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Unit rationale, description and aim

This unit develops skills and design approaches in the production of 3D forms in ceramics or multimedia. Students work with various techniques to express the breadth of creative interpretation in 3D forms. Students work toward developing studio-led research practices to inform their artworks. Critical thinking and an awareness of contemporary 3D practice in Australia and internationally will be emphasised.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - Create project-based artworks using a variety of skills, methods, techniques and materials (GA3, GA4, GA5)

LO2 - Understand current trends and approaches towards 3D and object design production (GA4, GA5, GA8)

LO3 - Undertake research into individual ideas and concepts in an ethical manner to inform their individual practice (GA5, GA6, GA8)

LO4 - Demonstrate the way in which the historical and theoretical contexts of art and design can inform your own art practice (GA4, GA5, GA8, GA9)

Graduate attributes

GA3 - Apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making

GA4 - Think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - Demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA6 - Solve problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives into account

GA8 - Locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information 

GA9 - Demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 


This studio-based unit supports the development of the students' individual art making intentions in 3D ceramic and or multi- media art practice. An examination of various media, techniques and skills in areas such as object making will assist in broadening their awareness of contemporary art practice and the ethical use and reproduction of Indigenous motifs. The emphasis of the unit is on an exploratory investigation of art forms in the selected areas of practice through rigorous project-based studio exercises.

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

The learning and teaching strategy for this unit focuses on fostering studio culture and embedding core competencies such as critical thinking and fostering an understanding of studio-led research. This strategy is implemented by presenting lectures that contextualise the assessments in relation to contemporary art and craft practice and their historical lineage. This unit introduces students to a variety of art mediums, approaches and processes and their artistic skills are applied to a variety of creative platforms.

Assessment strategy and rationale

The rationale for this unit is based in developing both a core conceptual and a technical understanding of creating three-dimensional forms. The assessment tasks are designed as creative responses to briefs. These briefs will emphasise both the technical and conceptual aspects of working in ceramics and multimedia. The research portfolio documents process, reflective thinking and the relationship between the creative outcome and research evidence of relevant contemporary practices.

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Studio Project 1 and Research Folio


LO1, LO4

GA3, GA4, GA5

Studio Project 2 and Research Folio


LO1, LO2, LO4

GA3, GA4, GA5, GA8

Studio Project 3 and Research Folio


LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4

GA3, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA8, GA9

Equivalent tasks may also be used

Representative texts and references

Bell, R., (2002). Material Culture: aspects of contemporary Australian craft and design, Canberra, ACT: National Gallery of Australia.

Buszek, M., (ed.) (2011). Extra/ordinary: craft and contemporary art NC : Duke University Press

Ewington, J., (2005). Fiona Hall, Annandale, N.S.W.: Piper Press.

Fahey, Kevin, (2004). Australian Art Pottery, Sydney: Casuarina Press.

Halls, S., (2014). Pinch Pottery, Functiona Modern Handbuilding, UK: Larks Crafts.

Kater, G., (2005). Design first for 3D Artists, Plano, Tex: Wordware Publishing.

Kentridge, W., (2002). William Kentridge, Chicago: Museum of Contemporary Art.

Nigrosh, L., (1995). Claywork: form and idea in Ceramic Design, Worcester: Davis Publications

Schwartz, J., (2006). Confrontational Ceramics, USA: New York University Press

Scott, P., (2000). Painted Clay: graphic arts and the ceramic surface, London: A&C Black

Protocols for producing Indigenous Australian visual arts

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