• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course extends fundamental knowledge of introductory woodworking skills introducing a range of methods to bend timber to create individual curved elements. Across all topics, a range of methods for creating curves from solid sections and laminating are surveyed, as well as techniques for joinery in curved work. The range of demonstrated methods depends on the topic, and alternates between solid timber methods using steam and green wood, and repurposing approaches including salvage and upholstering methods. Students will work both during and outside of class to create a series of speculative and resolved objects. The course is taught by a combination of readings, lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and supervised practice that exposes students to a combination of technology, theory, history, and design and making processes. Workplace health and safety instruction is an integral part of this course.

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. Demonstrate creative exploration, experimentation and integration of ideas, materials and techniques relevant to woodworking and furniture;
  2. Apply knowledge of the historical, cultural and theoretical contexts, and contemporary practices in appropriating techniques or methods to individual projects;
  3. Demonstrate critical reflection and contextual understanding on own work and that of other artists/designers through journals,   discussions, and presentations.

Indicative Assessment

Portfolio of studio work and visual journal (80%) Learning Outcomes 1-3
Documentation (20%) Learning Outcomes 2-3
Assessment includes periodic critique and review sessions that provide ongoing feedback on work in progress.


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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: lectures, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice; and b) 82 hours of independent studio practice, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed either ARTV1201 or ARTV1804. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed any of the following courses: ARTV2203, ARTV2003, DESA2203, DESA2002 or DESA2206.

Preliminary Reading

Rybczynski, Witold Home : a short history of an idea. Viking Penguin, New York, 1986.
Cape, Francis We sit together : utopian benches from the Shakers to the Separatists of Zoar (First edition). New York, New York Princeton Architectural Press, 2013.




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

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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
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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