Spring 2022 - CA 264 D100

Methods and Concepts: Sculptural Practices (3)

Class Number: 7843

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 160. A course materials fee is required.



A studio course introducing sculptural practices as they relate to practical, conceptual, aesthetic and historical issues in contemporary art. Students with credit for FPA 264 may not take this course for further credit.


Methods & Concepts: Sculptural Practices will facilitate the production of sculpture projects developed in response to assignments, seminars, field trips, tutorials, readings, conversations, and group critiques. Students will develop increased confidence in articulating their process, concepts, intentions, and the presentation of their sculptures. This course will examine historical moments in the field of sculpture; but will primarily emphasize contemporary sculpture such as installation art, social sculpture, eco-art, performative sculpture, public art, and recent discussions regarding monuments. The role of photography and sculpture will also be addressed. Students are encouraged to collaborate, experiment, and engage with various materials, techniques, and processes of sculpture. Classes will meet in person.


  • Increase ability to find and strengthen creative solutions to constraints and challenges in the context of assignments and independent projects.
  • Increase confidence in independent research, project development, and writing proposals.
  • Appreciation of specific issues within a sculpture practice in contemporary art.
  • Able to develop and implement complex creative strategies outside and inside the studio model.
  • Increased awareness of sculptural properties and the value of concepts and presentation of artwork.


  • Studio Projects 65%
  • Professional response and participation 15%
  • Research and Idea Development 10%
  • Presentation and Documentation 10%



  • Timely and professional presentation and preparedness of work for group critiques and individual meetings.
  • Minimum of 1.5 hours per credit of independent studio time weekly (9 hours) outside of class time. Make sure to leave yourself adequate time to complete your projects well in advance of the designated due date.
  • Participation in critiques and group and individual discussions
  • Please note, attendance and punctuality are expected therefore no credit will be given. However, there will be deductions for lateness. We encourage you not to attend class if you are sick, no deductions will be made but please keep me informed if you will be absent due to illness or other circumstances.




Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.