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CAEL2081: Fusion: Jewellery and Ceramics

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

Fusion refers to the merging or melting of different materials into one. Working across jewellery and ceramics, in this unit of study you consider this concept also in relationship to the construction of an object from multiple parts. In this sense the artist becomes alchemist, scientist, or musician, mixing, constructing and blending to create a new object. By experimenting with processes of moulding, you explore notions of multiplicity, the original, the copy and the archetype. This unit addresses the development of conceptual, formal and aesthetic approaches in making.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CAEL2081
Academic unit Sydney College of the Arts
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Visual Arts or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Studio Foundation
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Jan Guy,
Lecturer(s) Luke Arnold,
Jan Guy,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation hurdle task Project 1: fossicking
Presentation of moulds and plans in Group Critique
40% -
Due date: 15 Oct 2021 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Oral exam
hurdle task
Project 2: replicants
15 minute interview with academics. Final artworks must be present.
60% Please select a valid week from the list below
Due date: 14 Dec 2021 at 13:00
15 minutes (oral)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

  • Project 1:  This project requires you to find/create two objects (no larger than the palm of your hand) that will be cast using different moulding techniques. Consider how the precious can be made commonplace through reproduction and how refuse may be made precious through the same process. Also, consider the possible relationships that may be formed between disparate objects through methods of reproduction. These moulds must be suitable for reproduction and also be aesthetic objects in themselves.
  • Project 2: Starting with what you have learnt through making moulds and using them, make an artwork that incorporates at least two materials and either is built up of multiple units or exists as a multiple in a series. If you choose the latter you will need to produce at least two works from this series. This project builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in completing the first project and through your own concepts and (material) investigations.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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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.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

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.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Introduction to UoS; 2. Seminar: Preciousness and the Commonplace (reading) 3. Tech: Induction (ceramics studio) Studio (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 02 Group tutorial - Short student proposal presentations with class discussion Studio (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Tech: Bring selected object to cast in plaster only (2 part mould) Studio (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 04 1.Individual tutorials (Development of Project) 2. Completion of first mould Studio (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Week 5 starts week beginning Tue 5 October 1. Bring selected 2nd/3rd objects to make a silicon mould (practical Studio (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 1. Demo - Slip Casting with porcelain; Press Moulding 2. Group Critique Assessment - moulds and plans. Studio (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 1. Tech: Induction Jewellery Studio - material and facility safety for pewter and resin 2. Seminar: Where to from Here? Other artists, more material values and modifying your plans (reading) 3. Resin demonstration Studio (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 1. Tech - working with pewter and individual exercise Studio (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 1. Individual Tutorials - concept and material development. 2. Individual work on Studio Project Studio (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 1. Individual Tutorials - Problem-solving towards Project resolution 2. Tech: Solutions for connecting different materials Studio (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 12 1. Group Critique of works in progress Studio (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 1. Finalising projects 2. Discussion of Assessment Requirements Studio (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

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.

Required readings

You will find your readings in the Reading List on Canvas

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 competencies in and understanding of the skills, systems, and the focus of the program
  • LO2. demonstrate critical awareness within artmaking: the appropriate application of concepts, a willingness to explore unfamiliar approaches, and the development of the appropriate means of applying them
  • LO3. confidently adopt an experimental and imaginative approach to the creative process to pursue idiosyncratic, innovative outcomes
  • LO4. show awareness, sensitivity and empathy to subjective, cultural and racial differences
  • LO5. apply Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) to all aspects of studio 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.

No changes have been made since this unit was last offered

Additional costs

You will pay a fee online of $80 for limited studio materials. If you need extra materials you will need to acquire them yourself.

Work, health and safety

You must wear closed in shoes at all times in the studio and follow the safety instructions as directed by Studio Staff.



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