Course Title: Refine sculptural techniques

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

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

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:

1.1 Support professional practice by expanding own knowledge of historical and contemporary sculpture 2.1 Consider the opportunities offered by different sculptural techniques2.2 Determine limitations and constraints of particular techniques
2.3 Select sculptural techniques for refinement


2. Select sculptural techniques for refinement

Performance Criteria:

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


5. Evaluate own sculptural technique

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Evaluate development of own technique with others and seek feedback

5.2 Seek and participate in conversations that challenge and


4. Consolidate sculptural technique to professional level

Performance Criteria:

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:

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

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

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 1 Overview of the course and assessment requirements
Week 2 Introduction to the workshop
Week 3  Handouts for project 1 The House/model making & construction /Handouts for self initiatedProject/concept development/research/experiment with materials and processess& practice/DVD,s  Antoni Gaudi /Anish Kapoor
Week 4 Class discussion materials/tools demonstrationProject 1 & 2
              Individual tutorials
Week 5 Continue Projects 1&2 /House /Self Initiated
              Individual tutorials/experiment with materials
Week 6 Continue Projects 1&2
              Class discussion & Individual tutorials
Week 7 Continue Projects 1& 2 Hand casting /alginate & plaster
              Individual tutorials
Week 8 Continue Projects 1 & 2
              Hand casting/alginate/plaster
               Individual tutorials
Week 9  Continue Projects 1 & 2
              Hand casting/alginate/plaster
              Individual tutorials
Week 10 Continue Projects 1&2
               Hand casting/alginate/plaster
               Handouts for Mold making procedures using silicone/4PU
               Individual tutorials/tutorial week
Week 11Continue Projects 1&2
               Hand casting/alginate/plaster
               Handouts for Mold making procedures using silicone/4PU
               Individual tutorials/tutorial week
Week 12Continue Projects 1&2
               Class discussion Hand outs for Project Three/Mold making with silicone/4PU
               Individual tutorials/tutorial week
Week 13Due dates for Projects 1 & 2
               Continue Project Three/Mold making
               Using Silicone/4PU

Week 14Folio Preparation
Week 15Folio Preparation
Week 16Folio 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 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

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 considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment taks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.


Project 1: House project. This project focuses on the house/shelter its interior places and outdoor context.

Project 2: Students will be required to design and create a self initiated sculptural work or works.This project is a major project  for the semester with a due date to be confirmed.

Project 3: A range of casting projects.Hand casting using dental alginate.Relief casting and one piece  mold making using latex, silicone, plaster.

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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