BFA Ceramics & Sculpture

The Sculpture curriculum offers a broad range of courses in three-dimensional studies that expose students to fundamental precepts through advanced concepts and innovation in sculpture. The curriculum is built upon a progressive sequence of courses designed to expand and deepen educational experiences in research, idea, and skill development combined with art history, theory, and criticism. A wide variety of techniques, materials, and processes is available in the concentration.

Studio experiences emphasize traditional and contemporary creative approaches. Students fabricate in metal; model in clay; cast in plaster, bronze, aluminum, and iron; carve in wood and stone; and manipulate multimedia.

In addition to studio assignments and self-directed projects, students attend visiting artist lectures on campus, in galleries, and in museums to acquire a broader framework for understanding contemporary art issues. The overarching goals for the sculpture concentration are to foster individual student interests and personal sensibilities and to prepare students for advanced studies in graduate programs.

Ceramics & Sculpture Faculty

List of Courses

These are the courses required by the Ceramics & Sculpture concentration. For a suggested schedule of courses for Ceramics & Sculpture students, see the schedule at the bottom of this page. For more information on these and other available courses, see the UNCG course bulletin.

For students entering UNCG 2014-2015, core courses required for the Ceramics & Sculpture concentration:
(all other students should check the appropriate Undergraduate Course Bulletin)

  • Foundations Program (27 s.h.)
  • ART 221, 281, 322, 348, 353, 355, 356, 381, 481 (27 s.h.)
  • 3 Art or related electives (it is recommended that these courses be at the 300 level or above (9 s.h.)

Courses required by the Ceramics & Sculpture concentration:

  • ART 252: Techniques of Sculpture
  • ART 281: Ceramics I
  • ART 322: Variable Topics in Drawing
  • ART 348: Metal Sculpture
  • ART 353: Metal Casting
  • ART 355: Sculpture I
  • ART 356: Sculpture II
  • ART 381: Ceramics II
  • ART 481: Ceramics III
  • 9 semester hours in Art OR related electives (recommended choose from 300 level or above)

Elective courses in Ceramics & Sculpture include:

  • ART 382 Ceramic Glaze Techniques
  • ART 525: Advanced Metal Casting
  • ART 557: Site-Specific Sculpture
  • ART 550 Sculpture Installation

Senior Exhibition Requirement: All seniors enrolled in the BFA Programs must exhibit their work in the annual Senior Exhibition held each spring and fall semester. Students are encouraged to consult the UNCG Undergraduate Bulletin for course descriptions.


Suggested Course Schedule

This list outlines the schedule of courses recommended for majors in the Ceramics & Sculpture concentration. For more information on courses and requirements, see the UNCG course bulletin. For information on advising, see the Art Department's page or contact the Department.

University Minimums: 122 Hours Required, 36 at or above the 300 level. Department Minimums: 12 Hours at or above the 300 level in Art History

Freshman Year - Foundation Program in Studio Art

Studio Foundation Program Courses:

  • Foundation Semester 1: ARH 110, ART 105*, ART 120, ART 140 and ART 150 (fall)
  • Foundation Semester II: ARH 111; ART 220, ART 240 and ART 253 (spring)

* required for students entering Fall 2016

Sophomore Year

Semester III

  • ARH 112
  • ART 221
  • ART 281, 322, 348, 353, 355, 356, 381, 481 (Select 1 or 2 courses)
  • General Education (select two courses. If available schedule one with a GL, GN, SI or WI marker)
  • Recommended 15-18 credit hours

Semester IV

  • ART 281, 322, 348, 353, 355, 356, 381, 481 (Select 1 or 2 courses)
  • Art History (select one from 200, 300 or 400 level)
  • Art or related elective (300 level or above)
  • General Education (select two courses. If available schedule one with a GL, GN, SI or WI marker)
  • Recommended 15-18 credit hours

Junior Year

Semester V

  • ART 281, 322, 348, 353, 355, 356, 381, 481 (Select 1 or 2 courses)
  • Art History (select one from 200, 300 or 400 level)
  • Art or related elective (300 level or above)
  • General Education (select two courses. If available schedule one with a GL, GN, SI or WI marker)
  • Recommended 15-18 credit hours

Semester VI

  • ART 281, 322, 348, 353, 355, 356, 381, 481 (Select 1 or 2 courses)
  • Art History (select one from 200, 300 or 400 level)
  • Art or related elective (300 level or above)
  • General Education (select two courses. If available schedule one with a GL, GN, SI or WI marker)
  • ART 393 Practicum/Internship in Art Careers (select this for up to 3 credit hours of internship credit). This course is optimal for those seeking professional training. This course can count as an art or related elective.
  • ART 496 Special Problems Studio (this course is recommended for students who are extremely self motivated and directed and are ready to pursue a body of work under the direction of a full-time faculty member). This course is optimal and counts as an art or related elective.
  • General Education (complete General Education requirements)
  • Recommended 15-18 credit hours

Senior Year

Semester VII

  • ART 281, 322, 348, 353, 355, 356, 381, 481 (Select 1 or 2 courses)
  • Art History (select one from 200, 300 or 400 level)
  • Art or related elective (300 level or above)
  • General Education (select two courses. If available schedule one with a GL, GN, SI or WI marker)
  • ART 498 (this is one of two required independent studio courses designated for senior art majors)
  • ART 550
  • ART 525 (Advanced Metal Casting is an elective course and is optimal for students who have previously completed ART 353)
  • ART 322, ART 496 (Variable Topics in Drawing is recommended, may be repeated for credit)
  • Select other courses of interest from another discipline within the Art Department or College
  • Recommended 15 credit hours

Semester VIII

  • ART 499 (second Independent Study course requirement for Art majors)
  • ART 550, 481, or 525 (if not previously selected)
  • ART 557 (infrequently offered)
  • ART 592 (Professional Practices, Aesthetics and Preparation for the Visual Artist is highly recommended)
  • ART 496 (Special Problems Studio may be repeated for credit)
  • Select other courses of interest from another discipline within the Art Department or College
  • Recommended 15 credit hours

To earn a BFA in Art with a studio concentration in four years you must average 15 credit hours per semester. In at least 3 of the eight semesters within the four year time period you must take an 18 credit hour course load. Seniors must participate in an experience which will prepare them for the professional world of exhibiting. All studio art majors are required to enter the annual Senior Exhibition. Works are selected for a show that is installed in the School of Art each spring semester.