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,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Laresa Kosloff

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

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 runs concurrently with Honours Fine Art Studio 2 (VART3025) in BH052 and Honours Photography Studio 2 (VART3642) in BH125. It aims to extend your understanding of praxis – the relationship between theory and practice – and the communication of your research findings and outcomes.  

Emphasis is placed on the development of a trial presentation of your creative works (for installation, display, exhibition or encounter), and the completion of an exegesis and archived documentation of your project, the combination of which will provide the contextual and critical narrative to support your research, decision making, and reflections.  

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

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

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, you 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. 
  • Identify appropriate presentation strategies for the ongoing public presentation of your realised work at a professional level. 
  • Create and maintain appropriate documentation demonstrating key developments and milestones in the progression of your practice-led research. 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be supported in developing the skills to complete your research project via structured activities focussed on the exegesis, documentation, and planning a final presentation of your creative work. 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. Feedback and reviews will allow you to refine all aspects of your project over the course of the semester. 

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 

Overview of Learning Resources

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

You are expected to self-direct your research and independently seek resources through RMIT systems and resources such as the RMIT Library, and beyond.  

Resource requirements will vary depending on the specific nature of your project and your supervising lecturer can assist you to find these.  

There are services available to support your learning through the RMIT 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. 

Assessment Tasks   

Assessment Task 1 : Trial Presentation of Creative Works, 20%  
CLOs: 3, 4  

Assessment Task 2 : Exegesis, 60% Approximate words: 4,500-5,000  
CLOs: 1, 2, 3  

Assessment Task 3 : Archived Records/Documentation, 20%  
CLOs: 1, 5

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. 

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.