Course Title: Speaking Critically

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Speaking Critically

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Graeve

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 2747

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

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Course Description

In this course, you will develop the skills of presenting an oral research narrative presentation, and expanding the way you document your studio projects. Oral presentations are a skill required by the professional artist. Developing a well-defined, succinct, and effective talk, built around a research narrative, here also serves as a step towards the language that will underpin your ADR (Appropriate Durable Record). To this end you will analyse the projects you have developed during the Coursework Masters thus far in order to articulate a research narrative. Your oral presentation will draw on your experiences in the studio at the levels of describing your projects, evaluating the outcomes, and articulating future directions. Your presentation will also draw on an expanded range of documentation processes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • 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.    

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Identify the salient elements of your art practice.
  2. Use plain language to describe your art practice and projects.
  3. Plan, structure and deliver an oral presentation.
  4. Create effective media aids to support the oral presentation of your projects.
  5. Document your artwork effectively.

Overview of Learning Activities

There will be a series of guided sessions which will develop your articulation of critical research narratives underpinning your work. You will work to develop broader approaches to documentation of your artworks and processes.  

Overview of Learning Resources

Students are able to make use of the online and hardcopy ADRs that are archived from previous MFA graduates. These provide excellent examples of the articulation of artistic practice through creative research methodology.

The Postgraduate Research Seminars (PRS) are offered twice a year and the MA Public Space also runs seminars yearly. All of these events provide opportunities to see students give concise and focussed presentations on their creative research.

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 []

The MFA has a very extensive searchable reading list, which is made available to all enrolled students.

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

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:

  • Non Verbal Presentation 25%
  • A research narrative presentation (2-page Outline) 25%
  • Oral presentation with audio-visual support, 15 minutes 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. 

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