Ceramics: Method and Meaning - SDES2404

Faculty: Faculty of Art & Design

School: School of Art & Design

Course Outline: Downloadcourse outline (PDF format)

Campus: Paddington

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 4

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

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Further Information: See Class Timetable

Available for General Education: Yes (more info)

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This course explores the ceramic object as a metaphor for human form, introducing you to the range of studio knowledge, skills and attitudes that form a foundation for the Ceramics studio stream in Design, Art and Media studies. It places emphasis on a dialogue between ceramics and the body through the creative transfiguration of earth, fire and water, enhancing your understanding of relationships between conceptual and utilitarian expression in the medium.

Structured tuition in practical techniques and processes will assist your acquisition of skills and knowledge through investigations in drawing, clay modeling, hand and wheel forming methods, surface treatment, glazing and firing technologies. Assessment integrates research activities and workshop tasks developed through conceptual and practical studio work. Practice led enquiry provides the basis for understanding and conveying meaning through different genres of contemporary studio ceramics, ranging from the expressive topologies of sculpture to the experiential value of utilitarian objects and the plasticity of clay animation.

The course encourages cross disciplinary thinking and activity, situating ceramics within Art, Design and Media studies. It is one of two interrelated Year 2 core courses that contribute to a four-course specialist Ceramics 'stream'. It may also be taken as an elective if spaces are available.

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