School of Art Student Guide - under construction
This page provides Hong Kong Art School students with information you will need to manage enrolment and other administrative aspects of your time with RMIT and Hong Kong Art School.
If you need any further help, please contact the Hong Kong Art School.
The School office can help with program, course and School related enquiries. Other contacts can be found below.
Cancelling your enrolment
If you would like to withdraw completely from your program, you must cancel your enrolment. Failure to cancel your enrolment by the relevant Semester census date will result in financial and academic penalties.
For important information before you cancel, please visit the RMIT page for more details.
All students can cancel their program via Enrolment Online.
Follow these steps to cancel your enrolment:
- log in to myRMIT and scroll down to select the Enrolment Online link
- go to My student record
- select Cancel program and follow the prompts.
Deadline Semester 1 6 February
Deadline Semester 2 1 August
CAST (Centre for Art Society and Transformation)
CAST is the School of Art's research centre and builds on practice-led research in art and public space, using practical, curatorial and theoretical methodologies. Its researchers examine art’s capacity for social engagement and power to foster local, regional and international creative partnerships and networks.
Changing your personal details
It is important that you keep your contact information up-to-date throughout your studies. You can update your contact information via myRMIT. However, you can also correct or change your personal details from the RMIT page.
RMIT recognises your right to raise concerns and complaints about academic, administrative and support services without fear of a negative outcome or reprisal.
Please refer to Hong Kong Art School student handbook for details.
& Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Credit Transfer (exemptions) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are ways in which RMIT recognises student’s skills and knowledge gained through formal and informal education and training, work experience, and/or life experience (including volunteer work, committee responsibilities, family duties, hobbies).
Credit may be offered for single courses or as a block exemption (in cases of advanced standing) depending on your study and experience.
How to apply for credit:
Applications for credit transfer must be discussed and approved by your academic leads and then signed off by the Program Manager.
To apply for credit, please:
- arrange an appointment with your relevant academic lead
- provide evidence of your previous study (i.e. certified copy of your transcript) or evidence of relevant experience
- complete an Application for Credit Transfer/RPL form, available on the Apply for Credit page.
Once completed, please submit your form along with your evidence to the RMIT Connect Student Portal for processing.
If you are enrolled in a course for which you have been given credit, you must drop it from your enrolment.
Email - your RMIT student email account
RMIT provides all students with a free email account upon enrolment. The University’s email provider is Outlook. The login used to access your email is the same as the login used to access other RMIT systems.
As part of your student responsibilities you must check your RMIT student email account regularly. Email is RMIT’s preferred method of communication and will be how the School will communicate with you.
Accessing your account
The easiest way to access your account is via the student portal, myRMIT. If myRMIT isn’t available, you can still access your email via the Outlook login page: outlook.office.com. If you do log in via this page, please note the following:
Your Outlook username is your student number followed by @student.rmit.edu.au. For example: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your default Outlook password is the letter ‘p’ followed by your date of birth backwards with an exclamation mark ‘!’ at the end, for example, 28 April 1995 is p19950428!
We encourage you to change your password when you first log in
You are responsible for ensuring that you are enrolled in the correct courses and should seek academic advice if required. You can view your enrolment online through myRMIT.
For instructions on how to use Enrolment Online, please visit the How to Use Enrolment Online page.
Please ensure you check your enrolment prior to the commencement of each semester.
Note: Students who do not re-enrol for the following year by the University deadline will have their enrolment cancelled and will be required to apply for late enrolment, which will incur a late fee. If you do not apply for a late enrolment by the deadline, you will be discontinued from the program and will need to re-apply for the next relevant intake. Visit the Late Enrolment page for more information.
Equitable Learning Services
The Equitable Learning Services (ELS) assist students living with a disability, long term illness and/or mental health condition.
Any student with a disability who may require alternative academic arrangements in the program is encouraged to seek advice at the commencement of semester from the Equitable Learning Services unit.
Extensions for assessments
A 7 day extension can be arranged with your course academic by completing the extension form and handing in to the course academic for approval. Please refer to the Extensions of time for submission of assessable work page for the application form and further information.
If you need a longer extension or have a special circumstance please see Special Consideration below.
Fees and student finance
Global Study and Work
Studying overseas can broaden your practice and offer a life-changing experience. For more information, please visit the Global Study and Work website.
Please consult with your academic leads to discuss the suitability of international schools and courses to your program requirements.
If you have been approved for study abroad by your Program Manager, please ensure you have your study plan signed and a copy made for your records prior to submitting your form to Global Experience. Once you have completed your exchange you will need to provide the School office or Global Experience with a copy of your transcripts so that your results can be updated.
The School also offers short study tours during the year. The Art Global Intensive 1 (HUSO1072) courses, run by Fine Art and Photography, travel to a variety of regions and are usually two weeks in duration. Please check if these courses are available as part of your program, as they are not available in all programs.
Graduation & Alumni
If you are in your final year, you will need to apply to graduate in order to receive your testamur even if you are not attending the ceremony.
To attend the ceremony, you will need to apply by the deadline indicated on the Graduation page.
All students are encouraged to join the School of Art Alumni.
Once you have completed your degree, please register with RMIT Alumni.
The Important Dates website lists Higher Education dates that you must be aware of for each semester. Each semester has start/end dates, dates for semester breaks, census dates, and dates for essential administrative deadlines, e.g. last day to add courses or last day to drop courses without financial penalty, last day to withdraw from courses without academic penalty, results release dates, etc.
There are also dates that you need to be aware of for each year, such as dates by which you must re-enrol, etc. As a student, you are responsible for finding out these dates yourself and for managing and planning your academic studies and the administration of it around these dates. You can access the important dates from the RMIT Student page, or here.
Information Technology Services website and Helpdesk
Please contact ITS for any IT queries and issues:
T: +61 3 9925 8888
There is a chat facility on the IT webpage.
Leave of Absence
Students can apply to take a leave of absence for 6 or 12 month periods and up to a maximum of two years over the program. Leave of Absence approval is at the discretion of your Program Manager.
To apply for Leave of absence:
- Log in to myRMIT and select the Enrolment Online link
- Go to My student record
- Select Apply for leave of absence
You should consult with your academic advisor before applying.
The last day to take leave of absence (without financial or academic penalty) is the term census date:
Deadline Semester 1 6 February
Deadline Semester 2 1 August
RMIT’s student portal, myRMIT, gives you access to the following applications:
- Enrolment Online
- RMIT student email account
- RMIT announcements
- Learning Hub resources
- Student Timetabling System (STS) timetable
- Special Consideration
- Careers Toolkit
- Paying Fees Online
New Student Guide
Make sure you read all the information provided in your offer pack and on the Enrolment website. This is called New Student Guide and contains all the information you need to accept your offer and enrol in courses.
As part of your enrolment, you will:
- Set up your user ID and password
- Complete My Checklist: these are 7 administrative steps that you must complete in sequence.
- Enrol online
International Students - Please note if you are an international student, you are required to register with Global Experience Office before you can enrol online. Your access to the enrolment online system is blocked until you register.
Occupational Health and Safety
RMIT University and the School of Art have a duty of care to provide, as far as is practicable, a working environment that is safe and without risks to health. RMIT staff must take reasonable care for their own health and safety and for anyone else who may be affected by their actions at the University.
A student or visitor to the University must also take reasonable care for their own health and safety and for the safety of others while at the University. Staff, students or visitors must not put themselves or others at risk of injury or illness while at the University.
Each program and studio will provide a health and safety induction as part of their orientation into the course or program. It is important that you attend these inductions and ensure that you are aware of safety notices and contacts in your area.
Plagiarism and academic integrity
All work presented has to be the student’s own creation. Unless specified as a preliminary practice or an acknowledged visual statement, students are not to wholly or partially copy another person’s work and present it as their own. In theory, subjects all sources must be documented and acknowledged.
Refer to the Academic Integrity webpage for more detail.
RMIT Connect is where you can access student administration and support, as well as work and study opportunities. All non-program specific enquiries, including finance enquiries, should be directed to RMIT Connect; School staff can help with program specific enquiries. You can, however, contact the School via the RMIT Connect Student Portal.
There are 4 ways to connect:
Find the answer to your question online 24/7: RMIT Connect
Talk to someone. Call +61 3 9925 5000 (Australian landline number).
Monday to Thursday: 9am–5pm and Friday: 10am–5pm
Use the "Ask the RMIT bot" facility from the RMIT Connect homepage to ask questions in real time
Visit an RMIT Connect Service Centre Building 10, Level 4 (access from ground level)
124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne (access via Swanston Street from the RMIT tram stop)
Book yourself in for an appointment ahead of time - download the QLESS app from the App Store, or from Google Play. Search the QLESS app for “RMIT” and find the CITY location
Special Consideration and Equitable Assessment
Special Consideration is a process that enables the University to take account of unexpected circumstances, such as illness, injury or bereavement, that affect a student's performance in assessment. For further information, including how to apply, please refer to the Special Consideration webpage.
An Equitable Assessment may represent a variation to the method or conditions under which an assessment is carried out to provide a reasonable adjustment for a student who is unable to participate in the normal or standard form assessment. For further information visit Equitable Assessment Arrangement Policy (EAA).
Student Administration Forms
All forms can be downloaded from the RMIT website.
For information and advice, please contact RMIT Connect.
Student Staff Consultative Committee (SSCC)
SSCCs provide you with an opportunity to give feedback and contribute to the improvement of your program and to your experience as a student. Membership is made up of the Program Manager, staff teaching the programs, and students. Please contact your academic lead if you are interested in participating.
You can find further information here.
Student Support Services
Study and English Language Support Services
Varying your enrolment
You can vary your enrolment using the Enrolment Online system via myRMIT. Before you add or withdraw from a course it is recommended that you seek academic advice from your academic leads or School office staff.
Adding a course – before you add a course, you should always check the course guide for any pre-requisites:
Deadline to ADD courses Semester 1: 10 January
Deadline to ADD courses Semester 2: 26 July
Dropping a course - to drop a course without financial penalty are:
Deadline Semester 1 6 February
Deadline Semester 2 1 August
Important Terms & Definitions
Universities tend to have their own specialist terms that you will need to get used to. We have included some important terms and definitions below to help you settle in to RMIT University.
At RMIT University, a degree is referred to as a Program. Your Program details are as follows.
At RMIT University, a subject is referred to as a course. A standard full time student would enrol into 48 credit points worth of courses per semester. You will need to enrol in two semesters per academic year.
Each course will have a course code and at least one class number. Please ensure you read the information below carefully to familiarise yourself with the distinctions.
This is a unique code which identifies a course. It includes a ‘subject area’ and a ‘catalogue number’ code. The subject area is four letters and the catalogue number is four numbers.
For example, for VART3694 Fine Art Studio 1, the subject area is VART and the catalogue number is 3694.
Each course also has a four-digit class number. The class number changes from semester to semester and from year to year. We use these numbers to ensure we are offering the right courses each year/semester to the right students.
Some courses are co-taught and have the same course code but different class numbers for different programs. It is important to make sure you are enrolled into the correct class number as this will affect your timetable.
Capstone or Core Course
A compulsory program based course.
RMIT has several Colleges which are made up of Schools, each of which looks after specific academic programs.
With regard to RMIT, the Fine Art program belongs to the School of Art. The School of Art is known at RMIT as your ‘home school’.
The School of Art is one of nine Schools that belong to the College of Design and Social Context.