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VIS1020 3D Studio Foundations

Semester 2, 2022 Toowoomba On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Creative Arts
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: David Usher


Enrolment is not permitted in VIS1020 if VSA1001 and VSA1002 have been previously completed.


Art students need to be able to research concepts, techniques and skills in order to develop, reflect and apply their understanding of historical, traditional and contemporary visual art practice. In addition, students need to be aware of cross-disciplinary studio practices and hybrid approaches to installation. This course is significant in its offering of foundational skills, processes and materials within 3D contemporary art practice. Students will be introduced to a range of technical, conceptual, practical and observational skills related to the three-dimensional studio areas of Sculpture and Ceramics.

This course is the second of two foundational studio courses. Students will need to complete both VIS1001 and VIS1002 before engaging in VIS2001 and VIS2002 to obtain a 4 unit studio minor, and to obtain an 8 unit studio major, students with additionally need to complete VIS3001, VIS3002, VAP3003 and VAP3004.

Students will learn about various processes, techniques and materials associated with the three-dimensional visual arts studio areas of Sculpture and Ceramics. The practical skills developed in these areas will be underpinned by a foundational approach to artist research, ideas development and analytical thinking. This course will offer a range of lectures, workshop tutorials, critiques and consults which will support the development of the student's contemporary practice, ideas and research. The work of established professional artists will be analysed in order to increase student insight into their own approaches to three-dimensional practice. The visual language, studio research and artist reflection used at this level will be appropriate with skill-development.

Due to the range of possible intensives or workshops, to gain credit for these activities, students must seek and obtain pre-approval from the discipline co-ordinator of visual arts.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Produce artworks and broader forms of creative practice at a foundational level using relevant skills and knowledge of materials, processes and concepts in three-dimensional practice;
  2. Research and evaluate the ideas in historical and contemporary three-dimensional art practice as constructed by artists;
  3. Demonstrate a foundational understanding of studio ethics, work processes and installation;
  4. Communicate and reflect visually, orally and in writing by clearly and logically expressing ideas pertaining to practices and research inherent within individual and collaborative art outcomes.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Foundation Skills and Materials - Sculpture
2. Foundation Skills and Materials - Ceramics
3. Introduction to Studio Research Skills – Artists and Concepts
4. Introduction to Presentation Skills – Visual Mediums
5. Introduction to Presentation Skills – Written and Verbal
6. An Introduction to Linking Ideas to Skills in the Visual Arts 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Stiles, K & Selz, P 2012, Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists’ Writings, Second edn, University of California Press.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 10 2,4
Assignments Creative Creative work 1 No 40 1,3
Assignments Creative Creative work 2 No 50 1,3,4
Date printed 30 June 2022