Course Title: Enamelling

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Enamelling

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Kirsten Haydon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2430

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Surface Investigation or Jewellery Fundamentals.

Course Description

In this course you will build on the basic principles of enamelling established in the course Surface Investigation VART 3469. You will develop your own personal iconography and gain knowledge of methods of making by exploring the possibilities of enamelling on metal. You will experiment with enamelling processes such as sifting, overfiring and underfiring surfaces, cloisonné, champlevé, painting enamels, liquid enamels and basse-taille. This course will assist you to develop conceptual, perceptual, formal and aesthetic concerns related to the surfaces of objects and jewellery.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • find creative solutions to constraints and challenges in a fine art context
  • develop a critically reflective arts practice, in order to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed and improved by arts practice
  • engage in autonomous and continued learning, apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in cultural/artistic production
  • form, develop and implement a vision and philosophy of art as a profession, contributing to the positive development of culture in both local and international contexts

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • research and discuss both the historical and the contemporary applications of enamel in objects and jewellery
  • produce a range of work which uses enamel processes to explore personal iconography through the application of surface, colour, line and texture
  • explore the physical properties of a broad range of enamels and metals
  • competently use appropriate tools and machinery to explore a range of enamel processes
  • critically reflect on your own work and the work of others with an emphasis on enamalling processes
  • identify and apply specific occupational, health and safety measures when making works using metal and enamel processes

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will engage with technology as a process of creation and enquiry. You will learn to use technologies in ways that compliment and inform your studio specialisation by making art works. You will also employ analytical, technical and interpretative processes to critically evaluate the use of technologies for creative practice using a range of reflective learning tools.

Through workshops, demonstrations, seminars, lectures and group discussions you will engage in a range of learning activities that explore technologies, tools and processes such as the hand made, digital, electronic, mechanical & workshop equipment & processes, and hardware & software. You will also explore safe working practices, industry standards and extend your knowledge, language and vocabulary of technology.

You will receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff and peers through a variety of consultations and tutorials. This feedback will help you to track how your learning is progressing against the specified learning outcomes and capabilities for this course. In classes you will engage in critical reflection and reviews.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including studio and workshop facilities, online systems and professional equipment specific to your studio area. A selected range of supplies are available, as well as support from technical staff. You will also have access to a wide range of online and hardcopy resources through RMIT University Library.

RMIT University is in close proximity to a broad range of galleries and cultural venues which you will be expected to visit as part of your course. Professional studio specific workshops, labs and suppliers are also readily accessible.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program capabilities. The work resulting from your studio practice will be presented for assessment. It may consist of a range of works and/or presentation that either respond to a project outline or are self-directed and will be assessed by academic staff.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Studio Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your lecturers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document.