Course Title: Fine Art Studio 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fine Art Studio 1

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,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Michael Graeve

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2747

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 039.00.007

Course Coordinator Availability: by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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

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

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 the program capabilities. Assessment may include:

  • Reflective feedback report, 1000 words, plus documentation 10% (LO1, LO2, LO4)
  • Combined Methodology Report, 3000 words, 40% (LO4)
  • Folio of artworks (documentation) 50% (LO1, LO2, LO3)

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.

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.

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.