Course Title: Foundry and Fabrication

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Foundry and Fabrication

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

VART3486

City Campus

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

VART3565

Hong Kong Arts Centre

Undergraduate

340H Art

Face-to-Face

Offsh1 15,
Offsh1 16,
Offsh1 17

Course Coordinator: Simon Perry

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2920

Course Coordinator Email: simon.perry@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

In this course you will develop practical skills across a range of processes and materials which are commonly used in sculpture practice. You will be introduced to particular methods and materials through specific projects, with an emphasis on the relation to individual concepts in art making. Some of these include; lost wax casting (bronze and aluminium), fabrication in metal and timber, pattern making. You will be given practical instruction and experience in the use of workshop equipment together with relevant health and safety training. The course is mainly practical but with appropriate tutorial presentations covering theoretical and relevant historical background.


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 individual and collaborative modes of working and apply skills in teamwork, leadership and self-management
  • develop a critically effective 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


Learning Outcomes

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

  • evaluate specific methods and materials in order to materialise specific individual concepts
  • apply knowledge of fundamental techniques used in the production of sculpture, ranging from lost wax metal casting to fabrication in timber and sheet metal
  • research materials and methods in order to develop an individual sculpture vocabulary
  • critically reflect upon your own work and the work of others in group and individual tutorials within the context of this course
  • identify and apply occupational health and safety work practices in the context of an individual and shared work environment


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.