Sculpture (BFA in Fine Arts)
At UArts, you'll learn from faculty who are skilled working artists, in a city with more outdoor works of art than any other city in North America: Philadelphia is an aspiring sculptor’s extended classroom. The vibrant gallery scene, artists' cooperatives and many museums showcase the work of national, international and local artists.
UArts' Sculpture program is a concentration in our Bachelor of Fine Arts program, so while you'll be immersed in study in the study of sculpture, you'll also have the opportunity to study multiple disciplines and collaborate with students in other programs.
Our Sculpture facilities are comprehensive and include air tools for carving, a foundry for bronze and aluminum casting, a wood and fabricating shop, a complete metal shop for forging and welding, and a mold-making shop and a studio for figurative study.
Catch a behind-the-scenes view of the Sculpture emphasis in the Fine Arts program. Through research, studio experimentation, artistic invention and daily practice, you’ll hone your skills necessary to fulfill your artistic vision.
In the Fine Arts major, you'll study under a variety of talented practicing artists: from sculptors to painters to photographers and more.
In Sculpture, our curriculum is based on research, studio experimentation, artistic invention and daily practice. Your personal vision and innovation will anchor the development of your work. In Sculpture, you will be prepared to make significant cultural contributions for gallery and museum exhibitions, public spaces and diverse communities.
Students who complete the Fine Arts Major with an emphasis in Sculpture will:
Demonstrate independent, creative problem solving and original thinking through the development of a distinct and personal approach to art making informed by contemporary issues and historical precedents.
Demonstrate critical and conceptual development through research and analysis, applying readings, theories and methodologies toward the production of critically informed artworks.
Acquire and demonstrate the professional skills needed to be successful as practicing artists, entrepreneurs, and productive citizens, including further study at the graduate level.
Effectively communicate, orally and in writing, the thoughts behind their choices and decisions concerning content and strategies.
Demonstrate proficiency in a number of advanced techniques in their individual studio practice, including a deep familiarity with materials and processes.
Drawing: Objects & Space
Drawing: Natural Forms & The Human Figure
Found & Fabricated
Sculpture Studio I: Fabrication
Sculpture Studio II: Perception
Sculpture & the Body
Installation: Immersive Environments
Fine Arts Thesis Groundwork
The Artist’s Manifesto
Fine Arts Thesis Studio
The structure of this curriculum educates the Fine Arts student in an environment that allows for either deep study in a single discipline or the option of commingling multiple disciplines. It deepens the student’s cultural and intellectual understanding of the world around them, and prepares them to contribute to the field of sculpture at a high level after graduation.
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How to Apply
UArts offers recommended priority deadlines; students who apply and submit all required materials by the priority deadline will receive first consideration for scholarship aid from UArts. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis.
International students requiring an F-1 visa for study in the U.S. might be subject to earlier deadlines to provide time for completion of the visa process. Contact Admissions for guidance if you are an international student who wishes to apply after the priority deadline.
Spring 2022 priority deadline: Dec. 4, 2021
Fall 2022 priority deadline: Feb. 15, 2022
We cannot accept spring 2022 applications after Jan. 10, 2022, and cannot accept fall 2022 applications after Aug. 12, 2022.
The following materials are required for your application.
The application includes two required short-answer questions: What excites you about UArts? What inspires you?
If you qualify for a fee waiver from NACAC, CollegeBoard, UArts or another source, indicate that on your application. If the cost of the application fee is a barrier, contact Admissions to request a fee waiver code.
Official transcripts must be sent directly from your school by mail, email or a secure electronic document-delivery service.
International transcript requirements
If you’ve attended high school outside the U.S., read the additional guidelines for international transcripts.
Transfer student transcript requirements
High school transcripts may be waived for transfer applicants who have completed a minimum of 24 credits of college-level coursework, including a minimum of 18 academic, non-studio credits.
Official transcripts must be sent directly from all the colleges you have attended by mail, email or a secure electronic document-delivery service.
If you’ve attended college outside the U.S., you are required to have an official course-by-course evaluation of your college coursework sent to UArts. Additional guidelines for international transcripts are available.
A portfolio is required for all Art, Design, Film and Writing programs. Your portfolio may be uploaded during the application process or via your applicant status portal after submission. You must confirm when your submission is complete via the linked electronic form before your portfolio can be reviewed for admission.
Letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors are optional and may be submitted by the recommender via email to email@example.com or by your high school through a secure electronic document-delivery service.
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