Course Title: Studio 2: Provocations

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Studio 2: Provocations

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: 03 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:


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Course Description

In this course you will undertake a number of self directed studio-based projects in consultation with an academic supervisor. This process-orientated studio uses a series of provocations to question the fundamentals of your studio practice. This questioning is designed to allow room for your practice to develop materially and conceptually. It de-emphasises resolution and frames an inquiry around the assumptions that support a practice’s existing strategies, procedures and conceptual discourses.

You will create a folio of projects that will begin to locate your work within appropriate conceptual discourse.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  1. 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 contexts.
  2. Test, experiment and explore formal and conceptual issues through individual studio practice.
  3. Analyse and evaluate global, social, cultural, environmental and historical knowledge and contexts that may inform your art practice.
  4. Research, analyse and synthesise information and select appropriate methods and resources within your art practice.

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

  1. Create artworks and respond to challenging provocations that expand your art practice
  2. Examine the assumptions that underpin your art practice
  3. Critically reflect on efficacy and impact of the studio experiments you undertake.
  4. Use critical reflection and research to position your work relative to artistic precedence, theoretical developments and shifting cultural conditions

Overview of Learning Activities

This is studio-based learning in which you work at your art making, meeting regularly with your supervisor for intensive consultations that examine, question and 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 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: