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ASSC 1300: Introduction to Sculpture
An introduction to working in three dimensions from a variety of approaches, investigating sculpture’s purposes, materiality, and spatial nature. Students examine historical and contemporary approaches to sculpture to understand how to manipulate form, space, and expressive content in three dimensions.
ASSC 1320: Materials and Processes
(fall only) An introductory survey of the manipulation of a variety of media (clay, plaster, wood, metal, etc.) and the contemporary and historical approaches to the use of these materials in art. Emphasis on expressive potential and studio safety.
ASSC 3300: Intermediate Sculpture
A continuation of study of problems in sculpture, including analysis of form, theory, and technical processes. Emphasis on sustained investigation using a number of perspectives, critical discussion, analysis of contemporary and historical work, and concentrated studio practice. Students gain confidence with and understanding of the tools, materials, and concepts of sculpture. Prerequisites: ASSC 1300, 1320 or permission of instructor.
ASSC 3310: Material and Form
An intensive investigation of material processes (construction, metal casting, and subtractive techniques) and the ramifications of material choice and method in the formal and stylistic development of sculptural work. Explores the traditional development and contemporary practice of each process. This intensive class requires 6 hours of studio work outside scheduled meeting times. Prerequisites: 6 credit hours in ASSC courses and 12 credit hours in ASAG courses, or permission of instructor.
ASSC 3320: Body and Object
A sculptural study of the body and figure with the aim of addressing the body through its objective structure and its social and psychological meanings, and discovering how these issues questions can be conveyed in contemporary practice. In class, work focuses on observation and direct study of the figure and its tactile translation into material. Out of class, students work on independent projects and consider the question of the body as a metaphoric and performative subject and its material and immaterial nature, creating work about the figure without literal reference to it. This intensive class requires 6 hours of studio work outside scheduled meeting times. Prerequisites: 6 credit hours in ASSC courses and 12 credit hours in ASAG courses, or permission of instructor.
ASSC 3330: Time and Material
An interdisciplinary course that considers the relationships among materiality, time, and drawing, using both constructed and found materials. Investigates time, movement, and repetitive action; work that documents the process of making; the relationship between digital and material form; and the formats of installation and documentation. Prerequisites: 6 credit hours in ASSC courses and 12 credit hours in ASAG courses, or permission of instructor.
ASSC 3340: Shelter and Place
An intensive interdisciplinary investigation into social forms and environments, both constructed and natural, in order to question what it is to dwell, how a sense of place is described and enacted, and how forms and events can influence and be influenced by structures. Work is based upon the identification of and location within a specific site within the urban or natural landscape. Includes collaborative work, drawing, analytical study of sites and environments, and construction. Paradigm examples are drawn from installation, architectural, and sculptural practice. This intensive class requires 6 hours of studio work outside scheduled meeting times. Prerequisites: 6 credit hours in ASSC courses and 12 credit hours in ASAG courses, or permission of instructor.
ASSC 3350: X-Sculpture
Investigation into the creation of three-dimensional form and environments using experimental methods, including digital modeling, processing, computer-based manufacture, and electronic output. A primary goal of the course is to enable students to interact with different knowledge bases and purposes in an investigation of the problem of how to image 3-D in contemporary practice. Prerequisite: 9 credit hours in art courses at the 3000 level or permission of instructor.
ASSC 5100, 5200, 5302: Directed Studies in Sculpture
Students may take one course per term only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
ASSC 5300: Advanced Seminar in Sculpture
Advanced investigation of contemporary practice in sculpture, including methods of research, means of production, and the critical and theoretical contexts of contemporary sculpture. Prerequisite: 9 credit hours in art courses at the 3000 level or permission of instructor.