School of Art Student Guide

Coursework Programs

Important information

This page provides coursework students in the School's taught programs (non-Research programs) with information you will need to manage enrolment and other administrative aspects of your time at the University.

If you need any further help, please contact the School of Art office (map). Office hours are: 10am–5pm, or you can submit an enquiry online via RMIT Student Connect portal.

The School office can help with program, course and School related enquiries. Who to contact for other enquiries can be found below.

Additional information about the School can be found here.


Please refer to Canvas or the course guide, or check with your tutor/course coordinator for information about assessment tasks.


You will be notified of the assessment dates for your courses by the lecturers during the semester via Canvas.

To find out more about results and grading information, please visit the RMIT Results page.

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.

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  31 March 2023
Deadline Semester 2  31 August 2023

Careers Information

For support and information about careers, please visit the RMIT page.

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, to correct or change your personal details, please visit 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.

For information about RMIT student complaints policies and procedures, please refer to the Student and Student-Related Complaints page. You can reach this page via the the Student Essentials page.

Computer Labs

Students enrolled in the School of Art are entitled to access to computer laboratories throughout the University. Computer labs are used for teaching and may only be accessible when classes are not using them.

The computer lab in Building 6, Level 4, has good additional resources and computer programs.

The library has computers students can use and they are available to book, please find more details here.

Students of the MA Fine Art can use the computer lab in the Gossard, Building 49/C and a computer for student use in Building 39/23.

Counselling Services

The RMIT Counselling Service provides professional counselling and is available to all students who may want to talk about: stress, depression, anxiety, relationships, family matters, sexual assault, identity issues, study issues, suicidal thoughts or self injury, homesickness, adjusting to Melbourne or university, motivation issues, procrastination, exam stress, presentation performance stress and anxiety, or anything else you would like to talk about in confidence. All  counsellors are registered psychologists with specialist postgraduate training in counselling. As a student of RMIT you can use our counselling service free of charge. Click here for more details.

See Student Support Services below for more support services.

Course Guides

Course guides can be viewed online  by typing in the Course Code into the search box, e.g. VART1316, or by clicking on the course title in Enrolment Online.

Credit Transfer
& 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 School office for processing.

If you are enrolled in a course for which you have been given credit, you must drop it from your enrolment.

For further information about Credit Transfer and RPL please refer to the RMIT page.

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 website. You can still access your email via the Outlook login page: If you do log in via this page, please note the following:

Your Outlook username is your student number followed by For example:

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 through Enrolment Online.

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. Applications for late enrolment will incur a late fee.

For more information please refer to the Late enrolment page.

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 and special consideration 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

Please contact RMIT Student Connect for all fee related enquiries or refer to the Paying your fees page. 

Further Study

For Bachelors students, the Honours program involves an additional year of study and is available following the successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) or Bachelor of Arts (Photography) degree. Honours has traditionally been the pathway to a research career. Eligibility is based on your research proposal, portfolio and level of academic achievement during the degree.

For more information please visit the Fine Art honours page or the Photography honours page.

For postgraduate options including Master of Fine Art, Master of Arts (Art in Public Space), Master of Arts (Arts Management), Master of Art (Photography) and Research, please visit the Fine Art page or the Photography page.

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.

Global Experience Office
Location: RMIT Student Connect, Building 10, Level 4 (City campus)
T: 9925 5000
Submit enquiry via RMIT Student Connect.

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 end of September. Go to RMIT  graduation page for more details.

All students are encouraged to join the School of Art Alumni.

Once you have completed your degree, please register at the RMIT alumni page.

Important Dates

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.

Information Technology Services website and Helpdesk

Please contact IT Connect for any IT queries and issues:
T: 9925 8888

Leave of Absence

Students can apply to take a leave of absence for 6 or 12 month periods (dependent on year level) 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   31 March 2023
Deadline Semester 2   31 August 2023

Legal Advice

For help with legal matters, please visit the student support page.


The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, magazines, slides, films, etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services, etc, all of which are accessible on and off campus 24 hours a day.

There are three different libraries located across the city campus of RMIT University.

Library Liaison for the School of Art:
Michelle Matheson
T: 9925 9416

Maps and Room Locations

Each room and classroom location has a 6 digit number location for example the school admin office is 24.01.03 (building 24 level 1 room 3). A map is available online and iPhone users can also use the app.

Campus maps can be found here.

Medical Hub @ RMIT

There is a Medical Hub on the City campus. Services are bulk-billed and available to the public. Direct Billing is also available for International Students with current Medical Insurance. Students must bring their RMIT Student card to every appointment for eligibility purposes.

Medical Hub @ RMIT
Building 8, Level 3 (next door to RealFoods Cafe and CommBank)
368-374 Swanston St
Melbourne Vic 3000
Tel: 9999 2778
Hours: Monday to Friday 8am-5pm


RMIT’s student portal, myRMIT, gives you access to the following applications:

  • Enrolment Online
  • RMIT student email account
  • Canvas
  • Results
  • RMIT announcements
  • Learning Hub resources
  • Student Timetabling System (STS) timetable
  • Special Consideration
  • Careers Toolkit
  • Maps
  • Paying Fees Online

You can access myRMIT via this link.


Each semester, you must log into myTimetable to select your class times and create your personalised timetable.

For electives, spaces are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so we recommend that you access myTimetable as soon as possible after the release date so you don’t miss out on your preferred classes.

For release dates and access to the system, please visit the myTimetable page.

Note: A read-only timetable is available prior to the Timetable release dates.

Some programs use myTimetable to preference specific courses, and there may be a different timeline for these. In these cases you will receive information and instructions by email from the School. It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of these timelines and actions you need to take. If in doubt, please contact staff at the School office.

If you change a course through Enrolment Online, please allow 24 – 48 hours for it to appear in your personalised timetable.

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.
  • Apply for Commonwealth Assistance – for domestic students who have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • Enrol online in courses

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.


The School noticeboard is located outside the School office in Building 24, Level 1. Information about current exhibitions, awards and course information is displayed here.

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 page for more detail.

RMIT Student Connect

RMIT Student 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 Student Connect Portal.

There are 4 ways to connect:
Find the answer to your question online 24/7 at RMIT Student Connect
Talk to someone. Call +61 3 9925 5000 (Australian landline number).
Monday to Thursday: 9am–5pm and Friday: 10am–5pm
Online Chat
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)
Mobile App
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

RMIT Creative

RMIT Creative has a diverse program of visual arts. Open to all RMIT students from all fields of study. From funding opportunities, exhibition spaces, to lunchtime lectures, to practical workshops, there are many opportunities to get involved. Link Arts runs the First Site Gallery where many students can apply for exhibition opportunities.

Join the mailing list here.


In an emergency ring 000, then call Campus Safety and Security on
9925 3333 (City Campus).

Security Access

You will need to complete a Security Access Form in order to gain access to locked areas within School buildings.  Forms are available from your the School office or studio technician. Completed forms should be returned to your studio coordinator or studio technician for approval and then taken to Security at Building 5, Level 1 (entry via Chemistry Lane), City campus.

Note: You must have your student card in order to be eligible to apply for security access.

Special Consideration and Equitable Assessment

Special Consideration
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 RMIT special consideration page.

Equitable Assessment
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

Most forms can be found from the RMIT Website.

For information and advice, please contact RMIT Student Connect

Student Card

As an RMIT student you will receive a student card for the duration of your studies.  You can request a student card through myRMIT by following the steps below.

Upload a photo 24 hours after you’ve enrolled in classes by:

  • Logging in to myRMIT and selecting the myServices tab
  • Select Click to capture photo
  • When your photo is approved, you will receive an email to your RMIT student email account. Your student card will be mailed to you within 8-10 business days

For more information about this process, please visit the get your student card page.

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

Student support services are available through RMIT Student Connect. These include counselling, health, legal and financial support services, including support for international students.

For practical advice, help and support, please the RMIT student support page.

Study and English Language Support Services

Students can get help with assignment, study and English language questions at the study support services offered by the Library. These include peer support, workshops and online resources.

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: 6 March 2023
Deadline to ADD courses Semester 2: 24 July 2023

Dropping a course - to drop a course without financial penalty are:
Deadline Semester 1   31 March 2023
Deadline Semester 2   31 August 2023

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.

Program Code

The RMIT code associated with the program, e.g. BP201 / BP117 / BH052 / BH125 / MC034 /MC280 / MC079 / MC281/ MC266 / MC270

Program Plan

The RMIT code associated with a particular version of a program, e.g. BP201P16, BP201HAC17

Program Title

Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) / Bachelor of Art (Photography)
Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (Honours) / Bachelor of Art (Photography) (Honours)
Master of Arts (Arts Management) / Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) / Master of Fine Art / Master of Arts (Photography)


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.

Course Code

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 VART3644 Fine Art Studio 1, the subject area is VART and the catalogue number is 3644.

Class Number

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.

School Option

An elective course offered by the School of Art for students within the School. This is a specific list of courses and is viewable in your Enrolment Program Structure (in Enrolment Online). You may be required to take a number of School Options; this is specified in your program structure.

University Elective

Any other course available as an elective. This can be offered from anywhere in the University and must be listed on the RMIT University Electives webpage.


RMIT has several Colleges which are made up of Schools, each of which looks after specific academic programs.

Home School

The Fine Art and Photography programs belong 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.

Service School

When you take a University Elective, you may end up taking courses from another RMIT School. In this instance, the ‘service school’ is the school that owns the course you are taking, and are therefore responsible for answering any queries you may have about your enrolment or student experience in that particular course.