VISA2255 Sculpture: Time and Space

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Fine Arts major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Design and Creative Arts
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit examines art in relation to the dynamic interaction of people in society. Art today is ephemeral, process driven and succeeds through integration.The scope of Sculpture has widened, extending the conventional boundaries of object making to encompass both traditional and new materials and modes of presentation including augmentation and virtual forms. The language of spatial and material practice taught is based on construction, casting and fabrication and extends through to more time based art practices such as video, performance and installation. The unit recognises and embraces this breadth and actively encourages students to think independently and critically in order to gain a command of the conceptual and technical processes appropriate to this expanded field of sculptural practice.?

This contextual approach to art is explored through the examination of art in the public realm. Students are specifically prepared for a broadening of art practice. Skills and understanding are gained through students experiencing a broad range of skills in drawing, casting, wood and metal fabrication, photography, video, computers and sound. Seminars and lectures on the history, theory and professional practices of environmentally framed art in its broadest sense are an integral part of the unit.
Students are able to (1) develop the practical and conceptual understanding of sculptural practice in the contemporary realm; (2) develop practical skills and the ability to mediate ideas through materiality and process; and (3) develop the ability and confidence to critique and communicate about sculpture, both historical and contemporary.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) submission of studio project, recoding the project and thinking through, three dimensional modelling of sculptural forms, from sketch model to a resolved sculpture. and (2) time spatial investigation of formal relational practices where sculptural construction and composite materials combine to develop work in relation to context and social interaction. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Paul Trinidad and Mike Bianco
Unit rules
VISA1050 Art of Visualisation and Recording
VISA1051 Art in the Environment
VISA1052 Art of Expression
VISA1054 Art of Drawing
VISA1053 Video Art: Methods and Means
Advisable prior study:
VISA1054 Art of Drawing, VISA2273 Art of Drawing—Advanced, VISA1051 Art in the Environment.
Contact hours
studios: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
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