Course Title: Contemporary Art Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Art Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


TRN RMIT Training


Term2 2018,
Term2 2019,
Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term 1 2021,
Term2 2021

Course Coordinator: Team Leader

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4038

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Level 4, B108

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

You will develop knowledge and skills related to contemporary fine art practice. You will explore and experiment with methods and techniques in two of your chosen areas of sculpture, painting, drawing or gold and silver smithing. You will select and present your preferred pieces of work for assessment.

You will also use a visual diary as a portable sketchbook for your own ideas, experiments and some studio based exercises.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See Learning Outcomes.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate and apply specialist skills and techniques related to sculpture, painting, drawing, gold and silver smithing.
  2. Explore specialist materials and methods that might influence the design of your projects.
  3. Apply contemporary art practice through studio-based activities.
  4. Illustrate techniques to exhibit your work in the appropriate format.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain and apply foundational knowledge in one or more academic disciplines. 
    2. Work independently and in groups to meet learning outcomes. 
    3. Apply approaches to critical and analytical thinking and problem solving.

Use a range of current learning technologies to enhance academic outcomes.

Overview of Learning Activities

Studio based project work will build on knowledge and skills learnt through projects and practical demonstrations.

Individual tutorials to reinforce techniques will be demonstrated for object based art making and you will gain knowledge of contemporary art practices, developed through a studio environment, gallery excursions and exercises.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. This portal will give you access to important announcements; staff contact details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials.

The University Library has extensive resources for Education students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that include quality online and print resources for your studies:

The Library provides guides on academic referencing,, and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Progressive assessment will be conducted in a studio environment through project and written work. You will select two from the four projects you complete in the course for assessment.

Assessment will include:

  • Discipline-based Project - 40% LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
  • Discipline-based Project - 40% LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4
  • Visual Diary A & B - 20% LO1, LO2, LO3

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 of the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: