Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Introduces students to a range of techniques and processes associated with the production of soft sculpture and the many possibilities it offers for creative expression within a contemporary framework. Experiences will embrace historical, cultural, theoretical, technical and conceptual dimensions.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Critically assess the use of textiles and soft materials in creating 3-D forms;

2. Demonstrate relevant and appropriate knowledges of textiles and soft materials in a contemporary context;

3. Apply the elements and principles of design including practical and theoretical conventions of 3-D approaches using soft materials, such as fibre, yarn, fabric, colouration techniques and finishes;

4. Investigate a range of materials, techniques and processes that can be used creatively such as designing, pattern making and construction of textile arts, costumes and non-apparel items;

5. Develop visual research material which includes the studies of, and innovations by, artists, craftspersons and designers as a resource that may support teaching and learning contexts.


Topics may include:

  • Armatures for soft forms;
  • Drafting and pattern making;
  • Model presentation and maquettes;
  • Wearable textiles and body art;
  • Textile construction techniques such as joining and finishing;
  • Surface treatment such as applique, quilting, embroidering, embellishments and textile surface design;
  • Colour on forms such as dye and print technologies;
  • Costume design and construction;
  • Presentation and installation;
  • Light, ambiguity and movement;
  • Critical analysis of soft sculptural practice involving evaluation of the use of the elements and principles of design;
  • Health and safety.

Assessment items

Journal: Studio Journal - 20%

Project: Mid Semester Studio Output - 30%

Project: Final Studio Output - 50%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1 and 7


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 2

Weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

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