Art Workshops

The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning offers a number of Art Workshop Electives to provide students with the opportunity to meaningfully engage with a diversity of art disciplines in parallel with their architectural studies. These electives assist students in developing the conceptual and technical skills required to creatively explore dynamic connections between art and architecture. The courses aim to develop the students' creative potential as a means of complementing their work in the faculty. To this end, the courses offered by the Art Studios are at an introductory, intermediate and advanced levels to provide a foundation for technical competence and creative understanding.

Undergraduate Workshops


Architectural Sketching and Drawing   

Architectural Sketching and Drawing (AWSS1001)

This module aims to provide the student with the knowledge, skills and aptitude required to use a range of fundamental drawing skills and media to make a portfolio of drawings based on observation of the physical world, in particular the built world. On successful completion of this unit of study students will have demonstrated familiarity with a range of drawing media and techniques, including charcoal, graphite, conte crayon, pen, brush and ink, as well as being introduced to colour and mixed media. Please note: this unit is only available to First-year students enrolled in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture Degree.

Semester 1

 

 
Ceramics: Hand building   

Ceramics: Hand building (AWSS2010)

This practical unit aims to give students the understanding to create ceramic and porcelain constructions that will be fired and glazed. Students will investigate different fabrication techniques such as slip-casting, ceramic rapid prototyping and laser cut porcelain. The ceramics program utilises the digital fabrication lab within the faculty to investigate the use of digital fabrication techniques in ceramic production. There will be an investigation of ceramics in relation to architecture at both historical and contemporary levels. Set projects will enable students to discover their own means of expression and design of objects and sculptural forms.

Semester 1 and 2

 

 
Digital Video   

Digital Media (AWSS2013)

This practical unit will explore the language of moving images with particular reference to the role digial media plays in the contemporary urban context. This subject assumes no prior knowledge of editing software; students will learn about conventions of filming, framing and editing; and the technical aspects of pre-production, production and post-production. The subject will cover a range of experimental cinematic movements and installation and media art. Emphasis is placed on experimentation, skills development and conceptual engagement.

Semester 1 and 2.

 

 
General Drawing   

General Drawing (AWSS2015)

This module aims to provide the student with the knowledge and aptitude required to use a range of fundamental drawing skills and media to make a portfolio of drawings based on observation of the physical world. It aims to increase the student's level of skill in representational, interpretive and expressive areas of drawing. The focus is on the formal aspects of composition and perspective as well as mixed media and experimental approaches.

Semester 1 and 2.

 

 
Object Design   

Object Design (AWSS2090)

In this unit students develop and inter-relate manufacturing and artisan skills with research, analysis and design development. It aims to develop a critical awareness of the nature of all objects which surround us, exploring cultural, contextual and symbolic aspects of object design as well as functional and aesthetic qualities. Sustainability and social issues relating to their manufacture, use and disposal are also discussed. The unit aims to increase appreciation of the materiality of objects focusing on timber as an example and introduces students to the diversity of timber species, environmental and ethical issues associated with their selection, and also emerging alternative materials.

Semester 1 and 2.

 

 
Photography 1   

Photography 1 (AWSS2023)

This practical unit assumes students have little or no understanding of dark room practice. It aims to give students an understanding of how photography functions as a contemporary visual medium, including its connection to modernism and architecture. Students will gain knowledge of the principles and practise of camera operations, the production of high quality black and white negatives and prints in small studio style classes. This module covers the use of a 35mm SLR camera, image composition, use of lighting, film developing and printing photographs.

Semester 1

 

 
Photography 2   

Photography 2 (AWSS2024)

In this unit of study, students will have the opportunity to develop creative photographic projects from initial ideas to production of artwork, producing two major photographic series that function successfully at both an aesthetic and a conceptual level. They will have the opportunity to research and experiment with a variety of different ideas and take an experimental approach to photography, trying different techniques and considering which will best serve the intentions of the artwork.

Semester 2.

 

 
Public Art   

Public Art (AWSS2001)

This practical unit will provide students with the opportunity to explore changing notions and legislative framework for public art. The course addresses the shift of focus from the making of objects in space to more self-reflexive modes of art making that use public space itself as a medium. Students will be introduced to early experimental works from the 1960s to more recent movements of DIY urbanism, public interventions and relational aesthetics. During the course students will study public artworks, through field trips and/or guest lectures and workshops with local and international artists, and work in public spaces to create their own works.

FIRST SEMESTER 2012

 

Screen Printing   

Screen Printing on paper (AWSS2026)

This elective covers a variety of traditional and experimental techniques that will enable students to design and print a series of works within both the fine and graphic art contexts. This elective will provide students with the knowledge and skills to design for and print on paper; awareness and appreciation of screen printing in historical and contemporary art contexts; a range of techniques and creative exercises that can be developed into an edition or a series of experimental printed works. Techniques covered include: photo, wax emulsion and paper stencils, ink technology, registration and print set-up for multi-coloured prints. .

Semester 1 and 2

 

 
Sculpture   

Sculpture (AWSS2027)

In this elective will use a variety of sculptural techniques to creatively engage with notions of the architectural uncanny. Students will work with a broad range of materials - emphasis is placed on developing students' awareness of the elementary aspects of three-dimensional forms in space. Students will be required to design, plan and complete two main sculptural works, utilizing mediums and techniques explored throughout the semester. In addition to this, students will need to independently research historical precedents and contemporary practice and discuss their ideas and development of their work in class.

Semester 1 and 2

 

 
Site Specific Art   

Site Specific Art (AWSS2002)

This practical unit aims to give students a broad understanding of site-specific art including its historical development and relationship to other visual art forms and architecture. Students gain experience in ways of selecting and analysing sites for the purposes of incorporation into artwork. Students begin to develop an individual art practice through using a wide range of materials to make temporary site-specific artworks and also begin to develop ways of analysing and evaluating site-specific artworks through directed group discussions.

Semester 1 and 2

 

Postgraduate Workshops

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Ceramics: Hand building   

Postgraduate Ceramics: Hand building (DESA9014)

This practical unit aims to give students the understanding to create ceramic and porcelain constructions that will be fired and glazed. Students will investigate different fabrication techniques such as slip-casting, ceramic rapid prototyping and laser cut porcelain. The ceramics program utilises the digital fabrication lab within the faculty to investigate the use of digital fabrication techniques in ceramic production. There will be an investigation of ceramics in relation to architecture at both historical and contemporary levels. Set projects will enable students to discover their own means of expression and design of objects and sculptural forms.

Semester 1 and 2

 
Object Design   

Postgraduate Object Design (DESA9008)

In this unit students develop and inter-relate manufacturing and artisan skills with research, analysis and design development. It aims to develop a critical awareness of the nature of all objects which surround us, exploring cultural, contextual and symbolic aspects of object design as well as functional and aesthetic qualities. Sustainability and social issues relating to their manufacture, use and disposal are also discussed. The unit aims to increase appreciation of the materiality of objects focusing on timber as an example and introduces students to the diversity of timber species, environmental and ethical issues associated with their selection, and also emerging alternative materials.

Semester 1 and 2.

 
Graduate Photography   

Postgraduate Photography (DESA9003)

This practical unit assumes students have little or no understanding of dark room practice. It aims to give students an understanding of how photography functions as a contemporary visual medium, including its connection to modernism and architecture. Students will gain knowledge of the principles and practise of camera operations, the production of high quality black and white negatives and prints in small studio style classes. This module covers the use of a 35mm SLR camera, image composition, use of lighting, film developing and printing photographs.

Semester 1

 
Photography 2   

Postgraduate Photography 2 (DESA9011)

In this unit of study, students will have the opportunity to develop creative photographic projects from initial ideas to production of artwork, producing two major photographic series that function successfully at both an aesthetic and a conceptual level. They will have the opportunity to research and experiment with a variety of different ideas and take an experimental approach to photography, trying different techniques and considering which will best serve the intentions of the artwork.

Semester 2.

 
Public Art   

Postgraduate Public Art (DESA9009)

This practical unit will provide students with the opportunity to explore changing notions and legislative framework for public art. The course addresses the shift of focus from the making of objects in space to more self-reflexive modes of art making that use public space itself as a medium. Students will be introduced to early experimental works from the 1960s to more recent movements of DIY urbanism, public interventions and relational aesthetics. During the course students will study public artworks, through field trips and/or guest lectures and workshops with local and international artists, and work in public spaces to create their own works.

Semester 1 and 2

Sculpture   

Postgraduate Sculpture (DESA9013)

In this elective will use a variety of sculptural techniques to creatively engage with notions of the architectural uncanny. Students will work with a broad range of materials - emphasis is placed on developing students' awareness of the elementary aspects of three-dimensional forms in space. Students will be required to design, plan and complete two main sculptural works, utilizing mediums and techniques explored throughout the semester. In addition to this, students will need to independently research historical precedents and contemporary practice and discuss their ideas and development of their work in class.

Semester 1 and 2.

Site Specific Art   

Postgraduate Site Specific Art (DESA9015)

This practical unit aims to give students a broad understanding of site-specific art including its historical development and relationship to other visual art forms and architecture. Students gain experience in ways of selecting and analysing sites for the purposes of incorporation into artwork. Students begin to develop an individual art practice through using a wide range of materials to make temporary site-specific artworks and also begin to develop ways of analysing and evaluating site-specific artworks through directed group discussions.

Semester 1 and 2