Course Title: Indigenous Australian Art

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Indigenous Australian Art

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Course Coordinator: John Harding

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2698

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore the relationships between recent developments in Australian Indigenous art, and historical and contemporary contexts. You will learn about dreaming stories and their depictions, connections between mythology and art, and contemporary debates nationally and internationally. Opportunities will be provided to engage with Indigenous elders and you will identify and critically investigate key ideas relating to Australian Indigenous art, past and present.

You will also explore the Victorian Indigenous art movement as well as those of other regions such as Arnhem Land, Kimberly and Torres Strait Islands, and learn about Australian Indigenous artists their contribution to contemporary culture in Australia.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop graduate attributes such as communication, critical reflection, and research.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Discuss the cultural significance of Australian Indigenous elders and artists.
  • Enter informed dialogue in relationship to Australian Indigenous cultural practice
  • Critically reflect upon recent developments in Australian indigenous art.
  • Research and reflect upon a range of Indigenous artists and movements.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include lectures, field trips, films, guest presenters, artworks, gallery visits and books and other publications.

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 Melbourne galleries and cultural venues, which you will be expected to visit as part of your course. Lecture theatres, studios, labs and workshops will be supported by Blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course. Assessment may include essays, reports and oral presentations.

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.