Course Title: Critical Frameworks C

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Critical Frameworks C

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: A/Prof. Dominic Redfern

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 2022

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 39.3.7

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities






Pre & Co requisites

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c    

Course Description


The Critical Frameworks courses rotate over three semesters. The format is the same but the content will change for each offering. You will benefit from discussions between the wider artist community across year levels and programs because the three courses (A, B & C) are co-delivered and shared with other postgraduate programs.

You will use this course to situate your practice within appropriate contemporary theoretical frameworks and synthesise material histories that relate to art practice. You are encouraged within lectorials to consider issues relevant to practicing contemporary art and you will be expected to make informed contributions to the theoretical discourses that arise.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Analyse and evaluate global, social, cultural, environmental and historical knowledge and contexts that may inform your art practice.
  • Produce and participate in discourse and scholarship that is globally informed, culturally and socially aware, ethical and respecting of difference and diversity.

Engage in autonomous and continuous learning concerning new developments in artistic production and associated discourses.    

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

  1. Situate your practice within appropriate contemporary theoretical frameworks
  2. Analyse and synthesise the material histories with which your practice aligns.
  3. Contribute to the theoretical discourse that defines and shapes contemporary arts practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students meet weekly with a rotating roster of speakers drawn from regular and visiting staff for a lectorial presentation around a given topic. The lectorial format combines the formal elements of a lecture with the back and forth of a tutorial. Students are encouraged to question and challenge ideas from the presenter and eachother to get to the heart of their own sense of the material presented.    

Overview of Learning Resources

In addition to the lectures given through the semester the MFA keeps recordings of previous lectures, as does the School of Art’s IAIR program. These are an invaluable resource for providing very specific contextual information on practice unavailable elsewhere.

Students are able to make use of the online and hardcopy ADRs that are archived from previous MFA graduates. The texts and bibliographies provide an excellent and nuanced resource for the research of specific discourses in contemporary arts practice.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

The University Library has extensive resources for Art students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies []

The MFA has a very extensive searchable reading list, which is made available to all enrolled students.

Additional support for academic writing can be accessed through the RMIT’s Study & Learning Centre [].    

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include:

  • Build upon and develop your online dossier of artists (see CFA). Argue for your place within this lineage and differentiate your contribution from that of your peers 30%
  • Design a genealogy for your creative practice 40%
  • Engagement with oral critical discourse 30% (discussing ideas and providing critical feedback as evidenced in whole group discussion and small group comprehension and analysis tasks)

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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 program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student 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, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: