Course Title: Hand and Lens

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Hand and Lens

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Richard Harding

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1035

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This is an introductory course that explores alternative methods of seeing and image making through the use of reproductive technology, materiality and ‘the multiple’. It examines aspects of the reproductive process as art, and the culture associated with the production of images using both traditional and digital technology.

In this course you will experience thinking through making, and learn to draw connections between your ideas and a variety of photographic and printmaking mediums. You will explore the principles of the hand and lens as drawing and framing mechanisms, through the craft of collage, digital imaging and preparatory works.

You will develop skills to effectively communicate and expand a dialogue on artistic production and contemporary art in a range of media and modes with awareness of, and sensitivity to, local and global contexts, cultures and issues.

This course is one of six perception and practice courses offered within your Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) degree. Learning in these courses will take place in a studio environment and will be designed to deepen your kinaesthetic, visual and aural perceptions.

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
  • engage in autonomous and continued learning, apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in cultural/artistic production
  • develop individual and collaborative modes of working and apply skills in teamwork, leadership and self-management

Learning Outcomes

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

  • explore concepts through a range of reproductive methods in various preparatory forms for planning art works
  • develop and refine various modes of generating ideas and imagery within a reproductive art practice
  • investigate and critique the foundations of digital imaging and how this can practically inform your relationship with contemporary image processes and methods
  • investigate the cultural foundations of reproductive technology in relation to contemporary art practices

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in a range of individual and collaborative learning activities such as making work, experimenting with material, 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 your 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 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 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.

Your work will be assessed progressively throughout the semester and may consist of individual creative works that relate to your studio practice, reflective writing, presentations, practice-based research folios, collaborative creative works, critical reflection on 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.