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Faculty of Sculpture and Intermedia

Dean
prof. Robert Kaja

Vice-Dean for the course in Sculpture
prof. ASP dr hab. Adriana Majdzińska

Vice-Dean for the course in Intermedia
dr Anna Leśniak

 

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Sculpture

Advantages of the course – who is it for?

The course in Sculpture, like no other, is dedicated to people sensitive to the shape and form of the surrounding reality. Artistic education in Sculpture is characterized by faith in the strength and topicality of the artistic discipline that is Sculpture – for centuries inspiring, dynamic and constantly expanding its boundaries. Studying Sculpture will allow you to fully express your individual attitude towards the world and art.

Employment prospects

Graduates of our faculty are successful in the world of art in Poland and abroad, some of them work at their home university as well as at other universities with related faculties. Our students and graduates have always been characterized by extraordinary creativity, original ways of solving tasks and determination in pursuing their goals. All individual qualities enriched by the ability to work in a team, which particularly concerns students of our faculty, make our graduates successfully lead or work in teams of authors as well as individually achieve the highest artistic objectives.

Intermedia

Advantages of the course – who is it for?
The course in Intermedia is addressed to those interested in the broad context of visual arts, in particular in mixing media, new ways of narration, DIY (Do It Yourself) and DIWO (Do It With Others) activities, as well as activities on the borderline of photography, video, installation, performance and new media.

Employment prospects
Intermedia is one of the country's leading art courses, which not only offers a high level of artistic education by professionals and recognized artists, but also performs the task of educating the next generation of artists, innovators, managers and educated people with open minds.

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The Faculty of Sculpture and Intermedia at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk is situated in a quiet alley of Gdańsk’s Old Suburbs on Wałowy Square in the building of the Small Armoury, which has belonged to the Faculty since 1996. For many years the Faculty of Sculpture, and since the 1st of October 2013 the Faculty of Sculpture and Intermedia. Its location is an important asset of the university. On the one hand, distance from the hustle and bustle of the city and the proximity of green areas, and on the other hand, the Old Suburb and the neighbourhood of the Lower Town, waiting to be revitalised, constantly inspiring the topics undertaken by the Faculty students. Wałowy Square, and thus the Small Armoury, is slowly reviving thanks to the cultural and artistic events taking place every year in its space: the Night of Museums, the Festival of Street Theatres Feta, and, we hope, thanks to the open-air events and workshops organised by the Faculty, including the International Foundry Workshops this year in September. We would like to be identified with this place.

 

The Faculty of Sculpture and Intermedia, as the name suggests, offers two courses: in Sculpture and in Intermedia.

 

Sculpture has been taught at the Academy since the beginning of its existence. The first Faculty of Sculpture was established in 1947. We try to continue its traditions. We often refer to the work of our predecessors, professors Marian Wnuk, Stanisław Horno-Popławski, Adam Smolana, Alfred Wiśniewski, Franciszek Duszeńko, Edward Sitek, Zdzisław Pidek, Henryk Lula, Stanisław Radwański, Sławój Ostrowski and others. Their achievements are often our basis and point of reference.

 

During their five-year education, Sculpture students develop the ability to shape sculptural form as a spatial interpretation and transformation of visual phenomena into the language of art. At the beginning of the studies, they learn Basics of Sculpture, Drawing and Artistic Design in the studios. This is complemented by learning Technology of Ceramics, Technology of Metal, Introduction to Intermedia and Architectural and Sculpture Design. In recent years we have added to that sculpting technologies: stone, wood, stucco and plastics. In this way, we want to equip students in their first two years of studies with skills that will allow them to carry out projects in the following years with great ease. The third year is a milestone in the education of future sculptors. It is the year of choosing one of the three Sculpture Studios, one of four Specialisation Studios (Ceramics, Medallic Art and Small Sculptural Forms, Intermedia, and Design and Organisation of Space) and one subject from among a wide range of subjects on offer at the university (including Architecture of Performance and Stage Design, Experimental Design, Art of Fibre, Mural Painting and Stained Glass). In the light of these decisions, the time of openness, creation and discovery of new values and meanings begins for students. But it is also the time when the awareness of action and responsibility is crystallising. Studying sculpture means five years of struggling with form and space, and at the same time developing the creative personality of future sculptors.

 

 

The course in Intermedia has been on offer at the Faculty of Sculpture and Intermedia since 2011. Its creation was a necessary response to the requirements of the changing aesthetic situation in terms of preparing specialists in artistic multimedia design. The development of electronic technologies and their expansion into cultural and artistic territories made it necessary in the contemporary world to educate students also in these fields. The course in Intermedia grew from the existing specialisation of Intermedia at the Faculty of Sculpture, which established itself and transformed into a course. The Faculty offers first and second cycle studies. After the first semester of studies in first-cycle and second-cycle Intermedia you can decide to choose the specialisation Photography, which significantly broadens your knowledge and skills in this area. Students of Intermedia learn to build artistic expressions, combining many techniques, carriers, procedures unified into a formally and materially coherent artistic expression. That is why the curriculum of first-cycle Intermedia studies covers the whole range of subjects-stimulators such as: photography, animation, drawing, sculpture, graphic design, digital technologies, space design and organisation, performance, audio basics and introduction to intermedia complemented by theoretical classes. The student of first-cycle Intermedia studies is thus equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to formulate artistic statements drawing on various sources. The second-cycle Intermedia studies continue to activate and arouse the interests of art adepts, at the same time offering studies in two clearly profiled studios: the Audio and Video Space Studio (whose programme is defined by the following slogans: video recording, video transmission, video machine, video rhythm, video image, video object – video sculpture, video performance, video poster, video installation, video documentation, video manipulation...) and the Studio of Transdisciplinary Activities (the programme of the Studio is based on the students becoming acquainted with the practices of equal treatment of particular media and their combination within the framework of transdisciplinary artistic expression). Studying in one of these studios is an attempt to build one’s own language of expression supported by subjects that are aimed at further crystallising the attitudes of Intermedia students.

 

Sculpture and Intermedia, located in one Faculty, share a lot of connections: local, personnel, but also artistic. Working together, using the same spaces, permeating each other, observing, cooperating – I hope this is and will be the strength of our Faculty. At a time when the boundaries between individual art disciplines are relative, such a broad formula of the faculty seems to be very justified.

 

Prof. Katarzyna Józefowicz

 

 

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WHY STUDY SCULPTURE?

Why study sculpture? Is this skill still needed for something? Well, sculpture is not only a certain range of manual and technical skills, which are often enclosed in the notion of art as techne. Sculpture is a state of consciousness that allows us to read the form in the surrounding reality, to reveal its beauty, universal beauty, but also ugliness or even rudeness. All this allows us to understand the principles of shaping matter in general, with particular emphasis on human physicality. Sculpture is the ability to report and materialize the perceived phenomena of nature and process them in an individual message. In a word, sculpture in relation to other activities in space, such as architecture, design or scenography, can be compared to what mathematics is for science or poetry for humanities. It allows us to see the environment not as a collection of objects but as a manifestation of form with all abstract aspects of cognition (proportions, composition, structure) of phenomena such as mass, light, dynamics. Sculpture like no other discipline combines work in various materials (such as wood, stone, metal, clay, plastics) with self-development and learning about the nature of things through the struggle with their materiality. Thus, studying sculpture provides a unique opportunity to acquire the ability to shape form and consciously perceive space. I assure you that the skills developed in this way will allow you to see more and deeper, and this in itself is invaluable for the future, however it may turn out.

 

dr hab. Robert Kaja, prof. ASP

Dean of the Faculty of Sculpture and Intermedia