The Department of Sculpture and Extended Media is a heterogeneous group of students and artists/teachers. Together, we examine the fundamental, philosophical, critical, technical, and historical components of art. We do so with an eye toward developing and advancing the discipline of sculpture in its broadest and most inclusive terms within an atmosphere of mutual respect.

Our charge is to create an environment of speculation and high expectation regarding self-motivation, intellectual capacity, and responsibility in order to establish conditions that promote student’s ability to construct a thinking self. It is to explore and grow with technology's parameters in the process of discovering applications to new modes of expression. It is to stress the links between art, science, the humanities, emerging philosophies and the conditions of an ever-changing world. And it is to provide students with tools of discernment, vocabulary, and the skills of analysis and synthesis to become participants in the critical dialogues of our age.

Within this context, students strive to measure up to the best performances modeled for them by history, by their peers and by faculty engaged in vital research.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Students will be proficient in the use of equipment, techniques and resources.
  • Students will be able to participate in dialogue of contemporary art.
  • Students will be able to utilize professional practices in the field of the arts.

Special requirements

Successful completion of the Art Foundation curriculum is required before continuing in the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media.

Degree requirements for Sculpture, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

General Education requirements

University Core Education Curriculum
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IFocused Inquiry I3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IIFocused Inquiry II3
UNIV   200Inquiry and the Craft of Argument3
Approved humanities/fine arts3
Approved natural/physical sciences3-4
Approved quantitative literacy3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences3-4
Total Hours21-24
Additional School of the Arts requirements
ENGL   215Textual Analysis3
General education electives (Select from approved University Core courses)6
Total Hours9

Collateral requirements

Art Foundation Program
ARTF   131Drawing Studio3
ARTF   132Surface Research3
ARTF   133Space Research3
ARTF   134Time Studio3
ARTF   139Project2
ARTH   103Survey of Art I3
ARTH   104Survey of Art II3
Art history
Art history (200-level)3
Art history (300-level or above)6
Non-SCPT studio electives (200-level or higher)8
Select from 200-level or higher from COAR, CRAF, DANC, FASH, GDES, IDES, KINE, APPM/MHIS, PAPR, PHTO or THEA
Non-SCPT studio electives (300-level or higher)6
Select from 300-level or higher from COAR, CRAF, DANC, FASH, GDES, IDES, KINE, APPM/MHIS, PAPR, PHTO or THEA.
Total Hours43

Major requirements

SCPT   211Basic Sculpture I4
SCPT   212Basic Sculpture II4
SCPT   215Sophomore Seminar2
SCPT   311
SCPT   312
Intermediate Sculpture
and Intermediate Sculpture
8
SCPT   411
SCPT   412
Advanced Sculpture
and Advanced Sculpture
8
SCPT   415Senior Seminar2
Directed sculpture elective4
Directed upper-level SCPT course4
Total Hours36
Open electives11

Total 120 credits

Electives

Directed sculpture electives
SCPT   290Concepts and Issues2
SCPT   321Figure Modeling3
SCPT   322Flexible Molds3
SCPT   323Foundry4
SCPT   324Robotics for Sculpture4
SCPT   480Critical Issues4
SCPT   491Topics in Sculpture1-4
SCPT   591Topics in Sculpture1-4
Directed upper-level sculpture courses
SCPT   323Foundry4
SCPT   324Robotics for Sculpture4
SCPT   411Advanced Sculpture4
SCPT   412Advanced Sculpture4
SCPT   417Seminar in Contemporary Sculpture4
SCPT   480Critical Issues4

What follows is a sample plan that meets the prescribed requirements within a four-year course of study at VCU. Please contact your adviser before beginning course work toward a degree.

Freshman year
Fall semesterHours
ARTF   131 Drawing Studio 3
ARTF   133 Space Research 3
ARTF   139 Project 1
ARTH   103 Survey of Art I 3
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I Focused Inquiry I 3
University Core Curriculum Tier II 3
 Term Hours: 16
Spring semester
ARTF   132 Surface Research 3
ARTF   134 Time Studio 3
ARTF   139 Project 1
ARTH   104 Survey of Art II 3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II Focused Inquiry II 3
University Core Curriculum Tier II 3
 Term Hours: 16
Sophomore year
Fall semester
SCPT   211 Basic Sculpture I 4
SCPT   215 Sophomore Seminar 2
UNIV   200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Art history (200 level) 3
University Core Curriculum Tier II 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
ENGL   215 Textual Analysis 3
SCPT   212 Basic Sculpture II 4
Directed sculpture elective 4
Non-SCPT studio elective 1 4
 Term Hours: 15
Junior year
Fall semester
SCPT   311 Intermediate Sculpture 4
Art history (300 or 400 level) 3
Non-SCPT studio elective 1 4
University Core Curriculum Tier II 3
 Term Hours: 14
Spring semester
SCPT   312 Intermediate Sculpture 4
Art history (300 or 400 level) 3
Literature (300 or 400 level) 3
Non-SCPT studio elective 2 3
Open elective 3
 Term Hours: 16
Senior year
Fall semester
SCPT   411 Advanced Sculpture 4
SCPT   415 Senior Seminar 2
Non-SCPT studio elective 2 3
Open electives 7
 Term Hours: 16
Spring semester
SCPT   412 Advanced Sculpture 4
Directed upper-level SCPT course 4
Open elective 4
 Term Hours: 12
 Total Hours: 120
1

200-level or higher from COAR, CRAF, DANC, FASH, GDES, IDES, KINE, APPM/MHIS/MUSC, PAPR, PHTO, THEA.

2

300-level or higher from: COAR, CRAF, DANC, FASH, GDES, IDES, KINE, APPM/MHIS/MUSC, PAPR, PHTO, THEA

 

SCPT   209. Introduction to Sculpture. 3 Hours.

Semester courses; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3, 3 credits. Open to non-art majors only. The course will offer an opportunity for students to work with some of the ideas and materials of sculpture through slides, lecture and studio involvement.

SCPT   210. Introduction to Sculpture. 3 Hours.

Semester courses; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3, 3 credits. Open to non-art majors only. The course will offer an opportunity for students to work with some of the ideas and materials of sculpture through slides, lecture and studio involvement.

SCPT   211. Basic Sculpture I. 4 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 6 studio hours. 4 credits. The primary goal of this course is the effective expression of ideas. The student is introduced to the basic tools, materials and techniques with attention given to problem-solving.

SCPT   212. Basic Sculpture II. 4 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 6 studio hours. 4 credits. Prerequisite: SCPT   211. The primary goal of this course is the effective expression of ideas. The student uses advanced techniques that build upon the basic skills taught in Basic Sculpture I with attention given to problem-solving.

SCPT   215. Sophomore Seminar. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2 credits. Open only to sculpture majors. Designed for sophomore sculpture majors as a supplement to studio courses in the department. Emphasis is placed on articulating and expanding upon individual interests in relation to studio practices.

SCPT   217. Sculptural Concepts. 4 Hours.

Semester courses; 3 lecture and 3 studio hours. 4, 4 credits. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. A study of contemporary technology, philosophy, criticism and their relation to material resources and technical practices.

SCPT   218. Sculptural Concepts. 4 Hours.

Semester courses; 3 lecture and 3 studio hours. 4, 4 credits. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. A study of contemporary technology, philosophy, criticism and their relation to material resources and technical practices.

SCPT   290. Concepts and Issues. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2 credits. Prerequisite: completion of Art Foundation. A lecture course that familiarizes students with contemporary artworks, as well as modern and postmodern concepts. This class presents contemporary issues in art through the presentation of media and visiting speakers. Visits to outside events and lectures will be required.

SCPT   311. Intermediate Sculpture. 4 Hours.

Semester courses; 3 lecture and 6 studio hours. 4, 4 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. Prerequisite: SCPT   212. The emphasis in this course is on creative independence. The student is encouraged to utilize a variety of materials in order to express his ideas.

SCPT   312. Intermediate Sculpture. 4 Hours.

Semester courses; 3 lecture and 6 studio hours. 4, 4 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. Prerequisite: SCPT   212. The emphasis in this course is on creative independence. The student is encouraged to utilize a variety of materials in order to express his ideas.

SCPT   313. Dimensional Concepts. 4 Hours.

Semester courses; 2 lecture and 6 studio hours. 4, 4 credits. An opportunity for the sculpture student to extend and expand upon traditional methods of expression and to explore new areas.

SCPT   314. Dimensional Concepts. 4 Hours.

Semester courses; 2 lecture and 6 studio hours. 4, 4 credits. An opportunity for the sculpture student to extend and expand upon traditional methods of expression and to explore new areas.

SCPT   321. Figure Modeling. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: completion of Art Foundation. This course provides instruction in fundamental figure modeling skills working with clay and from live models.

SCPT   322. Flexible Molds. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: completion of Art Foundation. This course provides instruction on a variety of moldmaking techniques, including plaster and flexible moldmaking materials.

SCPT   323. Foundry. 4 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 6 studio hours. 4 credits. Prerequisite: SCPT   322. This course provides instruction in bronze and aluminum metal casting using the lost wax process, ceramic shell.

SCPT   324. Robotics for Sculpture. 4 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 6 studio hours. 4 credits. Prerequisite: completion of Art Foundation. This course provides instruction in the construction, programming and integration of microcontrollers in conjunction with the use of switches, motors and other devices.

SCPT   411. Advanced Sculpture. 4 Hours.

Semester courses; 2 lecture and 6 studio hours. 4, 4 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits. Prerequisite: SCPT   212. The majority of the student's activities occur in the studio with emphasis on the development of a personal style.

SCPT   412. Advanced Sculpture. 4 Hours.

Semester courses; 2 lecture and 6 studio hours. 4, 4 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits. Prerequisite: SCPT   212. The majority of the student's activities occur in the studio with emphasis on the development of a personal style.

SCPT   413. Dimensional Concepts. 4 Hours.

Semester courses; 2 lecture and 6 studio hours. 4, 4 credits. An opportunity for the sculpture student to extend and expand upon traditional methods of expression and to explore new areas.

SCPT   414. Dimensional Concepts. 4 Hours.

Semester courses; 2 lecture and 6 studio hours. 4, 4 credits. An opportunity for the sculpture student to extend and expand upon traditional methods of expression and to explore new areas.

SCPT   415. Senior Seminar. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2 credits. Open only to sculpture majors. Designed for graduating sculpture students. Focus is on professional development and preparation for the possibility of graduate school.

SCPT   417. Seminar in Contemporary Sculpture. 4 Hours.

Semester course; 4 lecture hours. 4 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Prerequisite: SCPT   212. A forum for consideration and discussion of recent developments.

SCPT   419. Professional Studio Practicum. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 9 studio hours. 3 credits. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Enrollment requires permission of departmental chair. A studio class that provides a continuation of the student's work in sculpture. This course will be recorded as an elective for a sculpture major.

SCPT   480. Critical Issues. 4 Hours.

Semester course; 4 lecture hours. 4 credits. Prerequisite: completion of Art Foundation. This advanced course examines diverse critical and aesthetic issues through the study of a select group of highly innovative international artists.

SCPT   491. Topics in Sculpture. 1-4 Hours.

Semester course; 1-4 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. A seminar or workshop on a selected issue or topic in the field of sculpture. See the Schedule of Classes for specific topics to be offered each semester.

SCPT   492. Independent Study in Sculpture. 1-4 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1-4 credits. May be repeated for a maximum total of 8 credits. Prerequisites: senior standing as a major in sculpture and approval of department chair and instructor. Individual instruction and supervision of a special project. Learning experiences should be designed with the supervising faculty member in the form of a contract between student and instructor. This course is limited to those students who have demonstrated an exceptional level of ability and intense commitment to their discipline.

SCPT   493. Sculpture Internship. 1-6 Hours.

Semester course; 40 contact hours per credit. 1-6 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Prerequisite: SCPT   311 or SCPT   312. Open to junior- and senior-level sculpture majors only. A practicum in which students work with professionals in the field.