Course Title: Sculpture Advanced Studio 3B2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Sculpture Advanced Studio 3B2

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Hong Kong Arts Centre


340H Art


Offsh 3 11,
Offsh3 12

Course Coordinator: Don Gore

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3625

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Building 39

Course Coordinator Availability: appointment by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students are required to have significant studio experience (192 credit points within BP201) prior to enrolling in Advanced Studios.

Course Description

In Sculpture Advanced Studio 3B2 students are given the opportunity to extend upon aspects of previous studio courses. Students negotiate a Studio Proposal with their lecturer focused around achieving specific material and conceptual objectives. A student’s course of study is structured around developmental supervision on a one to one basis with their lecturer as well as undergoing constructive and critical analysis in a forum context with other staff and students. Students are able to develop material skills, reflexive and research facilities in specialised aspects of their practice, facilitating transition to self-supervised art practice and/or post graduate research. Students will produce a major work to be exhibited as part of the RMIT Sculpture Graduate Exhibition.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course allows students to gain the capabilities related to:

* Developing a critically reflective arts practice that enables students to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed by and improved by arts practice.
* Developing a practical and intellectual basis for articulating formal, conceptual and aesthetic concerns as they relate to fine art practice at a year 3 level

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Develop an art practice by using a variety of visual and spatial strategies to investigate concepts and instigate independent works of art through appropriate selection.
2. Test ideas through the creation of experimental works which will enable you to have a more developed understanding of the significance of visual and spatial research. Analyze visual material in relation to ideas.
3. Produce preliminary and resolved works and understand their relationship
4. Implement and document independent thinking and critical analysis, in projects and tutorials and feedback sessions. Reflect on this activity using a journal.
5. Identify and develop meaningful conceptual frameworks and cultural reference points for studio practice.
6. Write a studio work proposal.
7. Have an established ability to work independently and refine strategies and techniques within work practice.
8. Produce a Work Integrated Learning document and presentation that demonstrates an experience of exhibition practice as it relates to the arts industry.
9. Produce resolved and professional work for exhibition.

Specific criteria for these outcomes will be discussed in relation to different activities during the course.

Overview of Learning Activities

In consultation with their supervising lecturer students formulate a studio proposal. From this proposal key technical and conceptual milestones are identified and placed within a time line for the project’s successful completion and a plan is developed to facilitate these objectives.
Students are instructed in skills as dictated by the parameters of the studio proposal, directed to appropriate resources and encouraged to undertake independent research in the area suggested by the focus of their project. All aspects of the Project are reviewed and may be refined over the course of the semester.
Other learning activities include: lectures by visiting arts professionals and alumni, gallery visits, trial exhibition installation, student presentations, individual tutorials, group feedback sessions Work Integrated Learning activities and a comprehensive process journal.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will have access to a reference bibliography, specific texts and technical workshops, lectures from professional artists and contemporary exhibitions. Students will require familiarity with Blackboard, the RMIT on-line learning application and RMIT library research facilities. Other learning resources include trial exhibition installation, student presentations, individual tutorials, group feedback sessions Work Integrated Learning activities and a comprehensive process journal..

Overview of Assessment

Students will be required to submit a completed project at the end of the semester and accompanying documentation should give a detailed account of their methodology and its conceptual and thematic underpinning. The project is reviewed throughout the semester; taking in all phases of the project from proposal, development, execution and completion.

Students’ work and accompanying documentation should clearly demonstrate the learning objectives of this course and may comprise objects, spatial works, drawings, sketches, diagrams, maquettes, photographs, digital works, books, videos and journals which reflect your visual, conceptual and technical research.  This folio will be assessed by professional artists and art industry experts to the level of third year standards.
The folio should reflect each student’s involvement in consistent, dedicated, research and production of artworks over the semester and will include works produced in lecturer guided hours and student independent, research time.

Students will receive feedback from peers, academic staff, practicing artists, technical officers, and others in the arts industry and community through a variety of consultations, tutorials, feedback sessions and reviews.
Feedback is an ongoing, continuous strategy in this course. Feedback is collegial, supportive, reflective, critical and encouraging. Students and staff are respectful of an individual’s ideas and opinions.
Students will receive feedback on artworks, proposals, projects and progress from a wide variety of sources: from peers in daily studio contact, in group tutorials and collaborative projects. Technical and practical feedback will be provided by studio technical officers. All aspects of your art production, proposals, projects and progress will be given by academic staff who are experienced practicing professional artists.
Visiting artists, casual staff and Art History and Theory academic staff will also provide feedback.
You may also engage in formal feedback through regular student / staff consultative committees, through Blackboard and CES (student Experience Survey HE) at the end of each semester.