Course Title: Realise a public art project

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

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


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


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


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


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


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

Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop, classroom or on site 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/lconcepts
• analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• seminar presentations
• lectures/guest lecture
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion
• workshops
• online research
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• studio practice
• tutorials
• ‘workshopping’ of student projects

Teaching Schedule

Realise a public art project
WeekClass Content
1The Manifesto

Artist presentations

Street Art Proposal

3Artist presentations

Street Art Proposal

4Artist presentations

Street Art Proposal

5Artist presentations

Street Art Proposal


Artist presentations

Park(ing) Day

7Artist presentations

Park(ing) Day

8Artist presentations

Park(ing) Day

9Artist presentations

Park(ing) Day

10Artist presentations

Park(ing) Day Installations


Artist presentations
Install a work

12Artist presentations
Install a work
13Artist presentations
Install a work
14Artist presentations
Install a work
15Artist presentations
Install a work
16Artist presentations
Install a work

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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.

Other Resources

You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings, visit galleries and seek art in public places outside of your learning environment. RMIT school of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios and computer laboratories and relevant software.

You will also be expected to make use of the library 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

Assessment Tasks
Semester 2: DIY PUBLIC ART

1. Assessment title: Manifesto/Concept to work with…
Due date: July 14th
Semester: 2
Week: 2

2. Assessment title: Street Art Proposal/Maquette
Description: Powerpoint presentation/Maquette
Due date: Aug 4th
Semester: 2
Week: 5

3. Assessment title: Park(ing) Day
Description: Project outline/material produced/documentation
Due date: Sept 8th
Semester: 2
Week: 9

4. Assessment title: Install an artwork
Description: concept/elements/documentation
Due date: Oct 13th
Semester: 2
Week: 13

5. Assessment title: Instant Messenger Throwies
Description: Present on a Public Artwork/Artist of your choosing. Outline the work/artist. Share images.
Due date: Nov 3rd
Semester: 2
Week: 16

6. Assessment title: Weekly presentation
Description: Present on a Public Artwork/Artist of your choosing. Outline the work/artist. Share images.

7. Folio/Visual Diary:
Description: Folio presenting evidence and documentation of responses to each of your briefs.
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

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 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
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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