Course Title: Praxis and Resolution

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Praxis and Resolution

Credit Points: 24.00

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 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof Mikala Dwyer & Dr Nikos Pantazopoulos (Fine Art) & Dr Ray Cook (Photography)

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3796-Art & 9925 1483-Photo

Course Coordinator Email: & &

Course Coordinator Location: Building 6, Level 3

Course Coordinator Availability: Via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed
VART3019 Cultures and Contexts
before you commence this course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Course Description

This course aims to extend your understanding of praxis, the relationship between theory and practice, in order to bring your project towards resolution. Emphasis is placed on the application of research in exploring ideas and concepts through practice and submission of an exegesis. Embedded in this is the value of discourse and how your response and reflection to critical assessments of your work helps to inform the direction of your practice. Central to this course is the completion of the exegesis and the presentation of your final project for installation, display, exhibition or encounter.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The following program learning outcomes have been specified for this course:

BH125 Bachelor of Arts (Photography) (Honours):

  • 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.
  • Work autonomously, and with others to apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in photographic 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. 

BH052 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art Honours):

  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge to undertake and initiate independent research as an integral part of your professional and artistic development
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on your arts practice, in order to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed and improved by arts practice
  • Construct a pro-active and critically relevant career as a member of the cultural industries
  • Initiate and pursue studies in directions which inform and further individual professional and creative growth and catalyse invention, innovation and refinement of personal work
  • Work autonomously with the ability to apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in cultural/artistic production
  • Develop and implement a vision and philosophy of art as a profession, contributing to the positive development of culture in both local and international contexts
  • Articulate the conceptual and artistic character of individual art practice in writing.

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

  • Define and realise the major concepts within your individual project and communicate this in an appropriate format to substantiate your ideas
  • Critically reflect on the relationship between concepts and methods in your own work
  • Problem solve constraints and challenges in your creative work through practice-led research

Overview of Learning Activities

You will develop the specific skills that are required for the parameters of your project. You will be encouraged to self-direct your project and will be supported to find the appropriate resources to undertake independent research in the area suggested by the focus of your work. All aspects of your project are reviewed and may be refined over the course of the semester.

Overview of Learning Resources

Requirements will vary depending on the specific nature of your project and you will be directed to appropriate resources by your supervising lecturer.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course through the following assessment tasks-

BH052 Honours Fine Art:

  1. Exegesis Part II 40% LO1, LO2, LO3
  2. Trial Presentation of Creative Works 20% LO1, 2 and 3
  3. Resolved Final Project Presentation 40% LO1, LO2, LO3

BH125 Honours Photography:

  1. Refined methodology and draft of reflective writing 30% LO1, LO2
  2. Trial Presentation of Creative Works 20% LO2, LO3
  3. Final exegesis 50% LO1, LO2, LO3

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.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:

Late submission or presentation of assessable work without an approved extension or special consideration will be penalised as follows:

  • Completed work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day
  • Work submitted after day 7 will not be assessed
  • Weekends and holiday periods are included in the calculation of the late penalty

How the penalty is calculated:
Example - Work is submitted 6 days late, incurring a penalty of 30% (6 x 5% = 30%).

  • The submission receives a result of 60 out of 100. 60 - 30% = 42.
  • The numerical result for that assessment submission is modified from 60 to 42.
  • The result of 42 is used to calculate the final grade for the course.