Sculpture, BFA

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture (C10005BFA)

More on the Sculpture major

The Sculpture program provides a solid grounding in a wide variety of conceptual, technical and formal approaches for the creation of sculpture to enable students to explore and communicate their individual artistic concerns. The curriculum is designed to introduce students to the almost limitless possibilities of contemporary sculpture.


The purpose of the Sculpture program is to provide an undergraduate education in sculpture that prepares students for graduate-level study in sculpture and for professional life as a visual artist. The program aims to provide students with experience in a wide variety of sculptural processes and media and the tools to find their own artistic direction through research, experimentation and practice.


  • To encourage students to explore individual directions in contemporary sculpture through object making, mixed media installations, interdisciplinary projects and public art exhibitions.
  • To give students experience at working with a variety of media and processes including steel, wood, plaster, found objects, mixed media and lost wax casting.
  • To help students develop creative problem-solving skills, a self motivated studio practice and strong work ethic.
  • To familiarize students with the major issues and aesthetic approaches of contemporary sculpture.
  • To encourage students to apply skills learned in sculpture to their other areas of study.
  • To foster the individual's skills in thinking critically and analytically as a means to evaluating and understanding art made by themselves and other artists.
  • To educate students in working safely in three dimensions.


Students are presented with a broad range of facilities and opportunities while pursuing their BFA in Sculpture such as:

  • The sculpture facility comprises a well-equipped and organized wood-working shop, metal shop, foundry and plaster area, available outside of class times through supervised lab hours.
  • The woodshop has a state of the art “Saw-stop” table saw, compound miter saw, band-saws, sanding machines, drill press and most common woodworking tools and equipment.
  • A metal shop, with oxy-acetylene and MIG welding capabilities, hydraulic shear, sheet metal rollers, metal band-saw, bench grinder and more.
  • Gain valuable professional work experience as the Sculpture area’s Student Assistant.
  • Work with internationally-renowned visiting artists.
  • Exhibit work on campus and in regional venues – sculpture students have exhibited their work at The Box Gallery, Summit ArtSpace, The Icehouse and Spaces, Cleveland.

The following information has official approval of The Mary Schiller Myers School of Art and The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor.

Students are encouraged to visit the The Mary Schiller Myers School of Art their freshman year to obtain preliminary information regarding the program requirements and to learn more about on-campus opportunities available to students.

Three year accelerated option: for first time students who have earned credits for at least the first year of courses. Credits can be earned through qualifying scores on appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) exams or through College Credit Plus Program (CCP) courses. Credits for qualifying AP scores or CCP courses are determined by the appropriate academic department. Departments may assign varied course credit, depending on the student’s score on an AP exam or grade in a CCP course. Students may also receive credit by examination or via placement tests, where appropriate.



General Education Requirements *34
Foundation Core12
Art History Requirements15
Sculpture Requirements39
Studio Electives12
Total Hours120

Several courses required for the major also satisfy General Education requirements. The University minimum of 36 credits are required for General Education and credit for these courses will apply to multiple requirements. 

Note: A 2.5 cumulative GPA in all ART courses is required for graduation.

Recommended General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Students are not required to enroll in the specific courses listed below. However, to facilitate successful degree completion, the academic department strongly encourages completion of the following recommendations.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Survey of Global Art 1: Prehistory to 1250 CE
History of Global Art 2: 1250 CE - 1850 CE
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Domestic Diversity
Global Diversity
Survey of Global Art 1: Prehistory to 1250 CE
Integrated and Applied Learning2
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours36

College of Arts & Sciences Requirement

Students must also complete a minimum of 40 credits (excluding workshops) consisting of either:
Upper-level (300/400) courses both in and outside of the student’s major;
or other courses outside the major department approved by the student’s major department chair (permission should be obtained prior to enrollment); these may not include workshops

Foundation Core

ART:100Arts Orientation0
ART:131Foundation Drawing I3
ART:144Foundation 2D Design3
ART:145Foundation 3D Design3
ART:250Foundation Lecture1
ART:252Foundation Studio2
Total Hours12

Art History Requirements

ART:101Survey of Global Art 1: Prehistory to 1250 CE3
ART:102History of Global Art 2: 1250 CE - 1850 CE3
ART:103History of Global Art 3: 1850 CE - Today3
ART:300Art Since 19453
or ART:403 Art and Critical Theory
or ART:435 Contemporary Art Issues
ART xxxAdvanced Level Art History3
Total Hours15

Sculpture Requirements

ART:189Production I3
ART:222Introduction to Sculpture3
ART:324Installation Art3
ART:233Introduction to Life Drawing3
ART:254Introduction to Ceramics3
ART:266Introduction to Metalsmithing3
ART:322Sculpture II3
ART:351Intermediate Drawing3
ART:420Sculpture Portfolio Review0
ART:422Advanced Sculpture 112
ART:457Professional Practices3
ART:495Senior Exhibition0
Total Hours39

Studio Electives

Select 12 credits:12
ART xxx
Total Hours12


Select 8 credits8
Total Hours8