GLS2213 - Contemporary glass sculpture - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Art

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Terri Bird


Dr Terri Bird

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


Students in the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture must have achieved 48 credit points of study in the faculty. Students outside of the Faculty must complete GLS1211 or GLS1231Not offered in 2018.




APA2303 or APA2411


This unit introduces students to varied techniques of sculpting with glass. Working from clay and wax originals glass is cast into hand built refractory moulds, fired in a kiln and then polished. These processes allow the transference of original and found objects to be re-contextualised into glass. Students will explore the unique optical and material properties of the medium and will acquire an understanding to contemporary approaches. Projects are conceptually based and can incorporate a multi-media approach.


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

  1. apply the complex processes involved in casting glass including wax working, clay forming, mould making and polishing;
  2. demonstrate perceptual skills and critical sensibility necessary for the development of a personal visual language;
  3. conceptualise, plan and produce work in relation to historical and contemporary art practices;
  4. discuss, reflect on and critique work through well-researched class presentations;
  5. develop a questioning awareness of aesthetic and technical theories and the skills related to their visual production;
  6. understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.


This is a semester-long project unit. Folio of studio work (100%, of which at least 20% will be assessed before mid-semester).

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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