Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture

Sculpture

C.T. Jasper, Program Head
Tyler School of Art Building
Room 130
215-777-9155
ctom@temple.edu

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Sculpture program at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture helps students develop creative, intellectual and practical skills in expansive, state-of-the-art facilities and prepares them for successful careers as artists and professionals in a range of industries.

Tyler Sculpture majors join a warm community of bold thinkers and makers who, through intense study of theory and the exploration of materials and media, become critical thinkers and problem solvers. Students develop technical proficiency and gain practical knowledge of technology, including robotics, digital fabrication, video editing, woodworking, metalworking and more.

Tyler offers access to the region's vibrant contemporary art scene in Philadelphia and nearby cities like New York and Washington, D.C. Students graduate to become socially-conscious practicing artists, find employment in education, industrial design, fabrication and more and earn placements in top graduate programs.

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 (ART 2801 or ART 2807) to enter the major.
  • The eight required Junior/Senior courses and ART 3896 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

ART 2801Sculpture3
or ART 2807 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: 16
Advanced Sculpture
Advanced Sculpture
Advanced Sculpture
Advanced Sculpture
Specialized Sculpture course (see list below)3
Specialized (see list below) or Advanced Sculpture courses 16
ART 4801Senior Sculpture3
Select two Drawing courses from the following:6
Intermediate Drawing
Intermediate Drawing
Digital Drawing
Digital Drawing
Video Workshop
Advanced Video
Rome Sketchbook
Advanced Drawing 2
Advanced Drawing: Rome
Advanced Drawing
Advanced Drawing
Figure Drawing 2
Figure Drawing
Figure Drawing
Figure Drawing
Interactive Projects
Capstone
ART 3896PDS Seminar (WI) 33
 Specialized Sculpture Courses
ART 2802Video Workshop3
ART 3802Advanced Video3
ART 2803Installation3
ART 3803Installation3
ART 2804Mold Making Technology3
ART 3804Mold Making Technology3
ART 2805Figure Modeling3
ART 2808Figure Modeling: Rome3
ART 3811Sculpture Techniques and Materials3
ART 3809Public Art Projects3
ART 3085Field Internship 13
PDS 4582Independent Study1-3

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 2019-2020 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
FDPR 1511Foundation Drawing<sup>1</sup>3
FDPR 15212D Foundation Principles3
FDPR 15313D Foundation Principles/W3
FDPR 1501Introduction to Art and Design1
ARTH 1155 or 1955Arts of the World I: Prehistoric to 13003
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 1956Arts of the World II: 1300 to the 21st Century<sup>1</sup>3
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ART 2801 or 2807Sculpture<sup>2</sup>3
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
ART or GAD 2000-2999 Sophomore Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
ART 3805 or 3807Advanced Sculpture3
Specialized Sculpture Course3
ART 3896PDS Seminar [WI] (Capstone)3
Art History Elective34
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ART 3806 or 3808Advanced Sculpture3
ART Drawing Course43
ART or GAD Studio Elective3
Art History Elective (WI)4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
ART 4801Senior Sculpture3
ART Drawing Course43
ART or GAD Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Non-Studio Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Specialized or Advanced Sculpture Course3
Specialized or Advanced Sculpture Course3
ART or GAD Studio Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Open Elective33
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 126

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.