Course Title: The object in Sculpture and Sound

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The object in Sculpture and Sound

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Simon Perry

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2920

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The object can be defined in both physical and aural terms. Objects can be materialized as physical things through construction, assembling, modelling, casting or carving. Objects can also be generated through the sonic realms of composition, mixing, spatialising, layering, exploring texture, density, mass, pitch and rhythm.

In this course you will explore the intersections between these definitions through the production of sculptural objects, kinetic and tactile instruments and processes such as circuit bending, bricolage, and interdisciplinary ‘mash-ups’ in relationship to sound production.
Through practical involvement this course introduces and develops concepts and processes through projects in object making. It will provide opportunities for you to explore artists’ ideas, movements, philosophies, styles, periods, technologies and methodologies in relation to sound and sculpture, which will help to form your own artistic practice.

This course is one of twelve ‘fine art concept development’ courses offered within your Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) degree. The aim of these courses is to extend your conceptual skills in relation to your studio practice.

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
  • Effectively communicate via artistic production in a range of media and modes
  • Develop a critically reflective arts practice.
  • Engage in autonomous and continued learning, apply new theories of practice and embrace new developments in cultural/artistic production
  • Develop individual and collaborative modes of working and apply skills in teamwork, leadership and self-management

Learning Outcomes

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

  • investigate and experiment with the possibilities of bringing sound and sculpture together as a hybrid form in the production of art works
  • explore the materiality and sequential processes in the production of sound and sculpture objects
  • research the historical and contemporary context of the object in sound and sculpture
  • critically reflect upon the nature of the object in relation to your own artistic practice

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning in this course will assist in the development of your lateral, analytical and critical thinking processes in ways that help you to deepen your conceptual ideas and develop a critically informed studio practice.

You will engage in a range of practical learning activities such as making art works, experimenting with materials, applied conceptual thinking, tutorials and workshops. Other learning activities include lectorials, listening to artist’s talks, observing demonstrations, visiting galleries and sites, reflective writing, analysing case-studies, group discussions, peer reviews, and consultations on your studio work. Some of your learning will be collaborative, however at other times you will be expected to engage in independent practice-based research.

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff, peers, practicing artists, and others in the arts industry and community 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 tutorials 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, where appropriate, studios and technologies. RMIT University’s online systems will also support your learning and you will 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. Your work will be assessed progressively throughout the semester and may consist of collaborative works, individual creative works that relate to your studio practice, reflective writing, presentations, practice-based research folios, critiques of methods and processes, and peer reviews.

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 teachers.

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