Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture

Sculpture

Karyn Olivier, Program Head
Tyler School of Art Building
Room 130
215-777-9155
karyn.olivier@temple.edu

The Sculpture Program provides the skills and concepts essential to creative growth. Courses are designed to integrate the development of technical skills with critical discourse and theory, and knowledge of contemporary sculpture. Students are encouraged to explore a broad range of sculptural strategies through studio courses including installation, sound, video, robotics, public art, and wood and metal fabrication. All courses provide intensive studio experience and intense critical dialogue combined with exhibition opportunities and field trips. The sculpture area includes a metal shop, wood shop, plaster and mold making facilities, a small sound studio and individual studios for undergraduate majors and for graduate sculpture students.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 126 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. All Sculpture majors must complete the BFA curriculum and General Education requirements.

  • Students must earn a C- or better in Sculpture (PDS 2611 or PDS 2621) to enter the major.
  • The eight required Junior/Senior courses and PDS 3596 must be completed with a C- or better to fulfill major requirements. 

The faculty encourages taking sculpture courses in excess of the minimum required. These additional courses count towards required studio electives.

Major Requirements for B.F.A. in Sculpture

Sophomore Prerequisite

PDS 2611Sculpture3
or PDS 2621 Sculpture: Rome

Students are encouraged to take Installation or Mold Making in the second semester of the sophomore year after Sophomore Sculpture.

Junior and Senior Requirements

Select two of the following:6
Advanced Sculpture
Advanced Sculpture
Advanced Sculpture
Advanced Sculpture
PDS Specialized Sculpture course (see list below)3
PDS Specialized (see list below) or Advanced Sculpture course 16
PDS 4611Senior Sculpture3
Select two Drawing courses from the following:6
Intermediate Drawing
Intermediate Drawing
Digital Drawing
Video Workshop
Rome Sketchbook
Advanced Drawing 2
Advanced Drawing
Advanced Drawing
Figure Drawing 2
Figure Drawing
Figure Drawing
Figure Drawing
Interactive Projects
Capstone
PDS 3596PDS Seminar 33
1

Advanced Sculpture courses include specials topics in: Sound, Performance, Metal Fabrication and Robotics. These vary from semester to semester. More than the two required Advanced Sculpture courses are recommended in order to intensify creative development of sculptural practice.

2

These courses have a sophomore level prerequisite. Check the course descriptions for more details.

3

Students are advised to take the capstone in their Junior Year.

 Specialized Sculpture Courses
PDS 2632Installation3
PDS 3631Installation3
PDS 3521Advanced Video3
PDS 2521Video Workshop3
PDS 3731Sculpture Techniques & Materials3
PDS 2641Mold-Making Technology3
PDS 3641Mold-Making Technology3
PDS 2631Figure Modeling3
PDS 2633Figure Modeling: Rome3
PDS 3721Public Art Projects3
PDS 4582Independent Study1 to 3
PDS 4585Field Internship 11 to 3
1

It is possible to do Field Internships with alternative arts organizations and art fabrication companies in the Philadelphia area.

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
FDPR 1511Foundation Drawing13
FDPR 15212D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15313D Foundation Principles/W3
FDPR 1501Introduction to Art and Design1
ARTH 1155 or 1955Art Heritage of the Western World I3
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
FDPR 1512Foundation Drawing3
FDPR 15222D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15323D Foundation Principles/C3
FDPR 1502Investigations of Art and Design1
ARTH 1156 or 1956Art Heritage of the Western World II13
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
PDS 2611Sculpture23
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
Select one of the following:3
CRFT 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
PDS 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective
 
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
PDS 3611 or 3621Advanced Sculpture3
PDS Specialized Sculpture3
PDS 3596PDS Seminar [WI] (Capstone)3
Art History Elective34
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
PDS 3612 or 3622Advanced Sculpture3
PDS Drawing43
CRFT, GAD, or PDS Studio Elective3
Art History Elective (WI)4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
PDS 4611Senior Sculpture3
PDS Drawing43
CRFT, GAD, or PDS Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Non-Studio Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
PDS Specialized or Advanced Sculpture3
PDS Specialized Sculpture3
CRFT, GAD, or PDS Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Open Elective33
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 126
1

These 2 courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Arts category if the courses are completed with a C- or better.

2

PDS 2621 also fulfills the prerequisite to enter the Sculpture major; however it is only offered in Rome. 

3

Students completing a 3 credit Art History 2000+ elective must select a 4 credit open elective to reach the minimum 126 credits to earn the BFA degree.

4

Select two Drawing courses from the following: PDS 2311/PDS 2321, PDS 2341, PDS 2521, PDS 3351, PDS 3411/PDS 3421/PDS 4411, PDS 3431/PDS 3441/PDS 4431/PDS 4441, and PDS 3451. Some courses have a sophomore level prerequisite. Check the course descriptions for more details.

Please Note:  An approved study abroad program waives the GenEd Global/World Society (GG) requirement; however, these credits must be made up with academic coursework taken outside of Tyler departments to be in compliance with BFA accreditation. Sculpture majors interested in studying abroad may elect to study abroad for a semester or attend a summer program. Please see an academic advisor for more details.