Course Title: Tools for Creative Research

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Tools for Creative Research

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Ray Cook

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 6 Level 3

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will be introduced to a range of creative research resources and methods to support the deepening of your art practice.  The principles and tools you will use are based upon the critical interplay between making and reflecting. You will be required to use creative research resources and methods to initiate the non-studio aspects of your research. Topics include online and library literature and visual research methods, how to make effective use of individual and group critiques and how to make critical use of gallery and other cultural events for your own practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Apply independent research and advanced practical knowledge in the innovative production of a photographic folio to communicate research outcomes to a variety of audiences.

Critically analyse and reflect on your photography practice to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed and improved by professional photographic practice.

Construct a pro-active and critically relevant career as a member of the photographic industries as an active participant and in preparation for further study.

Work autonomously, and with others to apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in photographic technology and image analysis.

Develop and implement a vision and philosophy of photographic practice through global, social, cultural, environmental and historical knowledge and contexts to contribute to the positive development of culture.

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

  1. Make effective use of a range of creative research resources.
  2. Make critical use of gallery visits and other art events.
  3. Productively apply the feedback provided on your work in solo and group critique sessions.
  4. Describe and critically analyse your own work and the work of other artists.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will take place through a series of workshops and tutorials, as well as access to online materials, instructional tutorials and readings.   

You will develop an individual program of practice-led work that will be articulated in a photographic project proposal. This proposal will be developed in consultation with academic staff.  Regular individual and group tutorials will supplement and inform your self-directed work.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given a studio space for the development of your artworks. 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 []

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. 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 Disability Liaison Unit 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: