Course Title: Critical Frameworks B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Critical Frameworks B

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 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

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

Critical Frameworks B engages with the range of fundamental principles and contemporary concerns informing art critical creative practices at an intermediate level. Lectures and tutorials will encourage you to discuss issues including aesthetics; the construction of meaning in art from semiotics to affect; material innovations; philosophical discourses affecting practice; contemporary understandings of site and place; and the multiplicity of art cultural history/s.

Discussions draw upon the many narratives that underpin the understanding of art creative practice today, including interrogating histories and conventions. Classes are not specific to media but draw upon a range of practices from discrete art objects and cultural artefacts to the ephemeral and the social.

You will use this course to situate your practice within appropriate contemporary theoretical frameworks and synthesise material histories that relate to creative practice. In lectures and tutorial classes you will be encouraged to critically reflect on ideas and make informed contributions to the theoretical discourses that arise.

Critical Frameworks B is usually co-delivered with Critical Frameworks A in the same semester and they share the same format and content. The content rotates each semester so that students can complete either Critical Frameworks A or Critical Frameworks B in alternate semesters.

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. Situate your practice within appropriate contemporary theoretical frameworks
  2. Analyse and synthesise the material histories with which your practice aligns.
  3. Contribute to the theoretical discourse that defines and shapes contemporary critical practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students meet weekly for a lecture presentation around a given topic as specified in the Course Schedule. The lecture is followed up by an additional tutorial in which the lecture and set reading material are discussed. Students are encouraged to question and challenge ideas from the presenter and each other to get to the heart of their own sense of the material presented.

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.

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 Library Subject Guides

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:

  • Critically annotate an online dossier of artists, 50% (LO2, LO3)
  • Design a genealogy for your creative practice, 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.