Sculpture (Dissertation and minor studio project)


Sculpture will allow you to explore a broad range of approaches to contemporary sculptural practice, including ceramics and glass. The flexible structure of the program also allows you to explore temporal and spatial approaches to sculptural practice, involving installation, performance, film, video and audio works.

Sculpture incorporates concepts and processes central to its history such as casting, carving, throwing, mould making, welding, glass blowing, hot sculpting, glass fusing, slumping, coldworking, flameworking, slip casting, surface technologies, firing, and the assembling of objects and the building of structures that articulate space. New technologies such as the visualisation techniques of 3D computer modeling, CAD/CAM and digital imaging are also addressed.

Sculpture will provide you with a historical understanding of the materials that you use, whilst you develop the necessary skills for working across a wide range of applications and developing a contemporary practice.

The honours year

The Honours year at Sydney College of the Arts provides you with the opportunity to establish a research practice through the development of a visual art project, over two semesters’ full-time study. An academic staff member will supervise your seminar preparation and studio and written work

At the beginning of the course you select one of the following modes:

(1) Honours by Studio Project and Research Paper (5-7000 words); or
(2) Honours by Dissertation (15,000 words) and Minor Studio project.

You are required to produce a body of artwork for exhibition and examination, and a research paper or dissertation based on your research proposal.

Workload and assessment

In the Honours by Dissertation and Minor Studio project mode, the emphasis is placed on your writing and research. Your proposition and argument are the focus of your study. The studio project should be informed by your investigations and play a supportive role only.

While it is not compulsory for you to attend the Studio Seminar unit of study, it is recommended. The seminar program offers you an opportunity to show work in progress and to discuss your research with staff and students in the group. Participation can contribute to the development of both your dissertation and the studio project.

The Honours Dissertation unit of study provides the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of theoretical and critical issues that affect art making. Writing a dissertation involves a commitment to serious scholarship, focused research, disciplined editing, rigorous analysis and frequent supervision.

You are also required to complete the Honours Theories of Art Practice unit of study.

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