Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in SCULPTURE
The BFA Sculpture program is designed to guide the beginning student through a diverse conceptual approach to sculpture along with the appropriate technical support. All levels of students are exposed to the proper and safe use of shop tools and machinery and equipment for woodworking, plastic forming, welding, and metal casting. In addition, students will learn vocabulary pertinent to the area of sculpture, which is beneficial in the discussion of their work along with that of their peers.
The program focuses on the application of traditional processes to contemporary ideas. Whether it is an object cast in metal or the movement of a kinetic piece, the creation of sculpture relies on the ability to work with a complete variety of materials and techniques. This coupled with background knowledge of both historical and contemporary artists results in a better understanding of the field. We are also committed to exposing students to future career possibilities through our workshops and field sessions to professional sites throughout Southern California.
For program requirements, please see the University Catalog.
Jim Jenkins, Professor and Program Coordinator
The sculpture program is housed within a 7000 sq. ft. complex with both indoor and outdoor work areas. Facilities include a complete workshop equipped with a variety of wood and metal working equipment, vacuum form machine and a 200 sq. ft. walk-in spray booth. The foundry features two #60 melt furnaces, a #20 Speedy-Melt furnace, a 180 cubic foot underground burnout kiln and an overhead hoist system which runs throughout the entire studio. The studio also includes gas, arc, MIG and TIG welders, along with a plasma cutter and forge.
CSUF Sculpture is proud to have many of its alumni successfully practicing professional careers in the arts. Many of our graduates are now teaching at all levels of education. In addition, several other graduates now work in the entertainment industry as sculptors, set builders and special effect artists.