• Class Number 3223
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic The Genres of Stitch
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Rebekah Davis
    • Dr Sally Blake
  • 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 enables students to develop technical and conceptual skills and understandings relating to a range of hand-stitching processes and to explore a range of relevant design/image making techniques. Students will develop skills and knowledge relating to historical and contemporary applications of needlepoint, embroidery and other hand stitching methods, and use these as a means for the creative expression of ideas through a series of class and individual projects. Students will also learn safe working practices and develop an understanding of relevant workplace health and safety (WHS) procedures to fulfil course requirements.

This course alternates over two years (even and odd years). Even years will explore development of work that considers the basic mark of the stitch and its potential within contemporary art. Odd years will develop a response to particular genres of stitch and their historical, cultural and contemporary contexts.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, student will  have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate competency with a range of advanced technical skills in relation to the use of needlepoint, embroidery and other hand stitching techniques as a medium for visual expression and design.
  2. Demonstrate creative exploration, experimentation and integration of ideas, materials and techniques, through class and individual projects.
  3. Apply knowledge of the historical, cultural and theoretical contexts and contemporary practices relevant to hand stitching as a medium for visual arts through development and execution of studio projects and research.

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs

Students will be required to provide some basic equipment and materials to undertake the course projects – a visual diary, notebook, camera if taking photos, additional materials for own project. Additional materials and suppliers can be discussed with the lecturer in class.

Examination Material or equipment

All studio work and journals/documentation are assessed. In addition to the physical presentation of studio work, students may use a laptop, tablet or similar to present supporting materials.

Required Resources

Required Resources and Incidental Fees – ANU School of Art

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.

Students are requested to refer to the School of Art website for information: http://soa.anu.edu.au/required-resources-and-incidental-fees.

Wattle - Textiles: Embroidery and Hand Stitch page. Please make sure your Wattle email details are correct as this is how I will contact you to let you know that resources, assignments etc. are available, or if there are any changes to the course schedule.

Please follow us on Facebook for informal information relating to textiles https://www.facebook.com/anutextilesworkshop/

Staff Feedback

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

  • Individual consultations with lecturer
  • Class group critiques
  • Formal review and 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

Referencing requirements: Please see the CASS referencing guidelines at https://academicskills.anu.edu.au/resources/handouts/referencing-style-guides

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course introduction, OHS briefing.
2 Part I: Introduction to Stitch
3 Part I: Introduction to Stitch
4 Part I: Introduction to Stitch
5 Part II: Class Projects
6 Part II: Class Projects Mid-semester Review
7 Part II: Class Projects
8 Part II: Class Projects
9 Part III: Individual Projects
10 Part III: Individual Projects
11 Part III: Individual Projects
12 Part III: Individual Projects Final Crit Session

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Portfolio of studio work 80 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3
Journal/Documentation/Class Presentation 20 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 2, 3

* 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.


Studio teaching time is 4 hours per week. Students should expect to spend at least an additional six hours per week undertaking independent research, experimentation, project development and documentation in addition to working in allocated teaching time.

Students are expected to attend all classes and to contribute to class discussions and critique sessions. Students are also expected to attend and participate in Workshop OHS-related activities such as studio clean-up sessions which will be scheduled during the semester. This will be considered as part of the Studio Assessment of 80%. 


Assessment for this course will be conducted in 2 parts at mid (review) and end of semester, in which the student presents all work completed during the semester, including technical folders, samples, developmental works, sketches, journal, notebooks. Students are expected to discuss this work in relation to the course rubric. Journals will be submitted on the days of the assessment and returned the following week. The assessment timetable will be published towards the end of semester.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 80 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Portfolio of studio work

Value: 80%

Learning outcomes: 1-3

Details of task: Portfolio of all studio work (Projects 1,2,3 and Individual Work Project) including samples, experiments, developmental work and individual project.

Assessment Task 2

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

Journal/Documentation/Class Presentation

Value: 20%

Learning outcomes: 2 and 3

Details of task:

Journal: Students are required to keep a visual diary or journal to support their ongoing visual research and explorations, ideas, information and thoughts about exhibitions visited, lectures, art/design works, books, journals etc. These journals should reflect the development of ideas over the semester, experimentation and reflections on their own work and that of other artists. This task will be assessed according to the following criteria:

Your ability to conduct in-depth contextual research currently relevant to your project and discipline.

You have exhibited a developed knowledge of the technical, historical and/or theoretical context for your work. Your ability to reflect upon and evaluate your engagement with broader developments in visual arts and design.

Research presentations: Students will be required to give a short (10 minute) demonstration and presentation on a particular stitch or form of embroidery selected from the given options. Students can assist their fellow students to make a sample of the stitch or form of embroidery. Examples of embroidery, pictures of artists work in journals, books or internet can be shown to demonstrate the potential of the stitch.

Also as part of the student presentation to the class, the student will select a contemporary embroiderer and describe their work to the class discussing how the artist works, their inspirations, design/art development and place in the context of contemporary art and design.

This task will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Your ability to undertake basic contextual research currently relevant to your project and discipline.
  • You have exhibited a basic knowledge of the technical, historical and/ or theoretical context for your work.
  • Your engagement with developments in the broader visual arts and design. 

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

This is a practical class so will not use Turnitin.

In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, copies of all references included in the assessment item.

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

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

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

In class presentations and all finished projects and journals displayed for review and feedback.

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

No resubmission of assignments.

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).

Dr Rebekah Davis

Research Interests

Dr Rebekah Davis

Dr Sally Blake

Research Interests

Dr Sally Blake

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