Sculpture (Studio and research paper)


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 Studio Project and Research Paper mode, studio practice is regarded as central to your investigations. Allocated shared studio space will be made available to you to work in. The research paper and the seminar (see below) must clearly evolve out of and produce material and information, which contribute towards your studio practice. Supervisors and examiners will insist upon the relevance and linking of studio practice to your seminar and written work.

The Studio Seminar unit of study is compulsory for students enrolled in Honours by Studio and Research Paper. You must satisfy requirements for attendance and participation. The seminar program offers you an opportunity to show work in progress and to discuss your research with staff and students in your group. You are required to make a seminar presentation of approximately 30 minutes (including discussion). Your supervisor will normally be present for your seminar presentation.

You may write the 5,000 to 7,000-word research paper as studio documentation, a formal research essay or in another form, which is described in your study proposal and approved by your supervisor.

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

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