School of Art - Masters Program Options


The following programs include Masters program options:

Master of Photography
Master of Fine Art
MA (Arts Management)
MA (Art in Public Space)

On this page you will find information about these postgraduate program options, as well as postgraduate University Electives.

Please note that offerings can be subject to change.

To add a University Elective in Enrolment Online, choose the 'Class Search' tab, select the relevant Term, and search for the name or course code of the course you are interested in.

For more information about a course, please contact the Offering Coordinator.

Please note: although we would like to offer all of the courses below, courses are subject to viability and may not run if numbers are too low.

Course Information


  • Course Coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Scheduled Time
  • Location
  • Student Group Eligible for Enrolment
2020 Flexible Term - Program Options


Ceramic Fundamentals

Caelan Renfree-Dyer, Untitled, 2017, Ceramic, Photographer: Andrew Barcham

VART3640: Internship


  • Dr Alison Bennett (alison.bennett@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBC
  • November 2020 – February 2021
  • TBC
  • MC270 students only

Last day to enrol: 6 December 2020

In this course you will participate in an internship or artist in residence program in an arts or cultural organisation, company, festival, gallery, museum or studio, through dual negotiation with the industry and School. You will be expected to work as directed by the host organisation, to address and solve real issues in an arts industry workplace environment.

This is a Work Integrated Learning course designed to facilitate a practical working relationship between you and selected arts and cultural organisations. You will be expected to organise your own internship and then negotiate with your course coordinator.


Ceramic Fundamentals

Caelan Renfree-Dyer, Untitled, 2017, Ceramic, Photographer: Andrew Barcham

OART1068: Art Studio Intensive


  • Professor David Forrest (david.forrest@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBC
  • October 2020 – January 2021
  • TBC
  • MC034 students only

Last day to enrol: 19 October 2020


Masters Program Options

Semester 1  -  Masters Program Options

  • OART1067: Introduction to Curating Contemporary Art
  • VART3614: Speaking Critically
  • VART3616: Critical Frameworks B
  • VART3638: Digital Imaging Strategies
  • VART3640: Internship
  • VART3709: Fieldwork
  • VART3711: Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice A - Creative
    responses to health, care and wellbeing
  • VART3717: Cultural Planning and Evaluation

Semester 2 - Masters Program Options

  • OART1066: Arts Management Fundamentals
  • VART3614: Speaking Critically
  • VART3616: Critical Frameworks B
  • VART3640: Internship
  • VART3707: Applied Industry Engagement
  • VART3713: Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice B
Semester 1 - Masters Program Options


Ceramic Fundamentals

Caelan Renfree-Dyer, Untitled, 2017, Ceramic, Photographer: Andrew Barcham

OART1067: Introduction to Curating Contemporary Art


  • Dr Tammy Wong-Hulbert (tammy.hulbert@rmit.edu.au)
  • Dr Tammy Wong-Hulbert (tammy.hulbert@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • School of Art Masters students only

In this course, you will undertake a theoretical and historical examination of contemporary art curation across different contexts in Australia and overseas. Your theoretical investigation will be supported by project-based work to give you a critical and practical appreciation of the issues involved in conceptualising, developing and presenting exhibitions, including spatial thinking and planning. 

NOTE: If you are enrolled in, or have previously completed VART3413, you are not eligible to complete this course.


 

VART3614: Speaking Critically


  • Dr Steven Rendall (steven.rendall@rmit.edu.au)
  • Dr Steven Rendall (steven.rendall@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • School of Art Masters students only

In this course, you will develop the skills of presenting an oral research narrative presentation, and expanding the way you document your studio projects. Oral presentations are a skill required by the professional artist. Developing a well-defined, succinct, and effective talk, built around a research narrative, here also serves to underpin your Studio courses. 

To this end you will analyse the projects you have developed during the Coursework Masters thus far in order to articulate a research narrative. Your oral presentation will draw on your experiences in the studio at the levels of describing your projects, evaluating the outcomes, and articulating future directions. Your presentation will also draw on an expanded range of documentation processes. 

Also on offer in Semester 2 2021


TOSHIRO SHIMADA/GETTY IMAGES

VART3616: Critical Frameworks B


  • Associate Professor Dominic Redfern (dominic.redfern@rmit.edu.au), Contact hours – by email Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Associate Professor Dominic Redfern
  • TBC
  • Online 1-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial
  • School of Art Masters students only

So, there’s you, and then there’s everything else. With this in mind we explore models of multiple and mutable subjectivity throughout the modern period and their ongoing challenge to the autonomous subject inherited from the enlightenment. Of course, not everyone gets to decide for themselves who they will be, and so we explore theoretical models that have attempted to address the subject position of those who have been assigned to play ‘other’ to the privileged white male. We look at feminist art and ideas, and their heritage in post humanism as well as theories of the ‘other’ as developed through post-colonialism here and elsewhere. We also take in a variety of models of realism over the last 170 years of art history and theory as they attempt to address the world and how we might approach it.

This lecture series was previously offered in Sem 2, Year 2019. If you studied Critical Frameworks in that semester, we don’t recommend you enrol in this course.


Pelle Cass 2018, ‘Water Polo Match, Harvard’, from the series Crowded Fields. Composite photograph

VART3638: Digital Imaging Strategies


  • Dr Alison Bennett (alison.bennett@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • School of Art Masters students only

Grounded in digital photography, this elective course introduces you to both foundational and advanced concepts and strategies in digital imaging. The classes foreground understanding over recipes – we want you to understand how computers handle images in order to equip you with the skills to be digitally literate creators. 


Ceramic Fundamentals

Caelan Renfree-Dyer, Untitled, 2017, Ceramic, Photographer: Andrew Barcham

VART3640: Internship


  • Dr Tammy Wong-Hulbert (tammy.hulbert@rmit.edu.au)
  • Dr Tammy Wong-Hulbert (tammy.hulbert@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • School of Art Masters students only

In this course you will participate in an internship or artist in residence program in an arts or cultural organisation, company, festival, gallery, museum or studio, through dual negotiation with the industry and School. You will be expected to work as directed by the host organisation, to address and solve real issues in an arts industry workplace environment. 
 
This is a Work Integrated Learning course designed to facilitate a practical working relationship between you and selected arts and cultural organisations. 

Also on offer in Semester 2 2021 


Fieldwork , Fiona Hillary

VART3709: Fieldwork


  • Fiona Hillary (fiona.hillary@rmit.edu.au)
  • Fiona Hillary (fiona.hillary@rmit.edu.au) & Dr Alison Bennett (alison.bennett@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • School of Art Masters students only

Fieldwork is a process driven elective course that encourages you as an artist/curator to explore your creative practice in response to a site. You will experience and develop methodologies that interrogate site specificity. For example, you will learn to understand the whole process of knowing a site from the journey to the site, the time spent on site, its socio-historical, cultural, environmental and political context and the ensuing impact that those experiences and knowledges can have on your creative practice. You will then learn to adapt and apply those methodologies that are appropriate for your creative development and practice. 


Sally Richmond (MA Art in Public Space), 2019, One and Many: The Sewing Project, Creative Care project, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Wellbeing Centre (image courtesy, Sally Richmond)

VART3711: Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice A - Creative responses to health, care and wellbeing


  • Associate Professor Keely Macarow (keely.macarow@rmit.edu.au)
  • Associate Professor Keely Macarow, Coordinator of Creative Care, School of Art
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • University Elective

For this elective, you will develop and realise creative projects in response to health, care, wellbeing and the body. 

Artists, photographers, creative, design, health, social and aged care and other practitioners will contribute to an interdisciplinary student community of practice and learn about creative, health and social responses to public health concerns including the COVID-19 and climate crisis.   

Projects will be undertaken independently or collaboratively through diverse mediums, site specific and social practices, and realised through diverse creative outcomes, papers and proof of concept designs. 


Ceramic Fundamentals

Caelan Renfree-Dyer, Untitled, 2017, Ceramic, Photographer: Andrew Barcham

VART3717: Cultural Planning and Evaluation


  • Professor David Forrest (david.forrest@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • School of Art Masters students only
This course aims to build participant’s capacity for effective cultural development planning and in doing so achieve better outcomes. Using frameworks developed by the Cultural Development Network (CDN), Students learn an ‘evidence-based and outcomes focussed’ approach to planning that is consistent and integrated within an organisation’s planning activity, and evaluate the overall effectiveness of a plan and its activities. The Frameworks offered in this course have been developed with sector in the context of key national and international policy agendas and are informed by contemporary approaches to planning and governance and ideas about evidence-based planning. 

Semester 2 - Masters Program Options


Ceramic Fundamentals

Caelan Renfree-Dyer, Untitled, 2017, Ceramic, Photographer: Andrew Barcham

OART1066: Arts Management Fundamentals 


  • Professor David Forrest (david.forrest@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • School of Art Masters students only

The course will examine key aspects of national and international arts management with particular reference to arts organisations in a cross-cultural context. This will entail a consideration of current practices in Australia and overseas with respect to economic, political and socio-cultural factors. You will be introduced to issues relating to: resource and fiscal management; fund raising; policy development and implementation; entrepreneurship; and marketing and communication. 

NOTE: If you are enrolled in, or have previously completed PERF1025, you are not eligible to complete this course.


 

VART3614: Speaking Critically


  • Dr Steven Rendall (steven.rendall@rmit.edu.au)
  • Dr Steven Rendall (steven.rendall@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • School of Art Masters students only

In this course, you will develop the skills of presenting an oral research narrative presentation, and expanding the way you document your studio projects. Oral presentations are a skill required by the professional artist. Developing a well-defined, succinct, and effective talk, built around a research narrative, here also serves to underpin your Studio courses. 

To this end you will analyse the projects you have developed during the Coursework Masters thus far in order to articulate a research narrative. Your oral presentation will draw on your experiences in the studio at the levels of describing your projects, evaluating the outcomes, and articulating future directions. Your presentation will also draw on an expanded range of documentation processes. 

Also on offer in Semester 1 2021


Zichun Apple Jia, "Cruel Beauty” (2017), Mask, plastic, rubber, 28x17x10cm.
Photo by: Kai Gao

VART3616: Critical Frameworks B


  • Associate Professor Dominic Redfern (dominic.redfern@rmit.edu.au), Contact hours – by email Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Associate Professor Dominic Redfern
  • TBC
  • Online 1-hour lecture and 1-hour tutorial
  • School of Art Masters students only

What does it mean to mean? How does meaning arise in material culture, and how has this question been approached in the western tradition? Over the course we consider this problem from a variety of vantage points: material culture as language; material culture as feeling; material culture as an extension of the body; material culture as form. This frame allows us to take in a number of elements of history that have affected our understanding of what art does: the linguistic turn that was so influential on twentieth century-culture and thinking; the history of modernism seen through a variety of lenses; the relationship of culture to philosophy since the renaissance; and the relationship of culture to embodiment before and after feminism. We weave the threads together with themes emerging and re-emerging across the weeks to build a series of interrelated narratives and contrasting positions that problematise and deepen our relationship to our making.

This lecture series was previously offered in Sem 2, Year 2020. If you studied Critical Frameworks in that semester, we don’t recommend you enrol in this course.


Ceramic Fundamentals

Caelan Renfree-Dyer, Untitled, 2017, Ceramic, Photographer: Andrew Barcham

VART3640: Internship


  • Dr Tammy Wong-Hulbert (tammy.hulbert@rmit.edu.au)
  • Dr Tammy Wong-Hulbert (tammy.hulbert@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • School of Art Masters students only

In this course you will participate in an internship or artist in residence program in an arts or cultural organisation, company, festival, gallery, museum or studio, through dual negotiation with the industry and School. You will be expected to work as directed by the host organisation, to address and solve real issues in an arts industry workplace environment. 
 
This is a Work Integrated Learning course designed to facilitate a practical working relationship between you and selected arts and cultural organisations. 

Also on offer in Semester 1 2021 


rawpixel.com via Pexels, used under Creative Commons.

VART3707: Applied Industry Engagement


  • Alison Bennett (alison.bennett@rmit.edu.au)
  • Bronek Kozka (bronek.kozka@rmit.edu.au)
  • TBC
  • Blended Learning
  • School of Art Masters students only

This course explores ways to engage with expanded notions of industry for creative practitioners. You will interact with a variety of voices and positions from within the art, photography and wider arts industries to contribute to your evolving relationship to professional practice


Ceramic Fundamentals

Caelan Renfree-Dyer, Untitled, 2017, Ceramic, Photographer: Andrew Barcham

VART3713: Themes in Contemporary Creative Practice B


  • TBC
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • TBC
  • School of Art Masters students only

TBC