Leader: Dr Chris Headley
Caulfield First semester 2005 (Day)
Synopsis: This level 3 Ceramics unit finely hones the skills acquired over the previous two years. At this stage of the course, students should demonstrate a high level of technical competence, facilitating work in their chosen field. Imagination combined with advanced conceptual lucidity, a prowess and innovation in material manipulation should be manifest at this stage of students' practice. Students develop an individual program in conjunction with the lecturer that reflects their personal direction and evolving Ceramics practice. The program focuses on clear articulation of concepts.
Objectives: On successful completion of this unit, student should be able to: 1. be strongly self-motivated, and able to construct independently a program of work with a coherent direction which imaginatively addresses their own concerns; 2. be able to produce works that display conviction, confidence and control in the handling of concepts and materials, and be able to isolate areas of their work that require further research and sustain a directed inquiry into these; 3. understand how to apply existing materials and technologies in new contexts; 4. be able to imaginatively and constructively criticise their own work and the work of others, and show an ability to make informed aesthetic judgements about the character and quality of such work; 5. be able to position their evaluations within the historical and contemporary context of Ceramics and intelligently express these observations; 6. be able to discuss productively, stylistic and semiotic issues relevant to current theory and practice; 7. understand and practise the rules of occupational health and safety in force in the Ceramics studio, and be able to collaborate and co-operate safely and productively within the studio environment with observance of the Occupational Health Safety and Environment regulations and policies of the studio.
Assessment: Folio of studio work:100%, of which at least 20% will be assessed before mid-semester.
Contact Hours: 24 hours per week, including 8 hours of taught studio and 16 hours of personal study and studio practice.