Master of Arts (MA) in Sculpture


Program Description

Master of Arts (MA) in Sculpture

In addition to conventional, “old-school” sculpting techniques, the Academy offers alternative syllabuses. Parallel with real space sculpture we propose a new concept of sculpture and its environment employing new technologies, including virtual space. The students can select their classes with regard to their own preferences for developing their sculpting skills at our excellent metal foundry, and workshops in ceramics, plastics and stonework, as well as a professional holographic studio.

Studio of Sculpture 3

Head: professor Danuta Mączak
Assistant: dr Karolina Komasa

MA studies

keyword themed tasks on a variety of socio-cultural and environmental issues. Keyword-based work is a trigger for the students to create pieces of sculpture from the perspective of their own unique imagination, intuition and experience and reflect their own individual perception of the world. The students can follow their own tailored curricula in consultation with the professors.

Studio of Sculpture 5

Head: professor Wiesław Koronowski
Assistant: Igor Mikoda

Sculpting a nude or a portrait, a so-called idealised reflection of reality is, in fact, a process of defining spatial relations. Sculpting can be compared to tuning the instrument of cognition, is not really a story of the model, but rather of the relationships the artist has been able to discover. Faithfully reproducing nature can be an aim in itself as well – depending on the particular area of creative exploration. The issues discussed include the following:

MA studies
- intuition as a source of knowledge in the process of shaping sculptural forms,
- developing an awareness of the means of artistic expression in the language of sculpture

Studio of Sculpture 1

Head: professor Józef Petruk
Assistant: Rafał Kotwis

Studies in nature and exercises to expand the imagination will comprise the foundation of the curriculum. The classes will provide students with the necessary skills that will help them solve the problems of composition, expressed both through the imagination and formal research. Personal expression through small sculptures will be an important experience. The students will have an opportunity to see a foundry and a metal processing and welding shop to gain a knowledge of sculpting techniques and consequently learn how to achieve the spatial organisation of the environment. The objectives of the course are to provide students with:

MA studies
- how to sculpt groups of figures,
- how to combine modern media with classical sculpture,
- how to utilise public spaces for their own creative expression.

Studio of Sculpture 8

Head: professor Kazimierz Raba
Assistant: Jarosław Bogucki

The curriculum is based on the concept of sculpting materials. The use of materials is important and affects a sculpture to a great extent. The students will encounter workshops such as the ceramic studio, locksmith’s shop, plastic processing plant, and non-ferrous metal foundry. The use of stone materials in the 8th studio will enable students to learn the traditional techniques and technologies which are necessary for a sculptor’s work. The curriculum provides manual dexterity training and creativity improvement tasks based on studies of nature. The quality and the reasons for the use of a given technique must be justifiable by the nature of the task. The work will be done in such a manner as to suit the unique skills and preferences of each student.

Studio of Spatial Activities

Head: professor Marcin Berdyszak
Assistant: Tomasz Drewicz

This course is carried out as a series of seminars, at which items will be exhibited and discussed. The realisation of students' work takes place in spaces which are necessary for their meaning, even outside the studio or academy. Students will be assigned a number of tasks related to experiencing various kinds of presence in space. This will include work with objects, ready-made items and their mutual relationships, things themselves, scale etc. A range of media will be used from traditional ones to digital techniques. The contents of the tasks will not be explicitly defined in any case and will evolve from the student’s interests and personality. A graduate in the 3rd year of studies should have developed their field of artistic interests and should possess the elementary skills (beyond purely technical abilities) to accomplish personal artistic objectives.

Last updated Feb 2019

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About the School

The Poznan University of Arts has been in existence for over 90 years. It was established in 1919 as the School of Decorative Arts and was later transformed into the State Institute of Art.

The Poznan University of Arts has been in existence for over 90 years. It was established in 1919 as the School of Decorative Arts and was later transformed into the State Institute of Art. Read less