BFA in Sculpture

The Sculpture program provides a sequenced studio approach to three-dimensional creation in a variety of materials and techniques that prepare students for lifelong learning as a professional artist. Through working from the figure and from observation, the backbone of the curriculum, students learn about medium, form, and content. Students begin with AR 121 Sculpture I, the prerequisite for all other sculpture courses, followed by AR 221 Sculpture II and either AR 222 Time Based Sculpture or AR 223 Installation, which are advanced studio courses. These are followed by required Junior and Senior Studios and a Senior Seminar, which prepare students for their thesis exhibition. Faculty members work with each student to strengthen his/her technical expertise while also expanding his/her conceptual ideas through personal reflection, investigative research and ambition. Additional electives (including Welding, Ceramics, Sculpture Techniques, and Glassblowing) are offered so that students can focus more intensely on specific mediums and areas of interest. Through the demonstration of techniques, materials, studio practices, and critiques, students begin to answer questions concerning conceptual content utilizing all the facilities at Boston University.

The undergraduate Sculpture program benefits from cross-disciplinary engagement with the College of Engineering (specifically EPIC, the Engineering Product Innovation Center) and the expertise and collaboration with creative individuals in various 3-D fields. This, coupled with required liberal arts courses, develops a fertile learning environment and adheres to the University’s mission to promote academic distinction and student success in the visual arts.

The Sculpture curriculum provides technical, theoretical, and practical courses that prepare students for a professional career, whether it be as a professional artist or in one of the many ancillary professions available to someone with a diverse background in three dimensions.

Outline of Study

Sculpture Program of Study

The BFA requires 132 semester credits.

Sculpture Major Requirements (40 prerequisite credits total):
CFA AR 131, 132 Drawing I (first two freshman semesters) 8 cr
Additional Drawing or Printmaking electives 4 cr
CFA AR 121 Foundation Sculpture 4 cr
CFA AR 221, 222, 223 Sculpture II, Installation, or Time Based (minimum 2 semesters) 8 cr
CFA AR 141 Painting I 4 cr
CAS AH 111, 112 Art History (minimum two semesters) 8 cr
CAS WR 100 Freshman Writing 4 cr
Additional Requirements to Complete the Sculpture Major (44 credits total):
Drawing or Printmaking electives 10 cr
CFA AR 241 Painting II 4 cr
CFA AR 321, 322, 325, 326 Sculpture Major Studios (minimum 4 semesters) 16 cr
CFA AR 327 Sculpture Techniques (Fall only) 4 cr
CFA AR 329, 331 Contemporary Issues Seminars (2 cr each) 4 cr
CFA AR 339 Sculpture Thesis Seminar 2 cr
CAS AH 393 Contemporary Art History 4 cr
Electives (48 credits total):
Sciences/Social Sciences/History 8 cr
Language/Literature/Philosophy 8 cr
Additional liberal arts electives 12 cr
Additional studio or general electives 20 cr
132 cr