Course Title: Working in First Peoples contexts: creative partnerships and cultural production

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Working in First Peoples contexts: creative partnerships and cultural production

Credit Points: 12.00

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art



Course Coordinator: Dr Marnie Badham

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0953

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne

Course Coordinator Availability: Via appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge

You will require independent research skills including the ability to find references beyond the reading provided as well as the ability to use RMIT library and online databases.

Course Description

This course has been developed by Worimi artist and educator Genevieve Grieves of GARUWA in collaboration with RMIT University.

This course provides opportunities for you to learn and apply knowledge and skills across a range of cultural and social frameworks, including settler-colonialism and race, that inform Australian society. You will begin to evolve a self-reflexivity that positions you in relation to these national issues as well as with regard to broader, global, First Peoples contexts. By developing your understanding of these factors in Australia, you will build a transferrable set of skills that encompasses intercultural, collaborative, self-determining approaches to working with local, national and global communities.

By considering the historical and contemporary contexts of the Australian case studies, you will expand your ideas of content production, curation, arts management and design in local, national and international contexts.

The course supports professional learning and career development learning in fields and roles such as: managers in the arts, design, creative, cultural, festival, public art, and arts education industries; as well as designers, curators, cultural producers, artists, education and community workers.

This course provides career development learning opportunities that may include engaging in real-world projects with community and industry partners, and/or simulated projects based in professional contexts.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

If you are enrolled in this course as a MC280 M Arts (Arts Management) student this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Attain appropriate and relevant arts management knowledge, with the ability to critique, use and apply that knowledge across a range of situations, enabling effective judgments in dealing with new and emerging issues in the field
  • Carry out self-directed learning and independent research to develop your individual arts management practice and locate your work globally within an appropriate conceptual and theoretical context
  • Critically evaluate and make judgments on the social, legal and international aspects of actions and decisions in arts management, with an understanding of professional expectations and ethical requirements
  • Demonstrate the skills of research, analysis and presentation within professional and academic fields
  • Engage critically in theoretical, historical, social, legal, environmental and cultural contexts with reference to the arts management industry context

If you are enrolled in this course as a GC213 GC in Creative and Cultural Projection student this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Critically reflect on diverse approaches to cultural production in cultural, community and institutional scenarios, including First Peoples contexts.
  • Engage and collaborate respectfully with diverse stakeholders, both locally and globally, to innovate, create and problem solve in a range of social and cultural contexts. 
  • Employ professional and interpersonal skills, including the creative use of digital strategies to effectively and responsibly negotiate and communicate. 

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate and apply awareness in relation to colonisation, decolonisation and decolonising methodologies in Art fields and related disciplines.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of protocols for working with First Peoples communities and organisations.
  3. Critically analyse and articulate multiple contexts and practice approaches in relation to engagement with First Peoples communities and cultures.
  4. Identify and apply best practice approaches to collaborating with First Peoples communities and organisations.
  5. Critically reflect upon the issues involved in developing and maintaining partnerships with First Peoples communities and organisations.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is run through intensive classes that will be a combination of online sessions and face to face sessions on campus and also in Melbourne City locations. The course is designed around simulated industry projects to prepare ‘real-world’ learners. It builds on core industry partnerships with First Peoples organisations.

You will engage in learning that involves a range of activities, both face to face and online, such as seminars, presentations by industry professionals, student presentations, discussions, group work and independent research. Assessment tasks will require you to develop your own project, with activities which will require you to engage with existing partnership projects with First Peoples communities and organisations, and to research, develop and plan your own project.

The course will be Indigenous-led and include guest speaker presentations, literature and readings, and various traditional, popular and contemporary art forms will be used to explore, consider and engage with artistic and cultural projects partnered with First Peoples communities and organisations.

Classes are designed to be culturally safe for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and provide an open forum for the discussion of ideas, dilemmas, challenges and opportunities. Classes cater for all levels of experience and are a place for constructive critique, group and individual learning. Mutual support, sharing of knowledge and full participation is strongly encouraged.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

You will be able to present your assessment work in a range of forms which may include written, oral, or audio/visual or presentations.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Positionality Tasks, 20% (LO1, LO2)

Assessment Task 2: Research Project Proposal, 40% (LO3, LO4)

Assessment Task 3: Critical Reflective Presentation, 40% (LO4, LO5)

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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.