A student uses carving tools on a section of a log
 A professor stands at a chalkboard in the sculpture studio as students around a worktable participate in class.

Studio courses at all levels emphasize a process of making art with an awareness of contemporary sculpture, as well as the history of sculpture. As you develop techniques and skills relating to the discipline, you will work toward developing professional standards. Throughout the program we encourage you to work toward a more significant personal expression while developing a portfolio.

Our program instills the confidence, direction, and technical skills necessary to sustain a productive and professional artistic career. Our graduates are attending graduate school, focusing on studio art, teaching, becoming foundry technicians or studio fabricators, and working in galleries and museums.

At Miami, Sculpture majors can:

  • Experience real world projects by both participating in and creating regional exhibitions and happenings.
  • Enjoy an intimate and safe learning and making environment (12 students per class).
  • Learn the traditional skills needed to make compelling sculpture such as welding, bronze/aluminum/iron casting, mold-making, woodworking, and blacksmithing.
  • Learn the non-traditional skills for contemporary formats such as audio, video, technology hacking, performance, light/optics, vaccu-forming, installation, and site-works.
  • Learn about sustainable practices in the arts.
  • Be inspired by visiting artist lectures and workshops as well as field trips to nationally renowned galleries, museums, and sculpture conferences.
  • Benefit from the liberal arts tradition and learning to become a well-rounded, broadly creative, responsible, and innovative artist.
  • Take advantage of innovative fabrication equipment — laser cutter, 3D printer, CNC machines.
  • Co-major, minor or double major in our many unique programs.
  • Learn practical strategies for continuing to learn and succeed in the expanded field of sculpture after graduation.