Course Title: The Language of Creative Research

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Language of Creative Research

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Graeve

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2747

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.

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Course Description

This course introduces you to the specific language of research-based creative practice. Class by class you will be given tasks based on the constituent elements of research writing: the title; the summary; the brief description; the rationale; aims and objectives; research questions. Piece by piece you will build your understanding of the language of research and begin to understand how it provides you with critical tools to reflect upon and deepen your practice. Over the course you will attempt each of the elements of your ADR, resulting in a full draft of an ADR at the completion of the semester.  

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.     


Learning outcomes

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

  1. Articulate your creative practice in the language of research.
  2. Use the appropriate language of creative research to better articulate and communicate the concepts that underpin your creative work. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course has 6 sessions across alternating weeks with exercise work set for the intervening week. In these six sessions students are introduced to the elements of their Appropriate Durable Record: title, summary abstract, brief description, rational, research questions, aims and objectives. They undertake drafts of each elements sequentially and share their results with the group in the following week for peer based learning and feedback.

Overview of Learning Resources


Students are able to make use of the online and hardcopy ADRs that are archived from previous MFA graduates.

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:

Assessment tasks

  • 6 individual writing tasks, a draft of each of the following elements of an ADR: title and summary/abstract 15%; brief description 15%; rationale 20%; aims and objectives 15%; research questions 15%.
  • Engagement with oral critical discourse 20% (engaging with ideas, constructive feedback)

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.

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Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: