Course Title: Open Studio Intensive

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Open Studio Intensive

Credit Points: 24.00

Course Coordinator: David Forrest

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This intensive studio will be delivered through a variety of activities that will include, where appropriate: a face-to-face studio environment, workshops, lectures and discussions, fieldwork and/or site-specific projects (either on or off-shore), presentation and reflection. Study can be project, thematic and/or discipline focussed and can explore a range of practices. Your studio activities will be tailored to meet the learning needs of your discreet year level and the intensive timeframe in which this course occurs. You will define, research and document and present your ideas in consultation with academic staff and/or professionals in the field. You may work collaboratively and/or individually in order to respond to the themes, theories, and assessment tasks that are relevant to your studio. By undertaking developmental projects that utilise expansive and adaptable strategies you will have the opportunity to develop as a critically reflective creative practitioner. You will build on past experience by synthesizing and applying new information to develop appropriate ways of selecting concepts, materials and/or processes for making creative work. The objectives of this course are to produce resolved creative work including appropriate support materials and research that establishes the social and cultural framework for your practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is an postgraduate elective that is available as an elective option in the following programs:

MC280 Master of Arts (Arts Management)

MC266 Master of Fine Art

MC270 Master of Photography

MC281 Master of Arts (Art in Public Space)

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

  1. Use creativity and critical thinking skills to identify, innovate and solve problems in diverse contexts within your discipline.
  2. Apply specialised theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to broaden the scope of your emerging creative practice or future study.
  3. Formulate, articulate and justify the formal, material, conceptual and presentation strategies used in your creative practice.
  4. Explore and trial new theories of practice whilst expanding and translating concepts, materials and technologies via a diverse range of methods to create resolved work.
  5. Discuss and critically reflect upon your work and work of others applying a global contemporary creative arts perspective.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage with the studio as a process of creation and as a site of practice and enquiry. This course is studio based, which means your learning will be activated through experimenting, exploring, composing, envisioning, observing, and playing with a range of materials and processes. The studio will be presented through a variety of activities including workshops, experimentation, lectures, critical analysis, discussion, practice, presentation and reflection Depending upon your project, learning activities may occur offshore. You will receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff and peers through a variety of consultations, critique, and tutorials, which are designed to support the resolution of your final work and facilitate the development of your ability to give and receive feedback.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will also have access to a range of facilities across the school to support your area of practice.

The University Library has extensive resources for all 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 and subject specialist help via your school Liaison Librarian.

You will also have access to online materials, instructional tutorials, and readings through Canvas and the

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. Your assessment tasks will be tailored to meet the learning needs of your discreet year level and the condensed timeframe in which this intensive course occurs.


  1. Folio of Resolved works 50% LO 1, 2, 4
  2. Folio of Research Material 30% LO 1, 2, 4
  3. Critical Reflection and Articulation of Practice 20% LO 3, 5

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: