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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Sculpture - MFA

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Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture

Sculpture – MF5175

School of Art + Design
528 Seigfred Hall
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Term of Entry: Fall

Program Overview

The Sculpture program seeks to provide a platform for developing contemporary explorations of both traditional sculpture materials and methodologies and the engagement of the broadest array of emerging and alternative strategies and tactics. The faculty and staff of the Sculpture program maintain a deep commitment to the development and expansion of the work of graduate students while producing and disseminating their own work. Graduate students have access to faculty and facilities across the School and College and are encouraged to meet with the many visiting artists and presenters hosted throughout the year.

This program is an intensive three-year experience. The first and second years are primarily devoted to studio, seminar, art history, and elective coursework. During the third year, there is a pure dedication to studio time in preparation for the Thesis Exhibition. As part of this three-year studio experience, the student will have individual and group meetings with faculty, interaction with peers in and outside of the Sculpture Area, and will participate in graduate critiques. A normal full-time academic load is 15 credit-hours per semester and progress toward the degree is guided by the student’s graduate review committee members to the successful completion of 90 credit hours over the course of six semesters.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate mastery in skills, techniques and material germane to the student’s research focus, evidenced through a mature body of creative work
  • Students will be able to identify key figures, works and sources, both historical and contemporary, as evidence to support a clearly stated thesis contextualizing the student’s work.
  • Students will be able to generate documents appropriate to professional practice in the student’s field of focus, and be prepared for participation in the professional world of Art.
  • Students will be able to execute public exhibitions of their creative work.

Opportunities for Graduates

Our graduate students work as professional artists and have found employment as professors and visiting artists at colleges and universities, as artists in public schools, and as museum and gallery workers across the United States.

Further Information

Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/art/graduate/sculpture-expanded-practice

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MFA program requires a Bachelor of Art (B.A.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) or equivalent degree. Transfer credit is typically not accepted. In addition to completing the online application to Ohio University, applicants must submit a digital portfolio of 20 images representing their original artworks through ouschoolofart.slideroom.com. Within the online application to OU, applicants should upload their CV/resume, artist statement, professional goals statement, transcripts, and a list of three professional references with contact information. These references will automatically receive requests for letters of recommendation via the online system. Contact ArtGrad@ohio.edu for questions about the application process.

International Students

This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements

A minimum of 90 credit hours is required to earn the MFA in Sculpture.


Major Core

Complete the following core courses in sculpture:

Studio Major Courses

Complete a minimum of 28 hours in the following courses:

Seminar Major Course

Complete the following area-specific seminar:

Studio Electives

Complete a minimum of 12 hours from any ART studio courses outside the studio major core. The following courses may be used to fulfill this requirement (excluding those listed in the major core above):

Art + Design Core

Additional Academic Coursework

Complete a minimum of 6 hours of additional academic (not studio-based) graduate courses related to your research.

Additional Seminar Requirement

Complete an additional seminar chosen from among the following courses:


Complete a minimum of 7 hours of elective credits at the 5000-level or higher. Independent Study or Service Learning courses may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

Thesis Hours

Complete a minimum of 25 thesis hours.

Graduate Teaching Seminar

Students receiving funding and intending to serve as a course assistant or instructor-of-record must successfully the Graduate Teaching Seminar, usually in the first term of the program.

MFA Culminating Experience

All students will complete a Thesis Exhibition in a venue open to the public. The student is responsible for designing and installing the exhibit, promoting it widely and digitally documenting the work. Graduation requires successful oral defense of the thesis project and exhibition.

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