Course Title: Address legal and administrative requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

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 - City campus
9925 1988

Sharon West - Bundoora campus
9925 7501

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

This unit is clustered and taught with VPAU010/OHTH5482 Analyse and implement sustainable work practices

This course provides you with an understanding of the visual art industry whilst developing your creative skills in a professional context.

It introduces you to the gallery and museum industry with an emphasis on the role of the artist, The course provides you with the roles and responsibilities of artists, art collector and gallery directors. It contains a detailed study of the general knowledge and understanding of the spectrum of arts organisations and the application of that knowledge to specific work practices.

You will learn the skills required to share idea/s with others in the workplace in a range of contexts within the cultural industries. The course will focus on you as an artist being able to manage your own work and understanding legislations and processes that underpin all art practices.

On successful completion of this course, you will have a thorough understanding of the visual arts industry, cultural organisation and the ability to contribute to workplace environments.

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentTask/ Assessment due dates
Week 1Orientation and course introduction 
Week 2Introduction: “the business of being an artist”
Course outline: overview of the semester and assessment tasks
Galleries pp presentation
Week 3Galleries cont’d
The role of the artist/collector/director
ARIs handout/article
Gallery excursion –visit ARIs
Week 4Exhibition proposal overview, information sheet
-writing an artist’s statement
-visual support material
Week 5Sustainability and the Studio Studio questionnaire
Week 6 Studio visit and report  Studio report
Week 7 Exhibition proposal review
Student/peer review/editing
 Exhibition proposal (draft of artist statement and CV)
Week 8 Understanding contracts, copyright and moral rights PPP and notes
Week 9 Guest speaker from the arts industry TBC Exhibition Proposal
Week 10 Exhibition proposal presentations Class presentations
Week 11 Exhibition proposal presentations Class presentations
Week 12 Exhibition proposal presentations Class presentations
Week 13 Financing your arts practice and preparing a funding application  
Week 14 Financing your arts practice and preparing a funding application  
Week 15 Residencies and prizes
Dealing with rejection and post exhibition blues
 Budget/Funding proposal
Week 16 Semester review/feedback  
Week 17 Semester review/feedback  

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Art Almanac, NAVA website, Art Monthly

You will be encourage to attend one exhibition opening and visit galleries outside of your learning environment. RMIT school of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.

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.

Assessment Tasks

1. Major exhibition proposal
Exhibition proposal for an artist run gallery
Week 9
2. Budget for funding proposal
Funding application for exhibition proposal
Week 15
3. Class presentation
A 5-10-minute presentation on the exhibition proposal
Weeks 10-12
4. Sustainable work practices studio assessment & report
Week 5 & 6

Assessment Matrix

Assessment evidenceElementEssential skillsUnderpinning knowledge & skills
Critical aspects of assessment
Exhibition proposal3. Establish rights to materials, products/services
4. Secure rights to materials/products/services
Negotiation skills, including the skills to conduct negotiations of significant commercial valueKnowledge of the relevant industry sector

Negotiation skills, including the skills to conduct
negotiations of significant commercial value
Understanding the range of legislative and
administrative issues affecting the industry sector in
which the person is employed
Budget for funding1.Establish legal structures for business or projects
2.Comply with statutory and regulatory requirements
 Knowledge of the legal issues that affect
negotiations and contracts in the relevant industry

Knowledge of the statutory and regulatory
The ability to apply the knowledge to the context in
which the project or business is operating and
ensure compliance  
Class presentation and journal4. Secure rights to materials/products/services  The ability to communicate information accurately to
relevant individuals and groups

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:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1

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