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Sculpture

Our BFA program provides training in many different materials and processes for making three-dimensional work. We offer an immersive art experience that combines a small studio environment with the resources of a major research university.

Overview

What is Sculpture at WVU like?

Description

We encourage experimental approaches to art-making including mixed media, mold making, installation, environmental and community-based work. You'll have the opportunity to participate each year in group metal pours, learning the technical and safety requirements to successfully cast in bronze and aluminum.

The BFA in Sculpture provides a thorough introduction to many different materials and processes and is structured to enhance the your ability to solve structural, spatial, formal and conceptual problems. Initially, you will concentrate on basic construction techniques and craftsmanship and then explore various tools and techniques used in the wood and metal shops. Large-scale works are encouraged and may be exhibited on the grounds of the Creative Arts Center.

All interested students must apply to the University and submit a portfolio for the School of Art and Design for acceptance.

At a Glance

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Fast Facts

What makes Sculpture at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

Our reputation and quality faculty open up many doors for you to continue learning through top graduate programs and internships, or to launch directly into studio work.

We frequently partners with other universities and institutions to participate in iron pours.

Other academic resources include:

  • Fully-equipped sculpture studios, featuring wood and metal shops.
  • Fully-equipped art studios for printmaking, ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography and foundations classes.
  • Advanced digital technology, including 3-D printing.

Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:

Careers

What can you do with this degree?

Our graduates go on to portfolio careers, private studios, artist residencies/internships and graduate school for the MFA in Sculpture.

Sculpture students have been accepted into highly-respected graduate programs throughout the country, including Alfred University, the University of Florida, and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Other graduates have found employment as fabricators and art handlers.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Sculpture major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in Sculpture at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Sculpture major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

ART 111:
Drawing 1

The course emphasizes fundamental principles of drawing with a focus on building basic skills through direct observation, using traditional graphic media and expression.

ART 112:
Drawing 2

The course emphasizes fundamental principles of drawing with a focus on more expressive approaches to basic problems. Greater emphasis is placed on abstraction and non-traditional drawing processes and media.

ART 121:
Visual Foundations 1

The course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and concepts of two-dimensional image making with an emphasis on color theory and design. Through creative assignments students develop abilities and visual awareness emphasizing the basics of color perception, form, proportion and rhythm.

ART 122:
Visual Foundations 2

The course incorporates projects involving abstract and representational ideas in three dimensions and investigates the basic concepts of line, plane, volume, form, mass, texture, composition and time.

ART 226:
Introduction to Sculpture

The course focuses on creative expression using basic traditional materials and techniques. Students explore aesthetics and contemporary issues while acquiring a working knowledge of various sculptural media.

ART 227:
Sculpture

New construction techniques including stretched canvas over wood encaustics, molds, plasticene, and figure modeling will aid the students in developing problem-solving skills related to aesthetics and formal sculptural issues.

ART 326:
Sculpture

Students continue to examine personal iconography as it pertains to aspects of contemporary sculpture. Topics explored are concept-oriented, using stone, concrete, glass, and emphasizing craftsmanship and aesthetic issues. (May be repeated for credit.)

Cost and Aid

How much does Sculpture at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $407
Per Semester $4,884
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,768
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,096
Per Semester $13,152
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,304
International
Per Credit $1,096
Per Semester $13,452
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,904
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Ways to Save

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Sculpture can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Sculpture has transfer articulation agreements with:

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Sculpture at WVU?

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Sculpture major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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