• Class Number 4485
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Jeffrey Sarmiento
    • Dr Jeffrey Sarmiento
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
SELT Survey Results

This is a project-based course that introduces the principles and processes for kiln forming and cold finishing of glass. Fused mosaic glass, slumped glass, pâte de verre (paste of glass), shaping and finishing are the skills and processes introduced. Set projects are aimed at developing the student's ability to work the material as well as integrate thematic ideas within students developing practice. Lectures and group discussions assist students to develop an informed understanding of artists and designers within the field as well as locate their developing works within the broader field of craft, design, and visual arts practice. The course is designed to accommodate learning for students with different levels of experience. Work health and safety (WHS) instruction is integrated throughout the syllabus.

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. competently utilise a range of glass kiln forming processes and cold working techniques in response to set tasks and self-directed projects;
  2. critically reflect upon and independently explore processes introduced;
  3. investigate the relationships between contextual research and successfully apply this to material investigation; and
  4. demonstrate reflective awareness within the field of contemporary glass practice and links to other creative production relevant to the students developing practice. 

Field Trips

Field trips may be organised outside of class time and participation will be on voluntary basis

Additional Course Costs

An optional $200 fee provides students with additional access to the workshops, use of its equipment, tooling and consumable items outside of class 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. 

Workshop Fees for this course: 

 Ceramics Workshop $50 Glass Workshop $150 

The combined workshop fee of $200. can be paid using the School's online payment system. 


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. http://soad.cass.anu.edu.au/required-resources-and-incidental-fees  

Examination Material or equipment

At assessment times, students will present their completed works, support materials, folios, and contextual research in response to set projects. Additional self-directed research and experimentation is highly encouraged. All materials will be set up and/or uploaded ahead of nominated assessment sessions. Assessment requirements will be discussed during class, and teaching staff is available for any question related to the assessment process. Documentation of assessed works must be submitted through Wattle. 

Required Resources

Reading lists, technical notes and additional resources will be available on Wattle. 

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, 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
1 Overview of syllabus. WHS introduction Introduction: Cut and Paste Glass Cutting refresher Drawing exercise for screenprinting Pitch 10 ideas in text/image/sketches Prepare 3x small drawings for enamel screenprinting Read and respond for Seminar 1
2 Seminar 1: Kiln forming within the Contemporary Glass Context Enamel Screenprinting on glass Demo: Photoshop for print Complete Photoshop exercise Read and respond for Seminar 2
3 Seminar 2: Culture, Identity, Society Screen cleaning and preparation Demo: kilnforming basics Read and respond for Seminar 3
4 Seminar 3: Histories Screenprinting, cutting and fusing Read and respond for Seminar 4
5 Seminar 4: Art Craft Debate Finishing: Sandblasting, fire polishing and slumping Complete fusings in preparation for finishing
6 Tutorials and assisted making Prepare for midterm review
7 Demo Illustrator pattern drawing Demo Screenprinting glass powders Midterm Group crits Prepare drawings for powder screenprint
8 Studio Theory Presentations 1 Powder screenprinting Prepare printed and cut glass for fusing
9 Studio Theory Presentations 2 Fusing layers in glass Complete vector drawings and line art for sandblasting
10 Studio Theory Presentations 3 Coldwork: Sandblasted imagery Prepare for group critique Complete vector drawing for waterjet
11 Group critique: works in progress Coldwork: Waterjet Assemble and fuse waterjet components
12 Practical catch-all Tutorials by appointment Self-directed study

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Portfolio of Studio Work/Visual Journal 80 % 02/06/2022 1-4
Contextual Support Material 10 % 31/03/2022 4
Studio Theory Presentation 10 % 28/04/2022 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 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 (4 hours per week), as well as self-directed workload (minimum 6 hours per week including studio access in term 2), please consider enrolling in a different course. Participation is assessed through attendance and engagement in technical classes, self-directed sessions, group discussions, lectures and scheduled workshop activities. Additionally, all students are required to participate in clean-up at the end practical sessions.  

Assessment Task 1

Value: 80 %
Due Date: 02/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1-4

Portfolio of Studio Work/Visual Journal

Students will employ in studio practice the knowledge they have assembled in kiln forming. Preparatory works from the Visual Journal will be used in the creation of printed, cut and fused kiln formed glass. Students will do well with this task when they can demonstrate an integrated reflection of their ideas with the material. This should include an experimental approach and be supported by tests and wider contextual research. Each student should articulate a brief plan for their work to be developed through class discussions, group critiques and tutorials. The studio work will demonstrate an enquiry and exploration of ideas with the material.

In the visual journal, students will produce imagery, drawings and preparatory works related to kiln formed glass. The aim of this task is to build awareness and practical skills for kiln forming, informed by technical demonstrations and online lessons, while also allowing students to engage with themes and properties of glass. The journal will show evidence of reflective drawing and sketching in the development of creative work. Students are also tasked with producing visualisations of proposed works, using combinations of drawings/sketches, writing and digital applications. Students will do well with this task when they can reflect on the material properties, utilize their developing skills and link these with their contextual awareness to present new ideas and possibilities.

Presentation requirements: For assessment, students will present a body of material tests, physical models and completed works, accompanied by self-directed experiments and models. For the visual journal, students will present a body of drawings, visualisations and designs for work to be produced in glass, documented and uploaded to Wattle. Documentation of the works must be submitted to Wattle.


Assessment CriteriaHDDCRPF

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

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

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: 10 %
Due Date: 31/03/2022
Learning Outcomes: 4

Contextual Support Material

Students will submit responses to readings and presentations in preparation for weekly seminars. They will also independently compile references including inspiring works, images or relevant texts. This task includes a technical section which must contain a detailed account of processes introduced. For assessment, students will upload responses to readings in preparation for weekly seminars. They will also upload a PDF that includes indicative pages of their research to Wattle.


Assessment CriteriaHDDCPF

Written and verbal response to assigned readings LO4

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.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 28/04/2022
Learning Outcomes: 4

Studio Theory Presentation

Seminars introduce historical precedents, contemporary artists and their works in a creative and broader social context. Students should also independently research relevant sources of inspiration and explore issues they wish to engage. By presenting their research and leading a discussion, students actively demonstrate an understanding of the material being introduced. For assessment, students will create a PowerPoint document (uploaded to Wattle) and lead a 15-minute Studio Theory Presentation on a chosen topic relevant to kiln formed glass and/or its broader context.


Assessment CriteriaHDDCRPF

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

Wednesday 13:00 14:00
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02 6125 6681

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