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2018-2019

Sculpture

School of the Arts

 
Program description

The Department of Sculpture and Extended Media’s eight full-time faculty members and various part-time and technical faculty represent a spectrum of directions and philosophical attitudes. Faculty interests range from formal to conceptual, from the concrete to the evanescent. This breadth of interests is presented to students and contributes to the comprehensive nature of the department. Students are not only exposed to traditional sculpture media, but encouraged to explore technology’s parameters and to pursue interdisciplinary activity.

The department encourages sculpture students to broaden their experience in other areas. By promoting a curriculum that encourages students to take a wide range of courses throughout the university, faculty stress links between art, science, the humanities and the world. As a consequence, sculpture students have rich, productive associations with professors in many fields.

Sculpture students are challenged to exploit their full potential by questioning notions of contemporary art. The goal is to provide students with the vocabulary, the seeds of discernment and the skills of both analysis and synthesis in order to become participants in the dialogue of our time. All of this takes place in an environment of high expectation regarding self-motivation, intellectual capacity and responsibility.

The sculpture program is housed in a state-of-the-art facility. Sculpture majors are provided with semi-private, locked studio spaces and are given time, support and encouragement to pursue their independently determined goals. 

Career opportunities

Sculpture BFA alumni are equipped with the critical thinking , creative problem solving, and technical skills that many careers of the 21st Century require.  Alumni often start working as artist assistants and move on to careers as studio artists themselves.  Fabrication skills- particularly those in 3D digital modeling and CNC technology- are in high demand, and graduates from our program have a reputation for their abilities in these fields.  Many of our alumni work in the art world as curators, preparators, conservators, administrators, and other art related professions.  Some apply their skills to industry and others to teaching and academia.  Most importantly, our alumni have the agility and forward thinking that will carry them through a rapidly changing world, and this will equip them for careers that may not yet exist at the moment they graduate.  Their ability to be inventive, think critically, be resourceful, understand material, and manage projects, will be their most powerful tools.

Change of major requirements

Completion of the Art Foundation Program is a prerequisite for entry into all fine art and design departments. Students are required to submit their application here: http://arts.vcu.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/current-vcu-student/

Typical Application deadlines:

For Spring: November 1st
For Fall: April 1st
A portfolio is required
(more information here: http://arts.vcu.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/current-vcu-student/)


Bachelor-level job titles
  • 3D Digital Fabricator
  • Art Handler
  • Artist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Business Owner
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Gallery Director
  • Media Producer
  • Museum Preparator
  • Professor
  • Program Manager
  • Studio Assistant
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 131
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • N/A (2.0 but not listed on Bulletin.)
Department name:
Department of Sculpture
Building/room location:
Fine Arts Building, Room 115
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
(804) 828-1511
Email:
sculpture@vcu.edu

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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss tutoring, course electives, and degree progression.
  • Take UNIV 291: Maximizing and Advancing in AFO.
  • Apply to University, VCUarts, and external grants and scholarships.
  • Attend Ready, Set, Go – Sophomore Transition Experience.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Check out university art spaces and the VCUArts Calendar.
  • Register to vote in Virginia and explore Richmond’s museums, parks, festivals, and cultural events!
  • Apply to live in the ASPiRE, Globe, INNOVATE, or LEAD Living & Learning Programs.
  • Get involved with VCU Student Government or one of over 450 clubs and organizations.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about your study abroad options by visiting a study abroad fair and attending a First Advising Session in the Global Education Office.
  • Review the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs website for programs, events, and resources.
  • Attend VCUarts visiting artist lectures and related events every semester.
  • Visit local and regional museums of art, history, and diversity every semester.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Explore The Vault to learn about employers and job titles in your field.
  • Complete your Handshake profile and opt-in to industry email lists to learn about opportunities.
  • Build your LinkedIn profile with Career Services.
  • Research VCUArts alumni for networking and mentorship opportunities.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Digitally archive AFO studio and personal work.
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology and creative skills using Lynda.
  • Research artists’ websites in preparation for building your own.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Complete two Basic Sculpture classes and Sophomore Seminar.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to explore minors, certificates, and skills-based. courses and strategies for success in your program
  • Meet with faculty mentors to discuss your interests and aligned opportunities.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Embrace the VCU Sculpture community by using the studios, shops, and lab every semester.
  • Take advantage of the VCU Libraries workshops and also the resources in The Depot.
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a social issue (ConnectVA & HandsOnRVA) 
  • Explore peer leadership opportunities or apply for I-LEAD Connect, Alternative Spring Break.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Expand your network by attending First Friday art openings and artist talks at galleries.
  • Attend Diversity Scholars in Research Week.
  • Plan your summer or semester abroad experience with VCU Education Abroad advisors
  • Plan a trip to New York with faculty members.
  • Apply to research, internship and international travel grants and scholarships on SOTA and University website every year.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Create a draft of your resume and have it reviewed at VCU Career Services.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs and events throughout the year to explore your interests.
  • Consider volunteering for an institution that does work you consider important and interesting.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct an informational interview or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Start writing about your work in preparation for writing an artist statement and taking professional documentation of your work.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as references for letters of recommendation. 

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Complete two Intermediate Sculpture classes.
  • Meet with your advisor to discuss strategies for success in your degree program and plans for elective coursework.
  • Conduct independent undergraduate research.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Gain practical experience related to career goals through internships, volunteer, and assistantship opportunities. 
  • Take advantage of the VCU Libraries workshops and also the resources in The Depot
  • Create and complete a community-engaged research project.
  • Attend civic meetings, such as school board, neighborhood associations, city council, or state legislative sessions.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Continue to attend artist talks and First Fridays.
  • Work on developing your professional online presence.
  • Attend at least two or three public talks or other events advertised by the department.
  • Apply for a Fulbright or other post-graduate international fellowship program through VCU’s National Scholarship Office  
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Complete an internship, volunteer opportunity or assistantship.
  • Submit work to creative competitions and shows.
  • Create work for and/or curate an art show with peers, perhaps at The Anderson
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Talk to your advisor, faculty and/or Career Services about whether graduate school or a job will be the best step for you after graduation
  • Continue to write about your work and organize a professional portfolio of documentation of your work.
  • Develop your professional online presence.

Excel
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Complete two Advanced Sculpture classes and Senior Seminar.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Conduct independent undergraduate research.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Attend professional conferences using student rates or scholarships.
  • Take advantage of the VCU Libraries workshops and also the resources in The Depot
  • Attend networking events in the community.
  • Consider applying for a year-long service opportunity after graduation through programs like VCU AmeriCorps, Literacy Lab, Peace Corps, Fulbright Student Scholars, Teach for America and City Year.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Seek fieldwork opportunities with local artists or institutions for credit.
  • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Continue to seek internship, volunteer, and assistantship opportunities.
  • Gain feedback from professionals on your work.
  • Give a slide lecture of your work in front of a critical audience of local experts.
  • Build a website to showcase your work.
  • Refine your professional online presence.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Research employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have your resume and artist statement reviewed by faculty mentors, professionals, and VCU Career Services.
  • Complete a professional portfolio of documentation of your work.
  • Schedule a mock interview with VCU Career Services. 
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon
2018-2019

Sculpture

School of the Arts

Concentration(s):
No concentration
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester to discuss tutoring, course electives, and degree progression.
  • Take UNIV 291: Maximizing and Advancing in AFO.
  • Apply to University, VCUarts, and external grants and scholarships.
  • Attend Ready, Set, Go – Sophomore Transition Experience.
  • Explore The Vault to learn about employers and job titles in your field.
  • Complete your Handshake profile and opt-in to industry email lists to learn about opportunities.
  • Build your LinkedIn profile with Career Services
  • Research VCUArts alumni for networking and mentorship opportunities.
  • Digitally archive AFO studio and personal work.
  • Complete a “Gap Analysis” Strategic Plan with your academic or career advisor.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology and creative skills using Lynda
  • Research artists’ websites in preparation for building your own.
Experience Year 2
  • Complete two Basic Sculpture classes and Sophomore Seminar.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to explore minors, certificates, and skills-based. courses and strategies for success in your program
  • Meet with faculty mentors to discuss your interests and aligned opportunities.
  • Expand your network by attending First Friday art openings and artist talks at galleries.
  • Attend Diversity Scholars in Research Week
  • Plan your summer or semester abroad experience with VCU Education Abroad advisors
  • Plan a trip to New York with faculty members.
  • Apply to research, internship and international travel grants and scholarships on SOTA and University website every year.
  • Conduct an informational interview or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Start writing about your work in preparation for writing an artist statement and taking professional documentation of your work.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as references for letters of recommendation. 
Year 3
  • Complete two Intermediate Sculpture classes.
  • Meet with your advisor to discuss strategies for success in your degree program and plans for elective coursework.
  • Conduct independent undergraduate research.
  • Continue to attend artist talks and First Fridays.
  • Work on developing your professional online presence.
  • Attend at least two or three public talks or other events advertised by the department.
  • Apply for a Fulbright or other post-graduate international fellowship program through VCU’s National Scholarship Office  
  • Complete an internship, volunteer opportunity or assistantship.
  • Submit work to creative competitions and shows.
  • Create work for and/or curate an art show with peers, perhaps at The Anderson
  • Talk to your advisor, faculty and/or Career Services about whether graduate school or a job will be the best step for you after graduation
  • Continue to write about your work and organize a professional portfolio of documentation of your work.
  • Develop your professional online presence.
Excel Year 4
  • Complete two Advanced Sculpture classes and Senior Seminar.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor a semester before your anticipated graduation to ensure all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Conduct independent undergraduate research.
  • Seek fieldwork opportunities with local artists or institutions for credit.
  • Reflect on your own cultural competency, and be prepared to answer interview questions that outline how you have worked with diverse populations.
  • Continue to seek internship, volunteer, and assistantship opportunities.
  • Gain feedback from professionals on your work.
  • Give a slide lecture of your work in front of a critical audience of local experts.
  • Build a website to showcase your work.
  • Refine your professional online presence.
  • Research employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have your resume and artist statement reviewed by faculty mentors, professionals, and VCU Career Services
  • Complete a professional portfolio of documentation of your work.
  • Schedule a mock interview with VCU Career Services.