Course Title: Fine Art Global Intensive

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fine Art Global Intensive

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

All post-graduate participants in any of the Global Intensives must enrol in this course. Please note that course enrolment fees or RMIT Training fees do not include Global Intensive costs. Refer to the Course Coordinator for details of your preferred Intensive including itinerary; travel and accommodation costs; tour costs and deadlines.

Intensives are usually conducted in early December (New York) or March (Europe and Hong Kong) or May (Bali). The Arles Photography Festival Global Intensive is in late June and runs through to early July to coincide with the festival.

Staff Contacts: 

Master of Arts (Arts Management): David Forrest,

Master of Photography: Bronek Kozka,

Master of Fine Art: Dominic Redfern,

Master of Arts (Art in Public Space): Keely Macarow, keely


Course Coordinator: David Forrest

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3578

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 024:02:02B

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Must hold a Bachelor Degree or recognised equivalent.

Course Description

This course is an intensive study period conducted over approximately two weeks in a specific international destination. You will engage in a diverse selection of activities such as visits to galleries and cultural institutions, attendance at events such as festivals/performances/talks/seminars, and immersion in local arts and culture. You will be encouraged to explore your own particular field of practice or research and to draw on the expertise and perspectives of local professionals you encounter. Intensives are established for Hong Kong, New York, Bali, and Europe and other destinations may be added as they become available.

By integrating knowledge from the field with established literature and research you will gain a more holistic understanding of your specialist practice and/or research, and a broader understanding of how your knowledge can be practically applied in an increasingly globalised world.

Prior to the departure there will be a series of meetings and administrative tasks to complete. Your full engagement is expected in these tasks.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The objective of this Global Intensive is to provide the post-graduate student with experiential learning that can assist the development of a more informed, global perspective of their field of knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Reflect on your own art practice or comprehension of art experiences in relation to the international museums, galleries and individual artists’ studios you visited.

  2. Identify and analyse the connections between the social/cultural aspects and the art culture of the international destination.

  3. Synthesise experiential knowledge you gained in the field with established literature and apply new knowledge to inform your individual perspective and practice.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Analyse and evaluate global, social, cultural, environmental and historical knowledge and contexts that may inform your art practice. (MC266)

  • Reflect on your photographic practice, and situate it within a contemporary narrative of photography and the wider social, cultural and global context. (MC270)

  • Carry out self directed learning and independent research to develop your individual arts management practice and locate your work globally within an appropriate conceptual and theoretical context. (MC034)

  • Engage in autonomous and collaborative continuous learning concerning new developments in cultural/artistic production and associated discourses in art in public spaces. (MC079)

Overview of Learning Activities

Class meetings prior to departure

You will engage in face-to-face and/or online meetings specific to your selected Intensive. These will include discussion of the itinerary and suggested cultural sites for group and individual investigation.

Activities during the Intensive

  • Each Intensive will visit a number of major museums, contemporary galleries, artists’ studios, and attend talks delivered by specialists and authorities working in the arts industry.

  • You will use written journals and visual diaries to develop your self-awareness and ability to think critically about your experiences. You will also engage with your peers in critically reflective discussion of pertinent issues about your experience.

  • Journals may include critical reflections and reviews; or, if visual: drawings, photographs, or collections of materials etc. that relate to your experiences.

  • Staff may suggest a bibliographic reading list as appropriate to your chosen destination and you are encouraged to use this as a foundation for your analysis of your experience.

  • Feedback from academic staff will help you track how your learning is progressing against the specified learning outcomes for this course.

Activities after the Intensive

Completion of assigned assessment tasks. Some Intensives may require the completion of an artwork or folio of images.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer including books, journal articles, and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Learning resources may vary due to your destination and will be distributed during meetings and via email prior to departure.

While on the Intensive, you can expect to access lectures at public museums and commercial galleries, tours of cultural sites, discussions with curators, artists and peers groups.

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 Library provides guides on academic referencing:

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Grazyna Rosinska (

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course. Assessment may consist of: a reflective written journal, visual diary, a review of an artwork/ exhibition/cultural experience, a presentation, a critical essay, or, an illustrated annotated map or mini guidebook. For some Intensives you will be required to create an artwork or folio of images.

Assessment Tasks

  1. Reflective written/visual journal.             40%
    (LO: 1, 2, 3)
  2. Critical reviews, or, creation of artwork.  40%
    (LO: 1, 2, 3)
  3. Critical essay/map or guidebook/presentation   20%
    (LO: 1, 2, 3)

Your assessment submission will evidence your learning during and after the Intensive, reflecting on your experience and the relevance to your practice or understanding of your area of interest. The assessment tasks will enable you to record and summarize your experiences, contextualize your understanding of international museums, galleries and individual artist practice, develop your critical observation skills of artworks and make connections between social, cultural and artistic aspects of your international destination.

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: