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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a concentration in Sculpture
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In professional practice, visual artists trained in sculpture create finished pieces of art by carving, casting, welding, or gluing a wide range of materials, including clay, stone, and wood.

Contemporary sculpture now utilizes a variety of processes including 3D printing. A sculptor’s work can be exhibited in museums, galleries, corporate settings, or as public installations.

The AUM Department of Fine Arts offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Sculpture concentration. This concentration is geared toward individuals interested in pursuing a career as an artist or to prepare for a fine arts graduate studies program.

Most sculptors work in a studio environment that is large enough to accommodate their tools, materials, and finished work. Some sculptors will work in furniture design, interior design, or industrial design. They work in museums, in manufacturing, and in the film industry. According to the Art Career Project, about half of all sculptors are self-employed. Some sculpture professionals are product designers, toy designers, model makers, and motion picture modelers.

In this BFA concentration, students spend most of their time getting practical, hands-on experience in a supportive and collaborative environment. Guided by experienced faculty, class sizes tend to be small, which promotes student and faculty interaction. Traditional and contemporary methods (such as 3D modeling and 3D printing) are taught. Faculty provide constructive feedback and encourage students to work interdisciplinary as they build upon their professional portfolio.

Other concentrations in this BFA degree program include Painting and Drawing, Photography, and Graphic Design.

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The Know How

What you will know with a Sculpture concentration from AUM

We Prepare You For A Career With Purpose

When you know how to blend creativity, forward thinking, and technical skills to realize a creative vision, you can gain recognition by applying it to just about any purpose.

We Set The Bar For Technical Skills

Know past and present methods for sculpting—from the traditional approach to computer-based, 3D modeling.

We Encourage You To Be Well-Rounded

You’ll learn people skills like communication and problem-solving while receiving a well-rounded visual arts education, including a choice of electives to personalize your sculpture degree.

We Prepare You For A Career

Because our faculty has real-world experience and we expose you to hands-on learning opportunities, you’ll know what to expect in this career before you graduate.

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Points of Pride

  • AUM faculty are renowned instructors who have exhibited their work nationally and internationally.
  • AUM has expanded its sculpture program to include 2040 Turbo Delta Wasp 3D printers.
  • BFA candidates have the opportunity to showcase their works in a solo exhibition at the Cason McDermott Art Gallery on the AUM campus.
  • Students have access to high-quality labs where they can learn about 3D modeling and Adobe Creative Cloud programs.
  • AUM students exhibit their work in local galleries and routinely submit to national and local shows and exhibitions.

Soaring Warhawks

  • Brittany Roberson was the Outstanding Student for the Department of Fine Arts and the Chancellor’s Scholar for the College of Arts and Sciences. She serves as the president of the Montgomery chapter of the American Advertising Federation.
  • Anna Hudman is a set designer at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Fla.
  • Chris Mills is an art director at Razorfish, Atlanta.
  • Shayna Roldan Eldridge is a user experience designer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida.
  • Daniel Fuller owns Lux Original, a boutique marketing company specializing in real estate and small business media.
  • Preston Collins works at Auburn University as a graphic designer for the Athletics Dept.

Customize Your Concentration

  • A Communication minor might enhance your resume and expand your range of knowledge.
  • Apply to the University Honors Program, a diverse community of students who take classes together, work on community service projects, and travel the U.S. and abroad.
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Sculptors with a BFA often have an advantage over informally trained colleagues. A fine arts graduate from AUM has an educational background that lends artistic insights that clients want.

Universities and government entities of all sizes commission works from freelance sculptors. Design firms hire sculptors for physical and computer-based sculpting and modeling. Your visual arts skills could lead you to a number of employment opportunities.

The BFA is more of a professional course of study where you design and create works like sculptures, paintings, or photography, while the BA focuses more on the academics, like visual arts and history.

Degree Options

Is a Concentration in Sculpture right for me?

With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.

Career/Job TitleEntry-level EducationJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
Art DirectorBachelor’s Degree11% (Faster than average)$97,270
Craft and Fine ArtistBachelor’s Degree14% (Faster than average)$49,120
Special Effects Artist and AnimatorBachelor’s degree16% (Much faster than average)$77,700

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Quick Facts

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

At AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.

Our academic departments include Communication and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Philosophy, Fine Arts,  History and World Cultures, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Army ROTC. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Official Name of the Sculpture Concentration

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a concentration in Sculpture

Modality

This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

In-Class
Painting and Drawing

Required Courses

To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, fine arts, and electives. Contact the Department of Fine Arts for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course NumberCourse NameWhat you will know…
VISU 2312Sculpture I Here are the basics: an intro to sculptural problems, practices and materials.
VISU 3122Advanced DrawingHere, you’ll get a lot of hands-on drawing with and emphasis on creativity and composition.
VISU 3322Sculpture 2More advanced sculptural problems, practices and materials.
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