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. Students begin with AR 121 Foundation Sculpture, the prerequisite for all other sculpture courses, followed by 200-level courses in various areas of interest, such as CFA AR 221 Materials and Methods and CFA AR 223 Installation. 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 their technical expertise while also expanding their conceptual ideas through personal reflection, investigative research, and ambition. Additional electives 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.


All students entering as freshmen in Fall 2018 and after will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, a general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements are flexible and can be satisfied in many different ways, through coursework in and beyond the major and, in some cases, through co-curricular activities. Students majoring in Sculpture will ordinarily, through coursework in the major, satisfy a number of BU Hub requirements in Philosophical, Historical & Aesthetic Exploration and Diversity, Civic Engagement & Global Citizenship, as well as some of the requirements in Communication and the Intellectual Toolkit. Remaining BU Hub requirements will be satisfied by selecting from a wide range of available courses outside the major or, in some cases, co-curricular experiences.

Sculpture Program of Study

The BFA requires 132 semester credits.

Visual Arts Foundation Requirements
CFA AR 131, 132 Drawing I 8 cr
CFA AR 121 Foundation Sculpture 4 cr
CFA AR 141 Painting I 4 cr
CAS AH 111, 112 Art History 8 cr
Sculpture Major Requirements
CFA AR 241 Painting II (fall only) 4 cr
CFA AR 221, 222, 223 Sculpture II, Installation, or Time Based (minimum 2 semesters) 8 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, fall junior and senior years) 4 cr
CFA AR 339 Sculpture Thesis Seminar (spring senior year) 2 cr
CAS AH 393 Contemporary Art History (fall only) 4 cr
CFA AR 236, 238, 239, 250, 251, 270, 318, 425, 447, 448, 451, 452, 500, 517, 518, 527 Drawing or Printmaking electives 14 cr
BU Hub Requirements Outside Major and Elective
BU Hub Requirements outside the major, including First-Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 120) and Writing, Research & Inquiry (e.g., WR 150/151/152) or equivalent 32 cr
Additional BU Hub Requirements and/or studio/general electives 20 cr
132 cr