Course Title: Practicing on Country / with Country

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Practicing on Country / with Country

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Fiona Hillary

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4978

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 50.01.002

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore your relationship with country and/or being on country within the context of Indigenous Australia. The course will draw on a range First Nation contexts and perspectives to help you to create a framework to investigate and unpack the complexities of making art on/with country through your own practice and reflection. This course explores concepts and practices that enable you to acknowledge place, making and history. Some of the issues that will be raised in this course relate to sovereignty; decolonisation; remembering; recognising diverse knowledges; negotiating; shared futures; cultural and institutional appropriation.

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. Critically reflect on creative practice in relation to place, making, culture and history in the context of Indigenous Australia. 
  2. Critically reflect on and evaluate assumptions, ideas and methods in your creative practice in response to your location, situation and relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereignty
  3. Locate and situate yourself in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereignty through creative practice.
  4. Develop a creative response that applies the learnings and impacts of this course

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will be delivered through workshops and discussion with a range of First Nations cultural groups, creative practitioners and academics. Where appropriate, Indigenous ways of learning and knowing will be shared with the group by invited Indigenous guests.

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 course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. 

Assessment will include:  

  1. Reflective Report 40% (audio, visual or written) LO1, LO2, LO3 
  2. Creative Response or a series of creative responses that engages your creative practice 50% LO2, LO3, LO4
  3. Develop your own Acknowledgement of Country 10% 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. 

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.