Course Title: Art in Public Space Studio 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Art in Public Space Studio 4

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Coordinator: Fiona Hillary

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4978

Course Coordinator Email: fiona.hillary@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: B50.01.002

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To qualify for entry into this course you need to have successfully completed VART 3721 Art in Public Space Studio 3.


Course Description

In this course you will continue to deepen and define your major project through the ongoing creation of new works.  Simultaneously, you will select, edit, refine and resolve an overall body of artwork for your capstone presentation. This presentation may contain a selection of works from the current and from previous semesters. The development of presentation strategies will underpin the resolution of creative work in this final semester, resulting in a presentation, exhibition or performance at a level of professional excellence. It marks the beginning of the next phase of creative evolution, pointing to future questions that will animate your practice and research into the future.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will develop the following program capabilities:

  1. Engage in self-directed learning and independent research with an emphasis on art in public space practice to develop an individual and collaborative art practice and locate practices within an appropriate conceptual and theoretical context
  2. Test, experiment and explore real and conceptual issues and develop key project management skills through innovative public practice and engagement with international and local industry
  3. Critically examine global, political, social, cultural, environmental, and historical knowledge and contexts that inform public art practice
  4. Communicate to a professional level the conceptual development of a body of work within the framework of contemporary public art practice
  5. Research, analyse and synthesise information and select methods and resources to develop communication and work ready skills appropriate to the public art field
  6. Engage in autonomous and collaborative continuous learning concerning new developments in cultural/artistic production and associated discourses in art in public spaces
  7. Create and manage a safe, sustainable and effective project environment within public space both independently and with your peers
  8. Produce a body of work that demonstrates a professional level of technical and conceptual excellence in a selected area (or areas) of contemporary public art practice


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

  1. Plan and execute a major art in public space project commensurate with professional practice
  2. Apply specialised and complex bodies of knowledge to the production and communication of your project
  3. Finalise and resolve a substantial art in public space project through the resolution of innovative and personalised methodologies


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning in this course is practice-based. You will engage with and work through a range of making methods, processes and test presentations. You will engage regularly with your peer group in workshops, masterclasses and with your academic supervisor/lecturer to examine, question and identify the forward trajectory of your work. You will engage in peer-to-peer dialogue and develop the ability to critically and reflectively evaluate creative outcomes.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will share studio spaces for the development of your artworks, subject to regular use and compliance with the MA (Art in Public Space) Studio Guidelines. You will have access to a range of facilities across the school to support your area of practice such as workshops, studios, computer labs and study spaces.

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 Library Subject guides

The MA (Art in Public Space) program has a very active Facebook site which will help you to connect with art in public space industry networks. See RMIT Art in Public Space Researchers and Alumni


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course. Assessment will be through a capstone presentation/exhibition/performance. Assessment tasks include:

  • A resolved substantial Art in Public Space Project or suite of projects 60% LO1, LO2, LO3
  • A presentation to industry specialists of an Art in Public Space Project in an appropriate format (written and oral) 40% 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 or Equitable Learning Services 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.

Late submission or presentation of assessable work without an approved extension or special consideration will be penalised as follows:

  • Completed work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day
  • Work submitted after day 7 will not be assessed
  • Weekends and holiday periods are included in the calculation of the late penalty


How the penalty is calculated:
Example - Work is submitted 6 days late, incurring a penalty of 30% (6 x 5% = 30%). The submission receives a result of 60 out of 100.  60 - 30% = 42. The numerical result for that assessment submission is modified from 60 to 42. The result of 42 is used to calculate the final grade for the course.