Course Title: Investigate sculptural materials and processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: VART6225C

Course Title: Investigate sculptural materials and processes

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6128 - Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Jennifer Cabraja and Fay Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 100

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 describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to research and explore selected sculptural materials and processes and integrate their use into creative practice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVSCU502A Investigate sculptural materials and processes


1. Research sculptural materials and processes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research the detailed physical properties and capabilities  of different sculptural materials  1.2 Extend the notion of sculptural materials by exploring the ways that other media are used in sculpture work 1.3 Investigate the safety issues  associated with different materials and processes prior to use 1.4 Collate and store safety and technical data  to meet safety requirements and inform future practice 1.5 Investigate the relationship between materials and sculptural processes  1.6 Determine cost and supply parameters  for different materials


2. Select materials and processes for in-depth exploration in sculptural work

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess the creative and professional opportunities  offered by different materials and processes for own approach to sculptural work 2.2 Determine limitations and constraints  of particular materials and processes 2.3 Select particular materials and processes that suit own practice


3. Integrate sculptural materials and processes into own work

Performance Criteria:

.1 Explore different ways of working with materials and processes  to achieve desired outcomes

3.2 Challenge and stretch the capabilities and uses of different materials and processes through experimentation

3.3 Develop own ways of working  with materials and processes

3.4 Engage in informed discussion with others about the characteristics and opportunities of particular sculptural materials and processes

3.5 Establish and follow safe work practices 


4. Manage sculptural resources in professional practice

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Establish a sustainable supply of sculptural resources 4.2 Develop ways of working with resources that minimise waste 4.3 Maintain the quality and life of sculptural resources through appropriate handling and storage 

Learning Outcomes

In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:

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

2. 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 speak about professional practice.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Inform work through experimentation with digital imaging techniques
  • Develop and refine a conceptual vision for digital images
  • Determine and organise resource requirements for new work
  • Realise digital images.

Details of Learning Activities


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


Teaching Schedule


Please note that group and individual tutorials will occur throughout the semester.

Students will be consistently assisted with fabrication of works and conceptual development .Research will be highly encouraged in order to develop a sound visual personal language.Where possible demonstrations will be offered. 

Week 1. Introduction to unit

              Learning outcomes

              Assessment criteria

              Course requirements

              Studio management

Ready for Action Task 1- Briefing

Concept development briefs .Students are required to expand and elaborate concept development from their Semester one dialogue.

Written dialogue minimum of 300 words clearly stating intentions for creating new work in Semester 2.Students will be encouraged to continue writing and developing their personal dialogue throughout the semester in order to create continuity and research and assist staff with an ongoing dialogue. 

Week 2- Tools/Materials/Tutorials

               Class discussion/Individual feed back session based on Concept development briefs.

               Introduction to the concept of developing an out door work. Class discussion & individual tutorials.Ongoing assistance with                        fabrication will guide the student throughout the semester.Images of other professional artist works will be shown on the smart                  board which will clearly outline fabrication and materiality in order to encourage students to develop a greater understanding of                  materiality

Week 3  Concepts briefs due for studio work and out door work.Class discussion.Feedback session.View studio set up.Conduct                             tutorials.Commence making maquette for out door work.Emphasis on studio practice and time management will be highly                         encouraged.                                  

Week 4. Class discussion.Continue out door work.Concept development.Studio practice.Group discussion.Individual assistance with                       fabrication of works. Maquettes for sculptural works to be presented.

Week 5. Outdoor work/studio work/tutorials/class discussion.Technical assistance.Research.

Week 6  Continue out door work/studio work/class discussion.Individual and group discussions

Week 7  Continue to produce sculptural works.Out door work should be near completion at this stage of the semester.Evidence of                           ongoing research. 

Week 8   Prepare folio for Tutorial week

Week 9   Prepare  folio for Tutorial week

Week 10  Tutorial week 

Week 11  Studio practice/ongoing tutorials and feed back

Week 12  Mid Semester break 19th-23rd September

Week 13  Students are required to do a ten minute presentation.This will 

Week 14  Folio preparation

Week 16  Folio preparation

Week 17-18 Assessment 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


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

Contemporary Sculpture Judy Collins Phaidon

Art magazines,Art Almanac, Library resources

Visits to galleries local & international exhibitions

Interviews with artists using internet & DVD's






Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is on going throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through completion of a body of work that demonstrates concept development, understanding of materials and adhering to the guidelines of working in a studio.

Assessment Tasks

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

Assessment Tasks 

Semester 2 Weeks 1-16

Assessment title:

1.Concept development/Self initiated studio work. Concept presentation

 Minimum of one three completed sculptural works and one major out door work

 Visual Diary.Your visual diary should  show evidence of thorough research, influences.A clear understanding of fabrication

 and conceptual development.

Assessment Matrix

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.

Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:

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