The Sculpture Department at Indiana University offers a wide range of sculpture courses and degree programs; training students in traditional and contemporary methods and aesthetics. Students are encouraged to develop their ideas and sensibility through experimentation and critical inquiry. The program supports eight to ten graduate students who are provided with a large studio in a brick schoolhouse. The sculpture Facilities include a spacious metal shop equipped for large-scale construction, an active foundry and a complete woodshop. The Master of Fine Arts degree is a three-year program resulting in a thesis exhibition in the fine arts gallery. Generous graduate assistantships and fellowships are awarded yearly.
MFA Sculpture Program
The Sculpture program offers a three-year MFA degree designed to challenge and facilitate intelligent and highly motivated students as they pursue creative work and gain further training in traditional and contemporary aesthetics. Students’ individual research is supported by access to workshops equipped with machinery to fulfill all aspects of project development such as prototyping, molding, material casting, shaping, assemblage and welding. Students are encouraged to develop their ideas through experimentation and critical inquiry, and to create a path with knowledge and respect for tradition combined with courage to disregard comfort and achieve a new artistic vision. In addition students are encouraged to enroll in the class, 3-D Computer Modeling, to learn a 3-D modeling program and the production class, Computer Modeling & the Creation of Fine Art, where their ideas are created into tangible objects through the various Computer-Aided Machining and Rapid Prototyping processes available in the sculpture department.
Along with regular critiques of artwork, a weekly graduate seminar addresses issues of relevance to artists working today i.e., the current political and social climate influencing the art world, historical trends, and criticism generally concerned with professionalism in the arts. The program supports 8–10 graduate students on average. A review of the student’s work is held at the conclusion of the third semester of study with a faculty committee to evaluate the student’s progress and development to date. At the conclusion of this review, the committee makes a recommendation as to whether the student is admitted to candidacy for the MFA degree. The program culminates with a Thesis Exhibition in one of the School of Fine Arts exhibition venues.