Course Title: Professional Creative Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Creative Practice

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Pia Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: Please email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



Course Description

This course enables you to leverage the skills, capabilities, and professional language you have developed through your master’s studies and allow them to inform the direction of your practice and creative career.  

You will draw on expertise and knowledge from relevant industry practitioners as you critically reflect on and identify what is required to expand opportunities for your practice upon graduation. 

This designated course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) 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. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is a shared core course across the following programs:

  • Master of Arts (Art in Public Space)
  • Master of Fine Art
  • Master of Photography

    The Program Learning Outcomes for each program are:

MC281 Master of Arts (Art in Public Space)

  • Critically examine global, political, social, cultural, environmental, and historical knowledge and contexts that inform public art practice.
  • Engage in self-directed learning and independent research with an emphasis on art in public space practice to develop an individual and collaborative art practice and locate practices within an appropriate conceptual and theoretical context.
  • Communicate to a professional level the conceptual development of a body of work within the framework of contemporary public art practice.
  • Research, analyse and synthesise information and select methods and resources to develop communication and work ready skills appropriate to the public art field.
  • Engage in autonomous and collaborative continuous learning concerning new developments in cultural/artistic production and associated discourses in art in public spaces.

MC266 Master of Fine Art

  • Analyse and evaluate global, social, cultural, environmental and historical knowledge and contexts that may inform your art practice. 
  • Research, analyse and synthesise information and select appropriate methods and resources within your art practice.
  • Engage in autonomous and continuous learning concerning new developments in artistic production and associated discourses.  
  • Produce and participate in discourse and scholarship that is globally informed, culturally and socially aware, ethical and respecting of difference and diversity. 

MC270 Master of Photography

  • Work autonomously and with others in collaborative environments to seek innovative and critically reflective solutions and outcomes. 
  • Reflect on your photographic practice and situate it within a contemporary narrative of photography and the wider social, cultural and global context.

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Critically and reflectively evaluate your creative practice in relation to industry, community, and professional practice. 
  2. Articulate and align your creative practice within professional frameworks.
  3. Develop strategies to professionally present yourself as a creative practitioner.
  4. Apply understanding of your distinct creative practice to presenting yourself in professional contexts.  


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 skills-based workshops and activities, you will engage in tasks that are relevant to the practical, professional administration of a career in the creative arts sector. Tasks may include catalogue creation, promotional writing, identifying relevant grants or developing exhibition or project proposals; all of which are regular activities of the creative arts professional. 

In this designated WIL course, you will engage with and receive feedback from relevant industry professionals. Assessment tasks are designed to be aligned with real-world activities you will undertake on a regular basis upon graduation.

Overview of Learning Resources

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. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1, 50% Industry-standard Proposal 
CLOs: 1, 2, 4 

Assessment Task 2, 50% Promotional Artefact Development (e.g. website/portfolio/media pack) 
CLOs: 1, 3, 4 

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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.