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

Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Graeve

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 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

In addition to skills-based workshops, Professional Creative Practice draws on expertise from a range of relevant industry professionals, with potential guest lectures from leading artists and photographers, curators, gallerists, critics and producers. This engagement with a variety of voices and positionalities encourages you to critically reflect on your own position, strengths and opportunities within your field of practice.

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 course is designed for you to apply and critically reflect upon the ideas, skills and graduate capabilities you have gained through your program, allowing you to engage in tasks relevant to a professional work context and receive feedback from an industry professional.

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.

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 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. 
  • Present a body of artwork that demonstrates a level of technical and conceptual excellence in contemporary art practice.

MC270 Master of Photography

  • Work autonomously and with others in collaborative environments to seek innovative and critically reflective solutions and outcomes.

  1. Critically and reflectively evaluate your creative practice in relation to pertinent issues raised during the course
  2. Apply new professional understandings of your field of practice (art, photography and public space) practice with creativity and initiative
  3. Engage in a critical dialogue about your creative practice
  4. Develop an advanced body of knowledge with reference to cultural, social and political spheres of the relevant sector (such as art, photography or public space)

Overview of Learning Activities

The course experience may consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials, student presentations, studio visits and field trips. The course engages teacher guided, learner directed and peer-to-peer learning.

This is a WIL course, indicating that the course is providing an industry experience through real or simulated tasks that are relevant to your professional field of creative practice.

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

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.

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 program capabilities.

Assessment tasks:

  1. An industry standard proposal (first version) (WIL task), 30% (LO1, LO2)
  2. Website/portfolio/media pack, 40% (LO3, LO4)
  3. Amended proposal (incorporating WIL feedback), 30% (LO1, LO2)

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.

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.