Course Title: Research and experiment with techniques to produce sculpture

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5234

Course Title: Research and experiment with techniques to produce sculpture

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 50.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340T Art


Term1 2010,
Term1 2013

Course Contact: Ninna Cikoja

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

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.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUVVSP52B Research and experiment with techniques to produce sculpture


1. Inform work through experimentation with sculptural techniques and media

2. Develop and refine a conceptual vision for sculpture

3. Determine and organise resource requirements for new work

4. Realise sculpture

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.

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.