Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Through short creative projects, the student will become familiar with moldmaking and casting techniques, and understand which types of form can be reproduced with different casting materials and techniques.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 12.08.2024 - 30.08.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Denise Ziegler, Kaisaleena Halinen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

Denise Ziegler

Kaisaleena Halinen

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course concentrates on mold making techniques, as well as mold and casting materials.
    Students learn to make molds using a variety of materials and forms, learn one-piece and multi-piece moldmaking, and to perceive which mold and casting material is most suitable for which purpose.
    Depending on the student's project, the following mold techniques are studied: Single and multiple-use molds from plaster, soft molds from silicon and alginate mold. Casting materials such as plaster, concrete, wax and acrylic resin are investigated. Two sessions will be spent working in the glass studios. 

    There will be an exhibition in the end of the course that will showcase the artworks created during the course. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Individual and small group discussion and critique. Active participation in classwork. Successful completion of own project.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    3 weeks of very intensive course, exhibition building and critique. Student is expected to be present during all contact teaching days, as well as complete self-directed tasks.

    92 h contact teaching including lectures, 22 h independent work / 48 h time to think


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Provided in class

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Summer
    2025-2026 Summer


    Priority order in course registration  1. Students in Sculpture minor 2. Degree Students in ARTS

    Minimum amount of participants is 8 students. Maximum amount of participants is 15 students.

    After the registration has closed, SISU conducts a raffle to allocate all the seats while considering the possible prioritisation order stated above. If there are more registrants than available seats, ten (10) students from the remaining applicants are drawn and placed on a waiting list in numerical order. On the first day of the course, these students may check for available seats in case of no-shows. Any available seats are then filled in numerical order. Students on the waiting list will receive an email containing details about the registration status, once the registration period has closed.