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Art: Sculpture Certificate Art Total Units: 30
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Fall 2010


The Art: Sculpture Certificate of Achievement involves the study and manipulation of basic visual elements in space. The elements include form and space, mass, weight, balance, edge, color and surface texture. Students will study the various problems and potentials of sculpture. Students will create forms from shapes, explore themes and in-depth problem-solving, individual expression and experimentation with sculptural media, methods and materials.

Techniques such as plaster casting and stone carving, assembling mixed materials, building armature structures, texturing gypsum materials, hand tool use, power tool use, modeling clay figure studies, mold making and use of release agents, application of color and patina, and the safe handling of tools and materials are covered in this certificate program. Creating forms in wood, metal and cement are also covered in this course of study, as are shop safety and an introduction to the work of many artists working in sculpture.

The Fine Arts Certificates are designed to provide a broad-based education. Students earning the Certificate of Achievement in Sculpture can set up their own studios and sell their work in galleries or may work in fabrication and casting studios. They may also work making architectural models in an architectural firm. The certificate program gives a basis for possible internships and paid apprenticeships as a studio assistant, or for work in a museum or gallery. Those pursuing careers in teaching at the elementary or secondary school level will enhance their abilities to teach art by competing this certificate.

Students earning certificates could be prepared for employment in a variety of entry-level positions, as mentioned above. Generally speaking, the average rates of pay are relatively low at the entry level, although rates of pay and availability of such jobs vary. Individuals wishing to pursue freelance careers need to be able to combine the regular practice of creative skills with self-promotion and good business practices. A bachelor's or master's degree in art or art history is required for most career positions in museums and galleries. For students interested in an Associate degree, an Art major is available. More information about Art programs can be found at the Art Department website.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate appropriate use of art tools, materials, and processes;
2. demonstrate skills in visual analysis by identifying specific formal elements in works of art;
3. achieve greater awareness of global traditions;
4. synthesize and apply visual principles in works of art, and
5. create a portfolio of designs and sculptures.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Art: Sculpture Certificate program are:

  • Complete 30 units from
    • Art Certificate Requirements
    • Sculpture Emphasis Requirements

Art Certificate Requirements - complete 18.00 units
ART 3Introduction to Art and Design3.00
ART 4Principles of Color3.00
ART 5Three Dimensional Design3.00
ART 7ADrawing and Composition 13.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
World Art History to 15003.00
ART 1.2 ORWorld Art History Since 15003.00
History & Aesthetic Appreciation of Prehistoric - Gothic Art3.00
ART 2.2History and Appreciation of Late Gothic to Impressionist Art3.00
Sculpture Emphasis Requirements - complete 12.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 12.00 units from the following:
ART 33ABeginning Sculpture3.00
ART 33BIntermediate Sculpture3.00
ART 34ACeramic Sculpture3.00
ART 34BAdvanced Ceramic Sculpture3.00
ART 75Advanced Sculpture1.00-3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2010

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2013

Previous Versions:

Art: Sculpture - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


ART 33A is a prerequisite to ART 33B, ART 34A is a prerequsite to ART 34B

ART 1.1 and ART 1.2 OR ART 2.1 and ART 2.2 taken to fulfil requirement

Art 75 is required to be taken for 3 units if used as an elective for the Sculpture Certificate

No course may be used more than once to fulfill a requirement in the certificate.

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