Course Title: Research and experiment with techniques to produce public art

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: VART5920C

Course Title: Research and experiment with techniques to produce public art

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Roze Elizabeth

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9127

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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

 This course is delivered in the second year of the Textile Design & Development Program.

Course Description

Students will gain the skills and knowledge required to research and experiment with various techniques and media for the realisation of public art work. It outlines the way public art work is produced through the use of experimentation and ongoing refinement. It is a specialisation unit and refers to a specific art form. Installation work generally uses or combines one or more media art forms and skills in those art forms would be required. This work would usually be carried out independently, although guidance would be available if required.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVVSP48A Research and experiment with techniques to produce public art


1. Inform work through experimentation with techniques and media used to produce public art work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evaluate the potential for new approaches to public art work based on capabilities of techniques already used
1.2 Select, adapt or introduce new materials, tools, equipment or technology for the achievement of different effects
1.3 Extend the capabilities of public art work techniques through experimentation to inform practice
1.4 Take account of particular safety or environmental issues associated with the use of different techniques and media
1.5 Research, adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches from other practitioners with consideration of intellectual property, moral rights and copyright requirements


2. Develop and refine a conceptual vision for public art work

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop a conceptual vision for public art work based on a knowledge and understanding of different techniques
2.2 Consider the criteria for selecting techniques, material, tools and equipment based on results of experimentation
2.3 Establish criteria which are most likely to facilitate the achievement of the conceptual vision
2.4 Select approach to work which meets established criteria
2.5 Refine the conceptual vision based on ongoing experimentation and analysis of techniques for the production of public art


3. Determine and organise resource requirements for new work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess specific resource requirements which arise from the use of techniques and experimental approaches
3.2 Research and access potential sources of supply for resources required for the production of public art work
3.3 Evaluate cost or other constraints which may impact on the development of work
3.4 Set up or co-ordinate resource requirements in accordance with safety or other workplace requirements


4. Realise public art work

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Realise the public art work using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation to meet the conceptual vision
4.2 Evaluate and respond to the potential for changes in the use of techniques, materials, tools or equipment
4.3 Refine the conceptual vision based on ongoing experiences with the production of work
4.4 Use safe working practices throughout the production of public art work

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit, the student should be versed in the ability to -

Communicating ideas and information
Collecting analysing and organising information
Planning and organising activities
Working with others and in teams
Using mathematical ideas and techniques
Solving problems
Using technology

Producing installation work which expresses the conceptual vision
Researching, adapting and using ideas from other practitioners
Evaluating cost and other constraints which may impact on the development of the public art work
Using expertise of others to realise public art work, working with authorities
Calculating material and structural requirements
Refining the conceptual vision
Using a variety of electrical and electronic equipment

Details of Learning Activities

Activities covered during this course include site visits, locally and in the CBD area. Using photographic equipment to record. Using own drawings as a recording .

documentation of visits & excursions. Compilation of own CV / resume. Creation of small models or Marquette’s. Time will be allocated in other class units for the creation of the physical or 3 dimensional aspects of this course.

Class contact hours will be approx 14 hours. Excursions will take up approx 6 hours of timetabled allocation.The other time is required for your research of historical & current aspects as well as required costings, planning permits, council guidelines that may be part & parcel of the process of creating a Public Art work.

Teaching Schedule

1 introduction. explain assessment requirements. range statements, research needs etc (cc)

2 excursion to city .(ex

3 class contact. refine excursion document. discuss small free standing work.

4 research time.

5 class contact. discuss some historical hand outs pertaining to public art. discuss tender process & view MCC & Moreland Council docs.

6 class contact. Marquette discuss. major project discuss & focus on all aspects of documentation.

7 research time.

8 research time.

9 excursion to Brunswick town hall. meet Public art officer Dan Mitchell. (April 121st)

10 class contact time.

11 research & or in conjunction with experimental class

12 research & or in conjunction with experimental class

13 research & or in conjunction with experimental class

14 work in conjunction with experimental class.

15 work in conjunction with experimental class

16 final class & class contact time to review documents

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students required to research INTERNET for information on contemporary Public Art groups like Kaldor Public Art group ( in Australia) and Creative Time (New York).

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge, and might include:
• direct observation of the work in progress, including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
• questioning and discussion about candidate’s intentions and the work outcome
• verbal and written reports
• review of portfolios of evidence
• third party workplace reports of performance by the candidate

Physical requirements will include creation of 

1. historical resource file;   (worth 20 marks)

2. a personal; resource file - which incorporates details of the students own work and costings of materials & items sampled  (worth 20 marks)

3. creation of a small art work.  (worth 10 marks)

4. work plan & documentation of process creating, testing, consulting, oh&s issues and final installation of work.   (worth 50 marks).

Assessment Tasks

Students are required to create a file from class handouts & own research of historical & contemporary public art. A focal point is Kaldor public art projects ( in Australia) and Creative Time ( in new York).also contains notes of excursions & exhibitions/ sites seen that fall into the category of public art.

To compile a file of & including own creative work & current Resume/ CV.

The creation of a small portable art work to reflect some aspect of the city or village.

to create a major project that in this class covers the concept, organising of resources to create the work, describes the experimentation involved in refining the concept and records the realisation of the work. This is a detailed document, that will also contain costings & risk assessments for your oh&s requirements.

Assessment Matrix

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