The sculpture program is committed to bringing students a wide range of effective study opportunities in the pursuit of their individual sculptural language. Our faculty is experienced in presenting forms of sculpture ranging from the traditional, such as bronze casting, welding and figurative work, to contemporary manifestations of mixed-media, installation and emerging digital technologies. All processes are presented through demonstrations, presentations and special workshops with safety as the top priority. Not only will students be expected to work on projects in a classroom environment and their individual studio settings, but they will also be given many opportunities to collaborate with departments inside and outside the arts. Sculpture can mean many different things, and the diverse paths our student makers have taken reflect that variety.
CURRICULUM: B.F.A. IN ART WITH AN EMPHASIS IN Sculpture
Basic Studies requirement — 18 credits
- ART 1040 Object Drawing
- ART 1050 Drawing Studio
- ART 1070 Form and Surface
- ART 1080 Form and Space
- ART 2170 Writing About Art and Design
- ART 2360 Professional Practice
Art history — 12 credits
Two of the four 2000-level Art History courses (6 hours)
- ART 2200 Caves to Cathedrals
- ART 2210 Modern and Postmodern
- ART 2220 Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
- ART 2230 Introduction to Asian Art History
Two additional Art History courses at the 3000 or 4000-level, or at the 5000-level with instructor approval.
Sculpture emphasis requirement — 22 credits
- ART 2310 Sculpture I (3 credits)
- ART 3310 Sculpture II (3 credits)
- ART 3080 Topics in Sculpture (3 credits) – repeatable
- ART 4500 3D Contemporary Practices (3 credits)
- ART 4700 Topics in Studio Art (3 credits) – repeatable
- ART 4830 Senior Project I (fall 3 credits)
- ART 4840 Senior Project II (spring 4 credits)
Art studio electives—33 credits
SUMMARY OF BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS WITH AN EMPHASIS IN SCULPTURE
Art Major—85 credits
General Education—37 credits
Total Credit Hours—122 credits
Students should consult the WMU catalog for the sculpture program course descriptions and requirements.
Portfolio reviews for admission into the B.F.A. program with an emphasis in ceramics will be held in the second week of November and March.
The sculpture area is divided into several workspaces, each with a specific function to assist students in the visualization and construction of their work.
Studio classroom spaces
All advanced students use this space as a community-working studio. This area contains a metal shop with a fabrication area, bronze pouring facilities and a burnout kiln. There is also a laser cutter and 3D printer available to assist students in creating their projects.
The courtyard area is primarily used for metal finishing, the opening of molds, carving and shipping and receiving.
- Clay figure modeling
- Plaster casting and carving
- Wood construction
- Washing of plaster molds
- Critiques of student projects
- Process demonstrations
The wax room is used for wax pouring and fabrications.
This room supports all activities in the program. It is limited to a band saw and drill press. Numerous wood working tools are also stored here.
The shell room is used for the building of shell and sand molds.
This area is designed for the use of patinas and paints.
B.F.A. studio area
There are also several spaces are designated for advanced student to conduct individual research and art making.
Ricardo de Sousa Costa and Joel Fisher