Course Title: Create works of art for public spaces

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: VART6371C

Course Title: Create works of art for public spaces

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5348 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Phillip Allan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Chris Bold

Nominal Hours: 90

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will explore the skills and knowledge required to realise all aspects of a public art project, from initial brief or idea to the actual installation of the work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAPUA501 Create works of art for public spaces


1. Develop ideas for public artworks

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explore a broad range of information relevant to public art 1.2 Critically evaluate findings in the context of own practice and the work of others 1.3 Collaborate with relevant people about public art projects 1.4 Evaluate potential or actual sites and the practical and creative relationships between site and work 1.5 Consider practical and organisational issues associated with public art 1.6 Refine and confirm ideas for public art based on research, reflection and collaboration with others


2. Experiment with techniques and media for integration in public art

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Explore and experiment with a broad range of advanced techniques and materials, tools and equipment to achieve different effects 2.2 Assess safety and sustainability issues for different techniques and media 2.3 Adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches and comply with intellectual property requirements


3. Organise resources for public artwork

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify specific resource requirements for the chosen work 3.2 Research sources of supply for the art work 3.3 Evaluate costs and other constraints that impact on development of the work 3.4 Coordinate required resources and set up according to safety requirements


4. Create the work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Create public artwork using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation, considering and applying elements and principles of design 4.2 Evaluate and respond to the potential for change as work progresses 4.3 Proactively identify and resolve technical problems in projects 4.4 Handle equipment, tools and materials safely, minimising and safely disposing of waste throughout production


5. Evaluate own work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Regularly review work in progress to evaluate effectiveness in meeting personal, professional and artistic objectives 5.2 Identify and respond to opportunities for refinement and re-thinking 5.3 Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the work process 5.4 Evaluate finished work for coherence with project concept, technical resolution and suitability for intended purpose

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan for and execute creative work for exhibition in public spaces. It involves experimentation with a range of advanced techniques to create the work specifically for the site.

It applies to experienced artists, skilled in one or more art forms, who work both independently and collaboratively

Teaching Schedule

 Week Class Content Task /Assessment due dates Elements

Week 1

Feb 6

Introduction to unit

  • Learning outcomes
  • Assessment criteria
  • Course requirements
  • Studio procedures
  • Introduction to project briefs
  • Presentation of artists


What is Public Art?

Note; process’s of work; site analysis, response to brief, concept development, production, documentation

Project 1 Brief;  “Materials and Space”


In small groups using materials provided engage in a public space. As a group you must decide how to use the materials in an appropriate location to temporarily install your artwork.

You must document the process with photos and create a photo story capturing the intention and the outcome.

Brainstorm ideas  

Week 2


Project “Materials and Space”

Select a site in a public space to work with in on or around the RMIT City Campus.

Sanctioned Public Art and spaces to create in.

(Testing Ground) 

What do you like or not like about this space or spaces?

Write a critique about this space and record it in your visual diary individually and as a group. Written word, sketches, photos, sound recordings etc

Consider relevant details ie, what do you need to consider when creating works in public spaces. 
1, 2, 3 

Week 3

Feb 20

Unsanctioned Public Art

Project 1 “Materials and Space” 
 Working collaboratively, in one or more sites, create a work or works in response to these sites. Consider as many aspects of the site as you can identify and select how you will respond.  4, 5

Week 4

Feb 27

Public Art online resources


Project 1 “Materials and Space” Presentations as a group PPTX 
Group presentations and feed back from whole class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 

Week 5


Temporary Art

Performance Art.. Relational Aesthetics

Art/ Craft Activism


Project 2; Exploring Relational Aesthetics. Project Brief  “City Intervened”  

Identify a practicing artist you like and present on their practice. How does this relate to your own practice?


Watch Ben Lewis- Art Safari Relational Aesthetics 
1, 2, 5 

Week 6

Public Holiday   

Week 7

Mar 20 

Portraiture and digital space; (Skypetrait)


Project 2 Exploring Relational Aesthetics “City Intervened” Site analaysis/ Responding to Space.

Explore the drawing method Blind Contour Drawing using both traditional and non-traditional drawing techniques and materials.

Group work
Mar 27-Apr3  Mid Semester Break  

Week 8


Environmental Art in the Urban Context

Project 2 Exploring Relational Aesthetics Group Work 
Group Work  1, 2, 3, 4

Week 9

Apr 17
Public Holiday   

Week 10

Apr 24

 Public Holiday  

Week 11

May 1

Project 2 Exploring Relational Aesthetics Group Presentations  Group Presentations and feed back from whole class 1, 2, 4, 5 

Week 12

May 8

Explore Projection and light Practice Site Analysis

GSPF Site Analysis Atherton Gardens 
Overhead projectors, torches, various projection techniques, slides etc  1, 2, 3

Week 13

May 15

GSPF concept development   2, 3,

Week 14


Curatorial Critique of projections  Concept presentation 1, 3, 4, 5

Week 15

May 29

Curatorial Critique of projections  Concept presentation 

Week 16

Jun 5

Assessment presentation 

Assessment folio should include

  • Visual Diary:


  • “Materials and Space” Project 1 Documentation
  • “City Intervened” Project 2 Documentation
  • GSPF Brief: Site Analysis, Concept, Imagery
  • Sanctioned, Unsanctioned Art work documentation
Presentation images and notes 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include: 

  • Practical tasks, a series of major projects
  • Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
  • Completion of a visual diary and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
  • Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

Evidence of the ability to:

  • research and select ideas for public artworks through research and collaboration with others
  • identify and coordinate required resources for selected ideas
  • explore and experiment with a range of advanced techniques to create multiple public artworks or a single major work that:
  • meets the requirements of particular sites
  • demonstrates command of advanced techniques
  • considers and complies with legislative requirements
  • review and evaluate work against objectives.

Assessment Matrix

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

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