Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2016

Course Code: VART6252C

Course Title: Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture

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 Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Loretta Quinn

Nominal Hours: 50

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

In this course you will explore the diverse application of sculpture to communicate ideas. This will include developing sculpture skills and confidence with various sculpture techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVSCU401A Experiment with techniques to produce sculpture


Create finished sculptures

Performance Criteria:


4.1 Create sculptures using techniques and media selected from research and experimentation

4.2 Review and refine ideas and approaches based on ongoing experience with the production of work

4.3 Use safe and sustainable work practices throughout the production of sculptures

4.4 Document and record the development of the work and the research and ideas that inform it


Develop ideas for sculptures

Performance Criteria:


2.1 Articulate creative and other goals for sculpture work

2.2 Research , adapt and use relevant ideas  and approaches from other practitioners with consideration of intellectual property requirements 

2.3 Apply knowledge of different sculptural techniques to inform ideas

2.4 Allow techniques and ideas to work together to inform each other

2.5 Consider the professional potential and other criteria  of work when developing ideas

2.6 Refine  and confirm ideas based on experimentation, research and collaboration with others


Develop proficiency with a range of sculptural techniques and media

Performance Criteria:


1.1 Evaluate the potential for new approaches to sculpture  based on capabilities of techniques  already used

1.2 Adapt or introduce new tools, equipment  and materials  to achieve different effects

1.3 Extend the capabilities of sculptural techniques through experimentation

1.4 Take account of the safety and sustainability considerations  for different techniques and media


Evaluate own sculptural work

Performance Criteria:


5.1 Reflect on own work in terms of conceptual development and technical execution

5.2 Identify areas for future improvement especially in terms of own skill development

5.3 Discuss completed work with others and respond positively to feedback


Organise sculpture resources

Performance Criteria:


3.1 Assess specific resource requirements for the chosen work

3.2 Research and access potential sources of supply  for sculpture resources

3.3 Evaluate cost and other constraints  that impact on the development of work

3.4 Evaluate and respond to presentation considerations  for finished sculptures

3.5 Set up or coordinate resource requirements according to safety and other workplace requirements

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
  • Studio practice
  • Tutorials

Out-of-class activities include:Visits to exhibitions when possible.Other activities to be advised when available

  • Practical exercises
  • Project work
  • Independent research

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.


Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentTasksElements
1Introduction to unit:
• Learning outcomes
• assessment criteria
• course requirements
• studio clean-up process
• introduction to project briefs
use safe and sustainable work practices.

2Introduction to Project 1: Low Relief Casting & Project 2: Objectdevelop ideas and techniques through a process of research and experimentation1/2/3

Project 1:  Low relief plaster casting using organic matter.

Respond to Object project. Class feed back.

direct observation of sculptural work in progress, including exploration of, and experimentation with, techniques.

Diarise object project in visual journal

4Project 1: Low Relief Castingapply knowledge of sculptural techniques, equipment and materials and the ways they may be adapted and combined2/3/4
5Project 1: Low Relief Castingexperiment with sculptural techniques to enhance final sculptures2/3/4
6Project 2: Objectrefine and improve a range of techniques2/3/4

Introduction to Project 3 Ephemeral Project

Continue Project 2 Object

experimentation in developing and refining ideas for sculptures and how it relates to the development of an individual style or voic2/3/4
8Continue Project 2: Object project & Commence Project 3: Ephemeral Project 2/3/4
9Class presentations for Project 2: Object project & Commence Project 3: Ephemeral Projectpresentations2/3/4/5

Class presentations for Project 2: Object project & Commence Project 3: Ephemeral Project

Introduction Project 4:
Animal project & Volumetric form

11Project 4:
Animal project & Volumetric form

Structural analyses & Armature.

Understand prinicipals of basic skeletal construction & volumetric form

12Project 4:
Animal project & Volumetric form
Continue to experiment and refine
Sculptural works
13Project 4:
Animal project & Volumetric form
Concept presentation & sculptural work1/2/3/4/5
14Project 4:
Animal project & Volumetric form
Concept presentation & sculptural work1/2/3/4/5
15Project 4:
Animal project & Volumetric form
Final presentations1/2/3/4/5
16Assessment Preparation
Assessment folio should include a minimum:
Project 1: Relief Project/Understanding relief processes
Project 2: Object Project/Analysing the object
Project 3: Ephemeral Documentation/Land Art
Project 4: Animal Project/Volumetric form
Visual Diary
Relevant back up work
Folio revision1/2/3/4/5

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.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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 series of major projects
  • Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
  • Completion of visual diary and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
  • Direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers. 

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task Content/requirements

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 tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.P

Project 1. Relief casting
Project 2: Object Project: Production of sculpture which demonstrates a highly developed command of the selected techniques which is consistent with conceptual development and framework
Project 3: Ephemeral Project: Production and photo documentation of site specific land art and environmental installation

Project 4: Animal  Project: In depth knowledge of techniques, materials and tools and the ways they may be adapted and extended in sculptural work
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 contact 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.

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