Course Catalog - Maine College of Art

Fall 2018 Course Schedule 
Spring 2019 Course Schedule


    SC 105

    The Sculptural Imagination: Wood, Steel and Foundry Practices

    This course is an introduction to the basic techniques involved in woodworking, foundry processes, and welded steel sculpture. We will investigate the materials, methods, and concepts that serve as the foundation for creating sculptural artworks. Through weekly assignments, lectures, demonstrations, and discussions we will explore traditional and experimental approaches to the theory and practice involved in making sculpture. In each of the assignments we will study the historical, cultural, and contemporary applications and implications of these given sculptural techniques. However, the subject matter for all assignments is open to your individual interpretation. Students will learn how to identify materials, proper material usage, learn tools and safety within the Sculpture area, create finished works, and learn articulation of these materials (both physically and audibly) via critiques of finished works. The primary objective for this course is to develop the skills needed to interpret and articulate contemporary modes of creating sculpture that students will encounter as professional artists and creative problem solvers.

    Prerequisites : None

    3 credits
    SC 225

    Beginning Performance Art

    This course focuses on introducing, exploring and experimenting with the artist’s body as a medium in time and space. Through in-class exercises, slide lectures, readings, discussions, case studies, individual performances and group critiques, we will investigate the formal elements and conceptual aspects of performance art: body/bodies, movement/action, clothing, object/material, voice/sound, time, space, site/context, content and audience. Students are encouraged to blur the boundary between art forms and disciplines. We will work from our own personal experience/concerns and learn to deliver our intention through the action of “performing as one’s self” (as opposed to actors/actresses who are performing someone else.) The ultimate goal is to fully explore and understand the complexity of who we are as individuals, and to share our insight through the language of the body. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    Prerequisites : No prerequisites.

    Additional Notes : Elective. 6 hours/week.

    3 credits
    SC 272

    Transdisciplinary Video Art Installation

    Transdiciplinary Video Art Installation consists of a series of small intensive classes designed to give students the skills to become a technically proficient video maker and conceptual thinker. Video is the new ‘truth medium’ of our time. Based from traditional sculptural practices – using form, context, space, and concept - students will navigate how video art can operate within their artistic practice. Each student will produce individual projects through hands-on instruction in camera composition, lighting, sound, and editing. We will survey and analyze current trends in video through screenings, readings, and discussions. We will explore a broad range of contemporary practices in the field of video art production and exhibition installation including single and multi channel installation, performance, and web based video media. Students will use the sculpture studios to create objects, sets, and costumes for their videos, and shoot in their locations. We will learn editing and formatting software best suited for each student’s projects. Major emphasis will be given to the way their videos are displayed and deployed in the world. We will provide access to equipment such as cameras, microphones, Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro nonlinear editing systems, media players for multi-channel installations, video projectors for image display, audio speakers for installation.

    Prerequisites : Basic knowledge of video editing software and video cameras.

    3 credits
    SC 310

    Bronze & Aluminum Foundry Practices: Casting Objects, Parts, and Editions

    Students will participate in all stages of the resin bonded casting process including, multi part mold making, metal pouring and surface finish and patination. Casts can be a one of a kind sculpture, parts for larger works, performance art or components for inclusion in installations. Casts can be welded to other casts, combined with other materials into mixed media works. Students develop their inspiration through working with materials including wax, cloth, cardboard, wood and plastics. Students will learn contemporary uses of mediums known through the ages for their ability to reproduce very accurate designs in metal. Slide lectures will help develop a sense of bronze and aluminum cast sculpture from earliest to present time.

    Prerequisites : FN 115 and enrollment in a studio major, or SC 105, or with the instructor’s permission. (formerly known as Metal Sculpture: Casting)

    3 credits
    SC 321

    Sculpture: Junior Major Studio 

    This course emphasizes the making of sculpture: inspiration, identifying material resources, developing technical skills, craftsmanship and critical awareness of visual and structural integrity. Four complete works and supporting material in the form of three-dimensional studies, experiments and drawings are expected. Students choose materials and subjective references, and works may incorporate resources and inspiration from other disciplines. Students develop productive work habits and learn to take charge of their direction and keep to a schedule. Technical assistance is available to help with new processes. Students work in all three studios of the department.

    Prerequisites : Two SC electives, preferably SC 105 and SC 106

    3 credits
    SC 421

    Sculpture: Senior Major Studio 

    This course equips students with the wherewithal to sustain artistic growth and emphasizes an independent and significant investigation of personal artistic interests and sensibilities. Students determine the nature of the work they produce, choosing technical means, materials, scale and context. Sculpture is approached as the perceptual and philosophical exploration of form and our interactions with it. Visual organization and craftsmanship, essential to making clear content, are stressed. Four complete works and supporting material in the form of three dimensional studies or experiments and drawings are expected, culminating in the presentation of a written thesis. Students work in all studios of the department.

    Prerequisites : SC 321-322

    3 credits
    SEM 451

    Professional Studio (Craft, Fine Arts, Digital Media, Illustration and Design)

    This one-semester course is designed to deliver professional development information to seniors through presentations and lectures pertinent to artists and designers. Topics from how to establish a studio/community to various ways of working with individuals and the public; to making a professional identity package and finances plus many more will be explored. In addition to lectures and tutorials, there may also be field trips connected to appropriate topics, as well as visiting artists and professionals such as a CPA and Maine Arts Commission. Class projects are designed to offer specific experiences and skills pertinent to the student’s professional development. Sections will be split to focus on area-specific professional information and assignments.

    Prerequisites : Must be majoring

    3 credits