Course Title: Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: VART5797C

Course Title: Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5181 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Professional Writing and Editing Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Clare Renner - Programs Manager

Building 94, level 2, room 6
23–27 Cardigan Street, South Carlton
9925 4047 (phone); 9925 4362 (fax)

E-mail address:

Nominal Hours: 70

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

This course is taught along with the Refine Writing and Editing Techniques specialisations.                               

Course Description

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to research and analyse history and theory for application to artistic practice. The course includes critical analysis of information and the challenging of different points of view to inform students’ own work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVCOR13A Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice


1. Research history and theory

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2. Link research to artistic practice

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3. Update and maintain knowledge of trends within own area of artistic practice 

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Learning Outcomes

Not applicable

Details of Learning Activities

1.    Lectures
2.    Presentations
3.    Guest speakers
4.    Workshopping, self-criticism of written work, providing oral critiques of others’ work

This competency is taught within the four second year writing specialisations that students  complete to qualify for the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing.

Teaching Schedule

See writing specialisation course outlines for teaching schedule.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

    * Suggested reading material will be provided in class by teacher.
    * Handouts provided in class by teacher
    * Internet access to the RMIT library
    * Published material through RMIT Library, community libraries, video libraries and other sources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment includes short exercises and demonstration of this competency within a chosen Writing Specialisation.

Assessment Tasks

This competency is assessed through 2 written exercises It is also assessed through the work you complete within your writing specialisations.

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  1. Written exercise designed to show your understanding of what is involved in originating a  concept and conducting critical discourse around that concept. Exercises to be submitted by March 6

<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--> <!--[endif]--><o:p></o:p>2. Written exercise designed to encourage you to reflect on the skills you have developed while originating and conducting critical discourse around that concept. Exercise to be submitted by October 23

3. Your competency in researching and critically analysing history and theory to inform your own artistic practice is also assessed within your writing specialisations.You should refer to the assessment tasks outlined in your chosen writing specialisation course guide for assessment details.

All assessment submissions require a completed School Cover Sheet. You can obtain this cover sheet from your teacher or from the course site in the Distributed Learning System (DLS).
Please leave assignments in the PWE drop box on or before the due date and e-mail a copy to

Late submission

If you are unable to complete your assessment project, assignment or essay by the due date, you can apply for an extension. If you are seeking an extension of up to 7 calendar days, please apply to your teacher who will let you know whether your request has been granted. Application for Extension forms are available from the Distributed Learning System (DLS) or from the Creative Media Office. The application must be submitted by email or in person, before the official due date together with supporting evidence such as a medical certificate.

If you are seeking an extension of longer than 7 calendar days, or if you are seeking an extension for a test or lab-based assessment, you will need to apply to the University for Special Consideration.

If you submit late work without an approved extension, 5% of the total marks for that piece of assessment will be deducted each week (or part of a week) it is late.


Assessment Matrix

not applicable

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