- Class Number 4666
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Ashley Eriksmoen
- Simon Cottrell
- 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
This course provides students with a broad view of contexts that underpin and continue to shape critical design and contemporary practice for artists, designers, and craftspeople. The course theme "Materiality and Value" encompasses topics and issues that impact makers and the outcomes of making, such as labour, value, utility, and materiality. The overarching theme allows for trans-disciplinary, practice-based responses. Students will demonstrate and apply critical thinking and studio theory to projects through individual and/or collaborative work.
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:
- demonstrate a critical awareness of the impact of Materiality and Value on making;
- engage in a practice-based approach to the exploration of given themes through experimentation, fabrication, and presentation of works;
- address and engage with historical and theoretical concepts regarding the given theme(s); and
- identify and interrogate the contextual relevance of artists and designers that inform their own creative practice.
Examination Material or equipment
All Portfolio outcomes, including support materials such as sketchbooks, experimental works, and final works, are to be presented in the final assessment of the examination period. Ensure all evidence of practice-based work is at the nominated assessment location at the correct time in order to be assessed. Written work and Presentation materials will be submitted via Wattle.
The concepts and themes of this course will be addressed and explored predominately through practice-based investigations and outcomes. The materials, methods, and processes employed are determined independently by each student based on their prior and current experience, skills, and practice-based interests. Students will be responsible for acquiring the materials, supplies, and/or equipment they choose to use in their projects. No specific materials are dictated, and no on-campus studio support is specifically included in this course. Students will also be responsible for complying with providing their own Personal Protective Equipment required by any Workshops to which they have access.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments following the Mid-term review and following the Presentations;
- verbal comments ongoing; and
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals at progress critiques, presentations, tutorials, and class discussions.
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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Unpacking Materiality from Modernist Applications to Inherent Properties: Seminar and discussion/exercise. Tutorial Groups meet 4-5pm.||Portfolio exercises and weekly written reflection (100-150 words)|
|2||Interrogating Materiality: Discussion of readings, artist references, and presentation of practice-based speculative exercise/ material exploration. Tutorial Groups meet 4-5pm.||Portfolio exercises and weekly written reflection (100-150 words)|
|3||Creation and Subversion of Conventional Craft Value: Seminar and discussion/exercise. Tutorial Groups meet 4-5pm.||Portfolio exercises and weekly written reflection (100-150 words)|
|4||Craft/Art as Vehicle: Seminar and discussion/exercise; presentation of practice-based speculative material exploration. Tutorial Groups meet 4-5pm.||Portfolio exercises and weekly written reflection (100-150 words)|
|5||Hyper-Materiality, Material Phenomenon, and Sensorial Experience: Seminar and discussion/exercise. Tutorial Groups meet 4-5pm.||Portfolio exercises and weekly written reflection (100-150 words)|
|6||New Materialities and Meanings: Digital/Industrial/Virtual Making: Seminar and discussion/exercise; presentation of practice-based speculative material exploration. Tutorial Groups meet 4-5pm.||Portfolio exercises and weekly written reflection (100-150 words)|
|7||Mid-Term Reviews||Final Written Reflection is due prior to class 23 April 2019|
|8||Group Presentations||Presentations due|
|10||Studio Visits/ Progress Critiques|
|11||Studio Visits/ Progress Critiques|
|12||Studio Visits/ Progress Critiques|
Tutorial groups via Wattle
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Written Reflections||20 %||23/04/2019||07/05/2019||1, 3, 4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Policy and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
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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.
Participation is compulsory throughout the course. Participation in Weeks 1-6 will consist of presenting practice-based exercises in class, participating in group discussions of readings, discussing project ideas and decisions in tutorials, and completing weekly written reflections. Participation in Weeks 7-12 will consist of active engagement in Group Presentations and in Studio Visits/Progress Critiques. Participation is evident in engagement with the portfolio and written tasks as well as in the engagement with discussion in class.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1-3
Portfolio will consist of all practice-based outcomes in response to the themes of the course. This includes: all visual diary/sketchbook content exploring and addressing concepts of materiality and value; speculative and experimental material-based responses; and more resolved or intentional practice-based works extending, addressing, and responding to course topics. Across Weeks 1-6, students will be tasked with several short speculative and experimental practice-based explorations that will comprise half of their portfolio. In Weeks 7-12, students will develop a single, more focussed practice-based project addressing and expanding upon one or more of the course themes to complete the other half of their portfolio. Specific details will be provided in class notes. In total, the portfolio consists of 60% of the overall course mark. Short explorations are due across Weeks 1-6 and will be part of the discussion in Seminars and Tutorials. The development of the more focussed exploration will be subject to progress critiques in weeks 10-12. The entire portfolio (original works) is due during the examination/ final assessment period.
|Learning Outcomes||HD (100-80)||D (79-70)||CR (69-60)||P (59-50)||F (49-0)|
Demonstrates a critical awareness of the impact of Materiality and Value on making
Consistently demonstrates critical awareness to an exceptionally high level
Consistently demonstrates critical awareness to a high level
Demonstrates competency in critical awareness to a proficient level
Demonstrates competency in critical awareness to an adequate level
Fails to demonstrate critical awareness
Engages in a practice-based approach to the exploration of given themes through experimentation, fabrication, and presentation of works
Consistently engages in practice-based approach at an exceptionally high level
Consistently engages in practice-based approach at a high level
Engages in practice-based approach at a proficient level
Engages in practice-based approach at an adequate level
Fails to engage in a practice-based approach
Address and engages with historical and theoretical concepts regarding the given theme(s)
Consistently address and engages with historical and theoretical concepts at an exceptionally high level
Consistently address and engages with historical and theoretical concepts at a high level
Address and engages with historical and theoretical concepts at a proficient level
Address and engages with historical and theoretical concepts at an adequate level
Fails to address and engage with historical and theoretical concepts
Identifies and interrogates the contextual relevance of artists and designers that inform their own creative practice
Consistently identifies and interrogates the contextual relevance of artists and designers at an exceptionally high level
Consistently identifies and interrogates the contextual relevance of artists and designers at a high level
Identifies and interrogates the contextual relevance of artists and designers at a proficient level
Identifies and interrogates the contextual relevance of artists and designers at an adequate level
Fails to identify and interrogate the contextual relevance of artists and designers
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4
The Written Reflections will demonstrate the student's understanding of weekly seminar themes through weekly written reflections regarding Seminars for Weeks 1-6 (min. 100 words/week), and a written summary reflection (min. 400 words) assimilating and extending on those themes that will inform one's practice-based project for the rest of the semester. The written reflection is not a formal essay. It can include both personal reactions and critical/analytical responses to the introduced themes. The minimum total word count is 1000 words, and the absolute maximum to be submitted is 1500 words (if you are more prolific in your journalling and reflections on the course, the excess writing can be submitted as part of your visual diary/portfolio). The assignment is cumulative across Weeks 1-6, and is due prior to class in Week 7. Assignment submission is through Wattle.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1-4
Group Presentations will occur in Weeks 8 and 9. Groups of 4-6 students will collaborate to prepare slide talks on specific themes of the course, further investigating and interrogating the contexts of materiality and value as it impacts and informs practice-based works and practitioners. Groups will sub-divide the presentation into sections to allow individual contributions to be identified; the marks for group work will take into consideration: overall cohesiveness/coordination of the presentation by the group; quality and relevance of individual contributions/sections; self-evaluation and peer review. Presentations will be 25 minutes long, with 10 minutes for questions/discussion. Presentation is 20% of overall mark. Assignment submission of slide talk in pdf format plus speaking notes is due via Wattle on day of talk.
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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) submission must be through Turnitin.
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.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. 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.
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.
Student Portfolio work will be collected at the end of the nominated examination day from the examination room. Presentations and Written Reflections will be submitted via Wattle.
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
Students may continue to develop their Portfolio works throughout the semester and must submit ALL portfolio outcomes (including works already presented in class/crits) at final assessment. No portfolio work can be resubmitted after the final assessment. Written reflections and Presentations cannot be resubmitted.
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.
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- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
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