Make a career out of making with a bachelor's degree in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. This distinguished program is designed for students pursuing graduate studies or careers in sculpture.
Coursework throughout the major will explore the materials, techniques and concepts related to contemporary sculpture as well as basic ceramic approaches, including hand-building, glazing and firing. To ensure graduates leave with a greater level of artistic development and focus, all sculpture students participate in an immersive, studio-focused curriculum. This includes an advanced three-dimensional studio course that will allow you to create a variety of unique work while investigating personal concepts and styles.
Outside-the-classroom learning opportunities will further hone your skills and help you to develop your artistic expression. Participate in workshops with visiting professional artists. Gain insight into the business side of art and design during an internship. Join the Art Student Association and organize artistic events on campus and in the community. And visit artistic communities, museums and studios with working professionals during departmental field trips.
During your final semester at UW-Eau Claire, you'll choose groups of your work to be featured in the Senior Exhibition, an impressive final semester showcase for all art students. The culmination is a portfolio of the highest professional quality that will make you extremely competitive for an art career or graduate work in visual arts.
Personalized curriculum. A variety of electives within the sculpture degree allow you to pursue multiple passions and study other areas of art that interest you. Explore courses in ceramics, drawing, site-specific sculpture, computer animation and found media. This flexibility gives you the chance to become an expert in multiple areas and opens doors to even more career paths.
Art close to home. UW-Eau Claire is home to the Foster Gallery, the largest art gallery in the Eau Claire area. Art and design students can take advantage of this learning space through exhibition receptions, open viewings, installation opportunities, guest speaker presentations and the chance to participate in the annual juried student art show.
Opportunities to travel. All sculpture majors are required to participate in a travel experience while studying at UW-Eau Claire. This could include a study abroad program, one of the department’s national field trips or at least two of the department’s regional field trips. Explore contemporary art and design in Minneapolis, Chicago and New York City. Or find inspiration in some of the world's art and architecture meccas, like Florence, Rome or Paris.
Incredible support. While mastering your craft at UW-Eau Claire, you'll be surrounded by students who, like you, are passionate about making. Classes are taught by expert faculty members with a multitude of experiences in the arts. Small class sizes allow for individual help and attention — and include plenty of opportunities for you to grow as an artist.
Connection to local employers. Annual on-campus Career Conferences and a Client Communication and Management Career Fair bring potential employers right to you. These events are excellent opportunities to network and submit your resume for current and future job openings.
Sculpture program details
- Program length: four years
- Offered: in person
- Campus: Eau Claire
- This major does not require a minor.
- Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.
- Art Student Association (ASA)
- None of the Above (NOTA)
Graduates of UW-Eau Claire's sculpture program are able to demonstrate practical and technical command of sculpture materials, tools, processes and technologies to produce exceptional work. In addition to their creative visual talent, alumni have also become equally known for their entrepreneurial skills. From e-commerce websites and social media promotion, Blugold artists are finding a myriad of avenues to successfully and globally promote and sell their work.
- Fine artist
- Exhibition designer
- Product designer
- Creative director
- Art director
UWEC faculty members were instrumental in challenging me to pursue sculpture seriously while offering incredible support. Participating in juried student art shows and working on projects made through faculty/student collaborative research grants were also valuable. During the final semester of my senior year, I worked with another student on a commission to create a permanent sculpture for Centennial Hall.
Curriculum within the sculpture bachelor's degree includes core foundation courses in art as well as courses in art history and sculpture. A variety of electives throughout the major allow you to study the areas that most interest you or align with your career goals.
What classes do sculpture majors take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- 3D computer modeling
- Ancient to medieval art
- Conceptual practices in drawing
- Renaissance to 20th century art
- Site-specific sculpture
Learn more about the comprehensive sculpture major in the UWEC course catalog.
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