Course Title: Ceramic Fundamentals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Ceramic Fundamentals

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Kris Coad

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3858

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore and experiment with the physical properties of materials and develop fundamental skills in the making of objects through ceramic methods. You will also address conceptual and technical concerns related to the making of objects.

This course will also help you to understand the relationships between idea, concept, form and material as you begin to develop an individual approach to your art practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course can be included in your program as a student elective.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • produce a range of work, which explores personal iconography through material and process applications
  • competently use tools to explore a range of materials in response to project work
  • discuss the conceptual and technical aspects of your object making practice, based on the historical and contemporary trends in fine art explored in this course
  • critically reflect on your own work and the work of others utilising appropriate language to visual arts
  • describe and apply occupational, health and safety measures when making works

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, listening to artist’s talks, observing demonstrations, visiting galleries and sites, 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 and capabilities for this course. In classes 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 Melbourne 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 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.

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.