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Bachelor > Sculpture

Sculpture can be broadly defined as any aesthetic form in 3 dimensions (sculptures, other 3–dimensional forms, installations, object art, concept art, performance art). The »Sculpture« department’s aim is to lay the foundations for an independent artistic position and to provide guidance for reflection on theoretical and practical questions about sculpture in the present day and in the past. In addition to this, it follows the HFBK's interdisciplinary approach to study by addressing the related disciplines of Time-based Media and Painting. Time-based Media and Painting is an integral part of this study area and will help students to define their own artistic goals in the wider context of artistic and visual production.  

Today the available technical possibilities are just as diverse as the scope for artistic expression. Students should gain an insight into the technical, genre-specific and general aesthetic and theoretical requirements and fundamentals of sculpture as a genre, and learn to use them to develop their own ideas and concepts. Here the main composition categories are the classical fields of form, colour and surface design, with all their many variation and combination possibilities. Students' learning and research in this context are structured by their own artistic development intentions, and an individual artistic approach emerges through the interplay between practical and conceptual work. Intensive work with forms and materials and learning about the available creative technical possibilities for execution of artistic work will take place in the workshops for forming in plaster, ceramics, artificial materials, wood and metal.  

As well as the realization of artistic work, the course also deals with presenting and mediating art in the context of the various institutional and social fields available within the art business system. As well as the annual exhibition, the college's own gallery also offers an opportunity to explore and discuss matters relating to presenting pictures and to their reception.  

The accompanying academic training in art history, art theory, aesthetics and gender studies gives additional depth to the artistic questions and experiences, and offers historical and theoretical knowledge and practical methods that help to advance students' artistic understanding of themselves and of history.


Konstanze Klecha (Bachelor of Fine Arts 2013), »Room Parisienne«, 2013, Ausstellungsansicht

Konstanze Klecha, »Room Parisienne«, 2013 (Detail, Ausstellungsansicht zur HFBK Jahresausstellung 2013)

HFBK Jahresausstellung 2013, Arbeiten von Fion Pellacini (links) und Gina Fischli (rechts)

HFBK Jahresausstellung 2013, Arbeiten von Fion Pellacini (links) und Gina Fischli (rechts)