Industry engagement

All courses at RMIT provide opportunities for students to engage with industry experts in real world or simulated real world professional situations. At RMIT we refer to this as Work Integrated Learning (WIL). This is the kind of learning activity that integrates academic learning with its application in the workplace.

Industry Engagement

Industry Engagement

In the School of Art you will experience working professionally either through professional studio practice and exhibiting or curating and managing arts projects. The work integrated learning that you experience at RMIT will assist you in forming arts based enterprises. You will experience simulated workplace environments such as gallery spaces and engage with physical experiences and professional practice that relates to making, exhibiting, curating, pre- and post-production of art. You will have specific courses that are designed around work integrated learning activities. Use this space to highlight your WIL experiences.


RMIT Art Students from the viewing Imi Knobel Exhibition at Dia: Beacon, New York

RMIT Art Students from the viewing Imi Knobel Exhibition at Dia: Beacon, New York on the Fine Art Study Tour

An important part of becoming a professional artist or arts-based practitioner is making time to engage with the arts industry through exhibitions and arts events. Create a page to keep a record of all the exhibitions you see. Visit online galleries anywhere in the world and use your ePortfolio to keep track of online exhibitions that have interested you and record your impressions. Visit Australian galleries, these may be State Galleries such as the NGV, Regional Galleries, University or local commercial galleries or artist-run initiatives. By visiting and critically reflecting on the art and exhibition strategies used in the exhibitions you are experiencing you will develop essential skills and knowledge on how artists and curators exhibit work. Following this learning activity you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse a range of real time and online international exhibitions
  • Discuss contemporary and historical art practice with peers and lecturers
  • Source galleries that will be useful for your practice
  • Discuss and reflect on your own practice in a global context
  • Write exhibition reviews
  • Discover your industry
  • Reflect and understand the technical and business aspects of exhibition design, promotion and aspects of display

By engaging in exhibition critique you are developing your observational skills, critical analysis skills, and writing skills, all of which will assist you in your professional career. You might keep a list of galleries.