Course Title: Investigate sculptural materials and processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Loretta Quinn

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 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


3. Integrate sculptural materials and processes into own work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 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
4.3 Maintain the quality and life of sculptural resources through appropriate handling and storage


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

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

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 the resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Learning resources include access to studio and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will also 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
•Peer teaching and class presentations
•Group discussion
•Studio work

2.  Out-of-class activities include:
•  Visits to Exhibitions where possible

•Project work
•Independent research

Teaching Schedule


WeekClass ContentTaskElements
1Induction to the studio
Hand outs for Concept development & Practice. View studios.
Student response to concept development.Tutorials1/2/3/4
3Concept briefs due.View studios /TutorialsClass discussion.Feed back session.1/2
4Commence head modelling workshop.

Students to make up armature for head modelling.

Tutorials/Research/Studio practice

5Commence working with life modelling.Head modelling in clay.1/2
6Continue working with life model modelling head in clay.Tutorials/Studio practice & research.1/2
7Shim up dividing wall for part A of two part mold.Tutorials/Studio practice & research.1/2/3
8Complete part B of two part mold.Tutorials/research/studio practice1/2/3
9Prepare two part mold using release agent.
Pour plaster into two part mold.
Studio practice/tutorials/research.1/2/3
10Release plaster positive from two part mold.
Students may cast more than one positive from the two part mold.
Students may choose to cast duplicates using a variety of materials such as wax, rubber,
latex, cement etc. Students will be guided through these processes.
11Studio work/tutorials/research 1/2/3/4
12Studio practice/tutorials/research 1/2/3/4
13Students to present semester work in class 1/2/3/4
14Students to present semester work in class 1/2/3/4
15Tutorials/studio practice/research/folio preparation 1/2/3/4
16Tutorials/studiopractice/research/folio preparation 1/2/3/4
17Assessment 1/2/3/4









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 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 of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Assessment Title: Three substantial sculptural works.

Assessment Title: One or more casts of plaster heads

Visual Diary/Relevant back up work

Graded assessment applies for courses within the Diploma of Visual Art.

Grade               Outline Grading                                             Criteria (see table 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 of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These are available through the course contract in Program Administration.The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment 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.

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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