Course detail

Modelling - Spatial Design

FSI-YM1Acad. year: 2019/2020

The subject is focused on modelling the basic topic of the course – a head, which is an idea object for practising the sense of construction of mass in space. The term is divided into three tasks, the first being modelling a skull according to a model, which is the necessary foundation for the subsequent two tasks – modelling a head according to gypsum busts, enabling students to acquire basic knowledge of modelling techniques for volume building, preservation of proportional relations and capturing character and eventual model movement and work with details.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The subject leads to acquiring the sense of space, plastic shape, estimation and measurement of dimensions and introduces the necessary technical basics of working with modelling clay and modelling equipment. An important output is the development of artistic sense of construction of 3D objects and practical knowledge of anatomy of head.


Theoretical knowledge of perspective and drawing geometric bodies by model are a prerequisite. Practice from model creation of 3D compositions and design models is important.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

BAMMES, Gottfried. Der nackte Mensch: Hand und Lehrbuch der Anatomie für Künstler. Dresden: VEB Verlag der Kunst, 1982. ISBN 3-364-00016-6.
MALIVA, Josef. Doteky s uměním a časem I. díl: Přehled evropských dějin umění od pravěku po renesanci. Brno: Vysoké učení technické v Brně, 1996. ISBN 80-214-0822-7.
GOLDFINGER, Eliot. Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991. ISBN 978-0195052060.
MALIVA, Josef. Doteky s uměním a časem II. díl: Přehled dějin umění od baroka do poloviny 20. století. Brno: Vysoké učení technické v Brně, 1997. ISBN 80-214-1088-4. (CS)
KOS, Jaroslav a Pavel ŽILÁK. Anatomie člověka pro výtvarníky. Praha: Aventinum, 1996. ISBN 80-85277-98-0.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The subject is taught in the form of seminars that are practically focused on modelling with individual consultations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Conditions for gaining credit: attendance at seminars, submission of assignments in specified dates. The final assessment is counted as an average grade from the three projects. The classification is determined by the ECTS scale.
ECTS evaluation degrees / Pts. rating / Numeric rating: A / 100 - 90 / 1 / Excellent; B / 89 - 80 / 1,5 / Very good; C / 79 - 70 / 2 / Good; D / 69 - 60 / Satisfactory; E / 59 - 50 / Sufficient; F / 49 - 0 / 4 / Failed.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to familiarize students with modelling as a basic way of spatial and creative depiction of reality. The assignments are focused on modelling an object according to a model in scale 1:1, with an emphasis on volume construction, proportions and character of model. The subject develops the ability to observe and analyse visual elements and cultivates art predisposition for individual creative activity in the area of industrial design.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Participation in seminars is compulsory. Seminars are based on weekly schedules. Determining ways to compensate for missed lessons is the responsibility of the supervisor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3A-P Bachelor's

    branch B-PDS , 3. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit


Studio work

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. 1st task, modelling skull according to model, principles for its construction
2. Modelling skull by model, basic mass
3. Modelling skull by model, character
4. Modelling skull by model, work with details
5. Modelling skull by model, 1st task evaluation
6. 2nd task, modelling head according to gypsum bust, principles for its construction
7. Modelling head according to gypsum bust, basic mass
8. Modelling head according to gypsum bust, character
9.Modelling head according to gypsum bust, evaluation of 2nd task
10. 3rd task, modelling head according to gypsum bust
11. Modelling head according to gypsum bust, basic mass
12. Modelling head according to gypsum bust, character
13. Modelling head according to gypsum bust, evaluation of 3rd assignment, overall semester evaluation