Course Title: Critique cultural works

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: OART5004C

Course Title: Critique cultural works

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5348 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Joel Rainford

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will develop skills and knowledge required to research, analyse and debate cultural history and theory. You will be able to gain insight into historical art movements that will support and develop your own approach to creative work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUARES502 Critique cultural works


1. Prepare to critique cultural works

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Confirm type of cultural works to be appraised in consultation with relevant personnel

1.2 Identify requirements and constraints that may influence critiques and plan accordingly

1.3 Discuss plans or preliminary ideas with relevant personnel as required

1.4 Identify and explore relevant sources of information on cultural works with respect for cultural protocols

1.5 Use formal and informal research techniques to access 


1.6 Organise research materials and findings for current and future use, with awareness of intellectual property considerations


2. Link research to cultural works

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Critically evaluate works and related information

2.2 Assess ways in which different influences are applied, adapted or challenged within cultural works

2.3 Develop substantiated positions to inform critical analysis of works

2.4 Discuss research findings with others and consider modifying opinions to integrate other perspectives


3. Present critiques

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Produce written or spoken texts on cultural works to meet organisational or publishing requirements

3.2 Take into account information about audience and purpose of critiques

3.3 Apply relevant cultural standards and conventions to critiques of cultural works

3.4 Present critiques in negotiated format and timeline

3.5 Seek feedback on quality of critiques from relevant personnel and note areas for future improvement


4. Maintain knowledge of trends related to domain of cultural works

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify and use opportunities to update and expand knowledge of influences on cultural works

4.2 Incorporate knowledge into cultural analysis and reporting

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Select an appropriate research focus
  • Analyse cultural ideas and information
  • Develop substantiated positions to support professional practice
  • Participate in informed discussion of cultural history and theory.

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • Recognise historical and theatrical contemporary cultural practices
  • Develop opinions and ideas about cultural history and theory.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of:

• in class activities
• out-of-class activities
• peer teaching and class presentations
• online research
• group discussion
• independent project based work
• teacher directed group activities/projects

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.


Week 1 


Assignments for semester 1 in overview

Read and review assessments for Semester 1
Week 2

Presentation on the Feldman Method of Art Criticism

Review of sample contemporary artwork with Feldman Method

Review handout on Feldman Method
Week 3

Review of Assignment 1: Cultural Works Research Questionnaire

Gallery Questionnaire template

Week 4 Excursion to NGV, Ian Potter Centre and galleries on Flinders Lane  
Week 5 Review the Questionnaire from last week's excursion Work on Assessment 1: Cultural Works Research Questionnaire
Week 6 Review of Assignment 2: Critically Evaluate a Cultural Work Work on Assignment 2: Critically Evaluate a Cultural Work
Week 7 Presentation: Feldman Analysis in report and essay formats  
Week 8 Presentation: Style and genre in art  
Week 9 Review of Assignment 3: Artwork Critique Work on Assignment 3: Artwork Critique
Week 10 Presentation: Analytical drawing and the Bauhaus  
Week 11 Presentation: Art and language of criticism  
Week 12 Presentation: History of art criticism  
Week 13

Review of progress on Assignment 1, 2 and 3

Continue work on Assignment 1, 2 and 3
Week 14 Q and A on Assignment 1, 2 and 3  
Week 15 Q and A on Assignment 1, 2 and 3  
Week 16 Submission of Assignment 1, 2 and 3 Submission of Assignment 1, 2 and 3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include three projects. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on Canvas

Assessment Tasks

Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard expected in the workplace.

To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

You should refer to the assessment brief which is available through Canvas for full assessment criteria

Assessment Task 1:Cultural Works Research Quesionnaire 

Due - Week 7

Assessment Task 2: Critically Evaluate a Cultural Work

Due - Week 8

Assessment Task 3:Artwork Critique

Due - Week 14


Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Information about your studies:

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.



Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (eg. applying for an extension of time):


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.  

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.


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