SCU1021 - Contemporary casting - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Arts


Dr Terri Bird

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


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