MCAD’s sculpture major embraces both historical and contemporary approaches to making and thinking.

This program offers experiences that range from the creation of the discrete object to experiential installation, while focusing on the inclusion of new technologies and fostering conceptual and technical exploration.

The program embraces not only an interdisciplinary approach to materials and media but also transdisciplinary thought. Through courses inclusive of philosophy, ecology, and history, and the practice of individual and collaborative work, community partnerships, and Public Art, we continue to expand the definition of sculpture.

From your first compositions and critiques to real-world work experiences, the BFA curriculum is a systematic process that transforms you from an MCAD student into a creative professional.

Year One: MCAD Community

  • Develop your place in the MCAD community through classes, critiques, student activities, and more
  • Explore your major options
  • Take foundation classes
    • Studio: technical skills and work ethic
    • Liberal arts: art history and vocabulary

Year Two: Focusing Interests

  • Declare sculpture as your major
  • Build concentrated sculpting skills, both conceptual and technical

Year Three: The Community of Practice

Year Four: The Professional World

  • Deepen your investigation of and commitment to your body of work
  • Participate in the Emerging Talent Showcase and share your work with potential employers
  • Develop and complete a semester-long project to culminate in the Commencement Exhibition

Sculpture Major Outcomes

  • Reference the conceptual and technical foundations of sculpture while engaging forward-looking options in terms of aesthetics, media, and process.
  • Establish an awareness of contemporary and traditional art practices, theories, and artists.
  • Define individual studio practice within a contemporary context based in research.
  • Demonstrate broad “sculptural” understanding through experience from object to installation; temporal to permanence; private to public.
  • Exhibit application of sculptural processes from traditional to expanded media including fabrication, casting, space, time, and digital processes.
  • Engage in the intellectual dialectic; critique and engage peers in expanded dialogue.
  • Participate in professional experiences through exhibitions, competitions, and internships.

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