Course Title: Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: EMPL5822C

Course Title: Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6128 - Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja and Fay Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Philip Allan

Nominal Hours: 65

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 develop skills and knowledge required to research, analyse and debate exploration of creativity and its application to work and life practice. You will be able to gain insight into fields of practice traditionally considered as ’creative’, such as the arts, but may equally relate to much broader fields of human activity and endeavour.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCRT601A Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity


1.Research concepts and theories of creativity

Performance Criteria:

1.1.Use a range of research techniques to source information about creativity

1.2.Identify and explore potential new, emerging and alternative sources of ideas and thinking about creativity

1.3.Expand own knowledge and understanding of creativity through review and critical analysis of information

1.4.Analyse, compare and contrast a range of theoretical perspectives and thinking on creativity

1.5.Identify and explore the transmigration of creative thought to innovative output


2.Apply theories of creativity to practice

Performance Criteria:

2.1.Evaluate the relevance and application of different theories and practices of creativity based on analysis of own work and life experience

2.2.Analyse the ways in which different aspects of history, theory and other influences are applied, adapted or challenged in practice

2.3.Assess the ways in which theories, thinking and practices about creativity may be applied that provide benefits to individuals, businesses and the community


3.Develop, articulate and debate own perspectives theories and practices of creativity

Performance Criteria:

3.1.Take a critical approach to different theories and reflect on own ideas and responses

3.2.Develop own substantiated positions in response to research and analysis

3.3.Articulate own positions in a manner which demonstrates clarity of thought and conceptual understanding of different theories and thinking

3.4.Debate own positions on creativity showing belief in own ideas and a willingness to remain open to new perspectives

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Select an appropriate research focus
  • Analyse cultural ideas and information
  • Develop substantiated positions to support professional practice
  • Participate in informed discussion of cultural history and theory.

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • Recognise historical and theatrical contemporary cultural practices
  • Develop opinions and ideas about cultural history and theory.

Details of Learning Activities

Your learning activities will take place in a studio and computer room. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studio and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will need also be expected to make use of the library resources.

The learning activities for this course centre around the following:

  • Participation in practical workshops conducted by a teacher. Workshops also provide the opportunity for student to practice & perform under supervision and coaching from a teacher
  • Participation in tutorials which can be one on one, small groups or whole class and which provide the opportunity for students to present their work for comment and critique by teachers and fellow students
  • Individual studio time for students to work on projects to develop skills and conceptual ability in an environment of discovery and experimentation
  • Keeping a visual diary which contains evidence of conceptual development, feedback on work from tutorials, reflection on own development and understanding, critical engagement and critical discourse
  • Research
  • Ongoing practice to become self managing
  • When available, attendance at exhibitions and field work

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.

<thead> <th scope="col">Week</th> <th scope="col">Course content</th> <th scope="col">Task / Assessment due dates</th> <th scope="col">Elements</th> </thead>
1 Introduction to course Introduction to photography as a fine art practice&#8232;.
2 Learn operation of equipment Upgrade knowledge required to work in the varied locations of art imaging 1
3 Organise shoots on location or in studio and prepare shoot management timelines Technology skills to check and reinstate equipment, studio and props. 1
4 Explore and experiment with new materials Recognise and address barriers to effective photo imaging workflow 1, 2
5 Theme 1 – field work

Assessment task
Group & individual tutorials

Theory and knowledge
Field work as available
Observation checklist
OHS & studio practice
6 Artist approach to collaboration and new technologies Exploring the online world 3
7 Presentation of theme work Peer learning project 2
8 Site visit - digital bureaus Group & individual tutorials
Theory and knowledge&#8232;
Fieldwork as available
Observation checklist
OHS & studio practice.
2, 3
9 Theme 2 - self-portrait. Presentation and feedback on project 1
Group & individual tutorials.
Demonstrations,&#8232;theory and knowledge.
Observation checklist: OHS & studio practice.
 1, 2
10 Negotiate prices and fair exchange of services Promote own photo imaging work in the media 3
11 Presentation of theme work Peer learning project 1, 2
12 Collaboration project Artist talk 2, 3
13 Theme 3 – new technologies and medias Bringing together new ideas and expertise 1, 2
14 Evaluate the results of experimentation and testing with new art forms or media Peer learning project 2
15 Presentation of theme work Peer learning project 3
16 Assessment and moderation Submit a folio of work that has been created during the 16 weeks. 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

You will be required to have your materials purchased prior to the commencement of the project. Please refer to the materials list provided at enrolment.


Other Resources

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

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment requires completion of a body of work that demonstrates concept development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

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

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc

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 task
OH&S checklist

Demonstration of safe and healthy use of equipment, materials and workspaces in workshops and studios assessed through checklists
Due date
Week 16

Assessment task
Visual journal
Research and opportunities
Images and ideas
Due date
Week 16

Assessment task
Theme work presented in a folio
Class presentation
Due date
Week 16

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.
Graded assessment applies for courses within the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts.

Grade CHD
Competent with high distinction
80 - 100
Highly developed

Grade CDI
Competent with distinction
70 - 79
Well developed

Grade CC
Competent with credit
60 - 69

Grade CAG
Competent achieved - graded
50 - 59

Grade NYC
Not Yet Competent

Grade DNS
Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contract in Program Administration.

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. (unresolved)

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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