Course Title: Refine sculptural techniques

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: VART6374C

Course Title: Refine sculptural techniques

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5348 - Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact: Phillip Allan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4030

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 80

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

This course is designed to extend and reinforce the relationship between ideas, source information and the manipulation of the materials in the production of sculpture. You will be encouraged to extend their language, terminology and visual elements of sculpture and to understand adaptive properties and characteristics of materials.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUASCU501 Refine sculptural techniques


1. Research sculptural ideas and techniques

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Support professional practice by expanding knowledge of historical and contemporary sculpture 1.2 Research ways that other artists have used different sculptural techniques 1.3 Investigate how particular sculptural techniques work to achieve different technical effects 1.4 Evaluate the relationships between sculptural techniques and ideas 1.5 Adapt and use relevant ideas and approaches and comply with intellectual property requirements


2. Select sculptural techniques for refinement

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Evaluate creative and professional opportunities offered by different sculptural techniques 2.2 Identify and assess limitations and constraints of particular techniques 2.3 Select a broad range of sculptural techniques for refinement


3. Determine safety requirements for sculptural work

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Investigate safety issues associated with sculptural work 3.2 Set up work space, equipment, tools and materials according to safety requirements 3.3 Establish and follow safe work practices 3.4 Monitor key safety issues during production of the work


4. Consolidate sculptural technique to professional level

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Develop increasing confidence and skill through practice and experimentation 4.2 Proactively identify and resolve technical problems in sculptural projects based on developing expertise 4.3 Challenge and test ideas and use creative thinking techniques to encourage new and unpredictable ideas to emerge 4.4 Evolve ideas and other professional skills through ongoing experimentation with technique 4.5 Develop own ways of working with techniques to create individual style 4.6 Create a coherent body of sculptural work that shows command of selected sculptural techniques


5. Evaluate own sculptural technique

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Evaluate development of own technique with others and seek feedback 5.2 Seek and participate in professional discussions that challenge and explore different concepts and approaches 5.3 Evaluate particular ways that experimentation with different techniques has informed own artwork 5.4 Identify ways to further develop technique as part of professional practice and build ideas into future work

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

In this course, you learn through:

  1. In-class activities:
  • lectures
  • teacher directed studio activities/projects
  • studio exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • studio work


  • 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.

Teaching Schedule


Week 1


        Introduction to unit:

·       Learning outcomes

·      Assessment criteria

·      Course requirements

·      Studio clean-up process

·      Introduction and handouts of project briefs 1&2





  • Understand the importance of OH&S
  • Develop and maintain an understanding of hazards
  • Understand health and safety legislation
  • Practice safely in the studio
  • Understand the  importance of using tools and equipment safely  








Week 2


Handouts for Project 1: The House (model making and construction)


Handouts for Project 2: Self Initiated Project

Concept development/research/experiment with materials and processes & practice.



Please note that project 1 is a major project that will be conducted for the entire semester.

Individual and class discussion will take place throughout the semester for all projects.

The calendar may be subject to minor changes



  • Develop an understanding of conceptualisation
  • Develop and understanding of fabrication
  • Maintain a visual diary
  • Maintain OH&S                              



Week 3



DVD, Antoni Gaudi /Anish Kapoor

  •  Understand the practice of other artists
  •  Undertake research
  •  Commence a plan for projects
  •  Plan time management



Week 4


Class discussion materials/tools demonstration Project 1 & 2
Individual/class tutorials

  • Develop an understanding of sculptural practice



Week 5


Continue Projects 1&2 /House /Self Initiated
Individual tutorials/experiment with materials

  •  Expand knowledge base
  •  Experiment with ideas and  methodologies



Week 6


Continue Projects 1&2
Class discussion & Individual tutorials

  • Research and development of ideas 
  • Identify constraints of concepts
  • Build visual repertoire




Week 7

House project to be presented in class.

Feed back session in class.

Continue Projects 1& 2 Hand/Foot casting /alginate & plaster
Individual tutorials will be conducted.

  •  Add to visual repertoire
  •  Present work with confidence
  •  Continue to engage with methodologies and  techniques



Week 8


House project to be presented in class.

Continue Self Initiated project.
Continue Hand/Foot casting/alginate/plaster and small cast using silicone.
Individual tutorials

  •  Studio Practice/Oh&S/Fabrication 





Week 9


Tutorial Week 5th – 9th September

Project 3: Relief Self Portrait will be introduced with handouts:

Students will be building with clay and will be making a relief mould using latex/silicone.

Container mould will be made with plaster.
Hand casting with alginate/plaster and a variety of materials such as wax and resin will continue
Individual tutorials and class feed back will continue.


  •   Analyses of materiality and relief portrait 



Week 10


Present House Project. Continue project 2
Hand casting/alginate/plaster
Handouts for Mould making procedures using silicone/4PU
Individual tutorials/tutorial week

  •   Presentation/Feedback
  •   Production/Time management/Fabrication
  •   Visual Diairy




Week 11


Continue Project 2 & casting project
Hand casting/alginate/plaster
Individual tutorials/tutorial week

  •  Fabrication/Visual diary



Week 12



                                         Semester Break 19th -23rd September






Week 13


Due date for Project 2

Presentation in class
Continue to complete casting projects

  •   Preparation/Planning/Presentation/Visual        Dairy



Week 14


Folio Assessment Preparation

  •  Preparation/Planning/Presentation/Visual Dairy


Week 15


Folio Assessment Preparation

  •  Preparation/Planning/Presentation/Visual Dairy


Week 16

Folio Assessment Preparation


Assessment folio should include:

House project,Self Initiated Project,Hand/Foot casting Project, Relief Self Portrait.

Visual diary and relevant back up work




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Library Subject Guides


You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings and visit public art projects/sites 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
  • Simon Scharma Landscape & Memory Fontana Press
  • Gaston Bachelard Water And Dreams An essay on the Imagination of Matter
  • Gaston Bachelard The Right to Dream Beacon press Boston

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 major project which includes a installation and site specific work
  • Direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
  • Completion of a portfolio including personal reflection
  • Complete practical work based on thematic concepts
  • Written journal

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

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.


Assessment Tasks

 House Project

 Hand/Foot Casting Project

 Relief Self Portrait

 Self Initiated Project


6. Visual Diary:


Description: Your visual diary should be a living document that provides insights to you influences, your ideas and how they impact your practice.




Competent with high distinction

80 - 100

Highly developed


Competent with distinction

70 - 79

Well developed


Competent with credit

60 - 69



Competent achieved - graded

50 - 59



Not Yet Competent




Did not submit for assessment



Description: Your visual diary should be a living document that provides insights to you influences, your ideas and how they impact your practice

Assessment Matrix

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.



RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.

Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1 (unresolved)

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