Course Title: The Language of Creative Research

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Language of Creative Research

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Graeve

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2747

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 39.3.7

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact via email.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Prerequisites: None


Pre & Co requisites: None

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Course Description

This course introduces you to the specific language of research-based creative practice. Class by class you will be given tasks based on the constituent elements of research writing: the title; the summary; the brief description; the rationale; objectives; research questions. Piece by piece you will build your understanding of the language of research and begin to understand how it provides you with critical tools to reflect upon and deepen your practice. Over the course you will draft each of the elements of your research précis.

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.
  • Produce and participate in discourse and scholarship that is globally informed, culturally and socially aware, ethical and respecting of difference and diversity.     

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Articulate your creative practice in the language of research.
  2. Use the appropriate language of creative research to better articulate and communicate the concepts that underpin your creative work. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course consists of around 10 sessions, during which students are introduced to the elements of their Appropriate Durable Record including the Title; Summary; Brief Description; Rationale; Key Research Questions and Objectives. You will undertake drafts of each element sequentially and share your results within peer based learning and feedback.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students are able to make use of the online and hardcopy ADRs that are archived from previous MFA graduates.

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.

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 the program capabilities. Assessment may include:

Assessment tasks

Assessment task #1: Objectives (20%), Rationale (20%)


Assessment task #2: Brief Description (20%)


Assignment task #3: Key Research Questions (20%), Title & Summary (20%)


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 Equitable Learning Services (ELS) if you would like to find out more.

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