Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
Organisational UnitDepartment of Fine Art
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Terri Bird


This unit will engage the history of sculptural practice in relation to the cast object and will look at current exhibitions of contemporary artists that employ casting practices. Students will consider the readymade object, its value, worth and context. The unit will focus on the development of sculptural technologies specific to the cast object. Students will be encouraged to explore various traditional as well as contemporary materials.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Explore new ways of looking and understanding the cultural value of an object and its material references
  2. Understand the readymade and its function, reflecting on its role in sculpture practice and discourse
  3. Produce new work achieved through the reproduction of an object cast into different materials
  4. Plan and design a two-part mould applying knowledge of clay as a process material
  5. Investigate and critically analyse expressive possibilities arising from discourse and interactions with fellow art, design and architecture students
  6. Understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.


Assessment is 100% by folio at mid-semester and end of semester. The folio will be comprised of works produced during the duration of the unit, and may also include students works made independently of the unit and a journal which will document on-going progress and research in relation to the unit project.

Workload requirements

12 hours per week, including four hours of taught studio and eight hours of personal study and studio practice

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Chief examiner(s)


OHS1000, Admission to a Faculty of Art Design & Architecture course, or permission from the Unit Coordinator