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“Sculpture is the silent key to the world we encounter every second of every day. You might say that what is not painting, or printmaking, performance or video, what is not photography or film or cyberspace may be sculpture. You might be right. But you may just as easily be wrong.”

                            — Ian Carr-Harris, artist and OCAD U faculty member

Sculpture has always been the projected imagining of ourselves in space and time. In our contemporary context, sculpture is no longer defined as pure form but as the installation of forms and signs in relation to one another.

The paradoxical nature of contemporary sculpture poses intriguing difficulties in knowing how to use it to represent our experience in the world, yet it may be for this very reason that it has become the dominant practice, internationally, over the course of the last several decades. The Sculpture/Installation program at OCAD U takes this paradox as the basis for instruction, and graduating students are consequently well placed to contribute to that practice. Our students’ success in entering post-graduate programs in Canada and abroad, as well as their ability to succeed as exhibiting professionals, is proof of the fundamental strength of the program.

Sculpture/Installation Program Guide

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree students must complete the requirements listed below for their program, including 5.0 Liberal Studies credits. 

Associate of the Ontario College of Art & Design (AOCAD) diploma students must complete the requirements listed below for their program, including 4.0 Liberal Studies credits. Diploma students admitted to OCAD U 2002 fall/winter or earlier, may replace up to 1.5 of the 4.0 required Liberal Studies with studio/seminar courses. 

See the Liberal Studies requirements that pertain to you.

200 Level Requirements
SCIN 2B01 Intermedia Studio: Body and Object 0.5 0.5
SCIN 2B09 Contemporary Issues: Art Today (STU/SEM) 0.5 0.5**
SCIN 2B14 Intermedia Studio: Site and Time 0.5 0.5
200 Level SCIN Studio or SCIN STU/SEM courses 0.5 1.0
200 Level Faculty of Art electives****
including Interdisciplinary (INTR & DIGF) courses
1.5*** 2.0***

Liberal Studies courses 1.5* 0.5*
Total Credits 5.0 5.0
Recommended Electives****:
FABR 2B01 Introduction to Fabrication: Bronze Casting
FABR 2B02 Introduction to Fabrication: Metal
FABR 2B03 Introduction to Fabrication: Mouldmaking
FABR 2B04 Introduction to Fabrication: Plastics
FABR 2B05 Introduction to Fabrication: Wood
FABR 2B07 Special Focus: Dataspace - Producing Data Object
INTM 2B03                  Body as Material: Performance by Artists
INTM 2B06 Sonic Arts
INTM 2B24 Introduction to Electronics: Kinetic Objects
INTR 2B01 Making Gender: LGBTQ Studi
PHOT 2B03 Introductory Photography: Black & White
SCIN 2B02 Special Focus Studio: Nature, Transformation & Change
SCIN 2B03 Special Focus: Shaping Ideas
SCIN 2B07 Sculpture: Language of Materials
SCIN 2B19 Life Study for Sculpture I
SCIN 2B20 Life Study for Sculpture II
300 Level Requirements
SCIN 3B01 Issues in the History of Sculpture (STU/SEM) 0.5 0.5**
Intermedia Studio:
Problems in Visual Language I


SCIN 3C02 
Intermedia Studio:
Problems in Visual Language II


300 Level SCIN Studio or SCIN STU/SEM courses 0.5 0.5
200 or 300 Level Faculty of Art electives****
including Interdisciplinary (INTR & DIGF) courses
1.5*** 2.0***

Liberal Studies courses 1.0* 0.5*
Total Credits 5.0 5.0

CRCP 3B03 Special Focus: Talking Community (STU/SEM
INTM 3B44      3D: Screen to Space
SCIN 3B03 Sculpture Studio: How Objects Work
SCIN 3B13 Special Focus Studio: Introduction To Contemporary Aboriginal Sculpture Practice
SCIN 3B14 Life Study for Sculpture III
200 and 300 Level Fabrication Studio courses
400 Level Requirements
SCIN 4C01 SCIN Studio Thesis: Research 1.0 1.0
SCIN 4C02 SCIN Studio Thesis: Presentation 1.0 1.0
400 Level SCIN Studio or SCIN STU/SEM courses  1.0 1.0
200, 300 or 400 Level Faculty of Art electives****
including Interdisciplinary (INTR & DIGF) courses
1.0*** 1.5***

Liberal Studies courses 1.0* 0.5*
Total Credits
5.0 5.0
FABR 4B01 Fabrication Studio: Advanced Bronze Casting  (Not offered 2010/11)
INTM 4B20 Co-Lab
SCIN 4B03 Public Art
SCIN 4B04 Special Focus Studio: The Immaterial & Material
SCIN 4B06 Special Focus Studio: Doubt & Paradox

Eligibility to Graduate

Please note that students are eligible to graduate if they:
•Have fulfilled all program requirements.
•Are in good academic standing. (Students who attempt 2.0 or more credits in an academic year and earn an average of 60% or higher in those credits are in satisfactory academic standing.)
•Have on overall average of 60% or higher.
•Have an average of at least 65% in the designated courses of their major/program. (Faculty of Design only).
•Have no outstanding accounts at the university.

All Liberal Studies courses are available to students and a wide range of study is encouraged. Sculpture/Installation students who are seeking Liberal Studies courses to deepen their disciplinary knowledge may be interested in the following courses:

History of Modern Art
SCTM 2B02 Human Form and Function: Introduction to Anatomy
VISC 3B09 Art After Modern Art: Conceptual Practices
VISC 4B02 Performance and Performativity
HUMN 3B92 Special Topic in Humanities: STUFF: Material Culture and the Meaning of Things
HUMN 4B18 Postmodernism: Critical Perspectives

*See the Liberal Studies requirements for Degree and Diploma requirements.

**1.0 credit of the 2.5 upper-level Liberal Studies credit requirements may be fulfilled by studio/seminar courses  (diploma only).

***Electives**** from Fabrication Studios, Integrated Media, Photography and Criticism & Curatorial Practice are recommended.

****An elective may be any studio or studio/seminar course offered by the Faculty of Art. You may also take an elective in your program Major area as well as in Material Art & Design (maximum 0.5 credit per year for a total of 1.5 credits). Students declaring a Liberal Studies minor are strongly urged to complete the full complement of studio courses for their major, including all studio electives

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