Course Title: Develop self as artist

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: VART6243C

Course Title: Develop self as artist

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4311 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Contact: Jennifer Mills

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jennifer Mills

Anthony Riccardi

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will develop skills and knowledge required to develop the technical and conceptual skills required to work in any area of arts practice.  This course identifies opportunities to assist in developing you as an artist. The course provided an overview of the arts industry, it allows for peer discussions and networking opportunities.    

This course is clustered (delivered and assessed in conjunction with) with CUSIND302A Plan a career in the creative arts industry and CUVPRP304A Participate in a collaborative process

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPRP404A Develop self as artist


1. Refine arts practice skills

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Plan strategies to improve own arts practice skills
1.2 Identify and use relevant practice, feedback, discussion and evaluation opportunities to continuously improve own skills
1.3 Identify and use relevant sources of information to keep up-to-date with industry issues
1.4 Identify and use a range of opportunities to develop own arts practice


2. Develop own style or voice

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Explore and use a range of creative thinking techniques to generate ideas for own arts practice
2.2 Discuss ideas with relevant people and apply knowledge gained to inform own practice
2.3 Use practice time to experiment with new ideas in a range of genres and interpretations
2.4 Study the work of others to stimulate own conceptual and technical skills
2.5 Explore and use technology where appropriate to expand own practice


3. Evaluate own work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Seek and apply constructive criticism from relevant people to improve own work
3.2 Evaluate work against planned strategy for developing own arts practice
3.3 Consider place of own work in relation to other installation artists
3.4 Adjust processes, techniques and practice as necessary to improve technical, conceptual and commercial outcomes


4. Pursue work opportunities

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify sources of information on work opportunities
4.2 Identify industry networks and promotional opportunities
4.3 Develop promotional material about self for distribution as required

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Acquired network and industry resources
  • An awareness of a range of professional opportunities and career relationships in the arts industry
  • Develop substantiated positions to support professional practice.

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • A professional rapport with industry
  • Experimenting with technology and techniques
  • Expanded knowledge of the arts industry.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• lectures
• teacher directed studio activities/projects
• studio exercises to review discussions/lectures
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:
• practical exercises
• reading articles and excerpts
• preparing for discussion
• project work
• independent research

You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and industry guests speak about professional practice.

Teaching Schedule

This course is clustered with CUVPRP304A Participate in collaborative creative projects and CUSIND302A Plan a career in the arts industry

WeekClass contentTaskElements
1Introduction to unit:
  • Learning outcomes
  • assessment criteria
  • course requirements
  • studio clean-up process
  • introduction to project briefs
  • Presentation on artists
Learning and assessment takes place in four week tasks1-3
2-4Introduction to task 1

Strategies to improve own arts practice skills

Industry knowledge and issues

5-8Introduction to task 2

Creative thinking techniques

Industry consultation

9-12Introduction to task 3

Exhibition set up and installation practice

Connecting to local and international art practices

13-20Introduction to task 4

Creative practice and opportunities

Development of a folio of art and networking resources


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through completion of a body of work that demonstrates concept development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks

Semester 1:

1. Visual resource file of industry networks, exhibition opportunities, artist career opportunities

(digital files)

Description: Industry and network opportunities and knowledge

Semester: S2

Week: 20

2. Assessment title: Visual diary

Description: Local and contemporary art practice

Your visual diary should be a living document that provides insights to you influences, your ideas.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency.

These are available through the course contact in Program Manager.

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