Course Title: Refine sculptural techniques

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: VART6226C

Course Title: Refine sculptural techniques

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5308 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Jennifer Cabraja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Loretta Quinn
T: 99254212

Nominal Hours: 80

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

This course is designed to extend and reinforce the relationship between ideas, source information and the manipulation of the materials in the production of sculpture. You will be encouraged to extend their language, terminology and visual elements of sculpture and to understand adaptive properties and characteristics of materials.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVSCU501A Refine sculptural techniques


1. Research sculptural ideas and techniques

Performance Criteria:


3. Determine safety requirements for sculptural work

3.1 Investigate safety issues associated with sculptural work

3.2 Set up work space according to safety requirements

3.3 Use and adapt materials, techniques, tools and equipment

3.4 Establish and follow safe work practices 

3.5 Monitor key safety issues during the production of work


2. Select sculptural techniques for refinement

Performance Criteria:


4. Consolidate sculptural technique to professional level

4.1 Develop increasing confidence and skill through practice and experimentation

4.2 Proactively identify and resolve technical problems  in sculptural projects based on developing expertise

4.3 Challenge and test ideas, and allow new and unpredictable ideas to emerge

4.4 Evolve ideas and other professional skills through ongoing experimentation with technique

4.5 Develop own ways of working with techniques to create individual style

4.6 Create a coherent body of sculptural work  that shows command of selected sculptural techniques


3. Determine safety requirements for sculptural work

Performance Criteria:


5. Evaluate own sculptural technique

5.1 Evaluate development of own technique with others and seek feedback

5.2 Seek and participate in conversations that challenge and explore different concepts and approaches

5.3 Reflect on the particular ways that experimentation with different techniques has informed own artwork

5.4 Identify ways in which technique may be further developed  as part of a professional practice and build ideas into future work


4. Consolidate sculptural technique to professional level

Performance Criteria:


1. Research sculptural ideas and techniques

1.1 Support professional practice by expanding own knowledge of historical and contemporary sculpture 

1.2 Research ways that other artists have used different sculptural techniques 

1.3 Investigate how particular sculptural techniques work to achieve different technical effects 

1.4 Evaluate the relationships between sculptural techniques and ideas

1.5 Adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches with consideration of intellectual property requirements 


5. Evaluate own sculptural technique

Performance Criteria:


2. Select sculptural techniques for refinement

2.1 Consider the opportunities  offered by different sculptural techniques

2.2 Determine limitations and constraints  of particular techniques

2.3 Select sculptural techniques for refinement 

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

Learning Activities
Your learning activities will take place in a studio and lecture theatre. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studios and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will be expected to make use of the library resources
In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:
• Teacher directed group activities/projects
• Class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• Practical demonstrations
• Peer teaching and class presentations
• Group discussion
• Workshops
• Independent project based work
• Teacher directed group activities/projects
• Studio practice
• Tutorials
• Work shopping of student projects
Out-of-class activities include:
• Practical exercises
• Project work
• Independent research

Teaching Schedule


Week Class content Task Elements

Introduction to unit   Learning outcomes  assessment criteria / course requirements/ studio clean-up process/ introduction to project 1: House /Shelter


  Review of tools and placement

  View DVD.(Please note that DVD’s of relevant practioners will be viewd by students throughout the semester.Library books with revelant content will be avilable in the sculpture stdio throughout the semester.)

  Discussion re House/Shelter project


3   Commence /production of House project   1/2/3
4   Continue production of House project   2/3/4
5   Commence production of Casting 

  Demonstration hand foot face casting.

  Two part mold of doll’s head.

6   Continue production of House project   2/3/4
7   Present House project   2/3/4
8   Handouts for Self Initiated Project   2/3/4
9   Feed back session/class discussion. Casting Projects using plaster, latex and other preferred materials ie wax, resin etc. Discussion & feed back  for Self Initiated project.   2/3/4
10   Casting & Self Initiated projects   2/3/4
11  Casting & Self Initiated projects   2/3/4
12  Casting & Self Initiated projects   2/3/4

Present casting project. Continue self initiated


Present casting project. Continue Self Initiated

15   Present Self Initiated Project. Prepare folio for Assessment.   1/2/34/5
16 Folio preparation for assessment   1.1-5.3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings and visit galleries outside of your learning environment. RMIT school of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.
Below is a list of resources that will be relevant throughout the course:
• Glenn Harper, Landscapes for Art: Contemporary Sculpture Parks
• Kirsten Mey, Sculpsit: Artists on Sculpture and Beyond
• Causey, A. Sculpture since 1945 (Oxford History Of Art) Oxford University Press 1198
• Collins J. Contemporary Sculpture Phaidon
• Eleanor Heartney.Art & Today Phaidon
• Uta Grosenick. Art Now, Taschen
Periodicals, Art Almanac, Current Exhibitions, Public Art

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 major project which includes a installation and site specific work
  • Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Completion of a portfolio including personal reflection
  • Complete practical work based on thematic concepts
  • Written journal

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks

 Semester 2:

Task 1. Assessment title: House Project

Task 2  Assessment title: Casting projects Hand casting, Foot casting, Face casting

Task 3. Assessment title: Self Initiated Project

Task 4. Assessment title: Casting doll’s head. One and two part molds. Silicone, Latex, two part plaster container mold.

Task 5. Assessment title: Folio:Present completed works for all projects

Visual Diary & relevant Back up maquettes.
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

Assessment matrix demonstrates alignment tasks with the relevant Unit of competency.
These are available through the course contract in Program Administration.

Other Information

You will receive verbal and written feedback by the teacher on your work.This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstrations and production.It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum oportunity to gain the competency.
RMIT has a strict policy on plagsriasm.Please refer to the website for more informtion on this policy.
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level.If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the date, you will need to apply foe anextension.
While your teacher will cover all the materiel in theis schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

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