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Ceramic practice and theory 1B ( 6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: Dr Chris Headley

Caulfield First semester 2006 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit extends the introduction to the practice and theory of ceramics as a means of contemporary creative expression. It adds to the focus on raising awareness of and providing the means to achieve an initial level of competence within the ceramics discipline, while imparting a sound conceptual and technical basis for continuing study in that discipline. The safe handling of materials and equipment is emphasized as an essential part of all studio practice.

Objectives: On successful completion of this unit, student should be able to: 1. demonstrate further competence in basic design principles and be able to apply them in the practice of the Ceramics discipline; 2. add to their understanding of a variety of production methods used in the studio environment, have an increased appreciation of the nature of various mediums, their properties and uses, and be able to work with additional materials and techniques in an imaginative and engaging manner; 3. have added to their understanding of relevant terminology commonly used in the Ceramics discipline; 4. show they can initiate, develop and express personal aesthetic solutions in the medium of choice; 5. demonstrate an understanding of the synthesis between concept, design solution, process and Ceramics production; 6. be able to present their work to an audience with theoretical and historical rationale; 7. have an enhanced appreciation and understanding of the required organisation and management of individual workspaces and consideration of others in the studio environment; 7. have formed further awareness of the contemporary and historical context of the Ceramics discipline and the role of the artist/designer in the community; 9. possess the knowledge and ability to achieve safe working practices in the activities of the Ceramics studio.

Assessment: Folio of studio work:100%, of which at least 20% will be assessed before mid-semester.

Contact Hours: 12 hours per week, including six hours of taught studio and six hours of personal study and studio practice

Prerequisites: Admission to BFA course

Corequisites: OHS1000

Prohibitions: APA1101, or APA1111, or APA1122, or APA1213