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The BFA in Sculpture is a professional undergraduate degree for students desiring extensive studio experience with an emphasis in Sculpture. Students in the program develop critical thinking skills, refine their intellectual and creative processes, and learn both traditional and contemporary aspects of the sculptor's craft.

Herron's Sculpture Program encourages consistent growth, from the introductory three-dimensional experience through the fourth and final year of advanced work. The multimedia fabrication and foundry facilities provide a level of sophisticated technical experience unique to the undergraduate level.

As sophomores, Sculpture students are introduced to a wide spectrum of techniques and processes, which include metal fabrication, casting, woodcarving, construction, resins, plastics, and stone carving, as wells work in nontraditional materials. Through a team teaching approach, students are exposed to a broad base of practical information, critical analysis, and creative discourse.

As juniors and seniors, students continue investigations and creative pursuits begun in their sophomore year. Juniors and seniors work more independently as they sharpen their individual focus and prepare for graduate school or professional work. Graduates of the sculpture program have had the opportunity to investigate all three-dimensional media and are prepared to continue independent development.

For the most current curriculum, please see the Herron website. For the recommended four-year plan of study, please refer to IUPUI degree maps.  The BFA degree requirements meet the standards established by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design for professional undergraduate degrees in the Fine Arts.

Degree requirements

General Education

30 credits corresponding to IUPUI's Statewide Transferrable General Education Core.

Foundation Studies

20 credits

Art History, Theory, and Criticism and professional development

Credits distributed as follows:

  • HER-H101 History of Art I (3 cr.) (may be used to fill Arts/Humanities General Education requirement)
  • HER-H102 History of Art 2 (3 cr.) (may be used to fill Arts/Humanities General Education requirement)
  • HER-H205 Introduction to Contemporary Art (3 cr.)
  • HER-HXXX Art History electives (6 cr.)

Professional and career preparation

HER-X201  Professional Practice in Visual Arts I

HER-X301  Professional Practice in Visual Arts II

Major Studio Requirements

Credits distributed as follows

  • HER-S201 Sculpture 1 (3 cr.)
  • HER-S202 Sculpture 2 (3 cr)
  • HER-S301 Sculpture 3 (6 cr.)
  • HER-S302 Sculpture 4 (6 cr.)
  • HER-S401 Sculpture 5 (6 cr.)
  • HER-S402 Sculpture 6 (6 cr.)

Studio Art Electives

27 credits, of which 3 must be N208 Integrative Studio Lab: Rotating Topics (3 cr.)

Non-Studio requirements

6 credits

  • ENG-L 105 or L115 English Literature (3 cr.)
  • Academic elective (3 cr.)

Total:  125 credits

Last update:  April 2021