The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

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.

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion of AART1300, AART1310, AART1600 (or equivalent)

Assessment items

Journal: Studio Journal - 20%

Project: Mid Semester Studio Output - 30%

Project: Final Studio Output - 50%

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term