Course Title: Critical Frameworks C

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Critical Frameworks C

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

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:


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.

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Course Description

The Critical Frameworks courses rotate over three semesters. The format is the same but the content will change for each offering. You will benefit from discussions between the wider artist community across year levels and programs because the three courses (A, B & C) are co-delivered and shared with other postgraduate programs.

You will use this course to situate your practice within appropriate contemporary theoretical frameworks and synthesise material histories that relate to art practice. You are encouraged within lectures and tutorials to consider issues relevant to practicing contemporary art and you will be expected to make informed contributions to the theoretical discourses that arise.

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.
  • 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.    

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

1  Critically argue your theoretical position.
2  Use critical analysis of material histories pertinent to your practice to generate future directions.
3  Challenge existing orthodoxies to pro-actively create future directions in contemporary arts 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

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.

Assessments include:

  • Critically annotate an online dossier of artists. 20%
  • Critically annotate an online dossier of artists. 30%
  • Create an Atlas for your work 50%.

The Dossier assignments address Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 3. The Atlas assignment addresses Learning Outcomes 2 & 3.

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: