Course Title: Studio as Art Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Studio as Art Practice

Credit Points: 12

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

VART3467

City Campus

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

VART3535

Hong Kong Arts Centre

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Offsh3 14,
Offsh3 15,
Offsh3 16

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

VART3535

Hong Kong Arts Centre

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

OFFSe22018 (HA22)

VART3535

Hong Kong Arts Centre

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

OFFSe22019 (All)

VART3535

Hong Kong Arts Centre

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

OFFSe22020 (HA22)

Course Coordinator: Dr Rhett D'Costa

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2970

Course Coordinator Email: rhett.dcosta@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: RMIT Melbourne Campus, bld2, level 3, room 09

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

VART 3465 Studio as Research.


Course Description

In this course you will establish a self-initiating, industry relevant studio practice. The course builds on the processes and contexts of studio based arts practice introduced in VART 3465 Studio as Research.

You will develop individual strategies and methods of studio production. You will engage and consolidate your learning in relation to materiality, process and the experiential, through individual student work projects and proposals. Comparative industry uses of the studio, set-up spaces, rehearsal and exhibition will be investigated accompanied by trial installations, workshops, presentations and group tutorials. You will define areas of enquiry, methods of research and practice and may identify opportunities for international exchange. Your aim is to produce preliminary and resolved works and support material within an appropriately conceptualised framework and to further develop your understanding of the function of the studio as a tool in professional art practice.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • find creative solutions to constraints and challenges in a fine art context
  • effectively communicate via artistic production in a range of media and modes with awareness of and sensitivity to a range of local and global contexts and cultures
  • develop a critically reflective arts practice, in order to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed by and improved by arts practice
  • engage in autonomous and continued learning, apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in cultural/artistic production
  • invent, design and construct a pro-active and critically relevant career as a member of the cultural and creative industries


Learning Outcomes

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

  • Self-initiate informed strategies of production relevant to the mode of your studio practice
  • Resolve a body of work or project that locates a personal direction and creative aims within a professional arts industry context
  • Employ historical and theoretical knowledge of how artists use the relationship of studio to installation and exhibition
  • Critically reflect on your work and the work of others produced within this course


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will engage with technology as a process of creation and enquiry. You will learn to use technologies in ways that compliment and inform your studio specialisation by making art works. You will also employ analytical, technical and interpretative processes to critically evaluate the use of technologies for creative practice using a range of reflective learning tools.

Through workshops, demonstrations, seminars, lectures and group discussions you will engage in a range of learning activities that explore technologies, tools and processes such as the hand made, digital, electronic, mechanical & workshop equipment & processes, and hardware & software. You will also explore safe working practices, industry standards and extend your knowledge, language and vocabulary of technology.

You will 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 and capabilities for this course. In classes you will engage in critical reflection and reviews.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including studio and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment specific to your studio area. A selected range of supplies are available, as well as support from technical staff. You will also have access to a wide range of online and hardcopy resources through RMIT University Library.

RMIT University is in close proximity to a broad range of galleries and cultural venues which you will be expected to visit as part of your course. Professional studio specific workshops, labs and suppliers are also readily accessible.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program capabilities. The work resulting from your studio practice will be presented for assessment. It may consist of a range of works and/or presentation that either respond to a project outline or are self-directed and will be assessed by academic staff.

Assessment will occur for both the intensive and regular teaching weeks. Assessment for Intensive weeks will be 30% of your final grade and regular teaching weeks will compose of 70% of your final grade.

 

Assessment for both intensive and regular week will include:

Folio of Resolved Artworks 40%

Produce artwork that demonstrates an ability to:

  • Realise conceptual development
  • Sustain engagement with projects and studio
  • Resolve artwork through the development of ideas and making
  • Engage inventive and experimental approaches to projects

Application of Studio Methods 40%

Realise responses to projects that demonstrate:

  • Methodological proficiencies in your studio major
  • Links between ideas and the use of materials and processes
  • Experimentation with studio methods, techniques and media
  • Effective and safe use of media specific tools and equipment

Critical Reflection and Documentation 20%

Through tutorials, ePortfolio and/or visual diaries:

  • Engage in critical dialogue, discuss and critique your own artwork and the artwork of others
  • Identify, transcribe and analyse feedback and show how it and your own reflections have been responded to through the making process
  • Professionally document the conceptual, material and technical development of your artwork
  • Identify and discuss through reports, reviews and journals, cultural influences in your artwork

Detailed Assessment tasks and dates for assessment submissions for intensive week and regular teaching weeks will be provided for students through the online system and/or through student email. At the conclusion of assessments, an assessment feedback rubric will be provided for each student through the online system.


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 Studio Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your lecturers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document.