Top Ten Sculpture Graduate Degree Programs in the United States

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Graduate sculpture programs usually award a Master of Fine Arts, which is the terminal degree in many arts disciplines. Well regarded schools around the country offer these programs. Outstanding sculpture programs can be found at Virginia Commonwealth University, Yale University, and Columbia University. Each school was highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report for its graduate level sculpture offerings in 2016.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University's MFA sculpture program was ranked first in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2016. The same publication also ranked the University's School of the Arts as second best for the study of fine arts overall in the same year. The program employs eight full-time faculty and regularly welcomes visiting artists, curators, and critics who work closely with graduate students. MFA students are provided with their own studio spaces and state-of-the-art tools and equipment. They can also apply for the University's Fountainhead Arts Fellowship, which includes a $15,000 stipend, 400 square-foot private studio space, and housing.

Yale University

Yale University is home to U.S. News & World Report's second-ranked graduate sculpture program. Its School of Art, accepts approximately 21 MFA sculpture students each year. Facilities include a woodworking shop, plaster facilities, computer and video labs, a metal shop, and individual studio spaces. Students in this studio program are encouraged to take advantage of the diverse methods and tools currently available in sculpture. They are also required to take two courses outside of the School of Art and are encouraged to take classes in other art disciplines within the school.

Columbia University

At Columbia University in New York City, students can earn a 2-year Master of Fine Arts in visual arts. Those who want to specialize their studies in sculpture can take advantage of facilities equipped for work with wood, metal, and ceramic-based sculpture. They can also have a one-on-one meeting with visiting artist or critic in their studio at least twice each semester. in 2016, Columbia University's graduate level sculpture program was ranked seventh by U.S. News & World Report.

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Top Graduate Sculpture Programs

Here are some more institutions that offer strong graduate programs in sculpture:

College/University Location Distinction
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA Offers students access to a sculpture and computing workshops
Pratt Institute Brooklyn, NY Offers a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in sculpture in which students have an opportunity to work with a variety of mediums, including wood, metal, ceramics, and non-traditional mediums like digital technology
Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI Students in the BFA and MFA programs have access to three sculpture studios
Temple University Philadelphia, PA Offers a 7-week, summer intensive sculpture program that can help seniors and post-baccalaureate students enhance their skills and boost their portfolios
University of California-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Home to the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, an exhibition of 19th and 20th century sculpture
University of Georgia Athens, GA School of Art students have the opportunity to study in England, Italy, Australia, Cost Rica, New Zealand, and Ghana
University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX The studio art program offers study abroad in Tuscany

For artists who want to pursue sculpture at the highest level, MFA programs are available at some of the nation's top universities.

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