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.

Program Requirements

All undergraduate programs—Art Education, Graphic Design, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture—lead to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). Students must meet the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of all courses in the chosen program of study, as determined by the School of Visual Arts, with a C or better in all courses.
  • Completion of a program of study equaling 132 semester credits or the equivalent. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 48 Boston University credits for the undergraduate program. Please refer to the Boston University Residency Requirement policy.
  • Demonstration of proficiency satisfactory to the faculty in all technical or professional courses, which requires both meeting a minimum of a C grade and demonstrated evidence of meeting learning goals in each course.

Requirements for Entering Major Areas

To enter into a major, students must have completed foundation requirements with a grade of C– or better.

A student who has received a D in any course used to satisfy the foundation requirements and is therefore disqualified from entering any major area may submit a portfolio of work to a committee composed of the faculty member who gave the grade of D and the faculty teaching in the major area, with a petition that the admission requirements for entrance to the major area be waived. The requirement for admission may be waived at the director’s discretion in consultation with the faculty committee.

To be permitted to move from the junior to the senior year, a student must receive a grade of C or higher in his or her major subject.

Five-Year BFA/MA Program

Undergraduate students who wish to major in Graphic Design, Painting, Printmaking, or Sculpture, but would also like to obtain state licensure to teach art in the public schools, can combine an undergraduate Studio Art major (BFA) with a Master of Arts (MA) in Studio Teaching. This master’s program includes all Massachusetts licensure requirements.

Refer to the program page for full details.

Liberal Arts Requirements

The School of Visual Arts BFA degrees in Painting, Printmaking, Graphic Design, Arts Education, and Sculpture require a minimum of 28 credits of liberal arts elective courses. All majors require WR 100 and varying credits of art history and contemporary issues.

The liberal arts electives must include a variety of courses that fulfill one of the following three tracks:

A liberal arts distribution, as follows:

  • Sciences/social sciences/history (8 cr)
  • Language/literature/philosophy (8 cr)
  • Additional liberal arts electives (12 cr from the College of Arts & Sciences)


A CAS minor


An individually designed plan of study (i.e., arts administration or Russian literature) outlined in a detailed written proposal, and pre-approved by the student’s faculty advisor at the end of the first year of study.

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 (92 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
Liberal arts electives 28 cr
Additional studio or general electives 20 cr
132 cr