Virtual Object: 2D/Drawing Cutting (CAEL2032)


This unit is designed to provide a studio based approach to translating drawings into materials through the industrialized processes of cutting such as laser cutting, vinyl cutting, plasma cutting etc.
Digitally mediated cutting such as laser cutting or vinyl cutting opens up possibilities for reproducing or translating graphic ideas and drawings in a variety of different ways.
The unit will work through the processes necessary for making graphic art work ready to take up these possibilities, such as, producing a large quantity of smaller elements, the cutting of intricate patterns, working with materials that are difficult to cut, or using the process to distort shape or manipulate the scale of the final work. Our focus will be on translating digital drawing into materials. The software we will be using will be a combination of commercial and open source software and we will be outsourcing the actual cutting process and working with the relevant companies.

Further unit of study information


Lecturer and directed contact over 12 weeks, plus self-directed study; total student effort of 60 hrs


1x assessment task in week 4, 5 or 6 (20%) and 1x15 min oral examination of presentation of studio projects (80%) in week 15


Delvoye, Vim. Gothic Works. Manchester City Art Gallery, 2002.
Young, Alison, Street studio : the place of street art in Melbourne, Fishermans Bend, Vic. : Thames & Hudson, 2010.

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.