Course Title: Critique cultural works

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2022

Course Code: OART5004C

Course Title: Critique cultural works

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: 

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 

School: 515T Creative Industries

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5414 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Joel Rainford

Course Contact Phone: +61399258193

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

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 information

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

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 may include but are not limited to:


  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures  
  • practical demonstrations in studio  
  • Blog/Wiki or other online discussion and participation  
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material  
  • seminars/workshops  
  • design activities or projects  
  • group projects  
  • peer learning  
  • guest lecture/presentation  
  • class presentations  
  • group discussion  
  • research  
  • independent project-based work  
  • group activities/projects  
  • ‘workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback  
  • visits to galleries and events  
  • practical placement  
  • simulated workplace activities.  

Teaching Schedule

Please refer to Canvas.

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

WeekTopicAssessment / Learning activities
Week 1


Assessments Overview

Read and review assessments

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 Assessment 1: Cultural Works Research Questionnaire and the questions relating to extending your knowledge and understanding of the exhibition.

Work on Assessment 1: Cultural Works Research Questionnaire
Week 4 

Review of the questions (AT1) relating to cultural protocols.

Gallery Questionnaire template

Work on Assessment 1: Cultural Works Research Questionnaire
Week 5 

Review of the questions (AT1) relating to artistic influence.

Work on Assessment 1: Cultural Works Research Questionnaire
Week 6

Q and A on Assessment 1

Presentation on 'Exhibition Design'. How do the decisions of curators influence the reception of the work?

Work on Assessment 1: Cultural Works Research Questionnaire 
Week 7


Presentation: Common questions on Assessment 2

Submit Assessment 1: Cultural Works Research Questionnaire
Week 8 Presentation: Analytical drawing and the Bauhaus
Week 9

Review of Assessment 3: Artwork Critique

Different forms of art writing

Work on Assessment 3: Artwork Critique
Week 10

Presentation: Essay writing and referencing

Work on Assessment 3: Artwork Critique
Week 11 Presentation: Structure of essays and persuasive writing
Week 12 Presentation: 'Influence Map' online exercise Online exercise: Influence map
Week 13

Review of 'Influence map?' online exercise

Presentation: 'Who am I? Where am I going?' online exercise

Online exercise: 'Who am I? Where am I going'?
Week 14 Review of 'Who am I? Where am I going?' online exercise
Week 15 Q and A on Assessment 3, looking at sample student submissions

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The library provides free study support services and resources to help you build your academic skills. This includes subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and other services. You can also access one-on-one consultations through the library. For further information:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral/written presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights. 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 and due dates


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 mapping documents are available through Program Administration if required.  

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 canaccess My Studies through the RMIT websitefor 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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