Course Title: Internship

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Internship

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: David Forrest & Alison Bennett

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3578 / 9925 6248

Course Coordinator Email: &

Course Coordinator Location: B024.02.002B & B006.03.012

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will participate in an internship or artist in residence program in an arts or cultural organisation, company, festival, gallery, museum or studio, through dual negotiation with the industry and School. You will be expected to work as directed by the host organisation, to address and solve real issues in an arts industry workplace environment.

This is a Work Integrated Learning course designed to facilitate a practical working relationship between you and selected arts and cultural organisations.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is a School of Art postgraduate Program Option course. For further details about this course go to the School of Art Portal postgraduate Program Options site


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

  1. develop and apply arts management and arts project management skills in a professional environment
  2. plan and manage through self-directed and team research projects in arts organizations, institutions and companies
  3. utilise interpersonal communication skills
  4. critically reflect upon your professional practice experience
  5. develop professional proposal and report writing skills

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is an industry placement course. Learning in this course is primarily ‘on-the-job’, complimented by a series of tutorials and workshops aimed at assisting you in selection, placement and reflection. It involves the completion of a placement over the semester with an arts industry host.

Through a range of lectures, workshops and tutorials you will engage in the ideas and development of a work ready focus. Lectures will cover resume writing, industry options and include a number of guest speakers designed to assist you in preparing for work in the arts industry.

Pre-placement workshops are scheduled at the beginning of semester to integrate academic learning with professional practice skills. The workshops aim to improve your knowledge of arts industry, consider potential career pathways and help you identify suitable host organisations.

You will negotiate your placement opportunities with the Course Coordinator and all placements must be approved with the Coordinator prior to beginning.

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 learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program capabilities through the following assignments:

Proposal with host organization

  • Intention Statement 25% (LO2, LO5)
  • Reflective journal 50% (LO1, LO4)
  • Internship report 25% (LO1, 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.