• Class Number 5399
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Jeffrey Sarmiento
    • Kirstie Rea
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces students to fundamental skills and contextual knowledge for working with kiln formed glass in a contemporary art and design context.

Students will learn methods for fusing and shaping glass in response to set projects. The course introduces ways of transforming glass through heating, cutting and constructing, as well as strategies to explore and realise creative works through craft production techniques. Students will learn the contextual underpinnings for glass in contemporary practice through lectures, seminar discussions, and contextual research. It forms part of the foundation for a professional glass practice, while supporting possibilities for the medium in broader visual arts and design contexts. Work health and safety (WHS) instruction is integrated throughout the course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. competently demonstrate a range of glass working skills and technologies;
  2. experiment with materials through speculative process enquiry;
  3. identify relationships between concepts and processes to evaluate and interpret creative works; and
  4. recall and debate the historical and theoretical contexts relevant to creative glass.

Research-Led Teaching

This course is taught with methods and processes that pertain to practice-led research. The course equips students to creatively integrate ideas and making through the exploration of materials and techniques and to identify historical precedents and contextual frameworks.

Field Trips

The course may involve visits to local institutions and glass workshops. Transport, parking and associated fees are the resposibility of the student.

Additional Course Costs

This course will have a Materials Fee of $200. At the ANU School of Art & Design, 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 & Design 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 Materials Fee ?is payable for the School of Art & Design to supply consumables and 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 & Design, allowing you to take advantage of the GST-free bulk purchasing power of the ANU.?These materials are also WHS compliant. The exact cost of the Materials Fee will be updated in the Class Summary for each semester in which the course is offered. The full SOAD policy can be read here: https://soad.cass.anu.edu.au/required-resources-and-incidental-fees.


Students have the option to obtain additional access to workshop and studio spaces outside of class delivery. Afterhours Access is defined as access to workshop and studio spaces outside of business hours (8am – 6pm) between 6pm - 10pm Monday to Friday, and 9am - 4pm Saturday and Sunday. It is afforded to students by paying an?Afterhours Access Fee?each semester.

Examination Material or equipment

At assessment times, students will present their completed works, support materials, and relevant visual diaries in response to set projects. Additional self-directed experimentation is highly encouraged. All materials will be set up ahead of assessment sessions, and presented to staff over the course of scheduled assessment. All assessment requirements will be discussed during class, and teaching staff members are available for any questions related to the assessment process.

Whether you are on campus or studying online, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
  • Workshop WHS overview.
  • Course Introduction. Introduction to handling glass and working with kilns. 
  • Task 1 Brief: Exploring gravity & heat. Students are introduced to the properties of glass with heat. This project covers handling glass, cutting preparations, fusing and slumping are covered in this project.
  • Richard Serra Verb drawing and cutting exercise
2 Special Guest Artist Jessica Loughlin
  • Focus on Opaline: gallery walkthrough and kilnforming demonstration and practical
3 Slumping and Engraving.
  • Review experiments, introduce circle cutting, kiln wash, slump moulds, engraver, kiln programming.
  • Introduce Task 4 contextual analysis
4 Transformation
  • Review experiments, demo kiln transformations.
  • Reading discussion on Matthew Szosz: what verbs can we find for glass making?
5 Cold Work
  • Introduce linisher, sandblaster.
  • Practical: Students to practice cutting on diamond saw, linishing edges and sandblasting. Time and space permitting, continue working with their fused glass. Final week for kilnforming.  
Assessment Task 4
6 Mounting
  • Lecture (prerecorded): Display Site Document
  • In project space or in a context, develop systems of display (wall, floor, suspended, or in an environment). Document your work for assessment.
  • Practical: drilling holes, hanging, plinths, taking photos.
Assessment Task 1
7 Task 2 Brief: Construct and Fabricate. Students add cold techniques to kiln forming to reinvent found objects in glass. This group project covers torch and saw cutting, gluing and assembly of a large scale work.
  • reading sections of Calvino, Invisible Cities
  • group formation and sketching
  • demonstrate torch cutting and opening cylinders
8 Gluing and Assembly
9 Group CritTask 3 Brief: Using one of three strategies, make a work in Bullseye Glass based on the theme of ‘Vessel’. Assessment Task 2
10 Assisted Making• working with multicoloured, layered glass fusing, strip construction, powders and frits
11 Assisted Making• working with multicoloured, layered glass fusing, strip construction, powders and frits
12 Group Crit
13 Submit documentation of final work to Wattle Assessment Task 3

Tutorial Registration

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Exploring Gravity and Heat 30 % 01/09/2023 1-4
Construct/Fabricate 30 % 06/10/2023 1-4
Layered Space 30 % 03/11/2023 1-4
Forum: Object Analysis 10 % 25/08/2023 3-4

* 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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.


Student participation is key in developing skills and knowledge relevant to the material, and essential in acquiring safe working methods. It is assessed in every project, through attendance and active participation in technical classes, self-directed sessions, group discussions, lectures and scheduled Workshop activities. Additionally, all Glass students are required to participate in a weekly clean up, times TBA. Alternative times can be arranged with the Technical Officer. Participation is assessed as part of all tasks.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 01/09/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1-4

Exploring Gravity and Heat

The three set projects (Tasks 1-3) in this course introduce processes and contextual approaches to working with the material glass. 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.

In this task you will be assigned a loose set of experiments in a kiln to understand how glass behaves, by cutting into strips, circles, squares, etc, laying out in kilns to fuse and exposing them to gravity by tack fusing, carving hanging, slumping etc. 

Presentation requirements: All finished projects, supporting material (drawings, tests, models) presented on assessment date; and documentation of works plus visual diary uploaded to wattle. 

Rubric for Tasks 1-3 is as below:



Acquisition of skill and competence LO1

Consistently develop a command of skills, with potential for innovation. 

Apply skills relevant to those of a developing professional practitioner

Develop and apply a broad range of skills at a competent level. 

Develop and apply a limited range of skills at an adequate level.

Technical skills are below standard. 

Development of sketches, models, and experiments LO2

Evidence of individual exploration of the potential of within projects and self-directed activity. 

A thorough exploration of materials is demonstrated in projects and self-directed activity.

Materials exploration is attempted in projects and self-directed activity.

Materials explored only as directed in projects and self-directed activity.

Insufficient materials exploration carried out in projects and limited self-directed activity.

Creation of a body of work using kilnformed glass LO3

Extensive investigation and application of concepts and processes applied to self-directed works suitable for exhibition.

A thorough investigation and application of concepts and processes applied to self-directed works.

Concepts and processes applied in development of self-directed works.

Attempts the application of concepts and processes to self-directed works.

Limited evidence and application of concepts and processes within self-directed works. 

Framing and contextualisation of creative work LO4

Analyses and integrates contextual, historical and theoretical knowledge with. criticality in presenting and discussing self-directed work.

Analyses and integrates contextual, historical and theoretical knowledge in presenting self-directed work. 

Recalls contextual, historical and theoretical knowledge in self-directed work. 

Some evidence of the integration of contextual, historical or theoretical knowledge projects/self-directed work.

Fails to address this criteria within the most or all projects.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 06/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1-4


Students use processes from previous weeks and add cold techniques, such as Cutting Coldworking, gluing, engraving and UV glue, to reinvent found objects in glass.

Presentation requirements: All finished projects, supporting material (drawings, tests, models) presented on assessment date; and documentation of works plus visual diary uploaded to wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 03/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1-4

Layered Space

Professional fusing glass in its various forms is introduced, and exercises using established techniques of kilnforming will be used to create layered compositions in fused glass.

Presentation requirements: All finished projects, supporting material (drawings, tests, models) presented on assessment date; and documentation of works plus visual diary uploaded to wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 25/08/2023
Learning Outcomes: 3-4

Forum: Object Analysis

Select one artwork/object in glass from the prescribed list. Using a set of questions, a list of art and design terms, and the sample document as a guide, write a 250-word illustrated contextual analysis with references, one of which is the assigned reading for week 2. This to be submitted to the student forum in week 6, and in the following week respond to at least 3 of these posts through words, references, images, sketches or models. The goal is to share your research and use it in your creative projects going forward.



Written and verbal response to assigned readings LO3

Engages dialogue through critical analysis, integrating icontextual, historical and theoretical knowledge which inform indivisual position. 

Written and verbal responses are analytical, integrating contextual, historical and theoretical knowledge 

Written and verbal responses are descriptive of historical and theoretical context.

Written and verbal responses recall historical or theoretical context.

Fails to address this criteria within the most or all projects.

Presentation of contextual research LO4

Offers critical analysis and generates discussion of contextual, historical and theoretical knowledge.

Analyses and integrates contextual, historical and theoretical knowledge. 

Presents contextual, historical and theoretical knowledge. 

Recalls contextual, historical or theoretical knowledge.

Fails to address this criteria within the most or all projects.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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).

Dr Jeffrey Sarmiento

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Dr Jeffrey Sarmiento

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Kirstie Rea

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Kirstie Rea

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