Course Title: Painting Studio 2B1 Transformative Projects

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Painting Studio 2B1 Transformative Projects

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Hong Kong Arts Centre


340H Art


Offsh 3 09,
Offsh 3 10,
Offsh 3 11,
Offsh3 12,
Offsh3 13

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Peter Ellis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2838

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Bld 2.C.4

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is for Fine Art Students from BP201 only.
Successful completion of Painting Studio 2A1.

Course Description

This course extends and develops skills that relate to contemporary hybrid art practice

In this course you will engage with research projects and individual student work proposals.   These will be complemented by seminars, group and individual tutorials.  The use of original and found images, assemblage painting, drawing, installation practice, photo based and digital technologies are employed to inform individual expression.  You will develop and investigate ideas which will then be extended and transformed into a variety of outcomes. 

This course addresses diversity by encouraging different cultural ways of seeing.

This course is a Work Integrated Learning course (WIL). The Key feature of WIL courses is that the learning experiences simulate the working life of professional practitioners. As such this course introduces you to a research based approach to painting and its related practices by working as a practicing artist in a studio based learning context.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course allows you to gain the capabilities related to:

  • A critically reflective arts practice, in order to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed by and improved by arts practice.
  • Develope a practical and intellectual basis for articulating formal, conceptual and aesthetic concerns as they relate to fine art practice at a year 2 level

    At the completion of this course you will be able to:

    1. Develop your art practice by using a variety of visual strategies to investigate concepts and instigate independent works of art through appropriate selection.
    2. Test ideas through the creation of experimental works which will enable you to have a more developed understanding of the significance of visual research
      Analyze visual material in relation to ideas.
    3. Produce preliminary and resolved works and understand their relationship
    4. Implement independent thinking and critical analysis, in projects and tutorials/critiques
    5. write a simple studio work proposal
    6. Have an increased ability to work independently and develop strategies to overcome obstacles in your work practice.
    7. Produce a work integrated Learning journal that demonstrates an experience of the artists studio. This will include notes from feedback and reflection on both your own work and the work of others in the arts industry.
    Specific criteria for these outcomes will be discussed in relation to different activities during the course

    Overview of Learning Activities

    This course is studio based. It involves a combination of structured research projects and individual work proposals initiated with staff consultation.  The learning in this course simulates the work experience of a practicing artist where art works are self initiated, directed and finalized within the artists’ studio. Through self –directed experimental projects you will be encouraged to develop visual ways of knowing, thinking and doing. You will work with industry professionals engaging in real problem solving experiences and will consider issues of professional practice, health and safety and a variety of methods of production.Lectures, demonstrations, studio based learning via individual and group tutorials and consultations, providing feedback to students, methods of production, health and safety, professional practice, self initiated learning through work proposals, gallery visits, individual visual and bibliographic research, audio visual presentations.
    Students are encouraged to keep a work integrated learning notebook/journal to record individual and group feedback during consultations with staff and in critiques, reviews, and individual and group tutorials relating to aspects of their learning.

    Overview of Learning Resources

    • Learning resources include studios, workshops, Blackboard, RMIT Library, tutorial, critiques and work Integrated learning feedback sessions, gallery visits and field trips.

    Overview of Assessment

    The work resulting from your studio practice will be presented for assessment at the end of semester in the form of a folio.  Your folio should clearly demonstrate the learning objectives of this course and may comprise drawings, sketches, maquettes, photographs, digital works, books, paintings, videos and journals which reflect your visual, conceptual and technical research.  This folio will be assessed by professional artists and art industry experts to the level of second year standards.
    The folio should reflect your involvement in consistent, dedicated, research and production of artworks over the semester and will include works produced in lecturer guided hours and student independent, research time.

    You will receive feedback from your peers, academic staff, practicing artists, technical officers, and others in the arts industry and community through a variety of consultations, tutorials, critiques and reviews.
    Feedback is an ongoing, continuous strategy in this course. Feedback is collegial, supportive, reflective, critical and encouraging. Students and staff are respectful of an individual’s ideas and opinions.
    You will receive feedback on your artwork, proposals, projects and progress from a wide variety of sources: from peers in daily studio contact, in group tutorials and collaborative projects. Technical and practical feedback from studio technical officers. All aspects of your art production, proposals, projects and progress will be given by academic staff who are experienced practicing professional artists.
    Visiting artists, casual staff and Art History and Theory academic staff also provide feedback.
    You may also engage in formal feedback through regular student / staff consultative committees, through Blackboard and CES (student Experience Survey HE) at the end of each semester.

    Assessment Criteria
    The assessment criteria are based on the learning outcomes of this course.

    •    The production of resolved artworks addresses learning outcomes 1,2,3,4 and 7
    •    Documentation of art works addresses learning outcomes. 2, 3,4
    •    Your Work Integrated Learning diary addresses learning outcomes 3,5,7,8
    •    Your Work Proposal addresses learning outcomes no 3 and 6