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Ceramic practice and theory 3A ( 6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: Dr Chris Headley

Caulfield First semester 2006 (Day)

Synopsis: The Ceramics 3A unit provides a rigorous program to broaden students' awareness of concepts and techniques across a range of approaches, and encourages them to seek appropriate solutions. Continued research and investigation of materials and processes fosters the acquisition of technical language, and influences appropriate choices to realize concepts within the context of a developing personal visual language. Set projects still occur but the emphasis is on self-motivated approaches. Teaching methods therefore tend to concentrate on individual tuition and group critique. Emphasis is placed on students' continued capacity to critically assess their own work as well as that of their peers.

Objectives: On successful completion of this unit, student should be able to: 1. develop a questioning awareness of practical aesthetic and technical systems or theories and the skills related to them; 2. possess considerable manipulative skills in their chosen area of self expression; 3. have enhanced perceptual skills and critical sensibility necessary for the development of a personal visual language; 4. develop their own conceptual and expressive strengths in relation to historical and current visual art practices; 5. be familiar with current issues in at least one discipline of ceramics and recognise the potential to produce works within the framework of contemporary culture; 6. be able to apply the elements and principles of design to a broad range of design studio situations and objectively analyse and synthesise design options within a ceramics context; 7. demonstrate effective communication skills and be able to share their work through well-researched class papers and competent critiques of the work of oneself and of other artists; 8. understand and practise the rules of occupational health and safety in force in the ceramics studio, and be able to collaborate and co-operate safely and productively within the studio environment.

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

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

Prerequisites: Either CER1111 or CER1112 or VIS1101 or VIS1112 or APA1101 or APA1102 or APA1112 or APA1122 or APA1211 or APA1212 or APA1213

Corequisites: OHS1000

Prohibitions: APA2103 or APA2211 or APA2202