Innovation, invention, and independence are the cornerstones of CVPA's Sculpture program. As you pursue your BFA in Art + Design: Sculpture, you'll be inspired to cultivate your visual voice.
The BFA is a professional degree with concentrated areas of specialization, so you will take more art courses than you would in a BA program. At UMass Dartmouth, you also have the advantages of a university education where you can diversify your studies and expand your career opportunities.
You will be exposed to the many possibilities of contemporary sculpture as you explore both theory and practice. You'll learn to think critically as you develop a practical skill set directed by your interests and goals.
Sculpture students gain experience in a broad spectrum of 3D art-making approaches and genres through focused, disciplined studio practice.
Individualized instruction at every level will guide you through the almost limitless possibilities with materials, processes, and emerging genres available to three-dimensional artists today. Our goal is to create well-prepared, broadly informed artists who can fluently express their ideas three-dimensionally.
You'll participate in numerous exhibitions of your work, culminating with the capstone BFA Exhibition in a professional museum or gallery setting.
The sculpture program prepares you for a career as a professional artist with opportunities in areas such as 3D design, fabrication, film and video industries, galleries, museums, theaters, and education, as well as for graduate study.
The BFA is a comprehensive, dynamic studio-based program that prepares students for productive, creative lives and careers in the visual arts.
Our progressive and forward-thinking curriculum combines a comprehensive technical foundation (welding, woodworking, mold-making, casting) with an emphasis on personal vision. You will explore material, process, technology, craft, and content as it applies to three-dimensional art-making as well as explore new genres and directions in the field.
For the BFA in Art + Design: Sculpture, you'll complete 78 credits in courses related to your major, and 120 credits overall.
With a minor in sculpture & 3D studies, you will increase your technical proficiency and develop a personal voice. Emphasis is placed on the development of concepts and content, as well as personal interpretation.
For the minor, you'll complete 18 credits.
- Internships: enhance your studies while gaining first-hand experience
- Studio facilities: located at the university's Star Store campus in New Bedford, our studios feature state-of-the-art equipment and ample work areas
- Faculty-led visits to regional and metropolitan art venues
- Campus Gallery: exhibit your work on campus
- Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
- Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
- Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
- University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills
Earn an advanced degree
Master of Fine Arts: Develop your personal voice and advance your technical skills with a master's degree. You can choose to specialize in drawing, painting, printmaking, or sculpture.
Master of Art Education: With an emphasis on how the arts are integrated into daily life, the MAE program leads to a single-level professional certification in Massachusetts as an art teacher in grades Pre K-8 or 5-12.
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fine Arts: Designed for artists who have earned BFA or BA degrees, and would benefit immersion in an academic/studio environment. Applicants may wish to develop their artwork for application to graduate school, professional residency or to launch a professional career.