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

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


Pre & Co requisites: None

 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

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:

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

Overview of Learning Activities

This is studio-based learning in which you work at your art making and test presentations, meeting regularly with your supervisor for intensive consultations that examine, question and 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 as well as individual supervision.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given a studio space for the development of your artworks, subject to regular use and compliance with the MFA Studio Guidelines. Students 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. 

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.

Overview of Assessment

ASSIGNMENT TITLE: Major Presentation of Artworks (100%)


Work to be presented through exhibition or performance to an external examiner as per individual appointments and examination calendar

Overview of Assignment

You will be assessed through a major presentation/exhibition/performance.

Assessment Criteria

Major Presentation of Artworks 100%

You will be assessed on your capacity to:

  • Engage with, persist and sustain studio practice at a professional level
  • Use and refine the craft of your discipline, applying industry standard working practices to the making of artworks.
  • Select appropriate methods, resources and technical processes in relation to your conceptual ideas
  • Imagine, envisage and realise conceptual ideas
  • Resolve a range of innovative artwork/s that evidence new formulations of knowledge in relation to contemporary and critical contexts
  • Finalise a substantial studio­-based research project through pertinent curatorial selection of your projects

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 which are available for review online: