• Class Number 4807
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Nadege Desgenetez
    • Joanne Searle
    • Nadege Desgenetez
  • 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
    • Ashley Eriksmoen
    • Dr Julie Bartholomew
    • Lucy Irvine
    • Richard Whiteley
    • Rohan Nicol
SELT Survey Results

In this course students will explore the relationships between visual arts themes and areas of medium-specific practice. Students will learn how to direct their personal ideas, developing skills while identifying and articulating contextual links. The outcomes for this course will be the development and shaping of a personal methodology culminating in the creation of new works.

Based on an Independent Work Proposal (IWP), students will explore and develop creative works relevant to their chosen project. Students will be supported though group sessions across several disciplines as well as tutorials, demonstrations, and discussions within each Workshop.

The strength of this course rests in its integration of traditional skills learning and contemporary approaches to visual arts practice. A student's documentation and communication of their project's evolution will be integral to their studies. A weekly and cross-disciplinary forum will provide for critical and contextual discussions relevant to their academic and visual arts development.

Work Health and Safety (WHS) instruction is an integral part of this course and will be handled within each Workshop.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate thorough knowledge of the processes, terminology, forms, and materials relevant to the selected Workshop, and apply skills and knowledge to the making of creative works;
  2. work independently and/or collaboratively in a Workshop environment in response to project demands;
  3. develop and evaluate concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically, and reflectively;
  4. demonstrate high level competencies and understanding in relation to speaking and writing about the independent project; and
  5. reflect on social, ethical, cultural, technological, and environmental issues of creative practice considering local and international perspectives.

Research-Led Teaching

This course is taught with methods and processes that pertain to Practice-Led Research. Students will engage in hands on research in the studio, as well as contextual research. The course equips students to creatively integrate practice and concepts through exploration of materials and techniques and to identify historical and theoretical concepts for their work.

Additional Course Costs

The School of Art & Design provides additional access to the workshop areas and use of equipment, tooling and consumable items during extra hours. For this access the School charges the Optional Workshop Fee. This is not a compulsory fee and is not essential to course completion, however if a student chooses not to pay it, access to the workshop areas and equipment outside of stated course hours is not allowed.

Examination Material or equipment

For scheduled assessments, reviews and critiques, students will present their work (completed or in progress) as well as all supporting materials including tests, models, sketchbooks and folios of relevant contextual research. All materials will be set up ahead of assessment sessions, which staff will review over the course of a scheduled assessment window. All assessments requirements will be discussed during class, and teaching staff is available for any question related to the assessment process.

Required Resources

The School of Art & Design supplies materials that become your physical property on payment of the relevant material fee. You can choose to pay the Materials Fee and have these materials supplied 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.

Please go to the payment portal located on the Required Resources and Incidental Fees page here on the School of Art & Design website.

Reading lists and additional resources will be added to the Wattle page for this class

Staff Feedback

Throughout the semester, students will be given verbal feedback by staff and peers during group discussions in combined seminar classes, round Robin critiques and studio tutorials with the workshop tutors. Students are expected to compile their written notes from the feedback received in their Yellow Notebooks.

They will also receive written feedback from final assessment in the form of a brief summary.

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Seminar • Introduction to course outline, tasks and submission dates. • Introduction to ‘Practice led research’ followed by student led discussion. • Introduction to Task 1: Play to Your Strengths Studio Exercise • Lecture: on making Studio Tutorial Task 1: Play to Your Strengths Studio Exercise. A body of speculative tests that explores the potential of a nominated studio-based process.
2 Seminar: • Introduction to Context: What does it mean to draw on outside influences? • Introduction to Task 2: Respond/ Reflect Studio Exercise • Students present Task 1: Play to Your Strengths Task 2: Respond/ Reflect Studio Exercise. A speculative and critically aware response to a given Visual Reference. Task 4: Yellow Notebook and Journals
3 Seminar: Theory-phobia? Exposure therapy! • Presentation and reading exercise Studio Tutorial
4 Seminar: • Introduction to Task 5: Point of Departure (PoD) • Students present Task 2 Reflect/Respond Studio Tutorial: Task 5: Point of Departure (PoD). A slide presentation that outlines the areas you wish to investigate, and the key terms to inform the Work Proposal. A template will be provided
5 Studio Tutorial
6 Seminar: • Introduction to Round Robin Critique exercise • Review of PoD submissions Studio Tutorial Task 3: Body of speculative work / Independent studio practice including Summary and Work Proposal
7 Anzac Day today, catch up class is scheduled next week.
9 Seminar: Short presentations by recent graduates on directing speculative investigations. Studio Tutorial
10 Seminar: Turning your speculative work into a final body of work. Studio Tutorial
11 Seminar: Introduction to final assessment. Studio Tutorial
12 Studio Tutorial Supervisors to review and provide feedback on students’ Summary and Work Proposal (SWP), final work and display strategies for final set up.

Tutorial Registration

Workshop based tutorials are scheduled throughout the semester, please consult the class schedule on Wattle for detailed studio tutorial hours

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Play to Your Strengths Studio Exercise 5 % 04/04/2019 02/05/2019 1-5
Reflect/ Respond Studio Exercise 10 % 04/04/2019 02/05/2019 1-5
Body of independent speculative work supported by a Summary and Work Proposal 65 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1-5
Yellow Notebook and Journals 10 % 05/06/2019 04/07/2019 3-5
Point of Departure (PoD) Slide Presentation 10 % 04/04/2019 02/05/2019 3-5

* 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 04/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 02/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Play to Your Strengths Studio Exercise

A body of speculative tests that explores the potential of a nominated studio-based process.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 04/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 02/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Reflect/ Respond Studio Exercise

A speculative and critically aware response to a given Visual Reference.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 65 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Body of independent speculative work supported by a Summary and Work Proposal

Body of independent speculative work: Students will develop studio-based research that investigates a declared area of interest and will include drawings, tests, models, prototypes, etc. The chosen area of interest will be developed and articulated in the Point of Departure (POD) Slide Presentation (Task 5). The body of speculative work will be informed by theoretical and artistic references. Its aims will be explained and contextualised in a supporting Summary and Work Proposal (SWP). Individual studio investigations will progress throughout the semester. All studio outputs and supporting materials including tests, models, sketchbooks etc. will be submitted for final assessment.

Summary and Work Proposal (SWP): You will convert you PoD into a draft individual Work Proposal, using an SWP template. This document will summarise the aims, methods and contexts explored this semester and articulate your proposed approach to semester 2. 

Tasks 1, 2, and 3 (in progress) will be presented in Round Robin Critique Sessions with feedback recorded in the Yellow notebook (Task 4).

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 05/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3-5

Yellow Notebook and Journals

Yellow Notebook: A journal or log that records all tutorials and critiques feedback, as well as a compilation of your ensuing personal critical reflections. Continuous input expected.

Journals: A physical or digital folio that captures all relevant contextual research (image and text) and accompanying analysis. Continuous input expected.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 04/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 02/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 3-5

Point of Departure (PoD) Slide Presentation

A presentation that outlines the areas you wish to investigate, and outlines key terms to inform the Work Proposal.

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

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

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).

Nadege Desgenetez

Research Interests

• Glass blowing and embodiment

• Migration and place making 


• Glass design: new contexts for traditional techniques 

Nadege Desgenetez

Thursday 09:00 13:00
Joanne Searle

Research Interests

Joanne Searle

Nadege Desgenetez

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Nadege Desgenetez

Thursday 09:00 13:00
Ashley Eriksmoen

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Ashley Eriksmoen

Dr Julie Bartholomew

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Dr Julie Bartholomew

Lucy Irvine

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Lucy Irvine

Richard Whiteley

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Richard Whiteley

Rohan Nicol

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Rohan Nicol

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