Curriculum

All Fine Arts majors must complete a year of Art Foundation before applying to the Sculpture Department.

Once accepted into the program, Sculpture majors are expected to take the following comprehensive Sculpture studio courses over the course of the next three years in the department:

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Basic Sculpture Courses

8 TOTAL CREDITS

  • SCPT 211: Basic Sculpture I (one course @ 4 credits)
  • SCPT 212: Basic Sculpture II (one course @ 4 credits)

The Basic Sculpture classes introduce students to the expansive field that is sculpture, while also teaching fundamental skills upon which to build a practice. Students learn basic woodworking, metalworking and casting techniques in addition to practicing the intellectual exploration requisite to sustaining a studio practice.

Intermediate and Advanced Sculpture Courses

8 TOTAL CREDITS

  • SCPT 311/312: Intermediate Sculpture (two courses @ 4 credits/ea.)
  • SCPT 411/412: Advanced Sculpture (two courses @ 4 credits/ea.)

The Intermediate and Advanced classes are taught by different faculty with widely differing formats and emphases. Juniors work alongside the Seniors, gaining exposure to more sophisticated and ambitious projects, while Seniors experience leadership roles in the studios and in critiques.

Directed Upper-Level Sculpture Courses

4 TOTAL CREDITS

  • SCPT 323: Foundry
  • SCPT 324: Robotics for Sculpture
  • SCPT 411/412: Advanced Sculpture
  • SCPT 417: Seminar in Contemporary Sculpture
  • SCPT 480: Critical Issues

To supplement these studio courses, Sculpture majors are also expected to take the following studio courses, both in the Sculpture department and in other VCUarts departments:

Directed Sculpture Electives (Topics classes)

4 TOTAL CREDITS

Students select from a wide ranging and ever changing array of topics classes that include semester long instruction as well as short technical modules that offer specific instruction of a variety of making techniques. Recent topics include MIG, TIG, and Stick Welding, Figure Modeling, Flexible Moldmaking, Foundry, Sustainable Materials, Digital Video Workshop, Figure Modeling, 3D Scanning & Printing, Wood Construction Techniques, Arduino, Forge, CNC Router & Plasma Cutting, and many more… Other classes include seminar courses on varying special topics.

Click HERE for a current list of Sculpture Topics Courses.

Seminars

4 TOTAL CREDITS

  • SCPT 215: Sophomore Seminar (one course @ 2 credits)
  • SCPT 415: Senior Seminar (one course @ 2 credits)

These seminars are designed to help students to build a sustainable studio practice in terms of both individual research and professional practices. Students work to form a healthy functioning studio life starting in their first year in the Sculpture department and revisit this again in their senior year. Practices in the Senior Seminar prepare students for their lives beyond school.

Non-SCPT Studio Courses

14 TOTAL CREDITS

Students are expected to take studio courses in areas outside of Sculpture in order to enhance their studio practices. Students wishing to major or minor in other disciplines can use these 14 credits to apply to requirements in other areas such as Craft/Material Studies, Kinetic Imaging, Painting & Printmaking, Photography, Dance, Theater, and more.

All of these studio courses are supplemented by a strong foundation in academic research.

Sculpture majors will fulfill both the University’s General Education Requirements and the additional requirements of the Sculpture department:

VCU General Education Requirements

21—24 TOTAL CREDITS

All VCU students must complete VCU’s General Education Requirements. See the Undergraduate Bulletin for a complete listing of those courses.

Art History

15 TOTAL CREDITS

All Sculpture majors will have taken six credits of Art History survey classes in their Art Foundation year and are expected to build their understanding of Art History by continuing to take courses in this field.

ENGL 215

3 TOTAL CREDITS

Sculpture majors are expected to be well read, and are required to take this introductory literature course.

Lastly, Sculpture majors are expected to create their own pathways of discovery in order to build their own unique studio practices. In order to facilitate this, the Sculpture department allows students eleven credits of course work in any topic of their choosing.

General Electives

11 TOTAL CREDITS

Sculpture majors have the freedom to explore a wide variety of disciplines throughout the School of the Arts and the University. We encourage students to follow their interests and to bring what they learn back into their studio practice. Students wishing to major or minor in other disciplines can use these 11 credits to apply to requirements in other areas.

Major in Sculpture

Complete requirements for the sculpture major can be found here.

Minor in Sculpture

Complete requirements for the sculpture minor can be found here.