• Class Number 5619
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Roderick Bamford
    • Roderick Bamford
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course provides the opportunity to explore the contemporary ceramic object in a way that broadens the practice. Projects will facilitate dialogue that locates ceramics in an expanded field of art and design. A range of applications from utilitarian object design to sculpture/installation will be encouraged. The course will support new skills in hand building, wheel throwing, surface treatment, glazing and firing technologies while encouraging imaginative practice in the medium.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate thorough knowledge of the processes, terminology, forms and materials of ceramics practice;
  2. apply appropriate skills and knowledge to the making of creative ceramic based works;
  3. develop and evaluate concepts and processes by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively;
  4. work independently and/or collaboratively in a workshop environment in response to ceramic project demands; and
  5. reflect on social, ethical, cultural, technological and environmental issues of creative practice considering local and international perspectives.

Research-Led Teaching

This course includes opportunities to study emerging digital making research in the field of 3d visualisation, data capture and 3d printing .

Additional Course Costs

Please see the policy at


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. Assessments requirements will be discussed during class, and teaching staff are available for questions related to the assessment process.

Required Resources

See the Wattle Course website for reading lists, study guides, and information on equipment, material and service resources.

See the Wattle Course website.

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 Introduction to the course , ‘experimental dialogues’ Experimental Methodologies: Subversive Games. Experimental Dialogues research
2 Experimental Meaning : context, cognitive and experiential analysis. Contextual, procedural & conceptual brainstorm. Ideation mapping
3 Experimental Process: Manipulating Mishaps Process research
4 Experimental Process: Manipulating Mishaps Experimental Dialogues Posts due
5 Experimental Process: Manipulating Mishaps Dialogue response Posts due
6 Experimental collaboration WIP Presentations
7 Presentation of Work in Progress and Journal. Tasks 1 & 2. Accidental Wilderness: Introduction and seminar discussion Mid Semester Assessment and critique posts.
8 Accidental Wilderness : Research , Ideation & experimental timelines Experimental Proposal Class Presentations
9 Accidental Wilderness: Studio Development
10 Accidental Wilderness: Studio Development WIP Presentations
11 Accidental Wilderness: distillation
12 Accidental Wilderness: distillation
14 Final Examination : Presentation of final works : Tasks 1 & 2 and 3 Task 1, 2 & 3 Final Works

Tutorial Registration

Tutorial groups will be created by Wattle.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Experimental Dialogues Project & studio exercises. 30 % 1,2,3,5
Journal documentation, Research and Critical Reflection 20 % 1,3,5
Major Project 50 % 1-5

* 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 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 in the weekly classes is essential to fulfilling the learning outcomes of this course. If you cannot attend all the scheduled classes, please consider a different course. Participation in workshop clean up and group firing activities, which may fall outside scheduled class times, is also mandatory.

This course is planned on 130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks comprising lectures, demonstrations, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice.

b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading, writing and independent studio practice.

Student participation is a requirement of this course. It is key in developing skills and knowledge relevant to the material, and essential in acquiring safe working methods.

If you cannot commit to the set class times and the self-directed workload please consider enrolling in a different course. 

Participation is assessed through attendance and engagement in technical classes, self-directed sessions, group discussions, lectures, journal entries and scheduled workshop activities. Additionally, all students are required to participate in clean-up at the end practical sessions. 


This course does not include formal examination. Examinable elements are outlined above in Assessment Tasks 1-3.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5

Experimental Dialogues Project & studio exercises.

In this task students will investigate a range of experimental Art & Design practices from a range of class resources and apply them to Ceramic practice through a range of class exercises, developed individually and in collaboration with fellow students.


Part 1: Due : week 4 24 Aug (10%)

Investigate a selected experimental artwork, using comparative visual analysis and critique from supplemental readings, describe your interpretation of the selected Artwork and identify it’s relationship to conceptual, material and contextual spheres of experimental practice. Submit your response as a 500 word, illustrated post to the Wattle Course site, citing your research sources and respond to another post with your own experimental provocation.

Part 2: Due : week 7 21 Sept (20%)

Create a series of experimental ceramic based works in response to class exercises, and document your investigative approach using text and images in your journal. Drawing on your written post, further develop an experimental reply to your selected artwork, accompanied by a 100 word artistic statement. Date Due 21 Sept (week 7)

See detailed brief and Assessment Rubric on Wattle

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5

Journal documentation, Research and Critical Reflection

Regularly update and present a visual journal for assessment that documents your literary and artistic research, studio investigations, ideation, course progress and engagement; development, presentation and critical evaluation of your work.


Part 1: Due week 7 Due Date 21st Sept (10%)  

Submit online to Wattle & present in Class.

Presentation of a visual journal, and 3 online forum contributions following the assessment.

Part 2: Due Exam Week   9th October (10%) 

Presentation of a visual journal and a 500 word reflection on your coursework progress.

Due Date 4- 9/6/21 Estimated return dates: 23/6/21

See detailed brief and Assessment Rubric on Wattle

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Learning Outcomes: 1-5

Major Project

Prepare a portfolio of resolved experimental ceramic based works that respond to the course theme “The Accidental Wilderness”

Drawing upon results of experimental exercises, theoretical readings, and studio based research, develop an imaginative response to the Project Theme . Iteratively develop your ideas, studio process and presentation solution to resolve studio work accompanied by an 'Experimental Manifesto"


Due in Examination Week  Due Date 9th October  (50%)

Present 2-3 studio works accompanied by supporting research , experimental progress works and samples.

Document the final works in a digital catalogue or video, prefaced by a 100 word 'Experimental Manifesto'.

See detailed brief and Assessment Rubric on Wattle

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).

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