M.F.A. in Visual Art, Sculpture Track

Earn an M.F.A in Visual Art—Sculpture

Sculpture is framed in the rigorous pursuit of individual research and an ongoing dialog about theoretical, historical and cross-disciplinary concerns. Students in Herron’s Master of Fine Art degree in Visual Art with emphasis in Sculpture learn how to maintain a rich and rewarding studio practice while building a body of work that is both personal and relevant. The faculty works collectively to challenge and support students as they refine their aesthetic. They help students develop skill sets and sensibilities rooted in form, environment and installation, applied to discovery and problem solving. Herron’s excellent facilities and equipment inform students’ in-depth understanding of professional studio practice. The emphasis is on developing individual creative vision and exploring a range of opportunities such as university teaching, interdisciplinary collaboration and community-based, site-specific initiatives.

The ongoing commitment to expanding the student’s opportunities through public art partnerships with corporate, city and private organizations produces significant projects where students propose and execute fully funded works. Experimental gallery exhibitions and other activities engage the community through non-traditional spaces, methods and strategies. Students master practical strategies for art making and refine their understanding of the theoretical issues, historical influences and cultural forces at play for the professional artist in a 21st century urban context.

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This program meets the educational requirements as mandated by the National Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Plan of study

  • Year 1, Fall semester (15 credits)

    Studio Emphasis I: Materials and Methods in Sculpture (6 credits)
    Graduate Studio Elective in Sculpture (3 credits)
    Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Visual Arts (3 credits)
    Art of the Past Two Decades or Visual Culture: A Visual Studies Approach (3 credits)

  • Year 1, Spring semester (15 credits)

    Studio Emphasis II: Theory into Practice in Sculpture (6-9 credits)
    Graduate Studio Elective (0-3 credits)
    Project Management/Public Art (3 credits)
    University Visual Art Teaching Practicum or Art History Elective (3 credits)

  • Year 2, Fall semester (15 credits)
    • Studio Emphasis III: Advanced Practices in Sculpture (6-9 credits)
    • Interdisciplinary Critique (3 credits)
    • Graduate Studio Elective or Academic Elective (0-3 credits)
    • Art Theory and Criticism (3 credits)
  • Year 2, Spring semester (15 credits)
    • Studio Emphasis IV: Thesis (6-9 credits)
    • Graduate Studio Elective (3-9 credits)
    • Art History or Academic Elective (0-3 credits)