A student artist works on a clay sculpture of a human face.

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.

Student Spotlight

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Andrew Smith


Sculpture (BFA in Fine Arts)
Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
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Halle Ballard


Sculpture (BFA in Fine Arts)
Hometowns: Nashville and Philadelphia
Ciara Wright sculpting a clay figure on Broad Street in Philadelphia
Ciara Wright


Sculpture (BFA in Fine Arts)
Hometown: Berwick, Maine

In the Fine Arts major, you'll study under a variety of talented practicing artists: from sculptors to painters to photographers and more.

Faculty Spotlight

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Laura Frazure

Sculpture (BFA in Fine Arts)
Award-winning sculptor whose work has been exhibited internationally
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Mark Campbell

Sculpture (BFA in Fine Arts)
Artist and educator whose work has been exhibited nationally
Michael Grothusen; medium closeup of a man wearing a denim shirt and a blue jacket
Michael Grothusen

Sculpture (BFA in Fine Arts)
Mixed-media sculptor and installation artist, exhibited at Philadelphia Museum of Art


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.

Explore the full curriculum. 

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First Year

Drawing: Objects & Space
Drawing: Natural Forms & The Human Figure
Found & Fabricated

Second Year

Sophomore Projects
Expanded Materials
Sculpture Studio I: Fabrication
Sculpture Studio II: Perception

Third Year

Sculpture & the Body 
Installation: Immersive Environments
Junior Projects/Discourse
Contemporary Issues 

Fourth Year

Advanced Sculpture
Fine Arts Thesis Groundwork
The Artist’s Manifesto
Professional Practices
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.

Alumni & Careers

Megan Smock BFA '20 (Sculpture)
Megan Smock

BFA '20

Sculpture (BFA in Fine Arts)
Artist and educator who's interested in site-specific installation, bookmaking, ceramics and more
Pap Souleye Fall BFA '17 (Sculpture)
Pap Souleye Fall

BFA '17

Sculpture (BFA in Fine Arts)
Senegalese-American artist who's participated in the Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art
Corinne Sandkuhler BFA '20 (Sculpture)
Corinne Sandkuhler

BFA '15

Sculpture (BFA in Fine Arts)
Multidisciplinary artist who designs and creates custom art installations and fixtures for retail display
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Ryan Berardi

BFA '14

Sculpture (BFA in Fine Arts)
Medical artist specializing in the making of medical and anatomical artwork
Frank Hartman in white shirt and khaki pants, brown diamond pattern tie, NASA ID badge, holding notebook
Frank Hartman

BFA '92

Sculpture (BFA in Fine Arts)
Mars Rover driver for NASA
A headshot of Kay Schimert BFA ’85 (Fine Arts/Sculpture). Photo Credit: Zack Garlitos
Katy Schimert

BFA ’85 (Fine Arts/Sculpture)

Sculpture (BFA in Fine Arts)
2020 Guggenheim Fellow, artist and educator

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.

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A completed application for admission

Start or resume your application. 

  • The application includes two required short-answer questions: What excites you about UArts? What inspires you?

A nonrefundable $60 application fee
  • 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 high school transcript

  • Official transcripts must be sent directly from your school by mail, email or a secure electronic document-delivery service. 

  • International transcript requirements 

  • 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 college(s)

      • 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

Your portfolio
  • 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.

  • Learn more about portfolio requirements. 

International applicants must submit proof of English proficiency.
Optional letters of recommendation
  • Letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors are optional and may be submitted by the recommender via email to undergradcredentials@uarts.edu or by your high school through a secure electronic document-delivery service. 

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