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Sculpture-Dimensional Studies

A highly sought after MFA degree

The Division of Sculpture/Dimensional Studies at Alfred University fosters progressive creative growth and stimulates innovative technical and conceptual development in each individual student. The diverse faculty aim to foster thoughtful exploration into a wide range of materials and processes that challenge and examine the ever-expanding field of sculpture. The objective of the Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) is to prepare you for a career in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies with concentration in glass art or sculpture.

School

Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY

Degrees

Sculpture/Dimensional Studies (MFA)

Program Contact

Billie Burns

burns@alfred.edu

607-871-2442

Full Funding

The Sculpture/Dimensional Studies two-year program is highly competitive; five Sculpture/Dimensional Studies students are admitted annually. Each accepted MFA candidate is given full tuition funding and a financial stipend, either as a teaching assistant or as an intern, within the Art and Design program.

Nationally Ranked

The MFA program simultaneously prepares graduate students to be both practicing artists and teachers. And the MFA program in Sculpture/Dimensional Studies is ranked number fifteen nationally by U.S. News and World Report!

Relevant Curriculum

In addition to studio courses, all graduate students take credits in a series of seminars, art history, studio electives and technical courses relevant to their area of study. In the second year, students write a thesis and present a MFA thesis exhibition in the School of Art and Design’s Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Robert C. Turner Gallery or an approved alternate site.

The Division of Sculpture/Dimensional Studies at Alfred University fosters progressive creative growth and stimulates innovative technical and conceptual development in each individual student. The diverse faculty aim to foster thoughtful exploration into a wide range of materials and processes that challenge and examine the ever-expanding field of sculpture.

  • ART 501
  • ART 529
  • ART 522
  • ART 672
  • ART 682
  • ARTH 561
  • ARTH 660
  • ARTH
  • Studio Elective* (outside major concentration)
  • Studio Practice
  • Advanced Sculpture/Dimensional Studies* (credits per semester, 1st Year)
  • Written Thesis Preparation
  • Thesis*  (credits per semester, 2nd Year)
  • Viewing Sculpture
  • First Year Graduate Seminar
  • Minimum one additional Art History/Criticism course

Degree requirements include two years of residence and a minimum of sixty graduate credit hours. Reviews of work are scheduled at midterm and at the end of each semester.

Applicants for admission should hold the baccalaureate degree with the equivalent of sixty credit hours in studio courses. A portfolio of completed works could be considered the equivalent of some studio courses.

In addition to the transcripts and letters of recommendation required of all students, applicants to the MFA program must present a portfolio showing competency in the appropriate areas. All applicants must conform to the current area specifications as listed.

The School of Art and Design at Alfred University offers graduate study in four divisional areas: Ceramic Art, Electronic Integrated Arts, Sculpture/Dimensional Studies (concentration in either glass art or sculpture) and Painting. Applicants should make clear to which MFA program they are applying.

All applications are made through the Graduate Admissions Office and all supporting documents and the portfolio must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office by January 15th of the application year. Only completed applications will be forwarded to the Faculty Review Committee. It is important to clearly indicate which program you want to enter, as documentation and portfolios are only reviewed by the faculty in the specific program indicated on the application form. No applications for January enrollment are considered.

Accepted Applicants must make a $200 deposit and return a signed contract as directed in the notification of acceptance or their acceptance becomes void.

In addition to a grant for full tuition waiver for both years of residency in the program, each MFA student is guaranteed an assistantship for every semester of the two-year program. Graduate assistantships consist of three types: a teaching assistantship, a teaching internship, and a facilities coordinator. In all cases, the student receives a stipend of $4,750 for the academic year.

Graduate teaching assistants help faculty members in the performance of their academic duties; a graduate teaching intern teaches one (four credit hour) studio course per semester; and a facilities coordinator works with the division head and technicians to organize and manage studio facilities. All assistants have a commitment of approximately 10 hours/week to meet the requirements of the stipend. Assignments are made in consultation among faculty, students and division chairs at the beginning of each semester.

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