Art (Sculpture) (BFA)

The BFA program 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 includes:

  • architectural sculpture
  • foundry
  • interactive and kinetic sculpture
  • neon
  • small metals
  • wood
  • video and sound installation

While classes run the gamut of the contemporary sculpture environment, there also is an emphasis on helping students put today's creations in the contexts 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 connect students to the contemporary context.

To be admitted to the major, students must submit a BFA declaration form after successful completion of the art foundational coursework.

Degree Offered

Art (Sculpture) (BFA)
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for


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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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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
  • the motion picture industry
  • set design
  • teaching
  • 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
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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