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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 2

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Carmela Laganse


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 430

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23926

Office Hours: Wednesday, 1:30- 4:30

Course Objectives:

The course objectives of 2SC3 are to further develop spatial thought processes through the vocabulary of sculpture. Balanced emphasis is placed on expanding conceptual and practical knowledge through metal fabrication, woodworking, mould-making and casting, assemblage, site-specific, and hybrid practices.

This course will explore both personal strategies and communal practice to maximize the student’s understanding of both applied knowledge and dimensional possibility.

The instructor will develop projects that consider the individual students conceptual concerns, interests and creative strengths.

By the end of the course students will:

  • Broaden their intellectual responses to an expanding field of possibilities inherent within contemporary sculptural practice and theory.
  • Acquire a refined technical understanding of advanced techniques, methods and practices related to current dimensional expression.
  • Demonstrate a heightened ability to relate concepts of spatial dynamics, form, to structural and time-based practices and projects.
  • Acquire a greater understanding of personal research methods, collective research practice and fuse such experiences into conventional or hybrid sculptural practice.
  • Develop a critical dialogue through group discussions; students will be able to envision their work from a globally informed perspective.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

A studio material fee of $100.00 must be paid to the School of the Arts office in TSH 414 within the first two weeks of classes. This fee enables SOTA to supply some of the basic communal materials in a cost effective and convenient manner to our students.

While we attempt to cover most basics, students will be required to augment this list by purchasing certain items according to individual choices pertinent to the resolution of particular assignments.

Method of Assessment:

Your assessment and evaluation will be based on the following:


  • Participation in class, critiques (includes presentation of work as well as feedback to peers).


  • Project one


  • Project two


  • Project three


  • Project four


  • Sketchbook/project folders: visual resources, material sourcing, sketches, cut-lists, notes, evidence of problem solving etc. should be documented and collected in your sketchbooks/ project folders and submitted with each project. Ensure that pages in the sketchbook are marked and indicated accordingly or that separate project folders are used.


*Project descriptions/outlines will be posted on Avenue.

All projects and research are due on March 21 & 28, 2013 for final critiques and evaluation. Incomplete projects and portfolios will be penalized accordingly, and the Instructor will only accept late submissions with prior approval.

Final portfolios are due April 8, 2013 for a final review.  A grade indicative of the student’s progress will be provided by Friday, February 14th 2013.

University grade scale or percent equivalences used to calculate final grades. A+ = 90-100; A = 85-90; A- = 80-84; B+ = 77-79; B = 73-76; B- = 70-72; C+ = 67-69; C = 63-66; C- = 60-62; D+ =57-59; D = 53-56; D- = 50-52; F = 0-49.

The Instructor will determine the student’s grade by evaluating the portfolio, which should display the student’s creative sensitivity and sensibilities and a willingness to explore and embrace innovation. The clarity and complexity of ideas represented by the works, the student’s conceptual strengths and their application and technical understanding of media manipulation. The instructor will take into consideration the students’ active participation in the discussion and critique sessions, their commitment to the collective project and their willingness to exceed the basic requirements of the course. Students will be required to provide a complete list of work presented in the portfolio for grading purposes. The list will include the following items of information about each work: Title, Medias, Dimensions and Date of completion. Each list will be headed with the student and instructors name, along with the course number.

The Instructor recommends that students retain their portfolios for a period of one year subsequent to course completion.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Readings and other information will be posted on avenue throughout the course. It is your responsibility to check avenue on a regular basis for updates and communication from me.

The Library, in particular, has an extensive collection of Art books and magazines, source material that students should take advantage of when researching aspects of their projects.

All students are expected to attend the various artist talks and lectures we are privileged to have throughout the school year. In addition to this resource are exhibitions and other art centres in our community such as the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the McMaster Gallery and James St. North. It is recommended that you keep yourself informed and current in regards to the artistic activities within our community as well as with the contemporary culture in our surrounding areas.

Other Course Information:

You are required to use Avenue to Learn. All of my communication, the TA’s communication will be posted on Avenue. It is your responsibility to check your Avenue emails and the site for updates, communication, and information pertaining to the course.

You must communicate with me using my McMaster email located in the top of the syllabus. Do not communicate with the instructor through the Avenue to Learn email.

All students must familiarize themselves with the Studio Art Safety Manual for Students. Be aware of the rules and regulations for studio and equipment usage. Any questions regarding these issues should be directed towards Michael Syms, Studio Technologist for the Studio Arts program or the course Instructor. You are required to wear your steel-toed boots in all of the studios and workshops. Failure to do so will result in the removal of your studio access and privileges.

Appointments must be made with the studio technologist in regards to consulting and/ or executing specific projects requiring the use of woodshop, metal and ceramics facilities. Please ensure appointments and arrangements are made well in advance of deadlines and critiques.

We are a close community. The Instructor would appreciate being notified of any problems the student may encounter with the course, absence due to illness and she is available to discuss issues individually if the need arises. Office hours are posted on the syllabus. 

A course calendar is located on Avenue. Please refer to this calendar for dates and deadlines. Changes to the course schedule may happen at the discretion of the instructor. You will be notified of any changes to the course schedule and on Avenue.