• Class Number 5822
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Jeffrey Sarmiento
    • Dr Jeffrey Sarmiento
    • 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

With a focus on image and object making, this course enables students to develop a knowledge and understanding of the principles of design and construction. Relevant to students with any level of experience the course introduces a range of skills and concepts to support future practice-led research. Each week students are presented with and guided through a series of tasks and approaches to develop conceptual, aesthetic and technical skills through haptic exploration within a studio environment. Students build a progressively developed experimental portfolio of two and three dimensional artworks for assessment. A deeper knowledge of contextual historical and contemporary art and design practice is developed through weekly slide presentations and critical reflections.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify and apply a range of processes and approaches to image and object making;
  2. utilise a variety of materials and techniques to explore structure, surface, shape, colour, tone, line, form and space;
  3. clearly show progressive development in conceptual ideas, image and object making through guided projects;
  4. demonstrate principles of two and three-dimensional design through pattern, contrast, emphasis, balance, proportion, scale, harmony, rhythm and movement; and
  5. articulate a developing visual vocabulary through creative works, verbal discussion and written critical reflection.

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 Health and Safety for glass workshop Introduction to Project A: The Glass Body Practical: Deconstruction/reconstruction--Exploring gravity and heat
2 Lecture, readings and discussions Hands on material exploration Assessment: Response to Presentation and Reading on Wattle
3 Practical: Layered Space: Exploring image, glass, surface and depth
4 Forum: visual analysis and sketching/imaging posts with written responses Hands on material exploration Assessment: Participation in Wattle Forum--visual and contextual analysis of work with responses.
5 Practical: Reclaim, repurpose, extend Lectures, readings and discussions Demonstrations Relevant WHS Hands on material exploration
6 Troubleshooting and problem solving Assisted Making
7 Midterm assessments and group review Project B: Corporeal Motives in clay Form and Origin - Fundamentals of clay forming, modelling, texture and mark making. Assessment: Projects A/B
8 Demonstration and practical clay forming activities: Making Methods 1 -Clay slab and coil construction techniques Kiln packing / firing principles & proficiency/ extruder operation Assessment: Response Presentation and Reading on Wattle
9 Technology, clay and glaze and testing. Simple Line Blending Demonstration and practical clay forming activities: Making Methods 2 - extended construction methods
10 Surface treatments using slips and glazes for expression and utility. Glaze application and technology
11 firing methods and finishes
12 Troubleshooting and problem solving Assisted Making
13 Assessment Submission to Wattle Assessment: Projects A/B and Visual Journal

Tutorial Registration

Students will join Self-selected Groups, through Wattle.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Portfolio of Student Work 70 % 18/11/2021 1-4
Journal/Documentation 20 % 18/11/2021 1-5
Participation 10 % 18/11/2021 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 70 %
Due Date: 18/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1-4

Portfolio of Student Work

  • A.   3 set projects introduce contexts and processes and relevant to glass as a material for contemporary expression in art and design. These projects encourage exploration and aim to lay a foundation of research-based learning. Material skills, safe working methods, contextual awareness, and creative research methods are the key skills covered in this class.
  • B.   A range of studio studies in material manipulation and forming, glazing and kiln packing/firing that support and extend the development of course work, based on the theme “Corporeal Motives”.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 18/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1-5


  • Technical notes containing a detailed account of the processes introduced in class, as well as annotated technical handouts.
  • Contextual diary comprising all studio theory references, as well as the contextual information pertinent to the student’s self-directed enquiry (text and image based).
  • The supporting ‘Visual Journal’ for this class will hold the record of project development, from explorations of ideas and materials to final works. Students are encouraged to explore their ideas for explorations in glass/ceramics through drawing, sketches, photography, video and or any forms of 2d/ 3d modeling, in any media relevant to their enquiry. The final journal will be submitted digitally, and include images of the physical sketchbook used during class, and images and notes of all supporting 2d/ 3d work development (submitted as pptx or pdf).

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 18/11/2021
Learning Outcomes: 5


  • Class presentations will introduce historical and contemporary contexts for all tasks. Prescribed readings will support seminar discussions and material investigations.
  • Students will reflect critically on class readings through class discussions and Wattle posts. They will also research relevant sources of inspiration for all projects, as well as contribute images and comments to group discussions. Reviews and Critiques will be further opportunity for critical feedback and participation. Homework requirements will be discussed in class and posted on Wattle.


Criteria/ Learning outcomesHDDCRPN

Show understanding of basic processes and material properties relevant to the


Shows a very high level of understanding

Shows a high level of understanding

Shows a proficient level of understanding

Shows a basic Understan- ding of this criteria

Fails to demonstrate a basic level of understanding

Apply a range of introductory technical skills

Able to apply a very wide range of technical skills

Able to apply a wide range of technical skills

Able to apply a proficient set of technical skills

Able to apply a basic set of technical skills

Fails to demonstrate sufficient technical skills

Demonstrate creative exploration of materials

Evidence of very high levels of creative exploration of materials.

Evidence of high levels of creative exploration of materials.

Evidence of adequate level of creative exploration of materials.

Evidence of basic creative exploration of materials.

Fails to demonstrate sufficient level of creative exploration of materials.

Demonstrate observation and analytical skills

Demonstrates an exceptionally wide range of observation and analytical skills

Demonstrates a wide range of observation and analytical skills

Demonstrates a range of observation and analytical skills

Demonstrates basic observation and analytical skills

Fails to demonstrate acceptable observation and analytical skills

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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