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The sculpture program fosters a working environment where contemporary innovations and formats can coexist with traditional approaches. The curriculum is designed to give students a solid background in traditional methods and materials appropriate for three-dimensional expression, as it allows for experimentation within cross-disciplinary concerns. Courses are structured to introduce traditional processes that include modeling, moldmaking, foundry, and welding, as they offer opportunities for the exploration of papermaking, wood working, and many alternative media approaches. The proximity of the ceramic studios has offered many sculpture students an even more comprehensive three-dimensional experience. Well-equipped studios totaling more than 7200+ sq. feet offer a significant resource for 3-D media. Although competence in time honored techniques and craftsmanship are stressed, it is believed that materials and process should never compromise the student's vision. Consequently, the program encourages collaboration with all areas of the department, or college, that may lead to new and vital ways of expression. Past work has involved aspects of performance, sound, psychology, and film among others. It is expected that students will push the limits of their aesthetic freedom, as they establish a strong professional perspective based on critical awareness and advanced problem-solving skills.
Graduates from the sculpture program have applied their training and skills to many diverse careers. Several have gone on as practicing studio artists, but others have found opportunities in Architectural Restoration and Design, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Exhibit Design, Fine Art Restoration, Teaching, and as Special Effect Technicians for film and advertising. Students have also been accepted into some of the best Universities available for specialized study at the graduate level. It is an understanding of the needs and consequences in choosing Visual Art studies that has shaped and formed the sculpture curriculum. The goal of the program is to provide an atmosphere conducive to self-determination and professional preparedness.