Fine Arts 3D Courses

These are some sample courses offered within the 2D MFA program. With approval of an advisor, students may also choose electives from the Professional Arts (ProArts) Consortia and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

3DCR304 Ceramic Sculpture

Ceramic Sculpture is an advanced elective studio course which includes both aesthetic and technical information applied to producing contemporary ceramic sculpture. Over the semester, discussions concerning the potential of ceramic technologies and uses surrounding the 'art object' and sculpture will be built into the content of studio projects/investigations. Slide and book lectures will include objects of various cultures and periods. Presentation of objects, installation, site-specific and environmental art in nature and architecture will also be discussed and experienced. Through involved exploration, each student should expect to produce work which reflects personal technical and conceptual development.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: any 3DCR course

3DCR308 Multiples, Sets and Editions
This course investigates the production of ceramic objects that are developed within a series format. Projects include unique pieces that are part of a related series and limited editions of identical objects. Ideas explored include architectural relief tiles, tableware, and various sculptural formats. Mold making and ceramic casting processes are incorporated with various low- and high-fire glaze options.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: Any 200-level ceramic elective or permission of instructor

3DCR309 Tiles, Reliefs & Mosaics
Production and use of tiles, mosaics and reliefs. This course explores historical and contemporary uses of clay in architecture and objectmaking. Projects include design consideration, fabrication methods including mold and dye processes and installation techniques.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: CER203

3DCR310 Ceramic Chemistry
Ceramics Chemistry offers students the opportunity to gain familiarity with clays, surfaces, and kilns. Weekly assignments, independent projects and two exams provide students with the exposure necessary to gain basic and personalized knowledge of ceramic materials and processes.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: none

3DTD208 Objects That Change Lives
This is a studio based course that focuses on making ceramic objects which improve people's health and living conditions. Students will be introduced to various global non-profit organizations whose missions are to combine art and social concerns, including water purification, hunger, shelter and mental stress while learning how to make their own ceramic objects. Various handbuilding, wheelthrowing, moldmaking and design techniques will be used in studio projects. This course is appropriate for both beginning and advanced level students.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: none

3DFB322 Intermediate Weaving
An exploration of more complex weaving techniques, including computer-aided drafting, multiple harness, 3D weaves, and ikat. Projects emphasize contemporary uses of woven imagery and forms along with personal expression.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: FIB222 or permission of instructor

3DFB422 Advanced Weaving
An exploration of more complex weaving techniques, including computer-aided drafting, multiple harness, 3D weaves, and ikat. Projects emphasize contemporary uses of woven imagery and forms along with personal expression.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite:  FIB322 or permission for of instructor

3DGL321 Intermediate Glass Blowing
A continuation of basic and more advanced glassblowing techniques used to make vessels and sculptural forms. Progressively more difficult assignments develop skills and concepts. Historical and contemporary glass techniques are discussed and incorporated into student work.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: Prerequisites: Gl231

3DGL334 Advanced Glassblowing
Challenging design and technical possibilities in functional and sculptural formats. Students incorporate advanced techniques into specific projects. Historical and contemporary glass techniques, designs, and applications are discussed and incorporated into student work. Projects emphasize personal expression and experimentation, and technical proficiency.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: GL231

3DML3X4 CAD for Jewelry & Metals
Computer aided design for jewelry & metals is a focused elective that covers fundamental strategies and methods for creating jewelry and metal objects using computer technology. CAD and 3D modeling programs are used for developing a series of objects that are designed to be made with a variety of output including CNC milling and rapid prototyping.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: MTL210, MTL200 or permission

3DML3X5 Raising & Forming
This course uses traditional large scale forming techniques to develop sculptural forms and vessels. Raising or smithing skills are required.


Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: MTL220 or SC353

3DSC304X Advanced Metal Project
This course offers to students who have successfully completed any of the beginning Metalshop classes a venue to further enhance their hand and conceptual skills. Projects will be generated individually by each of the students, and they will each develop a series of works based upon their preferred medium. Drawings, process plans, and critiques will be an integral part of the class. Students will be expected to present their work to the class for feedback all during the process. Advanced Welding, fabrication, blacksmithing, and foundry will be covered on an as needed basis.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: SC201, SC353X, SC253, SC264X

3DSC308 Food and Art
This is a course made for adventurous food/art lovers. Imagine feasting, cooking, installations, food culture, food in contemporary art and art history, films, special projects, food chemistry, field trips, and making fabulous table decor!

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: none

3DSC309 Advanced Wood Sculpture
This is a hands-on studio course focusing on sculptural object making, using wood as a medium. The course will integrate intuitive approaches and structured processes through direct engagement with the material. In addition to guiding the student through the various technical hurdles encountered as the projects unfold, an equal stress is placed on the development of ideas and intent. Investigations in planning and prototyping, multiples production and large-scale works will also be included.


Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: 3DTD201 or Arch. Materials & Methods

3DSC309X Intro to Kinetic Art
This course is intended for object makers, to introduce motion into their sculpture. An overview on the history of kinetic art is provided to inspire a richness of conceptual thinking. The course is directed toward a final project of the student's design, which may be sculpture, installation, performance, costume, robotics, toys, etc. Issues covered include: mechanism design and troubleshooting, hand cranks, ratchets, solenoids, motors, drive systems, and basic steelworking techniques aimed at building safe and reliable kinetic art.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: SC253, SC264, SIM374 or instructors permission

3DSC320 Video Sculpture
Open to graduates and undergraduates interested in video sculpture, installation, performance and site-specific work. Every day you use your body as a tool to manipulate materials, create physical objects and act on others. Through this process your body acts as an extension of your ideas, making them physically manifest in time. This class will explore objects, time and space using the video as a tool and new material capable of acting on the 3D world.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: none

3DSC345 Sculpting the Text; Writing the Object
Students registering for 3DSC 345 also register in the same semester for LALW 345. The two courses are interdisciplinary corequisites of each other that marry the practices of writing and sculpting. The objects made in the five-hour 3D course and the writing done in the three-hour LA seminar inspire and "talk to" each other through various iterations throughout the semester. Students are expected to complete two projects, each of which consists of both visual work and written work. The courses will culminate with an exposition of these completed projects. Grading for both courses will be jointly determined by the two faculty leading the respective sections. Students who successfully complete the classes will receive 3 Liberal Arts elective credits and 3 Sculpture studio electives.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: open to all Juniors and Seniors/ Corequisite LALW345

3DSC353 Metals Fabrication & Blacksmithing
Development of skills and techniques used in ferrous and nonferrous metal object making. Students learn hot forge processes and machine tooling. Projects incorporate conceptual experimentation and technical skill development. Proper use and maintenance of all equipment is stressed.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: SC253

3DSC354 Anatomical Structure
An in-depth study of the bones and muscles of the human figure, working primarily in 3D form. This course covers movement, proportions, and development through growth and aging.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: SC251

3DSC3X1 Bladesmithing
Course will include a compressed pattern welding (Damascus steel) tutorial with students grouped in pairs to produce the pattern welded steel for their projects. Second phase will include: Knife design and construction. Third phase will include fabrication and finishing of projects.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: 3DSC253

3DSC3X2 Technology and Culture
This is a studio course open to beginning and advanced students. The course will focus on the interrelationship between technology and culture and dedicated to the study of historically significant artifacts.

Graduate Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Undergraduate Prerequisite: none

FA3D501-5 3D Major Studio - Graduate
The structure of a Major Studio course varies greatly depending upon the department. In some departments, the Major Studio advisor predetermines the course structure. In others, the students and faculty determine the structure and content of the Major Studio at the beginning of the semester. The Major Studio meetings may include presentations by the instructor(s), critiques of student work in progress, presentations and critiques by visiting artists and scholars, and class trips or off-campus interactions.