School of Art - University Electives, Semester 1 2021


Your program requires you to complete courses from a list of University Elective options.  These courses can be from anywhere in the University, or from within the School of Art.  To choose your elective please visit the University Electives siteWe have listed Semester 1 and 2 School electives below for your reference. Details of Semester 1 offerings are listed below. Please note that offerings can be subject to change. Details of Flexible Term School electives/intensives are found on their own page.

To add an 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 Studio Lead of the offering studio.

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
  • Contact hours
  • Location
  • Open to all students

Offering Studio & Studio Lead/Coordinator


  • AHTC – Tassia Joannides
  • Ceramics – Kris Coad
  • Drawing – Greg Creek
  • Gold & Silversmithing – Nicholas Bastin
  • Painting – Peter Ellis
  • Photography (BP117) – Alan Hill
  • Print – Richard Harding
  • Sculpture – Fleur Summers
  • Video – Martine Corompt
  • Program Course – Martine Corompt
2021 University Electives

    Semester 1 University Electives

    VART1704 Alternative Photographic Processes
    VART3511 Art and Photography
    VART3514  Ceramic Fundamentals
    VART1325  Drawing Elective
    VART1316  Painting Elective
    VART3478  Photographic Screenprinting
    VART3590 Photography 101
    VART1398  Sculpture Elective
    COMM1272  Studio Production

      Semester 2 University Electives

      VART1704 Alternative Photographic Processes
      VART3511 Art and Photography
      VART3480  Artist's Books
      VART1325  Drawing Elective
      VART1221  Lithography: Drawing to Print
      VART1316  Painting Elective
      VART3590 Photography 101
      VART2027  Public Art Projects
      VART1398  Sculpture Elective
      VART3464  Video Art
      VART3473 3D Printed Objects

        Semester 1 University Electives

          Cecilia Baker 'Cyanotypes'

          VART1704 Alternative Photographic Processes


          • Pauline Anastasiou
          • TBC
          • Monday 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4:30pm
          • Blended Delivery (with darkroom access)
          • Open to all students, no pre-requisite
          This course introduces you to the beginnings of Photography to the present day. You will examine the early photographers exploring the chemical and physical phenomena that define the medium of photography. You will also explore the techniques, processes, history, and cultural connections that are such a significant part of photography. The studio will be presented through a variety of activities including workshops, darkroom, experimentation, lectures, critical analysis, discussion, practice, presentation and reflection.

          Caitlin Ramsden-Smith, 2018

          VART3511 Art and Photography


          • Pia Johnson
          • TBC
          • Online – no scheduled classes, independent learning
          • Open to all students (except Photography students), no pre-requisite
          This course you will investigate how photography functions within a fine art context. It is a fully integrated online course, where you will be able to navigate the course materials independently. The course will provide you with an overview of historical and contemporary photographic ideas and practice. ou will be exposed to a diverse range of significant local and international artists who draw upon a variety of photographic technologies in their practice, and investigate the language of photography and how it informs fine art photographic image making. The course provides you with opportunities to respond to lectures and explore ways of processing and articulating your own ideas with photographic techniques through digital SLR camera craft and digital software editing processes. Practical activities aim to engage you in applying photographic discourse to your contemporary art practice. 

          Ceramic Fundamentals

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

          VART3514 Ceramic Fundamentals


          • Kris Coad
          • TBC
          • Monday 1.30pm – 4.30pm
          • Online
          • Open to all students

          In this online course you will explore and experiment with the physical properties of materials and develop fundamental skills in the making of objects through ceramic methods. You will also address conceptual and technical concerns related to the making of objects. This course will also help you to understand the relationships between idea, concept, form and material as you begin to develop an individual approach to your art practice.

          **Students will be issued a materials list prior to semester start


          LIFE DRAWING STUDIO, RMIT UNIVERSITY,

          VART1325 Drawing Elective


          • Greg Creek
          • TBC
          • Monday 9.30am -12.30pm; 1.30pm – 4.30pm; 5.30pm – 8.30pm Tuesday 5.30pm – 8.30pm; Wednesday 5.30pm – 8.30pm
          • Online
          • Open to all students
          In this elective course you will learn studio skills and competency in drawing the figure. 
          You will explore the methods, materials, and concepts concerning perceptual drawing. These range across the application of appropriate materials in a range of drawing modes and studio settings; perspective and non­perspective approaches to visual representation; proportion, form, weight and volume; figure/ground relationships; positive/negative space; use of props and backdrops; details of head, feet, hands; depiction of movement; serial and sequential works. Your learning will develop across four thematic Modules culminating in a self-developed project. 

          STUDIO PHOTO, PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN, N.D.

          VART1316 Painting Elective


          • Peter Ellis
          • TBC
          • Monday 9.30am – 12.30pm; 1.30pm – 4.30pm ; 5.30pm – 8.30pm
          • Online
          • Open to all students

          This online elective will give you an elementary understanding of the concepts and materials and contexts used in the production of paintings. You will be encouraged to experiment with and respond to materials; develop an awareness of visual perception and intuitive sensibilities; and see painting as a self-reflexive ongoing practice, which may link to your major area of study.
          You will extend your knowledge regarding Painting through experimentation with different painting supports; preparation of grounds; various painting media; colour mixing; colour theory; compositional and spatial considerations. Studio based learning via projects and instruction sessions where you will be producing paintings, drawings and collages. There will be individual consultations with the lecturer involving feedback and appraisal on exercises and self-directed projects where appropriate.
          Advanced projects are negotiated with students with a greater experience in the subject. The course is supported by individual visual research, including the production of a visual diary. Group tutorials, critiques, demonstrations, student presentations and gallery visits. Methods of Production, Health and Safety will be experienced.


          Nuclear Free 1990, Julie Shiels, Billboard Poster, Dimensions Variable

          VART3478 Photographic Screen Printing


          • Richard Harding
          • TBC
          • Monday 1.30pm – 4.30pm
          • 95.01.03 Blended Delivery
          • Open to all students

          This course will introduce you to screenprinting processes and technologies that focus on photographic and text based printing. The objectives of the course are to provide you with the skills and knowledge to: produce photographic screenprints; reflect upon the role of photographic screenprinting in contemporary art; and expand the aesthetic and conceptual possibilities of your art practice.


          Migrant Mother, Dorothea Lange

          Migrant Mother, Dorothea Lange, 1936, United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division

          VART3590 Photography 101


          • Pia Johnson
          • TBC
          • Fridays Lecture 9.30am – 10.30am; Tutorials 10:30am – 12:30pm or 1:00pm – 3:00pm
          • Online / Blended learning (TBC)
          • Open to all students, no pre-requisite (except Photography students)
          The course approaches the medium of photography as modes of communication, art and creative technical skills. In studying this course you will be shown how photography has developed throughout its history and its theoretical contexts. We will discuss how our growing understanding of the principles of human perception and communication has influenced photography. You will be introduced to basic principles of the camera and you will also be provided with techniques for responding to the content and structure of photographs.  You will gain a visual literary on how images are created, presented and read across a wide genre of photographic fields. This course will provide you with the opportunity to examine and establish professional image capture workflows using a digital SLR and/or interchangeable lens camera. You will develop skills in how to control image craft, edit images and present them to communicate ideas and concepts. 

          Joseph Cornell Untitled (Fortune-Telling Parrot for Carmen Miranda) The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, 1976 © The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

          VART1398 Sculpture Elective


          • Fleur Summers
          • TBC
          • Wednesday 1.30pm – 4.30pm
          • Online
          • Open to all students
          This course is designed to introduce students to the traditions of sculpture within the framework of current art practice and to develop sculptural values and competence in the use of materials and techniques. In this course you will develop a greater understanding of sculptural concepts and materials through the establishment and/or further investigation of a personal art practice based in object making. Students will be introduced to a range of skills including modelling, construction and assemblage using simple sculptural materials through online teaching.

          Studio Production

          RMIT Image

          COMM1272 Studio Production


          • Martine Corompt
          • TBC
          • Monday 9.30am – 12.30pm
          • Online
          • Open to all students

          This course will introduce you to the use of the recording studio as a creative tool. You will be presented with an overview of the history, philosophy and techniques in utilizing the recording studio for creative outcomes. Using listening examples, you will learn how to objectively analyse and dissect pieces of music to reveal the techniques and approaches used in producing a wide range of audio material. This will be reinforced by practical examination of a variety of these techniques through using the recording studio. In your work for this course you will be expected to use the skills and information you garner in this course to develop and experiment with your own production style and approach.