Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: VART6359C

Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4370 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Contact: Jennifer Mills

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will explore the diverse application of sculpture to communicate ideas. This will include developing sculpture skills and confidence with various sculpture techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUASCU401 Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture


1. Develop proficiency with a range of sculptural techniques and media

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate potential for new approaches to sculpture based on capabilities of known techniques 1.2 Adapt or introduce new equipment, tools and materials to achieve different effects 1.3 Extend own capability with sculptural techniques through experimentation on samples, practice pieces or a work in progress 1.4 Assess safety and sustainability issues for different techniques and media


2. Develop ideas for sculptures

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Discuss creative and other goals for own sculpture work with key people 2.2 Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners and comply with intellectual property requirements 2.3 Use knowledge of different sculptural techniques to inform ideas 2.4 Consider how different techniques and ideas can best work together 2.5 Assess the professional potential and presentation requirements of own work to inform ideas 2.6 Refine and confirm ideas based on research, experimentation and collaboration with others


3. Organise sculpture resources

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify specific resource requirements for the chosen work 3.2 Research potential sources of supply for sculpture resources 3.3 Evaluate cost and other constraints that impact on development of the work 3.4 Evaluate and respond to presentation considerations for finished sculptures 3.5 Coordinate required resources and set up according to safety requirements


4. Create finished sculptures

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Create sculptures using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation, considering and applying elements and principles of design 4.2 Review and refine ideas and approaches based on ongoing experience with production of own work 4.3 Handle equipment, tools and materials safely; minimise and safely dispose of waste throughout all processes 4.4 Document development of own work and the research and ideas that informed it


5. Evaluate own sculptural work

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Reflect on own conceptual development and technical execution of the work 5.2 Identify areas for future skill development and options to learn 5.3 Discuss completed work with others and consider all feedback

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through:

  1. In-class activities:
  • lectures
  • teacher directed studio activities/projects
  • studio exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • studio work


  1. Out-of-class activities include:
  • practical exercises
  • reading articles and excerpts
  • preparing for discussion
  • project work
  • independent research


You are expected to manage your learning and undertake an appropriate amount of out-of-class independent study and research and industry guests

Teaching Schedule

Week Class Content Task Assessment Due Dates Elements 
Week 1 July 7   Project 1 Gravity Intro to studio practice and processPresent concepts ideas re project 1 group and 1:1 discussions  2/ 3 
Week 3 July 21  Gravity. Artist presentationsContinue development and creation of project 1 Class discussion 1 / 2 / 3/ 5  

Week 4

July 28 
Artist presentations, Gravity Presentation of Arts practitioners relevant to project 1 Introduce project 2 Rhythm 1 / 2 / 3/ 4/ 5  
Week 5 August 4 Continue project 1 Gravity, Artist presentations  4 / 5  
 Week 6 Aug 11 

Artist presentation

Continue project 2 Rhythm
 Present Project 1 Gravity  


1 / 2/ 3 / 4 / 5/


Week 7 Aug 18  Artist presentation Project 2 Rhythm  1 /2 /3 /4 /5 
 Week 8 Aug 25 Artist presentation   Introduce project 3 Hand Cast 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 

Week9 Sept 1

Artist presentation  Continue project 2 & 3  1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5  
Week 10 Sept 8  Artist presentation Finalise all projects 1,2 and 3 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


You will be encouraged to attend exhibitions outside of your learning environment. RMIT school of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.

The library offers a wide range of resources and reference material.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

  • Practical tasks, a series of major projects
  • Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
  • Completion of visual diary and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
  • Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence.

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

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.


Assessment Tasks

 Project 1: Gravity

 Project 2:  Rhythm

 Project 3: One Hand Cast

Visual Journal and relevant back up work



Visual Diary:

Description: Your visual diary should be a living document that provides insights to you influences, your ideas and how they impact your practice.

Assessment Matrix

Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture Assessment Matrix, please see Sculpture Coordinator or your teacher.

Other Information


You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work.  This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.



RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.

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