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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 University 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 University 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 OCAD University (AOCAD) diploma students must complete the requirements listed below, substituting 1.0 credit Faculty of Art electives for 1.0 credit of the upper-year liberal studies requirements. Diploma students admitted to OCAD U 2002 fall/winter or earlier may replace up to 1.5 of the required liberal studies credits with Faculty of Art studio/seminar courses. Liberal studies courses are listed under the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and designated course type LST in the course schedule.

See the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences for an outline of the degree and diploma liberal studies requirements.

200 Level Requirements
SCIN 2B01 Intermedia Studio: Body and Object 0.5
SCIN 2B09 Contemporary Issues: Art Today 0.5
SCIN 2B14 Intermedia Studio: Site and Time 0.5
200 Level SCIN courses 0.5
200 Level Faculty of Art electives* 1.5

Liberal studies courses** 1.5
Total Credits 5.0
Recommended Electives*:
FABR 2B01 Introduction to Fabrication: Bronze Casting & Digital Process
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 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 Studio
PHOT 2B03 Introductory Photography: Black & White
SCIN 2B02 Nature, Transformation & Change
SCIN 2B03 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 0.5
Intermedia Studio:
Problems in Visual Language I

SCIN 3C02 
Intermedia Studio:
Problems in Visual Language II

300 Level SCIN courses 0.5
200 or 300 Level Faculty of Art electives* 1.5

Liberal studies courses** 1.0
Total Credits 5.0

CRCP 3B03 Talking Community
INTM 3B44      3D: Screen to Space (not offered 2011/2012)
SCIN 3B04 Sculpture Studio: How Objects Work
SCIN 3B13 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
SCIN 4C02 SCIN Studio Thesis: Presentation 1.0
400 Level SCIN courses  1.0
200, 300 or 400 Level Faculty of Art electives* 1.0

Liberal studies courses** 1.0
Total Credits
FABR 4B01 Fabrication Studio: Advanced Digital-Bronze Casting  
SCIN 4B03 Public Art
SCIN 4B04 The Immaterial & Material
SCIN 4B06 Doubt & Paradox

* An elective may be any course offered by the Faculty of Art, Interdisciplinary courses (INTR, DIGF and BUSI) offered by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, as well as Material Art & Design courses (MAAD). MAAD courses may replace up to a maximum of 1.5 credits of electives. Electives from Fabrication Studios, Integrated Media, Photography and Criticism & Curatorial Practice are recommended.

**Liberal studies courses are listed under the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and designated course type LST in the course schedule.

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 an overall average of 60% or higher.
• Have an average of at least 65% in designated courses of their major/program. (Faculty of Design only.)
• Have no outstanding accounts at the University.

All Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences courses are available to Faculty of Art 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 (not all courses are offered every year):

VISA 2B07  History of Modern Art
SCTM 2B02   Human Form and Function: Introduction to Anatomy
VISA 3B09 Art After Modern Art: Conceptual Practices (not offered 2011/2012)
VISA 4B02 Performance and Performativity
HUMN 3B13 STUFF: Material Culture and the Meaning of Things
HUMN 4B18 Postmodernism: Critical Perspectives

Students declaring a Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences or Interdisciplinary Studies minor are strongly urged to complete the full complement of studio courses for their major, including all studio electives.

Last Modified:1/24/2012 12:57:31 PM