Course Title: Realise a public art project

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6228C

Course Title: Realise a public art project

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: 90

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 the skills and knowledge required to realise all aspects of a public art project, from initial brief or idea to the actual installation of the work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPUA601A Realise a public art project


1. Originate ideas for public art

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use own creative impulse or brief supplied by others to develop ideas for work
1.2 Initiate site-specific research and planning processes
1.3 Research and explore relevant ideas and associations for the work, including those related to the site and its environment
1.4 Develop responses to accommodate practical requirements and constraints
1.5 Explore options for materials, technologies and processes that fulfil requirements of the site and the brief
1.6 Collaborate with relevant people about project ideas as part of an ongoing process of refining ideas


2. Articulate and present project ideas

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop, critique and articulate creative responses to the objectives and contexts of the brief and the site
2.2 Apply guidelines for formal presentation of concept proposal and supporting documentation to the client, sponsor or selection panel
2.3 Formally present the design proposal with supporting documentation and practical planning data
2.4 Evaluate and re-work aspects of the presentation, as required


3. Plan and document work in response to the site and the brief

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop and plan construction and installation with reference to the specific site and its contexts
3.2 Engage with key stakeholders in the public art project
3.3 Re-present planning and preparatory work using presentation mechanisms suited to the project


4. Create the public artwork

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Integrate command of technique, materials and process to create public artwork that meets creative and other needs
4.2 Apply critical and creative thinking to challenge, adapt and refine the public artwork
4.3 Interrogate aspects of work in progress and participate in critical inquiry and discussion
4.4 Apply health and safety principles and guidelines to the development of public art projects


5. Finalise the public art project

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Liaise with relevant people on finalisation processes
5.2 Bring together the disparate challenges of the public art project to complete work on time
5.3 Organise the installation of the work, engaging specialist expertise where necessary


6. Evaluate own work

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Seek and apply constructive criticism to improve own work
6.2 Evaluate work against planned strategy for own creative practice
6.3 Consider place of own work in relation to other public art practitioners
6.4 Adjust work processes and practice to improve technical, conceptual and commercial outcomes

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, workshop or 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
  • •Blog/Wiki discussion and participation
  • •analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • •seminar presentations
  • •guest lecture
  • •peer teaching and class presentations
  • •workshops
  • •tutorials

Out of class activities may include:
•group discussion
•online research
•independent project based work
•teacher directed group activities/projects
•site visits (observations)
•studio practice

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass ContentElements
1Public Art Now 
2Brief 1: Counter Monument Brief




3Breif 1:



4Brief 1 Presentations6.1,6.2,6.3,6.4
5Brief 2: Artland1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6



6Brief 24.1,4.2,4.3,4.4


7Breif 2 Presentations6.1,6.2,6.3,6.4
8Brief 3:  Street Art - Permits & Maquettes1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6



9Brief 34.1,4.2,4.3,4.4


10Brief 34.1,4.2,4.3,4.4


11Brief 3 Presentations6.1,6.2,6.3,6.4
12Brief 4: Urban Forest1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6



13Brief 44.1,4.2,4.3,4.4


14Brief 44.1,4.2,4.3,4.4


15Brief 4 Presentations6.1,6.2,6.3,6.4
16Assessment preparation/submission6.1,6.2,6.3,6.4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

  • Forbat, S. 2009 40 years : Kaldor public art projects NSW, Botany.
  • Hogg, G & Sharp, K. (eds) 2011, Outer site : the intercultural projects of RMIT art in public space with a foreword by Lucy Lippard, Balnarring, Vic. : McCulloch & McCulloch Australian Art Books.
  • Frayling C, Charity R & O’Reilly L 2005 Re views : artists and public space. London, UK : Black Dog Books.

Library Subject Guides: Art in Public Spaces

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
  • 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:

  • Originate and realise a complete public art project, including managing its creative, technical and organisational components
  • Create public artwork of a professional standard for the public domain
  • Articulate and present ideas about public artwork in relevant contexts
  • Evaluate, explain and discuss work in a professional context.

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 course are graded.

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

Brief 1  - Counter Monument Brief

Due: Semester 1 /  Week 4

Brief 2 - Artland

Due: Semester 1 /  Week 7

Brief 3 Street Art - Permits & Maquettes

Due: Semester 1 / Week 11

Brief 4: Urban Forest

Due: Semester 1 Week 15

Visual Diary - a visual diary shodul demonstrate research and udnerstanding of this course and to support the project briefs.

Due: Semester 1 /  Week 16 

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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