Course Title: Professional Practice Seminar Series

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Practice Seminar Series

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

Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Graeve

Course Coordinator Phone: 030 9925 2747

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 39.3.7

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

In this course you will be exposed to a variety of voices and positions from within the art world that contribute to your evolving relationship to professional art practice.

Drawing on expertise from arts industry professionals including practicing artists, curators, gallerists (including public, commercial and artist-run initiatives), theorists, critics and gallery administrators, this course experience may consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials, student presentations, studio visits and field trips.You will also begin to incorporate your research into your field of practice identifying thinkers and makers that constellate the world of your creative practice.

This course includes work integrated learning experiences 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

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.
  • 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.    

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

  1. Critically and reflectively evaluate your creative practice in relation to pertinent issues raised during the seminars
  2. Apply new professional understandings of art 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 contemporary art sector

Overview of Learning Activities

The course engages teacher guided, learner directed and peer-to-peer learning. This is a WIL course. This stands for work integrated learning and indicates that the course is providing an industry experience. The learning activities may include:

  • Field trips
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Discussion groups
  • Studio visits
  • Audio/Visual material
  • Presentations
  • Workshops    

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given a studio space for the development of your artworks. 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


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

The Professional Practice Advanced Seminars will be assessed through three tasks that critically explore diverse ideas operative within contemporary art practice. Primarily this will be a professional practice report (50%: 1500-2000 words) and two tasks that ask you to critically reflect on course material and seminar presentations. These may take the form of panel presentations, reviews, and written proposals for grants, exhibitions or residencies

Written proposal for a grant/exhibition or residency (WIL task) 30%

Amended Proposal (incorporating WIL feedback) 30%

Website/Portfolio 40%


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: