Sculpture

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Our program offers a supportive environment where graduate students are challenged to identify their unique, creative research & investigate the impact their artwork can have on a personal, social, & global scale.

Who We Are

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Colorado State University’s MFA Sculpture Program is a 60-credit, self-guided program where students investigate studio-based practices and develop a body of work that blends theory and technique with artistic vision. Guided through faculty mentorship, graduate students in Sculpture often engage in a broad range of studio practice which includes spatial-, object-, performative- and material-based investigations. Graduate students are encouraged to push the capacity of materials, objects, and actions creating a path toward meaningful growth, humility, and intentionality in their practice.

YOUR
COURSEWORK

PRACTICE BASED IN INTERSECTIONAL DISCOURSE, INTENTIONAL METHODOLOGIES, & THE DELIBERATE ENGAGEMENT OF MATERIALS, OBJECTS, & SPACE

Our graduate curriculum includes a Sculpture area-specific studio class each semester where students receive focused individual mentorship and small group interaction. To foster community and dialogue, graduate students also take seminar-based studio and art history classes.

Students  have the opportunity to take introductory- to advanced-level studio courses in other studio areas, out of department classes, Supervised College Teaching for credit, participate in study abroad, take arts leadership courses, and to work with items from the permanent collection at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art

Graduate students have an end of semester review every semester they are in the three-year program. This helps students shape their research trajectory, formulate their thesis committee, prepare for their second year MFA qualifying review, and ready themselves for their final thesis work. All graduate students prepare a written thesis to accompany their MFA thesis body of work, both of which are presented to their thesis committee.

Our Facilities

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The Sculpture main studio encompasses 3800 square feet of space that can accommodate a range of material-based practices with discrete areas for working with wood, metal, & wet materials. Students in Sculpture have 24-hour access to individual semi-private studio spaces & to the Sculpture main studio. Graduate studio spaces are located across a small courtyard from the sculpture main studio & allow students to work flexibly in both spaces.

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The sculpture studio is well equipped & includes multiple bandsaws for wood & metal, sanders, grinders, drill presses, a metal cut-off saw, a table saw (Saw-top technology), wood compound miter saw, metal shear & brake, 50" slip roller, oxy-acetylene welding & hearing set-ups, a variety of welders (arc, MIG & TIG), two plasma cutters, a coal forge, sewing machines, electric clay kilns in addition to numerous electric & pneumatic hand tools & other equipment.

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Graduate students have access to the Digital Fabrication Lab & Woodshop, both in the Visual Arts Building. They may also pursue training for access to the additional equipment at the Nancy Richardson Design Center located close to the Visual Arts Building.

Our Faculty

The MFA program has three full-time faculty members who engage in Sculpture-based creative research.

Interested in our MFA program?

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Graduate Advisor for the concentration of their interest for more information or to schedule a tour about our MFA Program. For general information, please visit our contact page.