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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a concentration in Sculpture

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.

The Know How

What you will know with a Sculpture concentration from AUM


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.


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


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.


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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Is a Concentration in Sculpture right for me?

What types of jobs can I get with a sculpture degree?

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Is it worthwhile to get a degree in sculpture?

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.

Who might hire a sculptor?

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.

What is the difference between a fine arts degree (BFA) and an art degree (BA)?

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.


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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. 

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

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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 ArtsHistory 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.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with a concentration in Sculpture


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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.

The course listings above are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

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