Course Title: Address legal and administrative requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: BUSM6276C

Course Title: Address legal and administrative requirements

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5234 - Diploma of Visual Art

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jennifer Mills

Nominal Hours: 50

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

This course develops your skills and knowledge required to ensure that business or project comply with relevant legislative and regulatory requirements. It introduces you to the skills needed in setting up and managing legal and administrative aspects of businesses and projects in a cultural industry context.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSADM09A Address legal and administrative requirements


1. Establish legal structures for businesses or projects

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Examine the legal options for setting up a business or project to determine the most suitable structure, taking into account:
1.1.1 preference of interested parties
1.1.2 requirements of funding bodies
1.1.3 structure of the industry
1.1.4 subsequent ownership transfer considerations
1.2 Investigate legal rights and responsibilities of the business/project to ensure they are understood and the business/project is adequately protected
1.3 Establish and maintain a file of all relevant documentation and correspondence


2. Comply with statutory and regulatory requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Ascertain the statutory and regulatory requirements affecting the way the business operates and take appropriate steps to ensure adequate cover and full compliance
2.2 Identify the insurance requirements fully to ensure cover and minimise risk
2.3 If required, secure registration of the business in accordance with owner/operator preferences and legal requirements
2.4 Investigate any specific legal questions of particular relevance to the industry
2.5 Maintain legal documents accurately and securely, keep relevant records and update to ensure their ongoing security and accessibility


3. Establish rights to materials, products/services

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Seek information on any procurement rights needed to ensure that the implications are fully understood
3.2 Explore conditions applying to materials, products and services fully to ensure compliance with legal and contractual requirements
3.3 Identify fully the cost of procurement rights to materials, products and services and include in ongoing financial planning
3.4 Explore fully the rights and responsibilities applying to use of products, materials and services to ensure accurate information is communicated to customers
3.5 Seek legal advice on contractual rights and obligations as required, to clarify liabilities


4. Secure rights to materials/products/ services

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Assess materials, products and services to determine procurement rights
4.2 Ensure that contractual procurement rights are secured

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide you with a focus on the acquisition of essential industry skills.
You will learn the following:

  • How to make a proposal for funding
  • How to prepare a budget
  • Legal considerations relevant to a project
  • How to negotiate project requirements
  • Skills to liaise effectively.

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

  • Understand how to interpret a project brief
  • Be able to respond creatively and imaginatively to a project brief
  • Be aware of legal and administrative requirements necessary to successfully undertake the project
  • Have developed effective negotiation skills
  • Have prepared a proposal suitable for submission.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you will learn through:
1. In class activities:

  • lectures
  • handouts
  • industry speakers
  • excursion and field trips
  • practicing artists
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures/projects
  • class presentations
  • group discussion
  • class exercises to review discussion/lectures.
Out of class activities include:
  • practical exercises
  • reading articles and excerpts
  • preparing for discussion
  • report writing
  • project work
  • independent research
  • revision.
You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research, project work and speak to industry experts

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.

Course content
1Orientation and introduction to the course
  • course requirements
  • learning outcomes
  • assessment tasks
  • learning activities.
2Topic 1
The business of being an artist
Planning a project, what does the artist need to consider when conceiving, creating funding and exhibiting their artwork, including sustainability and good practice principles. Students will be asked to consider a project for exhibition. Homework: research artist run initiatives for next week. Introduction to the Unit Sustainable Work Practices which will be taught within the Address Legal and Administrative Unit.
3Topic 2
Overview of the arts community
Galleries: Publicly funded, commercial and particularly Artist-run-initiatives (ARIs). Selecting a suitable venue, what to consider: size, location, layout, costs, opening hours, public accessibility, profile, culture. Researching, and writing an exhibition proposal.
Visit ARIs in assigned groups
5Topic 3
The artist’s statement
  • What to write and how to write it
  • Interpreting proposal guidelines
  • Examination of artist’s statement, what to write and why?
  • Peer revision of artist’s statement.
6Topic 4
Design support material for a visual artist
  • Includes the "how to"
  • writing a curriculum vitae
  • taking digital images and image lists
  • Writing proposals due.
7Topic 5
The studio -  part 1
What needs to be considered when finding a space in which to make and exhibit art.
OHS, insurance, sustainable work practices in the studio.
Strategies for analysing, planning, improving and monitoring sustainable practices.
The focus will be on how to sustain and minimizing the environmental impact of an individual artistic practice. What regulations, laws, and responsibilities need to be considered. Sustainability task 1.
8The studio - part 2
Sustainability task 2
9Peer review
Students will be asked to share and discuss their completed proposals with a small, allocated group of peers for review. 
10Topic 6
Code of practice
  • Moral, ethical and legal considerations when making and exhibiting art.
  • Rights and obligations.
  • ARIs,
  • Commercial and Government sponsored galleries.
  • Contracts and copyright.
  • Arts Law.
 11Topic 6
Code of practice 2
  • Financing your art practice, and managing resources
  • Researching funding possibilities
  • Selling your art
  • ABN and GST requirements
  • Commercial galleries
  • Primary and secondary market
  • Purchasing considerations
  • Valuing art.
 12Topic 6
Code of practice 3
  • How to prepare a budget, fees and wages
Project 2: students will be asked to prepare a funding application introduced
 13Topic 7
Budget part 2
  • Peer review of prepared budgets
Topic 8
Residencies and prizes
Topic 9
Dealing with the ups and downs – rejection letters, knock backs and post exhibition blues
Topic 10
Assessment review and feedback

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will require access to the sources of information needed to deal with legal issues relating to the music, television, radio and multimedia industry sectors is required. There is no specialist equipment required but access to a computer and appropriate software would be useful.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge, and might include:

  • case studies
  • work samples or simulated workplace activities
  • oral questioning/interview
  • projects/reports/logbooks
  • third party reports and authenticated prior achievements
  • portfolios of evidence.

Assessment must take place over a period of time in order to determine competence in the ongoing implementation and monitoring aspects of this unit.

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.

You will need to complete 3 assessment tasks for assessment of this course:

  • Exhibition proposal
  • Funding/Grant application
  • Research diary (including class notes and handouts).
Graded assessment is undertaken for this course. The grading criteria is outlined in the program handbook.
Grades used in this course are as follows:
  • CHDCompetent with high distinction
  • CDI Competent with distinction
  • CC Competent with credit
  • CAGCompetent achieved - graded
  • NYCNot Yet Competent
  • DNSDid not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment evidenceElementPerformance criteriaEssential skillsEssential knowledgeCritical aspect of assessment
Exhibition proposal 1. Establish legal structures for businesses or projects
2. Comply with statutory and regulatory requirements
1.1, 1.2,1.3
2.4, 2.5
Assessment must include evidence of essential skills in, the following areas:
  • negotiation skills, including the skills to conduct
  • negotiations of significant commercial value
  • knowledge of the statutory and regulatory requirements.
Assessment must include evidence of essential knowledge
the following areas:
  • knowledge of the relevant industry sector
  • knowledge of the legal issues that affect
  • negotiations and contracts in the relevant  industry sector.

The following evidence is critical to the judgment of competence in this unit:
  • understanding the range of legislative and administrative issues affecting the industry sector in which the person is employed.
Funding/grant application3. Establish rights to materials, products/services 
4. Secure rights to materials/products/ services
 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
4.1, 4.2 ,
  • the ability to apply the knowledge to the context in which the project or business is operating and
  • ensure compliance the ability to communicate information accurately to relevant individuals and groups  
Research diary 2. Comply with statutory and regulatory requirements 2.1, 2.2, 2.5

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.
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