Course Title: Ceramic Fundamentals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Ceramic Fundamentals

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Kris Coad

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3858

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 4.01.01

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will explore and experiment with the physical properties of materials and develop fundamental skills in the making of objects through ceramic methods. You will also address conceptual and technical concerns related to the making of objects. 
This course will also help you to understand the relationships between idea, concept, form and material as you begin to develop an individual approach to your art practice. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is an elective course. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. produce a range of work, which explores personal iconography through material and process applications 
  2. competently use tools to explore a range of materials in response to project work 
  3. discuss the conceptual and technical aspects of your object making practice, based on the historical and contemporary trends in fine art explored in this course 
  4. critically reflect on your own work and the work of others utilising appropriate language to visual arts 
  5. describe and apply occupational, health and safety measures when making works

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in a range of individual and collaborative practical learning activities such as applied conceptual thinking, experimenting with material and making work. Other learning activities include lectorials, listening to artist’s talks, observing demonstrations, visiting galleries and sites, reflective writing, analysing art practice, group discussions, peer reviews, and consultations on your studio work. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.  

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.  

Assessment Tasks 

  • Project 1: Pinched Forms Based on Geometry 30% CLO 1 - 5 
  • Project 2: Coil Vessel 35% CLO 1- 5 
  • Project 3:Slab Build Form 35% CLO 1 - 5 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.  

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.  

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.