Course Overview

Through demonstrations and lectures, students will gain hands on experience with new technologies in contemporary art making.

Students will use digital sculpting and imaging tools, Adobe, CAD programs (computer aided design), laser cutting and etching, 3D printing, AI generated imaging, AR (augmented reality), CNC (computer numerical control), photogrammetry and laser scanning to make artworks relevant to cultures contemporary concerns.

This course is part of Summer College Studio Art Academy, an enrichment and community-building program offered through Syracuse University’s School of Art, part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA). 

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University credit transcript.

Learning Objectives

  • Everything on 3D printing from ideation to conception
  • Object and terrain 3D scanning
  • Sculpting in the digital, using tools like z-brush and cad programs to sculpt and model their own creations
  • Fundamentals of sculpture in the contemporary
  • Contemporary imaging using Adobe, AR, AI
  • Laser machining for cutting, etching various materials with acrylic, carboard, wood and paper
  • Larger scale sculpting with CNC machining
  • Application and crossover of these tools in other fields such as engineering, sciences, architecture

“The hands-on learning method by my professor and being able to connect with my peers was something I valued and taught me lessons about being a leader and creative thinker.”

– Isabella P., Summer College – On Campus Student, 2022

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: ARI 300 / SCN 125

Format: On Campus (at Syracuse University)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore*, junior, or senior status – or a 2024 high school graduate.

Students should have an interest in art and digital making. Everything from 3D printing, Zbrush, CAD programs and photogrammetry will be covered in this course.

*Rising sophomores are only eligible for the noncredit version of this course.

Credit: 3 credits** or Noncredit

**Prospective students wishing to take the course for college credit are required to submit a sample portfolio of 3-5 images of current artwork formatted in a single pdf document. Please include name, date, title, and dimensions. Images in the sample portfolio do not need to be in the medium of the course to be taken but should emphasize creativity and technical accomplishment.


  • Credit: A-F
  • Noncredit: Pass/Fail



  • Residential: $4,695
  • Commuter: $3,766


  • Residential: $4,095
  • Commuter: $3,166

Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – On Campus: Experience what college is really like: take a college-level course, live in a residence hall, have meals with friends in a dining hall, and participate in activities and events on campus.

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesClass Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – On Campus 2-Week Session II: Monday, July 22 – Friday, Aug. 2, 2024 MTWThF
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
3 Credits or NoncreditClosed
Class will break for lunch daily for approximately one hour. Class times subject to change.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

A typical day starts with viewing and understanding the canon of art and how new tools are shaping and defining our current state of making. After a short lecture students will get hands on training and techniques in using CAD programs, scanning objects, sculpting in Zbrush, 3D printing, sculpting with CNC machine and laser cutting.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College – On Campus activities to meet and connect with other students! Check out our On Campus Experience page for more information!

End Event

At the end of the two weeks students will have a group show of the works they complete for the parents and public to attend on campus.

Instructor Bio

Jeremy Tarr – Instructor in the School of Art at Syracuse University

Jeremy Tarr has been working as an artist for over ten years and has been an instructor of record in the Visual and Performing Arts’ Studio Art program for the past 5 years. Tarr has taught metal and welding, woodworking, contemporary sculpture, digital sculpture, core studio, and hosted the department’s Visiting Artist Lecture series. He has exhibited domestically and internationally in Pittsburgh, Berlin, NYC, LA, and most recently in Barga, Italy. He has been a guest critic for BFA thesis candidates at Cornell University and given artist lectures at James Madison University, VA and York College of Pennsylvania, the latter of which accompanied a solo exhibition and a publication.

Tarr has been an artist in residence at the Axel Haubrok Fahrbereitschaft, DE, Mobile AIR, DE, Governors Island, NYC, and recently at the Digital Stone Project in Gramolazzo, Italy.

Tarr’s work is informed by the landscape of the Appalachian Rust Belt and its mythologies. At the core of his practice is the presence of the empty, the physicality of the immaterial, and the complexities of unknowing as a means of liberation.