in the work of other artists. This will be investigated through examples of contemporary and historical objects from a range of media, genres and concepts.


You will research and consider the object in relation to meaning and inherent qualities such as materials, function, narrative, scale and value. Through a series of lectures, tutorials and discussions you will develop and inform your own language in and around objects. This knowledge will be applied and explored individually via both written and studio-based projects.

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

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


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

  • Research and understand the social and functional role of the object
  • Test the expressive and functional attributes of objects
  • Understand the relationship between objects, the body and the surrounding environment
  • Evaluate materials, processes and technologies and their enabling and determining roles in relation to objects


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