Course Title: Studio 3: Framing the Encounter

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Studio 3: Framing the Encounter

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

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

Prerequisites: None


Pre & Co requisites: None

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Course Description

In this course you will develop a substantial project which emerges out of your studio based investigations. This major project comprises a series of focussed investigations that link to your emergent research foci as articulated through The Language of Creative Research course. You will begin to foreground and consider the artwork’s encounter with a public or audience. The parameters of this encounter can include site, venue, scale, material, temporal contingencies, resolution/completion and varieties of maker/audience relationships. These in turn become the ground for experiments that extend the potential of your art 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 contexts
  • Test, experiment and explore formal and conceptual issues through individual studio practice
  • Research, analyse and synthesise information and select appropriate methods and resources within your art practice
  • 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:

  • Plan and execute a substantial studio based research project through a series of focussed investigations evident in developing and resolved artworks
  • Use critical reflection to position your work relative to artistic precedence, theoretical developments and shifting cultural conditions
  • Evaluate and respond creatively to the variety of conditions that inform audience engagement

Overview of Learning Activities

This is studio-based learning in which you work at your art making, meeting regularly with your academic 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 as well 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 an 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 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: