Course Title: Tools for Creative Research

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Tools for Creative Research

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Graeve

Course Coordinator Phone: per email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 39.3.7

Course Coordinator Availability: per email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities





Pre & Co requisites

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c    

Course Description

In this course, you will be introduced to a range of research resources and methods to support the deepening of your art practice. The principles and tools you will use are based upon the critical interplay between making and reflecting. These include online and printed resources; library and visual research methods; how to make effective use of individual and group critiques; and how to make critical use of gallery and other cultural contexts for your own practice. You will be required to utilise these research resources and methods and demonstrate how they inform aspects of your Masters research.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Carry out self directed studio based learning and independent research to develop your individual art practice and locate your artwork within appropriate contemporary, conceptual and theoretical contexts.
  • Test, experiment and explore formal and conceptual issues through individual studio practice.
  • Research, analyse and synthesise information and select appropriate methods and resources within your art practice.
  • Present a body of artwork that demonstrates a level of technical and conceptual excellence in contemporary art practice.    

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Make effective use of a range of creative research resources.
  2. Make critical use of gallery visits and other art events.
  3. Productively apply the feedback provided on your work in solo and group critique sessions.
  4. Describe and critically analyse your own work and the work of other artists.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course involves a variety of learning experiences designed to develop your awareness of the range of resources, strategies and methods which can be harnessed to further your critical studio practice. Students may engage in lectorial sessions, a gallery visit, reflective writing practice and bibliographic research to become conversant in methodology of creative research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Please check Canvas for further details.

Students are able to make use of the online and hardcopy ADRs that are archived from previous Masters Coursework graduates. The texts and bibliographies provide an excellent and nuanced resource for the research of specific discourses in contemporary arts practice. Check Canvas for details.

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 []

An extensive searchable reading list is made available to all enrolled students via Canvas. 

Additional support for academic writing can be accessed through the RMIT’s Study & Learning Centre    

The Postgraduate Research Seminars (PRS) are offered twice a year. These events provide opportunities to see students give concise and focussed presentations on their creative research.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include:


Assessment tasks:


1. Study for a Concept Map (30%) 

2. Student Presentation on an Exhibition 20%

3. Concept Map 50%

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 the Disability Liaison Unit 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: