Course Title: Realise a public art project

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: VART6372C

Course Title: Realise a public art project

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

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 gain 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:

CUAPUA601 Realise a public art project


1. Originate ideas for public art

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use own creative impulse or brief supplied by others to develop ideas for work 1.2 Initiate site-specific research and planning processes 1.3 Research and explore relevant ideas and associations for the work, including those related to the site and its environment 1.4 Develop responses to accommodate practical requirements and constraints 1.5 Explore options for materials, technologies and processes that fulfil requirements of the site and the brief 1.6 Collaborate with relevant people about project ideas as part of an ongoing process of refining ideas


2. Articulate and present project ideas

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop, critique and articulate creative responses to the objectives and contexts of the brief and the site 2.2 Apply guidelines for formal presentation of concept proposal and supporting documentation to the client, sponsor or selection panel 2.3 Formally present the design proposal with supporting documentation and practical planning data 2.4 Evaluate and re-work aspects of the presentation, as required


3. Plan and document work in response to the site and the brief

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop and plan construction and installation with reference to the specific site and its contexts 3.2 Engage with key stakeholders in the public art project 3.3 Re-present planning and preparatory work using presentation mechanisms suited to the project


4. Create the public artwork

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Integrate command of technique, materials and process to create public artwork that meets creative and other needs 4.2 Apply critical and creative thinking to challenge, adapt and refine the public artwork 4.3 Interrogate aspects of work in progress and participate in critical inquiry and discussion 4.4 Apply health and safety principles and guidelines to the development of public art projects


5. Finalise the public art project

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Liaise with relevant people on finalisation processes 5.2 Bring together the disparate challenges of the public art project to complete work on time 5.3 Organise the installation of the work, engaging specialist expertise where necessary


6. Evaluate own work

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Seek and apply constructive criticism to improve own work 6.2 Evaluate work against planned strategy for own creative practice 6.3 Consider place of own work in relation to other public art practitioners 6.4 Adjust work processes and practice to improve technical, conceptual and commercial outcomes

Learning Outcomes

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

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

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.



Class content

Task / Assessment due dates



3-7 July


The Artistic Idea/The Manifesto

Attend artist brief and site analysis; write your response


10-14 July


Artist presentations

The Artistic Idea

Present your Manifesto developed during semester break


17-21 July


Artist presentations

The Artistic Idea


Write your review.


24-28 July


Artist presentations

The Artistic Idea 




31 July-4 Aug


Artist presentations

The Artistic Idea 

Presentation of maquette “What makes an artistic idea?”




7-11 Aug


Artist presentations

Instructional Works Brief

Introduction to Instructional Works; Stencils, Zines, Miniature worlds and Instant Messenger Throwies



14-18 Aug


Artist presentations, Instructional works




21-25 Aug


Artist presentations, Instructional works



28 Aug-1 Sept


Artist presentations Instructional works presentation

Present research of instructional artist or arts movement


4-8 Sept


Artist presentations - TUTORIAL WEEK



11-15 Sept


Artist presentations

Instructional works

Presentation of first selected project Instructional Works


25-29 Sept 


Artist presentations

Instructional works 



2-6 Oct


Artist presentations

Instructional works 



9-13 Oct


Artist presentations

Instructional works



16-20 Oct


Artist presentations

Instructional works

Presentation of second selected project Instructional Works


23-27 Oct




Assessment folio should include:


Public Art Work and or documentation

Instructional Works, Zine, Stencil, Throwie

Miniature Worlds


Visual Diary:

• weekly tasks

• brief research

• Presentations: Images and notes



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Forbat, S. 2009 40 years : Kaldor public art projects NSW, Botany.

Hogg, G & Sharp, K. (eds) 2011, Outer site : the intercultural projects of RMIT art in public space with a foreword by Lucy Lippard, Balnarring, Vic. : McCulloch & McCulloch Australian Art Books.

Other Resources

Suggested Texts:

Forbat, S. 2009 40 years : Kaldor public art projects NSW, Botany.

Hogg, G & Sharp, K. (eds) 2011, Outer site : the intercultural projects of RMIT art in public space with a foreword by Lucy Lippard, Balnarring, Vic. : McCulloch & McCulloch Australian Art Books.

Frayling C, Charity R & O’Reilly L 2005 Re views : artists and public space. London, UK : Black Dog Books.

Library Subject Guides: Art in Public Spaces

You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings and visit public art projects/sites outside of your learning environment. RMIT school of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.


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
  • Completion of a visual diary and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
  • Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence.

Assessment is based on your ability to undertake the following:

  • Originate and realise a complete public art project, including managing its creative, technical and organisational components
  • Create public artwork of a professional standard for the public domain
  • Articulate and present ideas about public artwork in relevant contexts
  • Evaluate, explain and discuss work in a professional context.

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

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.


Semester 2: DIY PUBLIC ART

1. Assessment title: Manifesto/Concept to work with…

Due date:

Semester: 2

Week: 3

2. Assessment title: The Artistic Idea

Description: Power point presentation/Marquette

Due date:

Semester: 2

Week: 6

3. Assessment title: Instructional Art Works …

Description: Project outline/material produced/documentation

Due date: 

Semester: 2

Week: 9

4. Assessment title: Selected project

Description: selected project concept/elements/documentation

Due date: 

Semester: 2

Week: 14

5. Assessment title: Instant Messenger Throwies

Description: Present on a Public Artwork/Artist of your choosing. Outline the work/artist. Share images.

Due date: 

Semester: 2

Week: 16

6. Assessment title: Weekly presentation

Description: Present on a Public Artwork/Artist of your choosing. Outline the work/artist. Share images.

7. Folio/Visual Diary:

Description: Folio presenting evidence and documentation of responses to each of your briefs.

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

and how they impact your practice.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information


You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.



RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.

Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:


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