3D & Extended Media
The 3D & Extended Media Division is grounded in a comprehensive understanding of traditional 3D media, which includes sculpture, ceramics, and extended media practices. In order to enhance your development as an artist, our program offers a curriculum that promotes conceptual investigation and a critical understanding of contemporary issues through the exploration of diverse media and expertise achieved in a range of technical processes.
The 3D faculty encourages the development of your ideas and passions by challenging you to hone the analytical and critical ability needed to effectively express your personal vision. Importantly, you will have the opportunity to become an active participant in the broader cultural and global discourse as well as gain the tools to succeed in graduate art studies and as an arts professional.
The Ceramics Area offers you a distinctive opportunity to fully engage in an open, dynamic, rigorous and supportive studio environment to explore personal expression in clay within a broad, fine art context. Faculty has in-depth and varied expertise gained through a long history of art practice in and engagement with ceramic art at both national and international levels.
You will have every opportunity to immerse yourself in concepts and techniques related to your particular needs and personal vision while mastering beginning to advanced ceramic processes. To inspire your evolution in the field of art and art-making, faculty expose you to historic and contemporary ceramic art issues and practitioners while guiding you in undertaking your own research, peer presentations and work in clay. You are further encouraged to investigate and incorporate mixed media, installation, digital, performance, and interdisciplinary approaches in your work.
Students working in sculpture take courses designed to combine current art theory, an understanding of relevant cultural and historical issues, and the application of specialized technical skills to create works of art having clarity of intention.
The diverse philosophies of our faculty foster a range of traditional processes and contemporary practices for the effective exploration of ideas. You are expected to develop professionalism in terms of technical skills, conceptual formulation and critical thinking.
Initially, you are introduced to strategies to successfully integrate concepts, processes and materials. Modeling, casting, carving, construction and welding are explored in depth. Respect for and safe use of tools and machinery are emphasized. At the intermediate and advanced levels, you are encouraged to develop personal visions using traditional and experimental processes.
Extended Media emphasizes experimental contemporary studio practice that includes combined media installation, performance, environmental and site-specific art, video and audio installations, community based practice, and interactive and relational strategies. Students develop an integrated approach in the studio, where research combines conceptual development with the most appropriate media for the project at hand.
The 3D & Extended Media facilities are extensive and include:
- separate undergraduate and graduate metal and wood fabrication shops
- a metal casting foundry
- a ceramics atelier
- project development rooms
- individual graduate studios
- open spaces for large scale work and installations.
Within each facility a complete array of specialized machinery, tools, and software are provided to develop both traditional and new media projects. Please see the links below for detailed descritptions of facilities and equipment for Undergraduate and Graduate Ceramics, Sculpture, and Extended Media.
The ceramics facility has a complete, properly ventilated, indoor clay-mixing space, three large gas kilns, four electric kilns in a roofed, out-door kiln area next to a well-stocked glaze area with a spray booth, and in the two classrooms are electric potters wheels, an extruder, and a slab-roller, along with several work tables and ample shelving.
The sculpture facilities include a woodshop, metal shop and foundry and are well equipped to accommodate both traditional and extended media processes.
EXTENDED MEDIA RESOURCES
Digital resources include the robust computer labs across the campus, and School of Art equipment that may be checked out by students including cameras, audio recorders, video cams (DSLR and conventional), digital video projectors and DVD players, and lighting and microphone kits.
Visit the Resources and Facilities page to learn more.
Art Clayworks (Ceramics)
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- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, 3D & Extended Media Emphasis
- Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art, 3D & Extended Media Emphasis
Visit our Degrees page to find out more about offerings in 3D and Extended Media, or contact an academic advisor and set up an advising appointment to learn more about School of Art programs and admissions.