Course Title: Art in Public Space Studio 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Art in Public Space Studio 1

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Fiona Hillary

Course Coordinator Phone: 99254978

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 50.01.02

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will conceptualise and develop an original research proposal for a project that locates, analyses and responds to a site, location or a specific research question. Your project work will explore the theoretical and practical aspects of your chosen field at a foundational level and will be the principal method for integrating your learning. Projects can be simulated or real depending on opportunities. 


You will develop a series of focussed investigations that link your research interests to creative practice in public space. The project may develop as a significant work in public space or a series of experiments.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  1. Engage in self-directed learning and independent research with an emphasis on art in public space practice to develop an individual and collaborative art practice and locate practices within an appropriate conceptual and theoretical context
  2. Test, experiment and explore real and conceptual issues and develop key project management skills through innovative public practice and engagement with international and local industry
  3. Critically examine global, political, social, cultural, environmental, and historical knowledge and contexts that inform public art practice
  4. Communicate to a professional level the conceptual development of a body of work within the framework of contemporary public art practice
  5. Research, analyse and synthesise information and select methods and resources to develop communication and work ready skills appropriate to the public art field
  6. Engage in autonomous and collaborative continuous learning concerning new developments in cultural/artistic production and associated discourses in art in public spaces
  7. Create and manage a safe, sustainable and effective project environment within public space both independently and with your peers
  8. Produce a body of work that demonstrates a professional level of technical and conceptual excellence in a selected area (or areas) of contemporary public art practice.

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

  1. Develop a research proposal for a project
  2. Implement and evaluate a small project in your field of study
  3. Manage all aspects of your project (including site analysis, concept development, budget, fabrication and documentation)
  4. Integrate theory and practice through critical analysis of projects.

Overview of Learning Activities

This is practice-based learning in which you develop a creative research project, meeting regularly with your peer group in workshops, masterclasses and with your academic supervisor/lecturer for intensive consultations that examine, question and identify the forward trajectory of your work. You will engage in peer-to-peer dialogue and develop the ability to critically and reflectively evaluate creative outcomes.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will share studio spaces for the development of your artworks, subject to regular use and compliance with the MAPS Studio Guidelines. You will have access to a range of facilities across the school to support your area of practice such as workshops, studios, computer labs and study spaces.

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

The University Library has extensive resources for Art students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Library Subject Guide

MAPS has an extensive searchable reading list, which is made available to all enrolled students.

A live resource is found in the facebook page RMIT Art in Public Space Researchers and Alumni.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this courses and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment will include:

  • Research Proposal (30%) LO1, LO2
  • Methodology Report (30%) LO2, LO3, LO4
  • Presentation of proposal and research in an appropriate format (40%) LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4

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. 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.