Course Title: Studio 1: Expansive Practice

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Studio 1: Expansive Practice

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,
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: per email

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 given a range of discrete, short-term studio tasks. These tasks are designed to allow you to suspend presumptions and judgements about your practice and will help you engender new material and conceptual possibilities in the making of your art. You will learn techniques for generating artworks that can be applied across any medium and will be challenged to expand your existing practice by setting aside habits of thought and making. You will trial processes to produce art works quickly without pre-judging the outcomes. The emphasis is on experimentation rather than resolution, working to identify a preliminary set of research interests that animate your practice.

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 context.
  • Test, experiment and explore formal and conceptual issues through individual studio practice.

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

  1. Suspend presumptions and judgements about your art practice
  2. Apply alternative making strategies to your art practice
  3. Develop a practice which is responsive to an increased range of contexts and conditions
  4. Critically evaluate conceptual and material aspects of your practice

Overview of Learning Activities

This is studio-based learning in which you develop your art making, meeting regularly with your academic supervisor for intensive consultations that examine, question and begin to 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 and individual academic 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

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:

  • Reflective feedback report (10%)
  • Combined Methodology Report (40%) with Folio of artworks (50%)

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 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: