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Studio Art, BFA - Area 1: Sculpture

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Sculpture

Express your creativity in three dimensions in the University of Central Missouri’s Sculpture program. Robust training in the tools, skills, theory and history of your art form will prepare you for graduate-level study or to pursue a career as a professional sculptor. Receive a well-rounded education that includes art fundamentals, as well as familiarity with the tools and techniques for sculpting a variety of materials.

You’ll learn from recognized artists as you refine your creative vision in a collaborative, community-building atmosphere that values diversity and contextual learning. Our small class sizes and student-centered learning put the focus on your needs and growth as an artist.

The Studio Art BFA in Sculpture program at UCM is an art school experience at public school rates, in keeping with our historic tradition of providing an accessible, high-quality education in the arts. 

Broaden your scope in the Sculpture program studio

Our spacious, fully equipped sculpture lab enables you to experiment with a wide range of materials, including bronze, steel and wood. UCM faculty will train you to work safely with traditional and emerging media as you develop your unique visual language.

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NASAD accredited since 1986

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3,000-square-foot sculpture lab

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Small art studio class sizes

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Expert faculty mentors

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Quality arts education since 1872

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Affordable tuition fees

What you will study

As an undergraduate student in the University of Central Missouri’s Sculpture program, you’ll learn foundational art techniques such as figure construction, along with art history and theory and general education courses for context and breadth.

As you progress through the Sculpture program at UCM, you’ll spend increasing amounts of time in art studio classes, learning to express your vision with different media. By the time you reach your senior year, you’ll be ready for your portfolio to be reviewed by professional artists and graduate school admissions. 

Your Studio Art BFA with a Sculpture concentration includes many elective courses and ample studio time. Craft the learning experience that best suits your creative needs while still receiving a well-rounded undergraduate education with courses that include:

  • Art History: Choose from classes like Global Arts & Culture, History of Furniture and Interiors and Contemporary Art and Design.
  • Ceramics: Learn the fundamentals of multiple pottery-making techniques, including throwing on the wheel and kiln firing.
  • Sculpture II: This intermediate studio course introduces 3D techniques, materials and media, and provides training in how to solve artistic problems.
  • Figure Construction: Study the human body, both by learning about its structure and by drawing from life, to better understand movement and proportion.

 

National Rankings

  • UCM was named a Best Value Bachelor’s Degree College for Fine Arts by College Factual in 2022.
  • UCM was recognized as a Best Value Bachelor’s Degree College for Fine & Studio Arts by College Factual in 2022.
  • UCM was ranked as a Best Value College for Fine Arts by College Factual in 2022.

 

Unique learning opportunities in the Sculpture program

Your Studio Art BFA will give you the technical and theoretical training to fully express yourself in your medium, but what sets us apart from other undergraduate Sculpture programs is our focus on experiential learning. Get a different perspective outside of the classroom with hands-on learning opportunities that will broaden your artistic horizon.

  • Learn by doing: Instruction takes place in the studio as much as in the classroom. Master multiple hand and power tools. Use a furnace, gas kiln and slurry mixer in our foundry for creating bronze sculptures. Harness the power of MIG welders, plasma cutters, TIG welders and other tools for metalwork. Operate a variety of woodworking equipment, such as a table saw, band saws, an oscillating spindle sander and more.
  • Study abroad: Take advantage of UCM’s annual, two-week art history tours through Europe or spend an entire semester learning in a different country to ignite your creativity in a global context.
  • Exhibit your work: Every spring, submit your artwork to our juried Citation Student Show to earn prizes and recognition from the local art community. 

 

What can you do with a Studio Art BFA in Sculpture from UCM?

All sculpture programs should prepare you to study your art form at the graduate level. At the University of Central Missouri, we pride ourselves on giving our students the tools to succeed no matter what path they choose after college. 

Graduate from our Sculpture program with strong communication skills and a solid foundation in arts education. You’ll be excellently prepared to obtain an advanced degree, such as an MFA. You’ll also have the real-world experience you need to exhibit your work in galleries and museums or to be included in private collections.  

Explore careers for a BFA in Sculpture

Media and visual arts continue to be a cultural driver, leading to diverse job opportunities. Use the interactive tool below to learn more about leveraging your Sculpture BFA into a satisfying career.

 

 
 


 

Financial assistance options for your BFA in Sculpture

The University of Central Missouri has been recognized by LendEDU for its commitment to minimizing student debt. We offer an affordable fine arts education while maintaining a high standard of academic and artistic integrity. 

UCM also offers many resources to help you finance your education. Studio Art majors specializing in Sculpture programs may also be eligible for:

  • Portfolio-based scholarships for incoming students
  • Endowed scholarships for current students
  • Cash prizes at the annual, juried Citation Student Show

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.

 

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Take your degree further.

To share your passion for sculpture with aspiring artists, pursue an advanced degree in UCM’s renowned art education department.

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Make yourself more marketable.

Consider supporting your Sculpture degree with:

  • Art History Minor
  • Minor in another area of the Studio Art program, such as Printmaking or Illustration.

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Explore programs related to fine arts and sculpture.

The University of Central Missouri offers other undergraduate degree programs in the arts and related fields, such as:

Accreditation

The University of Central Missouri’s art programs are  accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). UCM has been continuously accredited since 1986. Learn More about this accreditaion.

 

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