Course Title: Research and recommend artwork

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: VART6487C

Course Title: Research and recommend artwork

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5396 - Diploma of Interior Design

Course Contact: Jenny Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4759

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Michele Meister

Nominal Hours: 36

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

This course is delivered and assessed in conjunction with BSBDES305 Source and apply information on history and theory of design. 

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to determine decoration requirements, research product options and make recommendations for specifying artwork within a project.

This unit applies to individuals providing advice in a retail, consulting or design studio environment. They analyse and compare product information from a wide range of different sources to develop a design solution.

No licensing or certification requirements exist at the time of publication. Relevant legislation, industry standards and codes of practice within Australia must be applied.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSFID5028 Research and recommend artwork


1. Determine project requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate project specifications, parameters and constraints, and confirm with client

1.2 Select work resources based on the needs of the project

1.3 Identify and assess aspects of the space that impact on potential solutions

1.4 Analyse and review intended application for the artwork in the available space

1.5 Identify and investigate the most appropriate method of display in artwork within the existing space

1.6 Identify key project stakeholders and establish required communication protocols


2. Research artwork options

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Source and analyse relevant information about potential artwork and artists

2.2 Assess and compare aesthetic requirements of the artwork with surrounding site and design elements

2.3 Analyse and evaluate properties of the materials used in the production of artwork

2.4 Assess elements and principles of design used in the creation of the artwork in relation to the available site

2.5 Source and compare information about costs and availability against the project brief

2.6 Identify and integrate potential sustainability features or issues into the research process


3. Refine ideas and select preferred solution

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Explore, integrate and refine different options through a process of reflection and testing

3.2 Choose a preferred solution based on research findings and the key objectives of the project brief


4. Recommend artwork

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Prepare a visual representation that communicates the key aspects of the preferred solution

4.2 Present recommendations in a format and level of detail suited to the client and scope of the project

4.3 Clearly articulate and present rationale for the chosen solution to the client

4.4 Provide client with realistic cost estimates for purchasing or hiring and/or exhibiting the artwork within the site

4.5 Seek client feedback on the proposed solution

4.6 Make adjustments to the final design solution based on feedback

4.7 Evaluate work through feedback and own reflection and identify potential improvements for use in future projects.

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 THE VIRTUAL Classroom the activities will include:

Design activities or projects

Class presentations

Group discussions

Online research

Independent project based work

Site visits (observations) where possible 

Studio Practice


Out of class activities may include:

Online research

Independent project based work


Teacher directed activities / projects

Site visits where possible 

Online activities

Teaching Schedule

Flexible study allows you to study online by participating in lectures and tutorials via Canvas, our online learning and teaching platform, to ensure continued learning throughout this period.


For Semester 2 all of your classes and assessments have been rearranged to suit this learning format.


Canvas has been designed so that the learning experience is consistent throughout all your courses.

We have taken your feedback and adjusted the way we do things for Semester 2.





Class Content







  • Overview of course content, class / teaching delivery and assessment requirement / weekly schedule
  • Introduction to Canvas

Overview of tasks






  • Presentation of Copyright and Referencing requirements
  • Introduction of Assessment Tasks and discussion about galleries/museums/Melbourne streetscape.
  • today: overview of all styles (recorded)






  • Past: from Egypt (Online) to Art Deco (You need to have listened to the online lecture BEFORE class)
  • today lecture: How a style evolves from Egypt to Art Deco to the 70’





  • Past: Classic Civilizations – Ancient Greek & Roman (ONLINE) You need to have listened to the lecture BEFORE class)
  • today lecture: Luxury Glam








  • Past: Medieval Period – Early Christian to Gothic (ONLINE) You need to have listened to the lecture BEFORE class)
  • Today lecture: Art in history overview from early Christian to 1900







  • Past: The Rise of Humanism – Renaissance Lecture (ONLINE) You need to have listened to the lecture BEFORE class)
  • lecture: Today: Art since 1900 to today overview







  • Past: The Age of Ornamentation – Baroque to Rococo Lecture (ONLINE) You need to have listened to the lecture BEFORE class)
  • Today lecture: Early Australian Architecture





  • Past: Asian China and Japan (ONLINE) You need to have listened to the lecture BEFORE class)
  • Today lecture: post-war and Modernism Melbourne


  •  Briefing Task 2 and Task 3





  • Past: Neo Classicism online lecture

(You need to have listened to the lecture BEFORE class)

  • Today lecture: historical and contemporary designers (recorded)







  • Past: The Rise of Industry – Victorian and Arts & Crafts online

(You need to have listened to the lecture BEFORE class)

  • Today lecture: what to consider when hanging art work
  • ULTRA session: Task 1 Quiz will be briefed and opened today, and questions answered


Mid semester Break






  • Sex & Sensibility – Art Nouveau Lecture (ONLINE) You need to have listened to the lecture BEFORE class)
  •  Preparation for presentation next week






  • Presentation of task 3 by students
  • SUBMISSION Quiz Task1 + TASK 3 (group oral presentation)





  • Past: Age of Modernity – Modernism, the Bauhaus, Internationalism (ONLINE) You need to have listened to the lecture BEFORE class)
  • Today: Minimalism contra Maximalist







  • Past: Mid 20th Century – 1940-1970 Lecture (ONLINE) You need to have listened to the lecture BEFORE class)
  • today: overview of all styles (recorded)







  • Past: Brave New World – Late 2oth Century - 1970 to 2000 (ONLINE) You need to have listened to the lecture BEFORE class)
  • Lecture: Future trends (recorded)
  • Ultra-session: tutorial one to one






Student presentation through Ultra Collaboration in classes.

Submission Task 2 and Task 3 (digital portfolio and boards)





Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Library support

The University Library has extensive resources for Interior Design and Decoration students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian (

Study and Learning support

Would you like to get better at studying, writing, or researching for your assignments? The Library has everything you need to develop your academic skills, improve your marks and save time;


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 tasks and projects.

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

Assessment Tasks


T1 Knowledge Quiz

AT2 Portfolio

AT3 Final Project

Assessment Matrix


An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit
of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above)


Other Information

Assessment / Late Submission

All assessment information for this course can be found on the course’s Canvas shell, in conjunction with assessment information communicated in class by the teacher.



This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment;


CA: Competency achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for Assessment

SEC: Stopped engagement in course

WDR: Withdrawn from course


All work for Assessable Tasks is required to be submitted on the due date and time as outlined in the Assessment Briefs. Exception to this is where an approved ELS plan, an application for Special Consideration or an approved Extension of Time is in place, submitted before the task’s due date with appropriate documentation. 


Please visit the following link on the RMIT website for all information regarding adjustments to assessable work; 


Adjustments to assessment;


Special consideration;


Equitable assessment arrangements (EAA);



If your work is incomplete, you are strongly encouraged to submit your work on the due date, in order to meet the submission requirements. Should it be below competency you may be asked to resubmit within 5 working days.




Other Information

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 of time for your assessable work.

Please see following access for the details on applying for extension of time to assessments;

Special consideration;


Application for extension of time;


Equitable assessment arrangements (EAA);



The major learning experience involves studio-based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to be successful in this course.



Use Canvas to access your course content and announcements, submit assignments, and receive your grades and feedback;



Student feedback at RMIT:

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.

The following link is an outline and ways that you will receive your feedback at RMIT;


Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Please see following access to the Student progress policy webpage;



Here is a guide to submitting assessments on Canvas;


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity.
Please see following access for more information on Academic Integrity at RMIT;


IT orientation

It's time to get ready;


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