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  • Objectives
    The Major offers courses covering a broad range of techniques, materials and concepts. Students are provided the opportunity to develop personal forms of expression through a variety of traditional and contemporary methods. Generally, courses are not based on specific materials or techniques, but are designed to provide broad-based instruction through assignments and self-directed projects. Courses are designed to allow students to work in collective studios addressing current topics of practical and theoretical interest. Courses are offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels and instructors are available to assist in structuring aesthetic and technical foundations at each level.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture
  • Course description
    Major in Sculpture — 60 credits

    Sample courses include:

        * Art History and Art Theory courses
        * Studio art courses chosen from disciplines such as Ceramics, Fibres, Intermedia/Cyberarts, Painting and Drawing, Photography (limited access) and Print Media

    SCUL 210 Sculpture and Material Practices (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in a BFA program or written permission of the Department. This is a studio course in which students explore creative research to facilitate their development as artists in the encompassing discipline of sculpture. Modes of expression in sculpture are investigated through a variety of contemporary and traditional materials.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for SCUL 200 may not take this course for credit.

    SCUL 251 Sculpture/Mechanics (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in the Intermedia/Cyberarts program or written permission of the Department. This studio course introduces students to animating sculpture through a variety of techniques such as moving joints, gear, chain, and pulley systems, and motion converters, leading to more complex assemblies in animating static form. Students develop basic skills in reading and drawing blueprints, as well as in measuring and marking techniques for application in metal, wood, mould-making, and other applicable materials.

    SCUL 310 Sculpture and Spatial Practices (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: SCUL 210 (200) or permission of the Department. This course builds and expands on the potential for expression inherent in contemporary sculpture. Students are encouraged to develop an individual form of study through the various spatial considerations of sculptural intervention, installation, action, and object. Participants build on their awareness of contemporary issues and hone their identities as artists.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for SCUL 300 may not take this course for credit.

    SCUL 396 Digital Sculpture (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Permission of the Department. This studio course introduces 3D software for sculptors, covering modelling, drafting, and rendering for both real and virtual output, using advanced manual and automated processes.

    SCUL 398 Special Topics in Sculpture (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Third-year standing*; written permission of the Department. A workshop/ seminar course providing an opportunity for the study of specialized aspects of sculpture.
    NOTE C/See §200.3
    *fewer than 33 credits remaining in the degree program.

    SCUL 399 Special Topics in Sculpture (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department. A workshop/seminar course providing an opportunity for the study of specialized aspects in sculpture.
    NOTE C/See §200.3

    SCUL 410 Sculpture and Interventionist Practices (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: SCUL 310 (300) or permission of the Department. This is an advanced investigation of concepts through research in sculpture oriented to the development of a personal body of work. Installation, intervention, and public space form the background for presenting sculptural ideas. Diversity of contemporary sculptural practice and critical discourse is encouraged to promote professional autonomy in students’ studio work and ideas.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for SCUL 400 may not take this course for credit.

    SCUL 450 Independent Study (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: 48 credits completed in degree program; SCUL 410 (400) previously or concurrently; and written permission of the Department. This course provides the opportunity for a limited number of students to pursue advanced studies in sculpture.

    SCUL 451 Independent Study I (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: 48 credits completed in degree program; SCUL 410 (400) previously or concurrently; and written permission of the Department. This course provides the opportunity for a limited number of students to pursue advanced studies in sculpture.

    SCUL 452 Independent Study II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: 48 credits in degree program; SCUL 451; and written permission of the Department. This course provides the opportunity for students to pursue advanced studies in sculpture.

    SCUL 465 Contemporary Practice and Theory in Sculpture (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in the Major in Sculpture, in Ceramics, or in Fibres; or written permission of the Department. A seminar course which looks at recent sculpture practice and theory from an artist’s point of view. Readings and lectures will be complemented by visiting artists, visits to exhibitions, presentations, and other related activities.

    SCUL 490 Advanced Studio Practice (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: Enrolment in the Major in Sculpture, in Ceramics, or in Fibres; or written permission of the Department. A studio course providing an opportunity for the advanced student to work in an intimate context within a studio setting, structured around current topics of theoretical and practical importance.

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