Course Title: Masters Symposium

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Masters Symposium

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,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Graeve

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 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 experiment with and develop skills to present a spoken narrative about your creative led research (which could include curatorial projects). This will be supported by audio-visual material.

You will develop and expand ways to contextualise and document your research to present a cohesive narrative. Your spoken presentation will draw on your experiences in relation to this research, functioning to describe the research, evaluate the outcomes and articulate future directions

Spoken presentations are an important skill for graduates to introduce their research to broader audiences. Developing a well-defined, succinct, and effective spoken presentation built around a narrative also contributes towards the language that will support your research work.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is a School of Art postgraduate Program Option course. For further details about this course go to the School of Art Portal postgraduate Program Options site

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

  1. Identify the salient elements of your creative led research
  2. Use plain language to describe your creative led research
  3. Plan, structure and deliver a spoken presentation.
  4. Create effective audio-visual material to support the spoken presentation
  5. Effectively document your creative led research.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities.  

Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.  

Through a series of guided sessions, you will develop and articulate the critical research narratives that underpin your research and practice. You will experiment and develop ways to document and speak about your creative led research and its methods. These experiments and developments will be shared and considered through peer-based sessions. Further contexts will be investigated via student led inquiries. 

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.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

There are services 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. The University Library has extensive resources for School of Art students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies that can be found in Library Subject Guides. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the MyRMIT student portal. 

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

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 audio-visual presentation, 25% (LO4, LO5)
  • Research narrative (2-page written outline), 25% (LO2)
  • Spoken presentation with audio-visual support, 15 minutes 50% (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5)

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.