Course Title: Studio 4: Resolutions and Beginnings

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Studio 4: Resolutions and Beginnings

Credit Points: 24.00


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

Prerequisites: None

Co-requisites: None

Pre & Co requisites: None

Course Description

This studio focuses upon the resolution of a major body of artwork (a major project/a major research project). You will continue to deepen and define your major project through the ongoing creation of new works. Simultaneously, you will select, edit, refine and resolve an overall body of artwork for your capstone presentation. This presentation may contain a selection of works from the current and from previous MFA semesters. The development of presentation strategies will underpin the resolution of studio work in this final semester, resulting in a presentation, exhibition or performance at a level of professional excellence.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context, and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience. The final presentation of your artwork is assessed in association with your Appropriate Durable Record (your ADR is developed in VART 3618, Creating your ADR) and as such needs to demonstrate a rigorous and considered relationship between the linguistic and material outcomes of your research project. Whilst this final presentation creates a punctuation mark in your course, it marks the beginning of the next phase of creative evolution, pointing to future questions that will animate your practice and research.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Carry out self directed studio based learning and independent research to develop your individual art practice and locate your artwork within appropriate contemporary, conceptual and theoretical contexts.
  • Test, experiment and explore formal and conceptual issues through individual studio practice.
  • Research, analyse and synthesise information and select appropriate methods and resources within your art practice.
  • Present a body of artwork that demonstrates a level of technical and conceptual excellence in contemporary art practice.

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

  • 1. Finalise a substantial studio based research project through the resolution of innovative artwork/s that evidence new formulations of knowledge
  • 2. Plan and execute a major presentation of artworks commensurate with professional practice\
  • 3. Apply specialised and complex bodies of knowledge to the production of your artworks

Overview of Learning Activities

For Sem 2, 2020, teaching will be online due to COVID-19. There may be opportunity to use studios and workshops and hire facilities during your learner guided hours subject to safe operating procedures.

This is studio-based learning in which you develop your art making, meeting regularly with your academic supervisor for intensive consultations that examine, question and begin to identify the forward trajectory of your work. In addition you will engage in peer-to-peer dialogue and develop the ability to critically and reflectively evaluate creative outcomes. This occurs through the scheduled teacher-led group critique sessions and individual academic supervision.



You will engage in consolidating your knowledge and practice and consider how it is communicated to an audience. The experience is closely aligned with the processes and practices that are required for a professional presentation of your project. The work will be prepared over the course of a semester. During that time you will have ongoing supervisory meetings and group tutorials where you will be provided with feedback from your lecturers and peers on your work.  All lecturers in this program are practicing artists and in this context are considered industry practitioners. The expectation is that you will respond to their feedback to develop and refine your work for a major capstone presentation of your artwork. The process of feedback and critique forms an iterative cycle of reflexivity whereby you are able to listen to, respond to and debrief upon the processes of art-making.


Overview of Learning Resources

For Sem 2, 2020, teaching will be online due to COVID-19.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Please check Canvas for further 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 []

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.

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 Research students give concise and focussed presentations on their creative research.


There may be opportunity to use studios and workshops and hire facilities during your learner guided hours. Details to be confirmed as we progress on the following:

- If you need, you may be allocated a studio space for the development of your artworks, subject to regular use and compliance with the MFA Studio Guidelines.

- Students may have access to a range of facilities across the school to support their area of practice, from light fabrication workshops, AV studios, computer labs, AV recording equipment, ceramics and gold and silver-smithing studios, large format photo printing facilities, and printmaking studios.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Overview of Assessment

Work integrated learning in this course is simulated through this major presentation of artworks. 

The work will be presented through an exhibition or performance to an external examiner as per individual appointments and examination calendar. From this presentation you will receive formal industry feedback from the external examiner.  This feedback will inform your practice as you graduate and move into professional practice.


Assessment Task 1. Major Presentation of Artworks, (Work Integrated Learning) (CLO1, CLO2, CLO3) 100%

(Capstone Course)


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 HERE or via RMIT Connect  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:

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.