Course Title: Research in creative practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research in creative practice

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

This course is delivered in BA (Fine Arts) (Honours) & BA (Photography) (Honours)


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Nikos Pantazopoulos (Art) & Kelly Hussey-Smith (Photo)

Course Coordinator Phone: Please email

Course Coordinator Email:;

Course Coordinator Location: Building 6, Level 3

Course Coordinator Availability: Via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is undertaken alongside Cultures and Contexts (VART3019) and either Honours Fine Art Studio 1 (VART3021) or Honours Photography Studio 1 (VART 3641). 

Course Description

Research in Creative Practice is a critical introduction to creative practice research. In this course you will be introduced to a range of research methods and frameworks to support your Honours project. The course will help you contextualise the studio component of your Honours project and support the writing of an exegesis. 

Through the exploration of critical debates and multiple perspectives, you will identify key discourses and practices relevant to your project. You will be exposed to issues and themes in contemporary practice and learn how other artists and practitioners have approached their practice as research. Through workshops and assessments, we will develop the first part of your exegesis. Classes are designed to support your Honours project and will take the form of lectures, workshops, reading discussions, and student presentations. Research in Creative Practice will also prepare you for higher levels of study and research degrees. 

If you are enrolled in this course as a component of your Bachelor Honours Program, your overall mark will contribute to the calculation of the weighted average mark (WAM).   See the WAM information web page for more information. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course, you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) (Hons)

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge to undertake and initiate independent research as an integral part of your professional and artistic development and communicate research outcomes to a variety of audiences.
  • Build a body of knowledge that articulates the conceptual and artistic character of art practice in written and spoken communication.

Bachelor of Photography (Hons)

  • Apply independent research and advanced practical knowledge in the innovative production of a folio to communicate research outcomes to a variety of audiences.
  • Critically analyse and reflect on your photography practice to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed and improved by professional photographic practice.
  • Construct a proactive and critically relevant career as a member of the photographic industries as an active participant and in preparation for further study.
  • Work autonomously, and with others to apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in photo- graphic technology and image analysis.
  • Develop and implement a vision and philosophy of photographic practice through global, social, cultural, environmental and historical knowledge and contexts to contribute to the positive development of culture.

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

  1. Analyse and articulate the relationship between structured research and creative practice.
  2. Identify and apply resources and methods appropriate to conducting research within your discipline.
  3. Critically reflect on a range of theories, debates, and the work of other arts practitioners and professionals in relation to your creative practice.
  4. Design, conduct, and document a line of research inquiry within the context of contemporary creative practices and discourses.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, class discussions, and workshops.  

You will engage with theories and methodologies of research as a way of defining and exploring your practice. Learning activities will introduce you to a range of strategies and methodologies for realising your projects. 

The course is organised into a series of lectures and workshops designed to develop your understanding of research and methods to implement in your practice. Central to this is the role of exegesis writing in identifying your concepts and articulating how this nforms your practice. The plan of your exegesis will be developed through face to face workshops. 
You will receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff and peers through tutorials and consultations and engage in critical reflection and reviews of your written work. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

You will have access to professional standard workshops and studio facilities, access to advanced production facilities and technical staff. Support resources and handouts will be available on Canvas and research support is available through RMIT Library.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Bachelor of Art (Fine Art) (Hons) Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 (25%) 
Annotated bibliography 
CLOs: 1, 2, 3 

Assessment Task 2 (25%) 
Document Structure Map 
CLOs: 1,2, 3 

Assessment Task 3 (50%) 
Exegesis  Part 1. 
CLOs: 1,2, 3, 4 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.