The 3D studies program encourages an experimental and analytical approach to sculpture and ceramics. There is emphasis on developing both technical skills and a theoretical understanding as students work through a challenging project-based studio program. Practical experience in welding, bronze and aluminium casting, carving and fabrication in wood and metal, forms a core of traditional media offered in the studio. Students are given extensive instruction in excellent facilities, in the various techniques and processes involved in these media including work, health and safety issues.
The study of ceramics fosters an exploratory approach to ceramic practice, providing students with the skills and theoretical understandings that enables them to continue developing their work beyond graduation. Sculptural ceramics, mixed media, tableware, architectural work, and ephemeral works are all supported within the studio. A questioning attitude to the role of ceramics in both contemporary culture and art practice is encouraged. Craft theory, material culture, and other relevant theoretical areas are part of the studio discourse. Instruction is provided in handbuilding, various casting and molding methods and wheel throwing. Clay technology and information on paper clays and other altered bodies, porcelains and castings slips are covered as well as glaze and surfacing substances technology and techniques, woodfire, raku, sagger firing and kiln building. Wood-firing, including long fire anagama, is a popular area of research for students.
As well as working with traditional sculptural media, students are encouraged to make use of digital media by incorporating new technologies into their art making. Video, audio/sound and computer modelling and rendering are available in their studio practice. Studio management and professional practice are an integral part of studio instruction.