What is the course about?
This course is aimed at students with some previous experience of sculpture wishing to develop their own individual sculpture practice. It is a mixture of single and group projects, individual tutorials and group debate, together with time on your own developing your practice. We'll encourage you to consider the themes and ideas that influence your art; we'll challenge your thinking and broaden your experience and expectations of sculpture. This course focuses on a contemporary approach to sculpture, and encourages independent and experimental work.
The course culminates in an end of year sculpture exhibiton in July, held in a London venue.
What will we cover?
This course focuses on both the material and technical aspects of sculpture practice within an experimental and progressive framework. You will undertake a series of projects designed to inspire you on aesthetic, technical and theoretical levels, as well as introducing you to practical methods such as casting, construction and assemblage.
Strong emphasis is placed on developing a good working practice that will allow you to confidently research and develop your own innovative designs for sculpture. You will be introduced to a broad range of sculpture, both contemporary and historical, and you'll be encouraged to experiment and develop experimental means and methods.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• develop ideas and concepts for your sculpture
• research, document and discuss contemporary and historical sculptural concepts
• criticise your own and others' work.
• experiment with a range of materials and processes
• demonstrate safe and proper use of tools and materials.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at students with some previous experience of sculpture and/or a related 3D discipline.
You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussions. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will involve up to four individual and group projects per term, and up to four group crits per term. There will also be gallery visits and video lectures, as well as individual tutorials. Students are expected to work outside class times for specific projects, and expected to keep up with current exhibitions in London.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A selection of equipment and tools is provided and basic materials are included in the course fee. You will need to provide any specialist materials and tools. Please bring a sketchbook and pencils. Stout shoes should be worn in the sculpture studio at all times.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
If you've enjoyed this course check out the wide range of other sculpture courses run by Build - everything from clay sculpting to stone carving, workshops following in the footsteps of Giacometti or Duchamp, or developing site specific sculpture for the Tate Modern to prop making . Browse the Build website or prospectus to get inspired.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details