Program of Study
Prior to entering the BFA Sculpture program, students must complete the Foundation program, which includes courses in drawing, painting, and sculpture in their first two years of study. Working from the figure and through observation, students learn about medium, form, and content. These foundations set the stage for coursework that focuses on investigating materials, developing concepts and methods of artistic research, and expanding students’ definitions of sculptural practice.
Students are given their own private studios starting in the Junior year, and embark on developing their own artistic vision and voice.
Sculpture electives including welding, ceramics, sculpture techniques, kinetic sculpture, installation, and new genres provide students the opportunity to focus more intensely on specific media and areas of the discipline.
Students work closely with core Sculpture faculty, benefiting from both one-on-one mentorship and group critiques. Undergraduates also benefit from studio visits with visiting artists, including guest speakers from the Tuesday Night Lecture Series.
Students are also encouraged to take coursework outside of the School of Visual Arts and explore programs across the BU community, and many undergraduate Sculpture students are dual-degree majors.
Sculpture majors meet in small groups, working closely with faculty, peers, and visiting artists. Many hours of concentrated work are equally divided between the development of a wide range of techniques and skills, experimentation with new materials, and the refinement of personal artistic language and concepts. In addition to studio work, Contemporary Issues Seminars help students to articulate their creative vision and chart their personal trajectory after graduation.
Students are given numerous opportunities to display work in Boston University galleries. Undergraduates are encouraged in their senior year to develop solo or two-person exhibitions in Gallery 5, in preparation for the annual Thesis Exhibition held in the Boston University Art Galleries.
Undergraduates can study sculpture alongside printmaking, glassblowing, and other disciplines in the School’s study abroad program in Venice, Italy.
The department takes frequent field trips to New York museums and galleries, Storm King Sculpture Park, Dia Beacon, and Mass MoCA.
Undergraduates are assigned private studios at the start of the Junior year. Spacious and light-filled, the studios have expansive views of Boston and the Charles River from the fifth floor of the CFA Building.
Undergraduate Sculpture students have access to their own fully equipped woodshop, spray room, materials room, ceramics studio, open communal work spaces, and a space dedicated to temporary installations and group critique.
Additional facilities available to undergraduates through elective courses include a welding shop, black-and-white darkrooms, a digital photography lab, and digital media studios including vinyl cutters and a Risograph printer.
The Sculpture program regularly works with EPIC (Engineering Product Innovation Center), a pioneering facility at Boston University for fabrication that offers laser cutting, 3D printing, robotic manufacturing, and more.
Students have access to the Visual Arts Resource Library, a non-lending library of art books, periodicals, and media resources including computers, scanners, and printers, as well as equipment for short-term rental, including cameras, lighting kits, projectors, tripods, audio recording equipment, and more.
Associate Professor, Sculpture and Drawing
Lecturer in Art, Foundation Sculpture
Assistant Professor of Art, Sculpture; Chair of Graduate Studies in Sculpture
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