• Class Number 4472
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Ashley Eriksmoen
    • Lucy Irvine
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

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.

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 a critical awareness of the impact of Materiality and Value on making;
  2. engage in a practice-based approach to the exploration of given themes through experimentation, fabrication, and presentation of works;
  3. address and engage with historical and theoretical concepts regarding the given theme(s); and
  4. identify and interrogate the contextual relevance of artists and designers that inform their own creative practice.

Additional Course Costs

No materials fees apply to this course. Students will need to select and provide their own project materials.

Required Resources

Readings and web links will be provided through Wattle and the Art & Music Library.

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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 Unpacking Materiality from Modernist Applications to Inherent Properties: Seminar and discussion/exercise. Tutorial Groups meet after seminar. 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 after seminar. Task 1-A Portfolio exercise due, and weekly written reflection (100-150 words)
3 Creation and Subversion of Conventional Craft Value: Seminar and discussion/exercise. Tutorial Groups meet after seminar. 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 after seminar. Task 1-B Portfolio exercise due, and weekly written reflection (100-150 words)
5 Hyper-Materiality, Material Phenomenon, and Sensorial Experience: Seminar and discussion/exercise. Tutorial Groups meet after seminar. Portfolio exercises and weekly written reflection (100-150 words)
6 No Class due to Good Friday Public Holiday Portfolio exercises and weekly written reflection (100-150 words)
7 New Materialities and Meanings: Digital/Industrial/Virtual Making: Seminar and discussion/exercise; presentation of practice-based speculative material exploration. Class is one extra hour to make-up for Week 6 public holiday. Task 1-C Portfolio exercise due, and weekly written reflection (100-150 words)
8 Studio Visits/ Progress Critiques Class is one extra hour to make-up for Week 6 public holiday. Task 2 Written Reflections due including weekly reflections and summary reflection.
9 Group Presentations Class is one extra hour to make-up for Week 6 public holiday. Task 3 Group Presentations due
10 Group Presentations
11 Studio Visits/ Progress Critiques
12 Studio Visits/ Progress Critiques Independent Project due during Final Assessment Period

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Portfolio 60 % 1-3
Written Reflections 20 % 1, 3, 4
Group Presentations 20 % 1-4

* 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 Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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 1-7 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 8-12 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. The course will accommodate both in-person and remote learning.


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. Further instruction will be provided regarding Portfolio submission. Written work and Group Presentation materials will be submitted via Wattle.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 60 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-3


Portfolio consists of documentation and submission of a series of three (3) speculative exercises due in Week 2 (10%) , Week 4, (10%) and Week 7 (10%), and submission of a final independent project due at Final Assessment (30%). Specific details of tasks will be provided in Class Notes via Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4

Written Reflections

The Written Reflections will demonstrate the student's understanding of weekly seminar themes through weekly written reflections regarding Seminars for Weeks 1-7 (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 1-7, and is due prior to class in Week 8. Assignment submission is through Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-4

Group Presentations

Group Presentations will occur in Weeks 9-10. Groups 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 5 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.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

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) 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

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.

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. Extensions may be granted 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).

Ashley Eriksmoen

Research Interests

Art & Ecology; Sustainable Design; Reclaimed Timber; Woodworking.

Ashley Eriksmoen

By Appointment
Lucy Irvine

Research Interests

Lucy Irvine

By Appointment

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