Course Title: Realise an installation work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: GRAP5382C

Course Title: Realise an installation work

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6149 - Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Deborah Williams

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4215

Course Contact Email: Deborah

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 90

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 the skills and knowledge required to realise all aspects of an installation project, from initial brief or idea to the actual installation of the work. This course centres around the development of a body of work that relies heavily on the painting medium.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUAINS601 Realise an installation work


1. Originate ideas for installation works

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use own creative impulse or brief supplied by others to develop ideas for work 1.2 Research and explore relevant ideas and creative associations for the work 1.3 Evaluate site requirements and develop responses to accommodate practical requirements and constraints 1.4 Explore options for materials, technologies and processes to fulfil creative, site and brief requirements 1.5 Collaborate with others to maximise contribution of project ideas and refine through an ongoing collaborative process


2. Articulate and present project ideas

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop, critique and articulate creative responses to the objectives of the brief and site requirements 2.2 Develop formal presentation of concept proposal and supporting documentation according to guidelines 2.3 Present the design proposal with supporting documentation and practical planning data to the industry client, sponsor or selection panel 2.4 Evaluate and re-work aspects of the proposal as required


3. Plan and document work in response to the site and the brief

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Plan construction to meet specific site requirements and deadline for delivery 3.2 Engage with key stakeholders in the project to ensure all requirements are met 3.3 Represent planning and preparatory work using presentation mechanisms suited to the project


4. Create the installation work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Integrate command of technique, materials and process to create installation work that meets creative needs 4.2 Use critical and creative thought to challenge, adapt and refine the installation 4.3 Interrogate aspects of work in progress and participate in critical inquiry and discussion 4.4 Use safe and sustainable work practices throughout the creation of the installation


5. Finalise the installation work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Liaise with relevant people on factors affecting the finalisation of the work 5.2 Identify and address challenges of the installation project to complete work on time 5.3 Organise the installation of the work, engaging specialist expertise where necessary


6. Evaluate own work

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Seek and evaluate feedback from others to improve own work 6.2 Evaluate work against planned strategy for own creative practice and intentions for installation work 6.3 Assess place of own work in relation to other installation artists 6.4 Adjust work processes and practice to improve technical, conceptual and commercial outcomes

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Originate and realise an installation work suitable for the public domain
  • Articulate and present ideas about installation work in relevant contexts
  • Evaluate, explain and discuss work in a professional context.

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • The ability to create a body of work from concept stage to the finished product
  • Have an awareness of contemporary art practices.

Details of Learning Activities

Your learning activities will take place in a studio and lecture theatre. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

RMIT will provide you with the resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studio and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources.

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:

Teacher directed group activities/projects
Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
Peer teaching and class presentations
Group discussion
Studio work

2. Out-of-class activities include:

Practical exercises
Reading articles and excerpts
Project work
Independent research

Teaching Schedule

Semester 1

WeekClass ContentTaskElements
1Orientation/Brief 1: PS 50 boxes 1

Students move into allocated studio space
Briefs: PS 50 Boxes/GSPF


3Briefs: PS 50 Site Analysis/GSPF

PS 50 Site Analysis

Site, sound & situation2, 4.
4Briefs: PS 50 Concept Proposals 3/4
5Material workshop

Briefs: Project development: studio work

Explore materiality2/3/4/6
6Briefs: Project development: studio work 2/3/4/6
7Material workshop

Briefs: Project development: studio work

Explore materiality4
Mid Semester Break
8Material workshop: transferring imagesExplore materiality4
9Studio work
Briefs: Project development: studio work
10Studio work
Briefs: Project development: studio work
Artists of influence Pecha Kucha4/5
11Studio work
Briefs: Project development: studio work
Artists of influence Pecha Kucha4/5
12Studio work
Briefs: Project development: studio work
13Individual TutorialsCrit sessions presenting exploration to date3/4/5/6
14Individual Tutorials 3/4/5/6
15Finalised projectsCrit sessions presenting exploration to date5/6
16InstallationPrepare studio space for assessment1/2/3/4/5/6

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Mayer, Ralph. The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques. Viking Adult; 5th revised and updated edition, 1991.

Forbat, S. 2009 40 years : Kaldor public art projects NSW, Botany.

Hogg, G & Sharp, K. (eds) 2011, Outer site : the intercultural projects of RMIT art in public space with a foreword by Lucy Lippard, Balnarring, Vic. : McCulloch & McCulloch Australian Art Books.

Frayling C, Charity R & O’Reilly L 2005 Re views : artists and public space. London, UK : Black Dog Books.

Art and Australia - Journal

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through completion of a body of work that demonstrates concept development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.


Semester 1:
1. Assessment title: Response to chosen brief: Proposal including project analysis
Description: Present  Proposal and site analysis – written and class presentation
Semester: S1
Week: 6


2. Assessment title: Artists of Influence Pecha Kucha
Description: 5 slides/5 minutes to reflect on artists of influence in current work
Semester: S1
Week: 10/11

3. Assessment title: Installation
Description: Install work created & selected
Semester: S1
Week: 16

4. Assessment title: De-install
Description: De-install works in a timely and responsible manner.
Due date: 6th July
Semester: S2
Week: 1

5. Visual Diary:
Description: Your visual diary should be a living document that provides insights to your influences, your ideas and how they impact your practice.

Graded assessment applies for courses within the Diploma of Visual Arts.

Grade                        Outline Grading                                          Criteria (see table below)
CHD                          Competent with high distinction 80 - 100    Highly developed
CDI                            Competent with distinction 70 - 79             Well developed
CC                             Competent with credit 60 - 69                    Developed
CAG                          Competent achieved - graded 50 - 59        Sound
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 are available through the course contact in Program Administration.

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