Course Title: Realise a public art project

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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

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


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


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

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

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
•teacher directed studio activities/projects
•studio exercises to review discussions/lectures
•peer teaching and class presentations
•group discussion
•studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:
•practical exercises
•reading articles and excerpts
•preparing for discussion
•project work
•independent research

You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and industry guests speak about professional practice.

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass ContentElements
1Artland Brief1/2/3
2Artland Site Analysis1/2/3
3Studio Workshop: Artland1/2/3
4Studio Workshop: Artland1/2/3/4
5Artland Presentations1/2/3/4/5/6
6Street Art Maquette – City of Melbourne permits1/2/3/4
7Street Art Maquette – City of Melbourne permits1/2/3/4
8Street Art Maquette – City of Melbourne permits1/2/3/4
9Street Art Maquette – City of Melbourne permits – Submission/Parking Day Briefing1/2/3/4/5/6
11Counter Monument Brief1/2/3/4
12Counter Monument Studio: Research/Maquette1/2/3/4
13Counter Monument Studio: Research/Maquette1/2/3/4
14Counter Monument Studio: Research/Maquette1/2/3/4
15Counter Monument Presentation1/2/3/4/5/6
16Assessment preparation/submission1/2/3/4/5/6

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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

Semester 2:
1. Assessment title: Artland Proposal
Description: A3 presentation board as response to brief/Powerpoint presentaion
Due date: Aug 5th
Semester: 2
Week: 5
2. Assessment title: Street Art Maquette
Description: Submit Street Art Maquette
Due date: Sept 9th
Semester: 2
Week: 9

3. Assessment title: Counter Monument
Description: response to Counter Monument Brief
Due date: Oct 21st
Semester: 2
Week: 15

4. Assessment title: Weekly presentations
Description: Present on a Public Artwork/Artist of your choosing. Outline the work/artist. Share images.
Due date: ongoing
Week: 5-16

5. Assessment title: Folio:
Description: Site analyses/Concepts/Brief Responses
Semester: 2
Week: 17

7. Visual Diary:
Description: Your visual diary should be a living document that provides insights to your influences, your ideas and how they impact your practice.
Semester: 2
Week: 17

Assessment Matrix

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