SculptureBachelor of Fine Arts

"When I arrived at Lyme, painting was my first love," says Rosemarie Haughton '20. "After taking the foundation courses, I decided to major in sculpture. I found I had a deep connection to sculpting, a talent I did not know I had."

Depict another dimension

Sculptors recreate and reimagine.

The major in sculpture is built on a strong representational foundation, giving you the tools to depict the world as it is, before portraying it as your creativity imagines. As a sculpture major, you'll follow rigorously structured coursework to build that foundation. A strong figurative focus with expose you to both traditional and contemporary designs and will deepen your knowledge of the three-dimensional form.

The intersection of traditional and contemporary is a common theme in the major. While learning the fundamentals of anatomy, mold-making, casting, and other elements of composition, you will also have many opportunities to explore digital approaches. The curricular structure relaxes as you progress through the major, giving you greater freedom to conceive and execute your individual artistic goals.

Creating well-rounded sculptors
The curriculum is complemented by courses in figure drawing and other studio electives, as well and visits to museums, galleries, artists' studios, and foundries to experience sculpture in its many forms.

Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.


Envision Your Future

The information below is designed to show the many possible careers you could pursue with your major. The research is provided by Encoura, the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. It includes median national salaries and industry growth projections over the next decade. Click here to view the full report.


Multimedia Artists and Animators

16% Growth 2017-2027


Art Directors

10% Growth 2017-2027


Commercial and Industrial Designers

7% Growth 2017-2027

Nationally Recognized Center for Career Development

All University of New Haven students have access to the many resources available through the University’s Career Development Center, which has been named one of the best in the nation by The Princeton Review.

From career assessments, networking, and job shadowing to on-campus interviews and salary negotiation, the Career Development Center provides the skills and connections to identify a meaningful career and an opportunity to pursue your passion.

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A Selection of Studio Courses

These are just a few the classes you will take as part of a comprehensive fine arts education.

  • Foundation

    The Foundation program provides all entering students with a common first year experience that prepares them for a successful transition to their sophomore year and choice of major.

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  • 3D Design

    3-D Design introduces students to the basic principles, processes and materials used in 3-D design and concept generation. Students will learn to define form and understand the abstract principles of form through the transformation of materials. Projects will teach students to imagine and create three-dimensional forms through the process of preparatory drawings, plans and maquettes. Presentation skills, craftsmanship, creativity and critical judgment will be fostered.

  • Figure Sculpture

    This course is part of a two-semester sequence which provides a structured transition from Sculpture I, offering a systematic method and further development of modeling, casting, and finishing techniques. Demonstrations are given on constructing the whole figure and details. Proportions, modeling techniques, and anatomy are explored with emphasis on gesture and composition. Once the student has constructed a basic figure, various finishing techniques are discussed. The work of noteworthy sculptors from the past and present.

  • Mold and Casting

    Mold-making is explored through various techniques and materials for constructing a mold. Casting from the mold is examined by introducing an assortment of materials, such as plaster, ultracal, FGR95 used with polymers, cement, epoxy, polyester resin, polyurethane resin and wax, which is used for the lost wax bronze casting process. The bronze foundry process of "raw casting" is introduced, which includes welding, chasing, and bronze patination. Students are required to make a mold and finish a cast in the materials of their choosing.

  • Terracotta Sculpture

    This course serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of terracotta sculpture. Students will be introduced to the history of terracotta sculpture and its various forms and traditions. Utilizing models, students will create a series of sketches, studies, and maquettes, which will then be kiln fired. By the end of the course, students will create an independently conceived sculpture, suitable to be fired.



National Association of Colleges of Art and Design Accreditation

The University of New Haven has achieved National Association of Colleges of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation. This mark of excellence designates the University’s B.A. in art and B.F.A. programs in graphic design, digital art and design, and interior design, as well as the B.F.A. programs in drawing, illustration, painting, and sculpture at Lyme as nationally accredited programs.

Founded in 1944, NASAD is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 360 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for art and design and art/design-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other art/design-related endeavors.

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Next Steps

  • Admission Requirements

    Whether you're still in high school or are transferring from another college, we offer full- and part-time opportunities for undergraduates from inside the U.S. and abroad. The admission process can begin as early as the end of your high school junior year.

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  • Financial Aid Opportunities

    We offer a comprehensive financial aid program, with students receiving assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, and part-time employment. Funds are available from federal and state governments, private sponsors, and from university resources. More than 85 percent of the University's full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

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