Course Title: Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: BUSM6461C

Course Title: Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5308 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Fiona Hillary


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

In this course you will gain a strong understanding of the arts industry and working in this profession. It involves industry structures and operations, employment obligations and opportunities, industry trends and emerging technologies, and industry laws and regulations.

This course describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to maintain industry knowledge and manage own professional practice within the creative arts industry.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVIND501B Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge


1. Research and apply industry information

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research the structure and operation of the creative arts industries using appropriate sources
1.2 Research employment obligations and opportunities within the creative arts industries using appropriate sources
1.3 Monitor trends and emerging technologies within the creative arts industries using appropriate sources
1.4 Research laws and regulations affecting the creative arts industries using appropriate sources
1.5 Analyse, critique and share industry information with relevant personnel to assist own decision making and contingency planning
1.5 Evaluate currency and credibility of information sources and ensure research scope is sufficiently broad
1.6 Maintain accurate and comprehensive details of information sources


2. Maintain effective industry networks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Participate in networks and associations to maintain high standards of professional practice
2.2 Use network strategies to establish and maintain relationships that enhance own professional practice
2.3 Maintain dialogue with networks to maximise industry contacts and ensure currency and credibility of industry knowledge
2.4 Communicate benefits of network participation to relevant personnel


3. Enhance professional practice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Seek feedback from relevant personnel to identify professional development opportunities
3.2 Participate in professional development activities to improve work performance and ensure currency of industry knowledge
3.3 Use industry affiliations and strategic alliances to support and maintain professional practice

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

Learning activities will take place in a studio and classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.
In class activities may include:

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • practical demonstrations
  • guest lecture
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • workshops
  • tutorials.

Out of class activities may include:

  • group discussion
  • independent project based work
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • site visits (observations)
  • studio practice
  • visits to galleries and events.

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
Learning outcomes
1Introduction to course:
  • learning outcomes
  • assessment criteria
  • course requirements
  • presentation on relevant arts organisations
2Topic of investigation
  • Arts Organisations: National, State, Local
  • Arts Industry Groups: NAVA, ArtsHub, Artslaw.
Gather information about all arts organisation presented in the program and develop a ‘guide’ to arts organisations for emerging artists.
3Topic of investigation
  • The Government and the Arts
4The role of the artist in community
  • Artists & festivals: Next Wave
  • Festival/Fringe Festival/Melbourne Festival
5The Artist as volunteer…how volunteers are used in the arts sector 
6Topic of investigation:
  • Local Government Initiatives: Grants, Arts specific programs.
  • City of Melbourne: Creative Spaces
7Media: how to engage media
Media lists: social networking, blogs, artwork in the space 
8Artist run spaces: in small groups visit three of listed ARIs – identify the work they show, comment on their facilities, how could you get involved, what’s required to apply for a showWrite an application for the ARI of your choice.
Assessment task: Brief 2 Social media action Kit
Develop a kit to guide emerging artists in the use of social media
9Artist run spaces: in small groups visit three of listed ARIs – identify the work they show, comment on their facilities, how could you get involved, what’s required to apply for a show 
10Discipline specific spaces…Centre for Contemporary Photography, Australian Print WorkshopIn groups write a mock application to Arts Victoria funding round for presentation to the goup
Assessment task: brief 3: Application for an ARI
11Collections or not…NGV – Ian Potter, ACCA, ACMI 
12Indigenous Art: Koori Heritage Trust, Black Dot Gallery 
13Topic of investigation
  • Auspicious arts
14Topic of investigation
Role of the museum includes the Chinese Museum
15-16Student presentationsFolio preparation for assessment
17-18Assessment and folio presentation 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Mayer, R., Sheehan, S. The Artist’s handbook of materials and techniques, 5th Edition, 1991, Faber & Faber.

Dashkin, M. Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting, 2011, Phaidon.

Other Resources

Library Subject Guides: Visual Art

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
  • Written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
  • 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:

  • Research, analyse, critique and apply industry information
  • Maintain effective industry networks
  • Enhance professional practice.

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Project Brief 1 - A Guide to Arts Organisations
Description: gather information about all arts organisations presented in the program and develop a ‘guide’ to arts organisations for emerging artists. You can present it as a flyer, a zine, a blog page, be creative.
Due date: Week 16

Project Brief 2 - Social Media Action Kit

Description: develop a kit to guide emerging artists in the use of social media
Due date: Week 8

Projecr Brief 3: - Application for an ARI
Description: write an application for an Artist Run Space
Due date Week 10

Project Brief 4: Assessment title: Arts Victoria mock application
Description: In groups you will write a mock application to Arts Victoria for funding and present to the group as a major presentation
Due date Week15/16

5. Assessment title: Folio of evidence
Description: Brief 1, 2, 3, 4
Due date Week 17

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment.

  • CHD - Competent with high distinction
  • CDI - Competent with distinction
  • CC - Competent with Credit
  • CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
  • NYC - Not Yet Competent
  • DNS - Did not submit for assessment

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


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 gain the competency.
Feedback - 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.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress 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. Special consideration, appeals and discipline. Cover Sheet for Submissions 
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

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