The Sculpture and Spatial Practice major enables students to develop their own artistic and research practice, engaging with leading contemporary practitioners and theoreticians in a studio-based curriculum. Students develop their practice through projects that use a wide range of approaches, including socially-engaged art, video installation, publishing, performance, digital fabrication, and traditional sculptural processes such as bronze casting, soft sculpture, and metal and wood construction. Material and conceptual methods are developed in response to students' own interests, contextualized in relation to relevant contemporary art practices and discourses. These projects address broader issues in the world today and students develop research skills to bring appropriate ideas and methods from other fields into their work. This approach foregrounds the political implications of artistic decisions and material resolutions.
The workshop is well-resourced and provides for the necessary range of skills and processes encompassed by the program. Facilities exist for students to explore a broad range of media and techniques including wood and stone carving, modelling, and casting in metal, cement fondue and plaster. Metal fabrication is assisted by a comprehensive range of tools including MIG, TIG oxyacetylene and stick welders, metal bender, guillotine, oxy-cutting equipment, and forging facilities. Construction in timber and related media is supported by a wood working studio housing drill presses, bench, band and radial arm saws, sanders etc. The workshop has a number of spaces which may be used for drawing, viewing of work, and installation-based practice. Students can also access the resources of other workshops within the School and University.