• Class Number 3403
  • 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
SELT Survey Results

This course foregrounds design as a process and combines individual studio–based exploration of discipline specific materials and approaches together with input from accomplished staff and peers within the Craft and Design areas across the ANU’s School of Art.  
Based on the Independent Work Proposal (IWP), students will develop design solutions relevant to their project. The development of these solutions will be supported though tutorials, demonstrations and discussions within the relevant major discipline of study. Student projects will be informed by Craft and Design thinking, including the framing of a design problem (IWP) and its discipline specific interpretation and ideation. The mapping of autonomous craft practice onto design processes will include experimentation with a range of materials and production techniques including but not limited to the use of digital technologies.

The strength of this course rests in its integration of traditional and contemporary approaches to making: designing through making. Students will develop skills in documentation and communication of their project's evolution. Weekly and cross-discipline forums will provide for critical and contextual discussions relevant to their academic and design development.

Students will learn how to research and work in a safe manner. Workplace Health and Safety 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:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Plan and execute a design-based project.
  2. Demonstrate a high level of skill in the application of relevant technologies and practical processes.
  3. Consider their own design work in relation to broader cultural contexts.
  4. Effectively interpret, communicate and present ideas suited to the project through integration of concepts and processes.
  5. Demonstrate expanded awareness of historical and theoretical contexts for art and design practice and consider their own work in relation to broader cultural contexts.

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

Optional Workshop Fee

This Workshop Fee is for additional access to the workshop and use of equipment, tooling and consumable items during extra hours. It is not essential to course completion. Payment of the Workshop Fee is optional, but if a student chooses not to pay it, access to the workshops outside of stated course hours is not allowed.

Material 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 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 Material Fee is payable for the School of Art to supply materials that become your physical property. You can choose to pay the Materials Fee and have these materials supplied to you through the School of Art, 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, 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.

Examination Material or equipment

For scheduled assessments, reviews and critiques, students will present their work to date, completed works, support material and tests, folios, relevant contextual research. All materials will be set up ahead of assessment sessions, which staff will review over the course of 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

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.

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 workshop tutorials. 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
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) Slide Presentation. A presentation that outlines the areas you wish to investigate, and outlines 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 Task 6: 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.

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 speculative work / Independent studio practice 65 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1-5
Yellow Notebook 10 % 05/06/2019 04/07/2019 3-5
Point of Departure (PoD) Slide Presentation 5 % 04/04/2019 02/05/2019 3-5
Summary and Work Proposal 5 % 05/06/2019 04/07/2019 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

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

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 speculative work / Independent studio practice

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, Task 6). Individual studio investigations will progress throughout the semester. All studio outputs and supporting materials including visual diaries and sketchbooks will be submitted for final assessment.

Tasks 1, 2, and 3 (in progress) will be presented in Round Robin Critique Sessions with feedback recorded in the Yellow notebook (Task 6).

Assessment Task 4

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

Yellow Notebook

A record of all tutorials and critiques feedback, as well as a compilation of your ensuing personal critical reflections. Continuous input expected.

Assessment Task 5

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

Point of Departure (PoD) Slide Presentation

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.

Assessment Task 6

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

Summary and Work Proposal

Summary and Work Proposal (SWP): You will convert your 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. 

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.

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.

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

Joanne Searle

Research Interests

Joanne Searle

Nadege Desgenetez

Research Interests

Nadege Desgenetez


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