Sculpture students work with form, volume, space, texture, and material.
Working in the Metals Lab, Wood Shop, or the Casting/Modeling Lab, Sculpture students can use a full range of tools and media with guidance and safety training.
Sculpture overlaps ceramics, metals, and intermedia, and students are encouraged to explore these ideas as part of developing their own unique 3D style.
Advanced sculpture students can make use of the Bronze Foundry, Furniture making, and even mixed media to include glass and computers.
Our bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in studio art with an emphasis in sculpture encompasses artistic traditions while teaching contemporary issues. Two faculty members maintain a spacious facility that includes a steel fabrication area, bronze and aluminum foundry, a mold-making facility, an outdoor area for stone carving, and a well-equipped woodworking and furniture studio.
When you sculpt, you are expressing yourself as an artist in three dimensions, combining expression and technique with mass, volume, and space. Sculptural art ranges from carved stone and wood to highly contemporary forms that integrate performance, installation, and technology into an aesthetic experience.
Consequently, in Ball State's sculpture program, you will learn traditional sculpture techniques along with more contemporary and experimental media and art forms. This will provide you with a full range of avenues for creative expression as a sculptural artist.
What You Will Study
The program allows you to find a three-dimensional voice and establish a personal vocabulary unrestricted by material and technical limitations. Among various other course work, you will take a three-dimensional imaging course, metalsmithing courses, ceramics courses, printmaking, and a range of art history courses covering ancient through modern traditions and explorations.
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What Can You Do with a Degree in Sculpture?
As a graduate of our sculpture program, you’ll be prepared for:
- a career as a studio artist
- excellent graduate programs for continued exploration
Paying for Your Education
Scholarships are a terrific way to help with costs. On top of the university’s scholarships available to you, the School of Art has several programs of its own. Begin searching.
Ready to Apply?
Have you decided that our sculpture major is right for you? Then it’s time to begin the admission process.