Fine Arts 3D

No matter their medium of choice, students in Fine Arts 3D are encouraged to push the boundaries of their creativity and the disciplines in which they work.

The fine arts 3D department is dedicated to the creation of the artistic object in one of five media: ceramics, fibers, glass, metals (jewelry and metalsmithing), and sculpture.

Students begin with the study of structure, form-making, idea development, tool handling, and studio safety. They then advance to classes that develop and refine their aesthetic vision and build their technical, conceptual, and critical skills in their chosen medium.

  • Ceramics courses focus on ceramic casting, architectural ceramics, and clay and glaze materials.
  • Fibers courses instruct students in weaving, surface design, hand papermaking, interlacing, dyeing, constructions, and collage.
  • Glass courses teach a variety of hot and cold fabrication techniques for creating both vessels and sculptural forms.
  • Jewelry and Metalsmithing courses cover all major metalworking techniques, from wax casting to die forming.
  • Sculpture courses help students develop skills in moldmaking, foundry, woodworking, and welding, as well as in building processes using various media.

Students gain first-hand knowledge about professional artists working in various 3D media through field trips to area studios, galleries, and museums, as well as through a vibrant program of topical symposia and visiting artists. Fine Arts 3D faculty are working artists with close ties to the contemporary art world in Boston and beyond.