• Class Number 4861
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Richard Whiteley
    • Richard Whiteley
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces students to fundamental skills and contextual knowledge for working with kiln formed glass in a contemporary visual arts and/or design context.

Students will learn skills and methods for cutting, fusing, and shaping glass in response to set projects. Transforming glass with heat and cold processes will be the key skills introduced along with strategies to explore and realise creative works. Students will also develop knowledge of historical underpinnings for glass in contemporary practices through lectures, seminar discussions, and contextual research. This course supports materials and ideas explorations through the interface of embodied learning and conceptual inquiry. It forms part of the foundation for a specialist glass practice, while supporting non-specialist explorations of the properties and possibilities for the medium in broader visual arts and design contexts. Work health and safety (WHS) instruction is integrated throughout the syllabus.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. competently utilise a range of kiln forming glass working skills and technologies in response to projects;
  2. explore materials and techniques through speculative process enquiry;
  3. reflectively investigate the relationships between concepts and processes; and
  4. engage with the historical and theoretical contexts relevant to kiln formed glass projects.

Field Trips

Glass Workshop field trips may be organised on a voluntary participation basis. Associated costs will be discussed with students. The Workshop will run the appropriate risk assessment and each student must submit a travel approval form prior to departure.

Additional Course Costs

Required Resources and Incidental Fees – ANU School of Art & Design

Student contribution amounts under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and tuition fees support the course described in the Course Outline and include tuition, teaching materials and student access to the workshops for the stated course hours.

Access Fee

There is an access fee that is payable to the School of Art & Design for this course.

Workshop Fee

Each Workshop sources appropriate specialist materials, which are made available to students to facilitate their working effectively, efficiently and safely within our programs. The School of Art & Design is able to supply materials that don’t compromise ANU obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS), and that have been assessed as suitable for each course.

The Workshop Fee for this class is $150 and is payable for the School of Art & Design to supply materials that become your physical property. You can choose to pay the Worksop Fee and have these materials supplied to you through the School of Art & Design, allowing you to take advantage of the GST-free bulk purchasing power of the ANU. These materials are also WHS compliant.

Students have the choice of acquiring these materials from a supplier other than the School of Art & Design, however students should note that many materials may not be WHS compliant (and therefore are not approved for use in the Workshops), or are not available for individuals to purchase because they must be supplied and stored in a particular way in order to meet WHS regulations. The Workshop Fee provides students access to purchase materials from the Glass Workshop store.

Examination Material or equipment

At assessment times, students will present their completed works, support materials, Glass Folios and relevant contextual research in response to set projects. Additional self-directed research and experimentation is highly encouraged. All materials will be set up ahead of assessment sessions, and presented to staff over the course of scheduled assessment. All assessment requirements will be discussed during class, and teaching staff members are available for any questions related to the assessment process.

Required Resources

To gain access to the Glass Workshop, students must acquire and maintain throughout the course of their studies a range of Personal Protective Equipment, as per Glass Workshop WH&S policy.

3 notebooks are also required for this course: A sketchbook, Visual Diary and technical note book.

Reading lists, technical notes and additional resources will be handed out in class and posted on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • On-going staff feedback during contact time in weekly classes
  • Staff led group discussion and one on one meeting at mid-semester review (week 6) and written summary.
  • One-on-one feedback during end of semester assessment

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Glass Workshop Critiques

All Glass Workshop students are invited to participate in the weekly workshop critique sessions held one Thursday afternoons, as well as Visiting Artist talks (see weekly schedule for details). Attendance to the Workshop critique is not assessable, however it is an opportunity to participate in peer-to-peer feedback and greatly supports the development of your voice as an artist/designer/crafts person.

Referencing requirements

There is no written submission for this class, however the referencing requirements for the School of Art can be found at http://soa.anu.edu.au/study-protocols/referencing-guidelines.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 9:00-11:00 Workshop WHS overview. Syllabus Introduction. Class slides, introduction to handling glass and working with kilns. Project 1: Exploring gravity & heat. Students are introduced to the properties of glass with heat. This project covers handling glass, cutting preparations, fusing and slumping are covered in this project. Studio sessions: 11 am – 1 pm group A 2 – 4 pm Group B
2 9:00-11:00 Class slides & discussion. 1: Exploring gravity & heat final week. Studio sessions: 11 am – 1 pm group A 2 – 4 pm Group B
3 9:00-11:00 Class slides & discussion. Project 2: Point and line & plane. This project introduces elements and principals of composition while introducing fusing clear and coloured glass processes. Studio sessions: 11 am – 1 pm group A 2 – 4 pm Group B
4 9:00-11:00 Class slides & discussion. 2: Point, line & plane final week. Studio sessions: 11 am – 1 pm group A 2 – 4 pm Group B
5 9:00-11:00 Class slides & discussion. Project 3: Layered space. This project explores the transparency and refraction of glass. While learning about the properties of layer glass, students analyse compositions to compose and build depth. Studio sessions: 11 am – 1 pm group A 2 – 4 pm Group B
6 9:00-11:00 3: Layered space final week. Mid Semester reviewsthis week with group discussion in the morning slot and one on one sessions during studio sessions. Bring journals and all projects and tests to date. Studio sessions: 11 am – 1 pm group A 2 – 4 pm Group B Review session provides students with feedback on progress to date as well as and written overview. FYI: Mid semester break 8-23 April, no after-hours access. No after-hours access during the mid-semester break.
7 No class, last day of teaching break (Time made up with mentoring sessions).
8 9:00-11:00 Class slides & discussion Visiting Artist and Mel Douglas. Project 4: Building with Line. One-week experimental project with Mel Douglas to explore line as a compositional element. Project introduces stringers and power printing. Studio sessions: 11 am – 1 pm group A 2 – 4 pm Group B
9 9:00-11:00 Class slides & discussion. Project 5: Reclaim and Recycle. This project invites students to start to apply their developing awareness and skills. Using recycled and found glass forms, students will explore re conceptualise new interoperations for discarded glass forms. Studio sessions: 11 am – 1 pm group A 2 – 4 pm Group B
10 9:00-11:00 Class slides & discussion. 5: Reclaim and Recycle continues. Project 6: Hands on History. Using historical precedents in glass, students define their own enquiry and explore and develop works. Studio sessions: 11 am – 1 pm group A 2 – 4 pm Group B
11 9:00-11:00 Class slides & discussion. 5: Reclaim and recycle continues. 6: Hands on History continues. Studio sessions: 11 am – 1 pm group A 2 – 4 pm Group B
12 9:00-11:00 Review of assessment prosses 5: Reclaim and recycle continues. 6: Hands on History continues. Studio sessions: 11 am – 1 pm group A 2 – 4 pm Group B NB: The Final Assessment will take place on 2019-06-06. For the Final Assessment, bring all completed tasks, independent works, support materials, tests and journals (glass folio).
13 Final Assessment: 2019-06-06 (Thursday Study Week) Individual times TBA

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
1: Set projects 60% 60 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
2: Glass Journals 20% 20 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3, 4
3: Studio theory & self-directed work 20% 20 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Student participation is a requirement of the Glass Workshop. Student participation is key in developing skills and knowledge relevant to the material, and essential in acquiring safe working methods. It is assessed in every project outlined below, through attendance and active participation in technical classes, self-directed sessions, group discussions, lectures and scheduled Workshop activities. Additionally, all Glass students are required to participate in a weekly clean up, times TBA. Alternative times can be arranged with the Technical Officer. Participation is assessed as part of all tasks listed below.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

1: Set projects 60%

1: Exploring gravity & heat (10%)

2: Point, Line & Plane (10%)

3: Layered space (10%)

4: Building with Line (10%)

5: Reclaim and recycle (10%)

6: Hands on History (10%)

Value: 60% of class grade

The six set projects introduce processes and contextual approaches to working with the material glass. These projects encourage exploration and aim to lay a foundation of research based learning. Material skills, safe working methods, contextual awareness, and creative research methods are the key skills covered in this class.

Presentation requirements: All finished projects, supporting material (drawings, tests, models) presented at final assessment.

See Assessment Rubric below.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

2: Glass Journals 20%

Glass Folio

Each student is required to maintain three active areas of documentation within this course; these combined comprise the Glass Folio. The key items for submission are:

Sketchbook/ drawings. Will show students’ reflective drawing and sketching towards the development of works.

Contextual reference Journal. Will include inspiring works, images or relevant text. Students need to include notes from Studio Theory* sessions (see below).

Technical notebook. This book or folder needs to contain a detailed account of processes introduced and technical handouts.

Value: 20% of class grade

Presentation requirements: These three journals will be presented at final assessment. Feedback will be given in week 6 on work to date on this task.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

3: Studio theory & self-directed work 20%

The online slides (Wattle) will introduce historical and contemporary artists as well as contexts for class projects. Students are required to review the slides on Wattle before each class, and begin class with a brief student lead discussion on content. Students should actively research relevant sources of inspiration for their projects, as well as contribute images and comments to the class discussions and online group discussion. Regular on-line posts and in class comments will demonstrate a student’s engagement and understanding of the material being discussed.

Students are also encouraged to develop self-directed work or tests, within the skills they have been shown to date. Self-directed work can be explored within the mentoring or class sessions, so long as other projects have been completed. This work could be an extension to a set task or self conceptualised ideas. It is important to be in contact with staff about this work and be mindful of materials usage.  

Glass Workshop Critiques & Participation

All Glass Workshop students are invited to participate in the weekly workshop critique sessions held Thursday afternoons, as well as Visiting Artist talks (see weekly schedule for details). The Workshop critique is not an assessable task however is an opportunity for group feedback from a selection of peers and assists in developing your voice as an artist/designer/crafts person. See more on Participation below.



1. Utilise a range of glass working skills, in response to Workshop projects

Consistently utilise a range of skills at an exceptionally high level

Consistently utilise a range of skills at a high level

Utilise a broad range of skills at a competent level

Utilise a limited range of skills at an adequate level

Technical skills are below standard

2. Explore the potential of glass material/s used in Workshop projects through self-directed material investigation

Consistently explore the potential of glass used in Workshop projects through self-directed material investigation at a high level

Explore the potential of glass used in Workshop projects through self-directed material investigation at a high level

Attempted to explore the potential of glass used in Workshop through self-directed material investigation

Materials have been explored only as directed in projects across projects and self-directed work

Insufficient materials exploration in projects and self-directed work

3. Produce work which recognizes relationships between concept and processes in glass

Insightful and independent thinking is evident in work and articulated in discussion

Clear recognition of relationships is demonstrated in work and articulated in discussion

Work reveals relationships between concept and process and links can be explained to a degree

Relationships are evident in work but are not articulated

Relationships between concept and processes are not evident in work

4. Engage with historical and theoretical contexts relevant to Glass Workshop projects 

High level of critical engagement is evident in or and/or through discussions 

Significant level of critical engagement evident in work and/or through discussion

Attempts to reflect and evaluate engagement with historical and theoretical contexts 

Some basic engagement with historical and theoretical contexts is evident

No evidence of engagement with historical and theoretical contexts 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Studio based work will not be held by staff after assessment. Staff will keep a photographic record of work presented for review and final assessment. Journals will be returned one week after due date.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of works is not common in a studio-based course, as students can seek feedback on projects throughout the semester. Requests for resubmission will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Richard Whiteley

Research Interests

Contemporary glass, visual art, design and the history of glass.

Richard Whiteley

Richard Whiteley

Research Interests

Richard Whiteley

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