Course Title: Strategies for Creative Research

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Strategies 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,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Graeve

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2747

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 039.03.007

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will be introduced to a range of research resources and methods to support the deepening of your creative 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 resources and methods and demonstrate how they inform aspects of your research.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is a shared core course across the following programs:

  • Master of Fine Art
  • Master of Photography
  • Master of Arts (Art in Public Space)

The Program Learning Outcomes for each program are:

MC266 Master of Fine Art 

  • Analyse and evaluate global, social, cultural, environmental and historical knowledge and contexts that may inform your art practice.
  • Research, analyse and synthesise information and select appropriate methods and resources within your art practice.
  • Produce and participate in discourse and scholarship that is globally informed, culturally and socially aware, ethical and respecting of difference and diversity.
  • Engage in autonomous and continuous learning concerning new developments in artistic production and associated discourses.  

MC270 Master of Photography   

  • Reflect on your photographic practice, and situate it within a contemporary narrative of photography and the wider social, cultural and global context.
  • Analyse, reflect and synthesise complex information to inform the creation of photographic works.
  • Identify, evaluate and resolve both practical and theoretical challenges in combining academic research and writing with reflective practices in photographic production to successfully complete and communicate practice-led photographic research.
  • Work autonomously and with others in collaborative environments to seek innovative and critically reflective solutions and outcomes. 

MC281 Master of Arts (Art in Public Space)

  • Engage in self-directed learning and independent re- search with an emphasis on art in public space practice to develop an individual and collaborative art practice and lo- cate practices within an appropriate conceptual and theoretical context.
  • 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.
  • Critically examine global, political, social, cultural, environmental, and historical knowledge and contexts that inform public art practice.
  • Research, analyse and synthesise information and select methods and resources to develop communication and work ready skills appropriate to the public art field.
  • Engage in autonomous and collaborative continuous learning concerning new developments in cultural/artis- tic production and associated discourses in art in public spaces.

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 field visits, cultural events and related discourse
  3. Describe and critically analyse your creative led research and the work of other related practitioner


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 practice. Students may engage in lectorial sessions, field visits, reflective writing practice and bibliographic research to become conversant in methodology of creative-led research.

Overview of Learning Resources

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.

There are services and resources available to support your learning through the University 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 website. 

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 tasks:

1. Study for a Concept Map, 30% (LO1, LO3)

2. Student Presentation on an exhibition or equivalent example within your field of practice ,20% (LO2)

3. Concept Map, 50% (LO1, LO3)

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.