ACV213 - Modelling and the Visual Arts

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Katie Lee
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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week


This unit explores approaches to the use of models and modelling as critical tool and practice in visual arts that are also applicable to other areas of study within art and performance and design, film and animation. The unit will bring together material and conceptual considerations that are required in model-making and the ideas used when produce a 'model', maquette, prototype, study, or diagram, etc. The learning activities will involve the use of drawing, modelling objects in clay, making maquettes (scale models) of installations or exhibitions, and other aspects of 3D modelling processes as well as models for “systems thinking”. This approach will make the assumptions regarding spatial relationships, proportion and materiality evident and allow students to analyse and articulate the cultural significance and perspectives involved in devising a modelling/model-making project.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Engage in research to produce a project proposal and preparatory drawings that can be used to communicate ideas and processes required for a collaborative modelling project

GLO2: Communication


Determine the material and formal aspects of making the model and select the techniques required in model making to scale-up to specific applications

GLO5: Problem solving


Work collaboratively to synthesise individual approaches to modelling into a group devised concept for production and display

GLO7: Teamwork


Generate material, conceptual and technical solutions to the different approaches involved organisation and production modelling tasks

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO7: Teamwork


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Workbook 800 words
or equivalent
20% Information not yet available.
Assessment 2 - Studio work 1600 words
or equivalent
40% Information not yet available.
Assessment 3 (Group) - Studio work collaborative project  1600 words
or equivalent
40% Information not yet available.

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACV213
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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