Course Title: Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice A

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Pia Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: Please email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will engage with a specified contemporary theme through either creative practice, curatorial or critical theoretical processes. Building on an initial framing, you will develop creative responses that evidence an expanded exploration of your topic.

You will have the opportunity to develop methodologies and outcomes in a form that is appropriate to your chosen interest and/or creative practice.

A different theme will be offered each semester. Possible themes might include contemporary figuration; feminisms; realisms; decolonialisation; post-humanism; abstraction; politics in art; hyper-reality; radical street art; public and private; gender and sexuality; land, landscape and place; contemporary portraiture; imaging and VR futures.

We have created two Themes in Contemporary Practice courses A & B. Each semester they are co-delivered. Two courses have been created so that you have the opportunity to explore two different themes over the course of your degree.

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 and expand upon a theme in contemporary creative practice
  2. Critically contextualise your practice relative to the theme presented in this course
  3. Realise a creative practice outcome related to the theme presented in this course

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered through a range of formats including seminars and studio activities (guided discussions, peer review and critique sessions) and lectures. You will benefit from discussions between the wider artist community across year levels and programs because the two courses Themes in Contemporary Art A & Themes in Contemporary Art B are co-delivered and shared with other postgraduate programs.

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

In this course you can choose the area of focus and associated assessments that best suits your discipline or area of interest. Assessment tasks will either have a creative practice focus, a curatorial focus or an art history and theory focus. Choose one of the following groups of assessment tasks:


Creative Practice Focus

  1. Creative Project Outline 25% (Week 6) (LO1)
  2. Cont)extual presentation written, visual or audio 25% (LO2)
  3. Resolved Creative Project 50% (LO1, LO2, LO3)


Curatorial Focus

  1. Curatorial outline 25% (Week 6) (LO1)
  2. Contextual presentation written, visual or audio 25% (LO2)
  3. Curatorial outcomes 50% (LO1, LO2, LO3)


Critical theoretical Focus:

  1. Critical reflection, written/visual/audio 25% (Week 6) (LO1)
  2. Contextual presentation written, visual or audio 25% (LO2)
  3. A text-based creative response 50% (LO1, LO2, 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 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.