Course Title: Fieldwork

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fieldwork

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Fiona Hillary & Alison Bennett

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4978 / 9925 6248

Course Coordinator Email: /

Course Coordinator Location: 50.02.003

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Fieldwork is a process driven course that encourages you as an artist/curator to explore your creative practice in response to a site. You will experience and develop methodologies that interrogate site specificity. For example, you will learn to understand the whole process of knowing a site from the journey to the site, the time spent on site, its socio-historical, cultural, environmental and political context and the ensuing impact that those experiences and knowledges can have on your creative practice. You will then learn to adapt and apply those methodologies that are appropriate for your creative development and practice.

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. Explore fieldwork methods and processes 
  2. Develop a project and clearly articulate and synthesise site-specific methodologies through writing, imagery and public presentation 
  3. Engage in critical dialogue with peers about the presented work and associated cultural issues 

Create a resolved body of work in response to a specific site

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered through a series of site visits. Workshops and masterclasses will be held to help you gain an understanding of contemporary fieldwork practices. You will be expected to keep field notes and will be engaged in group discussions and critically reflexive dialogues with peers, lecturers and industry partners

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

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course. 

Assessment Tasks include: 

  1. Extensive Site Analysis 30% LO1, LO2 
  1. Methodology Presentation / Report 20% LO2, LO3 
  1. Create a Body of Work in response to Site Analysis 50% LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4 

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: Assessment and Results

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.