Course Information

for Sculpture (SC) Department


Sculpture: Form and Space (SC201)


Sculpture: Form and Space engages the concept of positive and negative three-dimensional space through an exploration of various mold making and casting processes. Studio projects focus on the replication/reproduction of original three-dimensional designs using traditional and contemporary processes. Materials/processes explored include: modeling original clay designs for reproduction, designing and producing effective silicone rubber molds, slip casting in plaster molds, low-melt metal casting, and a variety of alternate casting materials. Through independent research and class field trips, students will learn how contemporary artists and designers employ casting principles and techniques.

Sculpture: Construction (SC202)


Sculpture: Construction investigates three-dimensional structure across a range of materials with a focus on steel/metal and wood. An orientation to the metal shop, which includes an introduction to cutting, shaping and welding steel, enables students to work with steel as a primary material or as a structural support/armature for other materials. In addition to metal and wood, projects may include fibers, fabric, natural and synthetic materials, as well as finishes and coatings. Students learn to develop a three-dimensional idea from concept, to drawings, to scale model, to final sculpture in the preparation of a public project proposal.

Figure Sculpture (SC204)


Explore principles of three-dimensional form through a study of the human figure. Students may work in terra cotta, a clay to be fired, plaster casting in Hydro-Stone, fiberglass, and plastics or through other additive and subtractive construction techniques using wood, steel, direct plaster, or a variety of other materials.

Sculpture: Movement/Change: Nature & Kinetics (SC301)


This rigorous studio experience challenges students to select media and processes appropriate to the development of their individual vision/voice. Students will engage in a variety of material investigations through research and manipulation. Natural processes, kinetics, light, and sound are presented as sculptural elements. A study of contemporary sculptural practices supports the studio experience.

Sculpture: Installation (SC302)


Sculpture: Installation addresses space as a sculptural element with a focus on the arrangement of elements, interaction with an audience/participants, and issues of context. Students will create immersive environments, intervene in public settings, and/or invite participation. Concepts of the public, privacy, boundaries, scale, and place are addressed. Ephemeral processes/elements like natural forces, light, sound, time, and movement are presented as sculptural elements A study of contemporary sculptural, spatial practices supports the studio experience.

Sculpture: Performance (SC305)


This course explored the potential of performance art in a contemporary context. Students will develop unique, real-time experiences that are shared with an audience in class critique and in public. Issues of audience interaction, body movement, social intervention, costume, sound, and context are addressed through the completion of course assignments. A history of performance art is presented and researched to support studio practice. Students will document their time-based works appropriately to form a final course portfolio.