Course Title: Crafting Porcelian

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Crafting Porcelian

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Kris Coad

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3858

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment (email)

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will research, design and create ceramics. You will implement techniques such as hand forming, wheel and casting in the material of porcelain to construct a range of forms that reflect your aesthetic or a particular aesthetic. You will explore a range of concepts that examine the inherent characteristics of the material, such as its fineness, whiteness and translucency.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:
• acquire knowledge of creative practice and theory and their applications to fine art
• develop a critically reflective arts practice, in order to participate in a career as a participant of the cultural and creative industries
• engage in continued learning and independent practice, in response to developments in technology, culture and artistic production
• apply practical knowledge and a philosophy of fine art in which to base your professional practice or future study.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• investigate and discuss aspects of contemporary aesthetics including form, aesthetic and concept in relation to the development of porcelain objects and your object making practice.
• design and create a range of porcelain objects that consider scale and detail.
• experiment with a range of drawing, design and skills that enable the realization of objects
• critically reflect on the properties of materials and processes explored.
• identify and apply specific occupational, health and safety measures when making works including practices related to packing and firing kilns

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in a range of individual and collaborative practical learning activities such as applied conceptual thinking, experimenting with material and making work. Other learning activities include lectorials, guest artist presentations, demonstrations, gallery and site visits, reflective writing, analysing art practice, group discussions, peer reviews, and consultations on your studio work.
You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff and your 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 for this course. You will also 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 learning outcomes. Your work will be assessed progressively throughout the semester and may consist of individual creative works that relate to your studio practice, reflective writing, presentations, practice-based research folios, collaborative works, critical reflection on methods and processes, and peer reviews.Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability contact the Disability Liaison Unit for information on your assessment options.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: