Course Title: Public Art

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Public Art

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Shane Hulbert

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2481

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the concepts and practices of producing art for public spaces. Public art refers to many different types of art created outside the gallery or private space. It can include temporary or permanent site works, murals, video installations, sound installations, performances and collaborations with fellow participants, community groups, architects, landscape architects or urban designers.

In the course you will investigate the histories and practice of public art, its relationship to urban experience, ideas of public/civic space, and the current debates on national and international practices in public art.

You will be required to propose, model and/or make public art that explores and responds to site-specific locations by examining a site’s physical, historical, social and symbolic meanings. Your work can draw on the skills and interests that you bring from your studio specialisation area.

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:

  • identify the issues involved in public art practice, including its history, its relationship to urban experience and ideas of public/civic space
  • demonstrate your knowledge and the skills required in public art project management by making and critically reflecting on your own work
  • undertake site analysis of the physical, historical, social and symbolic meanings of a particular urban site and generate developmental material for a site specific project
  • explore the methods and processes of collaboration in public art projects
  • propose, model and/or make public art projects

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.