• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Areas of interest Visual Arts, Creative Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Alison Munro
    • Dr Julie Bartholomew
    • Niklavs Rubenis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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Using the vessel as a canvas for exploration and innovation, this course will introduce students to material-based disciplines; clay, wood, glass, fabric, large scale metal and/or metal-smithing. Students will learn hand skills relevant to each area, and will  receive an introduction to historical context in relation to contemporary practice through a series of integrated contextual lectures. The range of processes and skills covered will provide broad material knowledge, hand skills and design awareness. Workplace health and safety (WHS) instruction is integrated throughout the syllabus. 

This is a topic-based course which alternates between the following topics: Clay/Fabric/ Wood and Glass/Metal/Metal-smithing.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Utilise skills demonstrated in each discipline in response to studio projects
  2. Explore the material(s) introduced in each discipline in response to set tasks.
  3. Demonstrate recognition of relationships between concept and process.
  4. Apply historical and theoretical contexts to relevant activities and projects.

Indicative Assessment

Portfolio of Studio Work (80%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Journal/Documentation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4
Participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact comprising lectures, demonstrations and supervised studio practice
b) 82 hours of independent student research and independent studio practice.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4854 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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