SCU1021 - Contemporary casting - 2019

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



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


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


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.


100% in-semester assessment

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 4 contact hours plus 8 hours of independent study and studio practice.

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