Course Title: Extend cultural research expertise

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: VART6312C

Course Title: Extend cultural research expertise

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

Anthony Riccardi

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 develop skills and knowledge skills and knowledge required to extend and refine individual cultural research capability, both in the context of own practice and as part of the broader cultural context.

Independent professional practice in the creative industries involves the ability to research and engage with current cultural debate and with cultural history and theory.
At this level, you will engage in a self-directed independent research process.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVRES601A Extend cultural research expertise


1.Situate own practice in the wider context

Performance Criteria:

1.1.Reflect on the nature of own practice and its relationship to the broader contemporary cultural context
1.2.Explore the relationship of individual practice to particular aspects of cultural history and theory
1.3.Consider how own work connects to or diverges from the work of other professionals
1.4.Analyse the ways in which individual practice has evolved, and the influences that have affected this evolution


2.Extend research capability

Performance Criteria:

2.1.Investigate ways to extend individual research to support professional practice and self-development
2.2.Develop potential areas of research based on current or planned developments in practice and broader areas of interest
2.3.Conduct in-depth analysis of critical writing as part of an ongoing research practice


3.Refine and articulate own positions and ideas

Performance Criteria:

3.1.Evolve personal ideas based on developing research activity and critical analysis
3.2.Participate in current cultural debate with peers and within the wider community
3.3.Seek and apply critical feedback from others
3.4.Develop substantiated ideas on cultural topics
3.5.Develop and present information in formats that meet professional and relevant academic standards and conventions

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

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

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:

  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • guest lecture
  • lectures
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • online research

2. Out-of-class activities include:

  • practical exercises
  • project work
  • independent research

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.

The lectures are also accompanied by discussions and occasional film clips where relevant

<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>
 1Introduction to course:

Historical context to postmodernism and the other topics of this module; 

Learning outcomes
Assessment criteria
Course requirements
Overview of post structuralism and postmodernism; challenges to the ideas of creativity, originality, modernism, etc. The importance of culture, identity, theory; the various uses of the term postmodern. 
 1, 3
 2Lecture – postmodernism 1 A history and overview of Structuralism and Post-Structuralism. The influence of Rationalism, Freud, Marx and Nietzsche.  1, 2
 3Lecture – postmodernism 2 Structuralism continued.
Barthes: Structuralism in relation to the study of culture. “Mythologies” ”Death of the Author”. Readerly vs. writerly. 
 4Lecture – postmodernism 3 Post-Structuralist thinkers continued.
Derrida: Deconstruction. 
 2, 3
 5Lecture – postmodernism 4 Postmodernism: Concerns, Qualities and Characteristics.
The attributes of postmodernism are discussed. 
 2, 3
 6Lecture – postmodernism 5 The continuation of Postmodernism 4.
Artists and movements: Neo Expressionism: 
 2, 3
 7Lecture – feminism and gender 1 A discussion of the term “feminism” and the different types of feminisms; a short history of feminism from the French Revolution to the present day, outlining not only significant historical developments but also the changing ideas and activities of First, Second and Third wave feminism;   2, 3
 8Lecture – feminism and gender 2 Psychological background to feminist thought continued; the ideas of Jacques Lacan regarding gender development;   2, 3
 9Lecture – feminism and gender 3 An examination of women artists and how they implemented feminist ideas into their work.  2, 3
 10Lecture – art and politics 1 The ideas of Karl Marx; Dialectical Materialism; his economical, political and social theories; his critique of Capitalism;   2, 3
 11Lecture – art and politics 2 The function of art in a Marxist context; an examination of the works and ideas of Hans Haake and other artists  2
 12Lecture - post colonialism The idea of Postcolonialism as a discipline; its aims and practices in relation to art; an examination of some postcolonial thinkers- Fanon, Said, Bhabha, Spivak  2
 13Introduction to aesthetics An account of the major questions and issues concerning Aesthetics accompanied by an exercise given to discover/ formulate one’s own aesthetic criteria. This is followed by a discussion.  1, 2
 14The creative process A general coverage of the creative process, its stages, problems, strategies and solutions and ideas taken from various visual and non-visual artists.  3
 15The creative process  Continue with discussion  3
 16Assessment  Report  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

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios. You will be expected to make use of the library 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 knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through completion of a body of work that demonstrates concept development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio.

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
Response to lectures
Due date

Assessment task
Visual Diary include lecture notes
Artists of influence/conceptual development
Due date

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. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

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
Outline Competent with high distinction
Grading 80 - 100
Criteria Highly developed

Grade CDI
Outline Competent with distinction
Grading 70 - 79
Criteria Well developed

Grade CC
Outline Competent with credit
Grading 60 - 69
Criteria Developed

Grade CAG
Outline Competent achieved - graded
Grading 50 - 59
Criteria Sound

Grade NYC
Outline Not Yet Competent

Grade DNS
Outline Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

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

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.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy. (unresolved)FPlagiarism/

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.
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