Course Title: Extend professional expertise across new art forms and media

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: VART6314C

Course Title: Extend professional expertise across new art forms and media

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: 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 required to extend creative expertise across new art forms and media. It involves exploring different art forms and media such as video, online media, installation or hybrid art and integrating new skills into creative practice.

Expertise with different art forms or media provides visual artists and other creative practitioners with the opportunity to evolve their professional practice and explore new ideas for and ways of creating work. This may involve a deepening exploration of work in a particular area of practice or a focus on new types of work. The course can be applied to any creative form with particular attention to new technologies such as digital of video work.

At this level, the independent practitioner already possesses well-developed skills in at least one art form and is evolving their work and ideas at a professional level. This process of experimentation, refinement and maturation lies at the heart of artistic practice and involves extensive practice as a fundamental part of the work process.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVACD602A Extend professional expertise across new art forms and media


1. Explore the professional potential of different art forms and media

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate ways in which the use of different art forms or media might enhance current practice
1.2 Explore and analyse different connections and associations as sources of new ideas
1.3 Select new art forms or media to explore in own practice
1.4 Research historical and contemporary trends and influences in other art forms and media


2. Explore and extend new skills with materials, processes and techniques

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Explore and experiment with new materials, processes and techniques in selected art forms and media
2.2 Identify and resolve technical problems in new areas
2.3 Evaluate the results of experimentation and testing with new art forms or media
2.4 Develop professional expertise in the chosen art form or media
2.5 Realise creative work that shows command of techniques, materials and processes with selected art forms and media


3. Conceptualise new approaches to work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Apply critical and creative thinking ability to the development of new ideas
3.2 Evaluate how new and existing skills might work together in own practice
3.3 Discuss and refine thinking through collaboration with others
3.4 Develop concepts for new work by bringing together new ideas and expertise

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Archive, maintain and manage film and digital assets
  • Collaborate with others about nature and opportunities of new work forms

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • Technology skills to conduct web-based research
  • Compare contemporary styles and conceptual or aesthetic approaches to art making
  • Maintain professional practice arrangements for art making

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 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
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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