Course Title: Produce sculpture

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: VART6248C

Course Title: Produce sculpture

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4311 - Certificate IV in Visual Arts

Course Contact: Jennifer Mills

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Fiona Murphy

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 skills and knowledge required to produce sculpture through the exploration of a range of techniques, tolls, equipment and materials.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVSCU301A Produce sculpture


1. Plan sculptural work through exploration

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explore ideas and techniques for sculptural work in consultation with key people as required
1.2 Review historical and contemporary sculpture practice as a potential source of ideas
1.3 Clarify ideas for sculpture based on exploration and discussion
1.4 Assess the capabilities of sculptural techniques through practice and adaptation
1.5 Select techniques that best support the ideas for the work


2. Prepare, maintain and store sculptural resources

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Select and organise sculptural tools, equipment and materials suited to the chosen work
2.2 Prepare and maintain resources based on the needs of the work
2.3 Take responsibility for the safe and sustainable use of resources
2.4 Store resources according to the needs of different items


3. Create finished sculptures

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Safely use and adapt sculptural techniques to create desired effects
3.2 Review work in progress and make adjustments as required to produce final work
3.3 Add value to the current work process and future work by documenting the work progress
3.4 Liaise with others to obtain feedback on work in terms of
its technical proficiency and success in communicating ideas

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have created a folio of works that demonstrate skills and knowledge required to produce sculpture through the exploration and application of a range of techniques, tools, equipment and materials.

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
• Group discussion
• Studio work
2. Out-of-class activities include:
• Practical exercises
• Preparing for discussion
• Project work
Independent research

Teaching Schedule

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.

course content
assessment and task
1Introduction to course and workshop requirements
Studio OH&S and working with sculpture
2 Low relief casting project with organic material
Prepare moulds, create moulds
3 Low Relief Casting 
4 Low Relief Casting Minimum of one relief cast
5Hand outs for Project 2.
DVD Antoni Gaudi
6Class discussion.Student response to the Project
Commence research and production
7Research and production 
8Research and production 
9 Present Project. 2 Minimum of one house project
10  Present Project. 2
Folio Preparation
11  Assessment Evidence of thorough research, concept development and production Minimum of one relief cast. Minimum of one house project.Visual Diary

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.

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.

Production of sculpture which demonstrates a highly developed command of the selected techniques and which is consistent with the conceptual vision.

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

Project 1:  Low relief casting project

Project 2: House/shelter project

Visual diary

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment 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.

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