Course Title: Studio Investigation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Studio Investigation

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Matthew Watts

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5089

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Course Coordinator Location: Level 4, B108

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will undertake a more self-directed investigation of specific subject matter and discipline area. The course is intended to provide flexibility to explore themes and studio practice associated with your interests and potential future area of study. This will involve investigating the studio practice of artists and designers to inform your approach and to expand your awareness of a diverse range of art and design careers. You will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of material combinations and tools, and guided to develop an approach to studio practice that is built around your own strengths and preferred techniques. You will learn to apply strategies for collaboration and the management of an extended creative project, from development of the proposal and a timeline, through to the production of a final body of work and its presentation as part of an end of year exhibition. You will be required to demonstrate how key decisions in the production of the final work consider issues of sustainability, accessibility and social responsibility.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See Learning Outcomes.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply the rules of, and expectations for, academic study and assume responsibility for your own actions to work effectively as an individual and/or as a member of a group;
  2. Develop and express ideas through independent reading, the creation of images, and the collection and interpretation of data and information; 
  3. Communicate ideas with clarity, logic, and originality in both spoken and written English;
  4. Construct coherent arguments, narratives or justifications of issues, problems or technical processes when undertaking analytical, practical or creative tasks; and
  5. Use a range of contemporary digital and learning technologies, tools and methods common to the discipline.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Investigate the studio practice of prominent artists or designers and different creative fields to inform your future study choices.
  2. Apply your developing approach to studio practice to the creation of a body of work focused on a discipline and topic of interest.
  3. Develop independent learning skills through the development and application of an individual investigation proposal and timeline to your project.
  4. Experiment with and select techniques, tools and sustainable materials appropriate to the production of a body of work.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course includes a blend of didactic, active, and collaborative learning activities designed to meet the needs of international students. The course encourages the process of inquiry, application and reflection through student centred learning and teaching activities including practical work in studio environments and laboratories . In doing so, there will be a focus on the development of critical and analytical thinking skills that promote problem solving, independent research skills and group work. Students will develop their technology skills through engagement in formative and summative assessments. The course will maximise the use of the learning management system by incorporating flipped and blended methodologies. This may be complemented by guest lectures, excursions and speakers with discipline specific work life expertise to further connect content to the professional world and generate opportunities for reflective practice.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available through RMIT’s learning management system,  Canvas. In addition to assessment details and a study schedule, you will also be provided with links to relevant course information, class activities and communication tools. 

Other learning resources are also available online through RMIT Library. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Academic and learning support is provided through Study Success at RMIT Training. The Foundation Studies home group program will also provide support, navigating university systems, advice on living and studying in Melbourne as well as explaining RMIT university policy and procedures.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment Description Weighting
Studio Investigation

An extended investigation of subject matter and a discipline area of interest to you based on your investigation proposal. This investigation will be informed by your research into the creative practices of artists and designers. Through experimentation with a variety of materials, tools and techniques you will look to develop a studio practice to best express your ideas and lead to the production of a set of at least two finished design solutions or a body of art.


Oral Presentation 10%
Final body of work 30%

Investigation Proposal

This task will require you to write a proposal for your art or design investigation that identifies a need, or a theme of significance and outlines an approach to undertaking the investigation. You will propose a project outcome and create a project timeline including key milestone objectives.


Extended Written Response

Investigate and compare the studio practice of two artists or designers. Describe key aspects including their influences, processes, themes as well as their use of materials and techniques. Compare their aesthetic approach, use of tools and technologies and how these choices impact their work. Discuss how historical and cultural factors also influence their ideas and studio practice. (800 – 1200 words)


Investigation Journal/Folio

A journal/folio will be used as a tool to explore ideas relating to your project and to document your developing studio practice. It will accompany your studio investigation and include written and visual research, written observations, media experimentation and idea development.