At CIA, sculpture is a hybrid practice that links materials with interactive and time-based technologies. In this inter-disciplinary major, you’ll hone a set of construction skills, working with wood, fabricating with textiles and metals, 3D modeling, casting, sewing, making molds, assembling and building, sound manipulation, video projections and physical computing. Each student finds their own path, specializing or combining these processes.
This major links theory and practice; conceptual development and hands on work. All courses in the Sculpture + Expanded Media major offer you an introduction to the history of the field alongside contemporary work. With guidance and experimentation you will find a way to integrate ideas and forms for the field of Sculpture, past and present. The program builds on this search to find your place and point-of-view, and to determine what influence your work will have in ethical, cultural, and gallery contexts.
This studio perspective will be supplemented by ideas from visiting artists, scholars, and crafts people who introduce differing interpretive methodologies and view points. Department visits to local museums, galleries and collections, and road trips to major exhibitions such as the Carnegie International, the Whitney Biennial and the Armory Show will be integral to your broad education.
Real-world experience for real-world careers
What may best set CIA apart from other colleges of art and design is its commitment to engaged practice. CIA’s Engaged Practice provides you opportunities to learn through experience by working on real-world projects with external partners or clients, or in the public sphere—all before graduation.
These opportunities allow you to put your classroom and studio knowledge to work in a professional setting while still being guided by faculty. You’ll learn what it takes to meet clients’ expectations, and you will emerge with confidence that will serve you as you launch your career.
Art and design education is structured to prepare students for the challenges of competition that define a career in the art and design fields. Consistent with that value, CIA students begin their major focus with an application process that is competitive. Students apply to majors in the spring semester of their Foundation year.
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Associate Professor | Chair of Sculpture + Expanded Media
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While at CIA, you'll learn from the masters through our rigorous, world-class curriculum and connect with working professionals to begin your career.