GLS1211 - Contemporary glass practices - 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 Sary Zananiri

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Admission to an Art & Design course or permission.




APA1301 or APA1311 or APA1407 or APA1412 or APA1413


This unit introduces students to the practice and theory of glass as a means of contemporary creative expression. It focuses on the acquisition of skill in a number of techniques, including sandblasting, engraving, glass fusing and slumping and molten glass sand casting. Students will be made aware of contemporary fine art practice and multi-disciplinary approaches which include glass media. Students will engage with the unique visual properties of this medium.


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

  1. understand a variety of production methods used in the glass studio environment, appreciating the nature of various glass processes, their properties and uses;
  2. discuss their work within a theoretical and historical rationale;
  3. initiate, develop and express personal aesthetic solutions that show an awareness of the contemporary use and context of Glass as a medium;
  4. analyse and review the application of glass processes they have learnt in relation to many disciplines;
  5. consolidate understanding of the position and application of processed based media in the boarder artist/designer community;
  6. understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.


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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