Course Title: Source concept for own work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: VART6091C

Course Title: Source concept for own work

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4281 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts and Contemporary Craft

Course Contact : Ninna Cikoja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Loretta Quinn

03 99254212

Nominal Hours: 30

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

This course underpins many specialisation courses and combined assessment and/or training with those units is highly recommended.

Course Description

In this course you will develop skills and knowledge required to source and organise information to assist in the development of the concept for work. The concept encompasses ideas, form and context for the creation of your own art work. This could include printmaking, sculpture, drawing or painting. This course describes the articulation of the creative process. In practice, you can integrate this with the actual production of work, as described in various specialisation courses. This work would usually be carried out under supervision.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVCOR01B Source concept for own work


1. Source concept.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify and collect information relevant to ideas for the concept.

1.2 Organise collected information in a way which helps the development of the concept.


2. Review information for application to own work.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Review information to clarify ideas for the concep

2.2 Select final option for the concept based on information.

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/excursions 

•    studio exercises to review discussions 

•    peer teaching and class presentations 

•    group discussion 

•    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.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1
June 26      Intensive: Originate Concepts

Week 2
July 3         Intensive: Originate Concepts

                   Please note that where relevant excursions will be included in the curriclum.Students to be advised accordingly.DVD’s and relavant visual materila will also be included
Week 3    
July 10       Outline course and requirements Introduction to sculptural practice/tools/materials DVD’s

Week 4
July 17        Handouts for Project one
                   Introduction to materials and tools demonstration.

Week 5
July 24        Discussion of ideas/response to brief/demonstration

Week 6
July 31        Commence Project 1 (animal) armature/tutorials

Week 7
August 7     Project 1/tutorials

Week 8   
August 14   Project 1/tutorials

Week 9
August 21   Project 1tutorials

Week 10
August 28   Due date for Project 1/tutorial/class discussion.Handouts for project 2 (House) model making/ construction

Week 11   
September 4  Response to brief/commence constuction

Week 12
September 11  Project 2/tutorials

Week 13      
September 18  Project 2/tutorials
Mid-semester break
September 25
Week 14        Project 2/tutorials
October 2
Week 15
October 9       Due date for  Project 2/tutorials
Week 16
October 16     Project  3 Handouts for casting project/mould making/casting options
October 30     Demonstration of materials and techniques

Week 17
October 23     Project 3/tutorials
Week 18       
October 30     Project 3/tutorials
Week 19         Project 3/tutorials
November 6  
Week 20
November 13  Project 3/tutorials
Week 21
November 20   Folio Preparation

Week 22
November 27  Folio Preparation
Week 23         
December 4    Assessment submission



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

 Glenn Harper, Landscapes for Art: Contemporary Sculpture Park

 Kirsten Mey, Sculpsit: Artists on Sculpture and Beyond

 Causey, A. Sculpture since 1945 (Oxford History Of Art) Oxford University Press 119

 Collins J. Contemporary Sculpture Phaidon

 Eleanor Heartney.Art & Today  Phaidon

 Uta Grosenick. Art Now, Taschen

Vitamin 3-D  New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation  Phaidon

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

3 completed projects/relevant backup work

 1 visual dairy which clearly demonstrates originality and an understanding of sculptural production and personal development.

 A folio that demonstrates a command of techniques and which are consistent with conceptual vision

 Awareness of safe working practice in the studio

Assessment Matrix

 Evidence of research and analyses

 Willingness to experiment with concepts and media

 Understanding of application of various techniques

 Senstivity to materials

 Levels of responsibility and consideration in the sculpture studio

 The degree of participation in the course

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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