Course Title: Spatial Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Spatial Practice

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Simon Perry

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2920

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to spatial practice in a fine art context. It will specifically focus on the ways in which sound and sculpture artists conceive of and interrogate space. You will have opportunities to explore and experiment with a range of sensory experiences in order to understand how space is produced, articulated and perceived.

This course is one of six perception and practice courses offered within your Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) degree. Learning in these courses will take place in a studio environment and will be designed to deepen your kinaesthetic, visual and aural perceptions.

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
  • develop a critically reflective arts practice, in order to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed and improved by arts practice
  • engage in autonomous and continued learning, apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in cultural/artistic production
  • develop individual and collaborative modes of working and apply skills in teamwork, leadership and self-management

Learning Outcomes

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

  • investigate historical and contemporary perspectives of space and how it is manifested
  • perceive, navigate and interpret natural and built environments
  • explore and experiment with spatial and perceptual skills through sound and sculpture
  • experiment with the materiality and nature of particular mediums and their relationship to space
  • explore the multiple ways humans perceive, navigate and experience space
  • critically reflect on your experiences in this course

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in a range of individual and collaborative learning activities such as making work, experimenting with material, practice based research, workshops, presentations, demonstrations, lectorials, gallery and site visits, reflective writing, group discussions, consultations on your studio work and occupational health and safety demonstrations.

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff and your 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 also 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 Melbourne 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.
Your work will be assessed progressively throughout the semester and may consist of individual creative works that relate to your studio practice, reflective writing, presentations, practice-based research folios, collaborative creative works, critical reflection on methods and processes, and peer reviews.

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 teachers.

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