Course Title: Research in creative practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Research in creative practice

Credit Points: 12.00


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

Course Coordinator: Peter Westwood

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4025

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 4.5.2A

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

See the BH052 Program Guide for Entry Requirements.

Course Description

This course provides a critical overview of the relationship between research and a fine art practice, and is undertaken in conjunction with Honours Seminar and Honours Specialisation. You will develop an understanding of research methodologies, theories of practice and the strategies for making connections between concepts and ideas with reference to your own planned outcomes. Enhancing your ability to critically reflect on the contemporary critical field, and to present an informed argument in a scholarly way is the central objective of the course.

Through lectures, workshops and tutorials, your capacity for informed, yet independent judgment in critical fields pertinent to contemporary art practice will assist you in your career as a professional artist, or in postgraduate studies.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The following Program Learning Outcomes have been specified for this course:

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge to undertake and initiate independent research as an integral part of your professional and artistic development
  • Articulate and present the conceptual and artistic character of your individual art practice.

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

  • Analyse and reflect upon the relationship between structured research and fine art practice
  • Evaluate a range of research methodologies and their suitability for practice
  • Critically reflect on a range of theories in relation to contemporary art practice
  • Develop a range of strategies for realising practice-led research projects
  • Identify research statements to guide your practice led research.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will engage with theories of research as a way of defining and exploring your practice.
You will engage in a range of learning activities that explore the relationship between research and practice, and be exposed to a range of strategies and methodologies for realising your projects.

The course is organised into a series of weekly lectures, workshops and tutorials designed to develop your awareness of research and to implement this into your practice. Central to this is the role of exegetical writing in identifying your concepts and articulating how this informs your practice. The plan of an exegesis will be developed through lectures and workshops.

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff and peers through a variety of consultations and tutorials. This feedback will help you to track how your learning is progressing against the specified learning outcomes for this course. In classes you will engage in critical reflection and reviews.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to professional standard workshops and studio facilities, access to advanced production facilities and full time technical staff. Backup resources and handouts will be available on Canvas. All students have access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources, with the State Library being on RMIT’s doorstep.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on exegetical writing and planning, the development of research questions and bibliographic research.