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CAEL2053: Screen Printing: an Introduction

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit of study introduces you to screen printing and its broad application across media. The unit explores the technical basics of this process through various projects. It provides for the development and enhancement of critical skills through group and individual tutorials and critiques and the acquisition of technical knowledge required to independently access and use the Printmedia studio facilities.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Sydney College of the Arts
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Rebecca Beardmore,
Lecturer(s) Rebecca Beardmore,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Task 3
Multi-coloured editioned print. To include a photo halftone and typography
40% Formal exam period
Due date: 26 Nov 2021 at 17:00
1000 wds
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Presentation Task 4
Self-directed print using at least two processes learned during the course
40% Formal exam period
Due date: 26 Nov 2021 at 17:00
1000 wds
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Presentation Task 1
Editioned screen print on paper using 3 or more colours.
10% Week 07
Due date: 24 Sep 2021 at 17:00
250 wds
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation Task 2
Experimental print on substrate other than paper
10% Week 07
Due date: 24 Sep 2021 at 17:00
250 wds
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2

Assessment summary


Assessment criteria

Assessment Criteria
This unit uses standards-based assessment for award of assessment marks. Your assessments will be evaluated solely on the basis of your individual performance
1. Competence
Demonstration of the development and application of practical and intellectual competency and skills appropriate to the unit of study.
2. Development
Demonstration of the ability to initiate and realise your own objectives for studio practice and theory work within the requirements of the unit of study and of your developing knowledge of the historical and theoretical context of your practice. You are expected to improve your abilities, competency and understanding over the course of a semester, and over successive semesters.
3. Critical Awareness
Demonstration of developing a critical awareness and knowledge of the unit of study and the ability to objectively evaluate your own work, select appropriate methods and materials and to formulate and evaluate
4. Commitment
Demonstration of commitment and self-motivation in respect of the unit of study. The level of commitment to study in the academic program is reflected in:
the development of self-motivation applied to individual, group or assignment-based work;
the degree of participation in all units of study including group work, project submissions, essays and discussions;
the development of a consistent work pattern; and the regularity and punctuality of attendance and submissions.
5. Innovation
Demonstration of innovative and imaginative thinking, appropriate to the unit of study, evidencing the quality of ideas underlying your work and development in your studies.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:


Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to studio, discussion of course requirements and demonstration of basic processes Studio (3 hr)  
Week 02 Discussion of printing techniques, manual positive making, stencil preparation. Studio (3 hr)  
Week 03 Introductory digital class for preparing positives Studio (3 hr)  
Week 04 Alternative substrates and positive making Studio (3 hr)  
Week 05 Supervised studio work Studio (3 hr)  
Week 06 Submission of Assessment Task 1 and 2 Studio (3 hr)  
Week 07 Review Week Studio (0.25 hr)  
Week 08 Advanced digital class Studio (3 hr)  
Week 09 Guided studio work Studio (3 hr)  
Week 10 In class critiques focusing on conceptual development Studio (3 hr)  
Week 11 Guided studio work Studio (3 hr)  
Week 12 Guided studio work Studio (3 hr)  
Week 13 Guided studio work Studio (3 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Additional requirements from Sydney College of the Arts

  • Students must attend a minimum of 90% of timetabled activities for this unit of study, unless granted exemption by the Unit Coordinator.
  • All assignments are compulsory and must be attempted. 
  • You must attend scheduled assessments to be eligible to pass. Non-attendance at assessment on any grounds insufficient to claim special consideration will result in the forfeiture of marks associated with the assessment. 



Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate a good understanding of the necessary steps for producing basic screen prints. This includes creating positives, use of photo-sensitive emulsion, screen exposure and wash out
  • LO2. Have developed a critical understanding of the screen print process and its contextual use in contemporary art
  • LO3. Demonstrate problem solving skills and independent thinking through their use of the medium to create contemporary artworks
  • LO4. Apply acquired knowledge in the creation of artwork that reflects a critical engagement with existing creative practice

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

This course has increased it's focus on the development of artwork for printing via digital processes and hands-on techniques since it was last offered.

Work, health and safety

For WH&S reasons, students are required to purchase steel cap boots/shoes or equivalent to work in the screen print workshop. This is due to the high pressure washout gernie.


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