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Sculpture

The field of sculpture encompasses not only the creation of traditional objects, but also includes built environments, site-specific sculpture, and time based installations. Despite its breadth, the study of contemporary sculpture begins with basic exploration of form in space. Entry level sculpture courses focus on wood construction, metal fabrication, mold making and casting, and direct sculpture in clay, foam, and plaster.

To develop an independent vision and voice, intermediate and advanced students engage in conceptual and material exploration, while participate in critical dialogue with peers and faculty. In addition to sculpture courses, students are encouraged to enroll in electives to enhance their sculpture practice, including courses in video and sound, and photography.

All BFA students complete a senior thesis project in their final year, combining a cohesive exhibition or screening of work, a significant piece of writing, and an oral defense, all directed by a faculty committee.  Faculty also provide support to students wishing to engage in practicums and internships, both inside and outside the university.