Course Title: Research and experiment with techniques to produce sculpture

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6000C

Course Title: Research and experiment with techniques to produce sculpture

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5234 - Diploma of Visual Art

Course Contact : Ninna Cikoja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Loretta Quinn
T: 99254212

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

It is highly recommended that this unit be assessed in conjunction with:

  • CUVCOR04B Originate concept for own work and conduct critical discourse
  • CUVCOR09B Select and apply drawing techniques and media to represent and communicate the concept
  • CUVCOR13B Research and critically analyse history and theory to inform artistic practice.

Depending on the context, combined assessment and/or training with a range of other units would also be appropriate, e.g.:
  • CUVCRS14B Prepare, store and maintain finished work
  • CUVCRS08B Document the work progress.

Course Description

This course  describes the skills and knowledge required to research and experiment with various techniques and media for the realisation of sculpture. It outlines the way sculptural work is produced through the use of experimentation and ongoing refinement. It is a specialisation unit and refers to a specific art form. 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:

CUVVSP52B Research and experiment with techniques to produce sculpture


1. Inform work through experimentation with sculptural techniques and media

Performance Criteria:

1.1Evaluate the potential for new approaches to sculptural work based on capabilities of techniques already used.
1.2Select, adapt or introduce new materials, tools, equipment or technology for the achievement of different effects.
1.3Extend the capabilities of sculptural techniques through experimentation to inform practice.
1.4Take account of particular safety or environmental issues associated with the use of different techniques and media.
1.5Research, 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 sculpture

Performance Criteria:

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


3. Determine and organise resource requirements for new work

Performance Criteria:

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


4. Realise sculpture

Performance Criteria:

4.1Realise the sculpture using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation to meet the conceptual vision.
4.2Evaluate and respond to the potential for changes in the use of techniques, materials, tools or equipment.
4.3Refine the conceptual vision based on ongoing experiences with the production of work.
4.4Use safe working practices throughout the production of the sculpture.
4.5Consider issues of presentation and take action accordingly.

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:
  • Prepare and maintain physical resources for sculptural work
  • Use and test sculptural techniques
  • Produce sculpture
You will also have an understanding of:
  • Occupational health and safety procedures
  • Physical properties and capabilities of the most commonly used materials, tools and equipment
  • Techniques, materials and tools and the way they can be adapted and extended in sculptural work
  • Approaches to sculpture and the work of key practitioners.

Details of 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
  •   Workshopping’ of student projects

Out-of-class activities include:

  • Practical exercises
  • Project work
  • Independent research

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

WeekCourse content

Week 1Overview of the course and assessment requirements
Week 2Introduction to the workshop, OH&S,
Week 3Visit QVM site/Tutorials

Week 4 Visit QVM site/meet CEO of QVM/tutorials
Week 5  LQ to show students own work/materials/tutorials
Week 6 Class discussion/Tutorials/QVM Project/Concept development
Week 7  Class discussion/Tutorials/QVM Project/Concept development
Week 8 Stacey Raymond QVM Project/Concept development/tutorials
Week 9 Demonstration workshop/mould making/tutorials/concept development
Week 10 Mould making/materiality/concept development
Week 11 Tutorials/QVM
Week 12 Tutorials/QVM
Week 13Students to rehearse presentaion of QVM project/tutorials
Week 14Students to present work to QVM committee/tutorials
Week 15Tutorials/Prepare folio/Conclude own work
Week 16General Studio and folio preparation
Week 17 -18Folio assessment

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 may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge, and might include:

  • Direct observation of sculptural 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 visual journal by teacher /assessor against specified criteria
  • Review of portfolio of sculpture by a group of teachers/assessors.

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 taskContent/requirementsDue date

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative.Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be cinsidered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.

Project 1:   Production of sculpture which demonstrates a highly developed command of the selected techniques which is cobsistent with conceptual development and framewrok

Project 2:   Production and photo documentation of site specific land art and environmental installation

Project 3: In depth knowledge of techniques, materials and tools and the ways they may be adapted and extended in sculptural work.

Visual Diary

Relevant back up work

Graded assessment applies for courses within the Diploma of Visual Art.
Grade Outline Grading Criteria (see below)

  • CHD Competent with high distinction 80 - 100 Highly developed
  • CDI Competent with distinction 70 - 79 Well developed
  • CC Competent with credit 60 - 69 Developed
  • CAG Competent achieved - graded 50 - 59 Sound
  • NYC Not Yet Competent
  • DNS Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

The 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 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 opportunity to gain the competency.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information 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 due date, you will need to apply for an extension.

While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

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