Art (Sculpture), BFA

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The BFA in art with a concentration in sculpture recognizes the broad, transdisciplinary nature of sculpture today. A wide range of media now falls within an expanded definition of sculpture.

Coursework covers public and site-specific sculpture, foundry, interactive and electronic sculpture, neon, small metals, wood, and video and sound installation. Students learn to put today's creations in the context of the history of sculpture and the larger field of contemporary art. Critical inquiry is augmented by courses in the art history program. Visiting artists, curators and critics share their experience directly with students.

Through one-on-one mentoring, students learn to win commissions and awards, hold exhibitions, and obtain residencies and jobs as studio artists, public artists, fabricators, project managers, teachers and arts administrators.

Students declare their BFA concentration at the time of their ASU admission. Following admission, if students wish to change their BFA concentration, they may meet with their School of Art academic advisor.

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Art (Sculpture), BFA

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

Students choose their BFA concentration at the time of admission. Following admission, if a student wishes to change their BFA concentration, students may meet with their School of Art academic advisor.

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Admission requirements

Currently, all art students are admitted to ASU into the Bachelor of Arts (art studies) program. They must complete a series of requirements that include foundational coursework to be eligible for study in one of the school's Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs, which include upper-division coursework in the studio. There is no portfolio review process for admission to the School of Art.

Students in their second year who are interested in studio art and art education obtain a signed BFA declaration form after completing the core requirements and during completion of the last of the 12 hours of 200-level art requirements. Students interested in art history or museum studies submit a major declaration form in the semester in which they complete 30 credit hours. The student's major is changed upon successful completion of the major declaration form. Students may choose to remain in and complete the Bachelor of Arts (art studies).

Beginning Fall 2019, students are admitted directly to the sculpture concentration upon admittance to the BFA program in art.

Career outlook

Graduates are prepared to embark on a lifetime exploration of the many aspects of 3D art. Positions are available in:

  • 3D design
  • fabrication and design of exhibitions
  • set design
  • teaching
  • the motion picture industry
  • welding and foundry technician work

Many students also prefer to establish their own studios after graduation.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Craft Artists4.3%$34,940
Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders-10.2%$37,190
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators6.6%$49,520
Foundry Mold and Coremakers-24%$35,140
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance 12.5%$59,300
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Jewelers-6.7%$37,960
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic-12.2%$53,670
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other-6.7%$35,820

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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