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.

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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.

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Allyson Gallagher '16
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Souleye Fall '18
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Corrinne Sandkuhler '15
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Meet UArts

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Halle Ballard

'18

Sculpture
Hometowns: Nashville and Philadelphia
Ciara Wright sculpting a clay figure on Broad Street in Philadelphia
Ciara Wright

'18

Sculpture
Hometown: Berwick, Maine
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Andrew Smith

'19

Sculpture
Hometown: Frederick, Maryland

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

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    Michael Grothusen; medium closeup of a man wearing a denim shirt and a blue jacket
    Michael Grothusen

    Sculpture
    Mixed-media sculptor and installation artist, exhibited at Philadelphia Museum of Art
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    Laura Frazure

    Sculpture
    Teaches art professors in China the Western process of sculpting anatomy
    Mara Admitz Scrupe headshot
    Mara Adamitz Scrupe

    Sculpture
    Visual artist and poet whose exhibitions have received acclaim in the US, China & Europe

    Sample Courses in the Fine Arts Major with an emphasis in Sculpture

    First Year
    Drawing: Objects + Space
    Drawing: Natural Forms + The Human Figure
    Image/Time
    Color
    Object/Environment
    Found & Fabricated

    Second Year
    Studio Practice 
    Discipline Fundamentals 
    Research and Practices 
    Sculpture Studio I: Fabrication
    Sculpture Studio II: Perception
     

    Third Year
    Sculpture and 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

     

    About the Curriculum

    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.

    To earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, with an emphasis in Sculpture, students will complete a total of 126 credits as follows:

    • 39 credits in the Fine Arts Major (including 5 classes in Sculpture)
    • 18 credits in College of Art, Media & Design Core Studies
    • 6 credits in School of Art Core
    • 4.5 credits in Creative Practices and Collaborative Studio
    • 12 credits in Art History
    • 30 credits in Liberal Arts
    • 16.5 credits in Free Electives

    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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    Frank Hartman in white shirt and khaki pants, brown diamond pattern tie, NASA ID badge, holding notebook
    Frank Hartman

    BFA '92

    Sculpture
    Mars Rover driver for NASA
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    Ryan Berardi

    BFA '14

    Sculpture
    Medical artist specializing in the making of medical and anatomical artwork
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    Morgan Penza

    BFA '16, MAT '17

    Art Education (BFA+MAT)
    Exhibiting sculptor and teacher

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