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

CourseTitleHours
University Core Education Curriculum
UNIV 111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I [View Image]
Focused Inquiry I3
UNIV 112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II [View Image]
Focused 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
CourseTitleHours
Additional School of the Arts requirements
ENGL 215Reading Literature3
General education electives (Select from approved University Core courses)6
Total Hours9

Collateral requirements

CourseTitleHours
Art Foundation Program
ARTF 131Drawing Studio3
ARTF 132Surface Research3
ARTF 133Space Research3
ARTF 134Time Studio3
ARTF 139Project Studio2
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

CourseTitleHours
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
CourseTitleHours
Open electives11

The minimum total of credit hours required for this degree is 120.

Electives

CourseTitleHours
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 131Drawing Studio3
ARTF 133Space Research3
ARTF 139Project Studio1
ARTH 103Survey of Art I3
UNIV 111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I [View Image]
Focused Inquiry I3
University Core Curriculum Tier II3
 Term Hours: 16
Spring semester
ARTF 132Surface Research3
ARTF 134Time Studio3
ARTF 139Project Studio1
ARTH 104Survey of Art II3
UNIV 112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II [View Image]
Focused Inquiry II3
University Core Curriculum Tier II3
 Term Hours: 16
Sophomore year
Fall semester
SCPT 211Basic Sculpture I4
SCPT 215Sophomore Seminar2
UNIV 200Inquiry and the Craft of Argument3
Art history (200 level)3
University Core Curriculum Tier II3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
ENGL 215Reading Literature3
SCPT 212Basic Sculpture II4
Directed sculpture elective4
Non-SCPT studio elective 14
 Term Hours: 15
Junior year
Fall semester
SCPT 311Intermediate Sculpture4
Art history (300 or 400 level)3
Non-SCPT studio elective 14
University Core Curriculum Tier II3
 Term Hours: 14
Spring semester
SCPT 312Intermediate Sculpture4
Art history (300 or 400 level)3
General education electives6
Non-SCPT studio elective 23
 Term Hours: 16
Senior year
Fall semester
SCPT 411Advanced Sculpture4
SCPT 415Senior Seminar2
Non-SCPT studio elective 23
Open electives7
 Term Hours: 16
Spring semester
SCPT 412Advanced Sculpture4
Directed upper-level SCPT course4
Open elective4
 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

The minimum total of credit hours required for this degree is 120.

 

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 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 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 292. Concepts and Issues II. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2 credits. Prerequisite: PAPR 290 or SCPT 290. A lecture course that builds on the prerequisite and covers contemporary art from recent decades. Students will be introduced to issues in contemporary art, including recent debates in the field. Crosslisted as: PAPR 292.

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 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 course; 2 lecture and 6 studio hours. 4 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits. Prerequisite: SCPT 311 or SCPT 312. 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 course; 2 lecture and 6 studio hours. 4 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits. Prerequisite: SCPT 311 or SCPT 312. The majority of the student's activities occur in the studio with emphasis on the development of a personal style.

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; 3 lecture and 2 studio hours. 4 credits. Prerequisites: ARTF 131, 132, 133 and 134. Enrollment is restricted to students with junior or senior standing in the School of the Arts. This advanced course comprises two parts. The first examines diverse critical and aesthetic issues through the study of a select group of highly innovative international artists. In the second part, students will participate in studio visits. Crosslisted as: PAPR 480.

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.