Course Title: Perception and Practice 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Perception and Practice 3

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Hong Kong Arts Centre


340H Art


Offsh1 15,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh1 17

Course Coordinator: Rhett D'Costa

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2710

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Perception and Practice consists of a group of different courses that will be offered at different times during your studies. The courses offered in Hong Kong are:

Capture, Translate and Synthesise
Hand and Lens
Ideation for the Object
Spatial 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
• 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
• 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

Each course has its own learning outcomes.

Capture, Translate and Synthesise

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

  • undertake visual research to capture your impressions and ideas through a variety of media and processes
  • translate raw material using a range of strategies and material transformations such as collage, montage, transposition, deconstruction, collaboration with others, and various processes of image interpretation
  • synthesise disparate elements formally and/or conceptually into single outcomes and bodies of work
  • critically reflect on methods and strategies in relation to your own creative processes

Hand and Lens

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 practi

Ideation for the Object
Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • explore and experiment with perceptual and interpretive skills in relation to objects
  • apply a set of practical skills for idea formulation and development for the building of objects
  • communicate and experiment with ideas through a range of different materials
  • test multi-sensory ways of knowing, thinking and doing through practical projects
  • critically reflect on your experiences in this course

Spatial Practice

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

  • investigate historical and contemporary perspectives of space and how it is manifested
  • perceive, navigate and interpret natural and built environments
  • explore and experiment with spatial and perceptual skills through sound and sculpture
  • experiment with the materiality and nature of particular mediums and their relationship to space
  • explore the multiple ways humans perceive, navigate and experience space
  • critically reflect on your experiences in this course

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, 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

Hong Kong Art School 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. You will also have access to a wide range of online resources through RMIT University Library.

Hong Kong Art School 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.