Undergraduate Course: Contemporary Sculpture (LLLA07048)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||THIS IS A FOR-CREDIT ONLY COURSE OFFERED BY THE CENTRE FOR OPEN LEARNING (COL); ONLY STUDENTS REGISTERED WITH COL SHOULD BE ENROLLED.
Introducing the core concepts of 3D fine art, this course aims to develop an understanding of contemporary sculptural practices. Referencing sculptural techniques from the 1960's to the present day, students will investigate the use of materials and examine ideas of form and space. Students will be encouraged to explore relationships between a wide range of found, recycled or other materials to conceive, create and present a range of sculptural forms.
Outline of Content
The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 30 hours. Alternatively, the course can be delivered more intensely or as a block if required.
Over the class sessions the course will cover:
- Introduction to key concepts within contemporary sculpture.
- Introduction to basic materials, experimenting with paper, card and recycled sculptural 'ingredients'
- Considering form and space, introduction to plaster and clay techniques.
- Combines and assemblages. Working with found, ready-made and recovered objects;
- Looking at place, in relation to the gallery.
- Looking at place, in relation to the outdoor context.
- Experimenting with personal ideas and materials.
- Creating a personal project including contextual references.
- Looking at how to present work.
- Develop and create an Individual Project.
The Learning Experience
The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, students' progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.
For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a 'directed study plan' which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.
Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks, a visual digital journal and practical outcomes.
The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Unless otherwise stated, all students on this short course pay a published course fee per enrolment.
Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:
- Hand tools
Materials and equipment available for purchase during the course:
(Estimated cost: £5-£50 depending of usage and prices)
- A limited supply of clay
- A limited supply of basic paper.
In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicate tools, materials and equipment:
(Estimated cost: £10 - £30 depending on usage and prices)
- Sketch books; essential
- Later in the course you will need to provide the materials you choose to use (except the above).
- Cameras to document work and sites. These can be phone cameras. There will be a camera at times to borrow but it is much easier for students to document their own work and keep a record of images.
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Research, context and ideas: Demonstrate an enquiring and experimental approach for a range of materials to explore form and space, supported by contextual research and references.
- Practice, skills and techniques: Demonstrate an informed understanding and an appropriate use of materials to create a range of personal responses.
- Selection, presentation and reflection: Evidence appropriate judgement to document, select, edit and present a range of personal sculptural forms, supported by accompanying sketchbooks, journal and photographic images.
PATRIZO, A. 1999 Contemporary Sculpture in Scotland. Craftsman House
HOLSWORTH, H W. (Ed) 2012, Art Now Vol 3. Taschen
BANN, K. 2003, Jannis Kounellis. Reaktion Books London
HOBBS. R., 1982, Robert Smithson: a retrospective view. Ithica NY: Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art,
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Ability to deploy sculpture construction techniques.
Working creatively in 3D.
Ability to demonstrate the use of composition and design in 3D.
An understanding of contemporary sculpture.
Ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of contemporary sculpture within visual culture.
|Keywords||Sculpture,Recycled,Materials,3D,Clay,Plaster of Paris,Contemporary
|Course organiser||Mr Oliver Reed
|Course secretary||Ms Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855