I know this is a required course for Visual Arts students but I'd be begging for this class anyway with this guy. He KNOWS everything there is to know about the materials he's working with or his students could potentially be working with. Today we had a discussion about Lord of the Rings while he helped us with our final projects. Now I'm a powertooling queen.
You want an indept survey course, he's your guy. Wood, Metal, Plaster, Wax, Clay - you name he's got it and there's lots of room for individual ideas.