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Sculpture, B.F.A.

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  • 48 months
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Working in ceramics, wood, metal, plaster, textiles, and new materials, students merge the conceptual with the material not only in objects, but also in installation, site-specific works, environmental public artworks, and social practices. Students are also encouraged to integrate video, sound, and electronics into their work, and to work with found objects.

The curriculum of the Sculpture program of San Francisco Art Institute introduces students to various materials used to produce three-dimensional forms, while also emphasizing drawing skills, and a knowledge of the historical context for contemporary sculpture practice. Coursework emphasizes three areas—3D Materials and Practices, Kinetics, and Environments and Systems.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students gain in-depth knowledge and articulation of the historical, theoretical, and philosophical foundations of sculptural and ceramic practice and the relationship of their work to those concepts.
  • Demonstration of how their ideas, motivations, and concepts are relevant in the language and issues of their time.
  • Students demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the creation of relevant and critical problems in sculpture and/or ceramics and use of innovative methodologies for engaging and resolution of those problems.
  • Students demonstrate an ability to work within an interdisciplinary context with the material, conceptual, theoretical tools necessary for an effective engagement with the contemporary art world, in particular sculpture and/or ceramics.
  • Students demonstrate a reflective and informed self-criticality for themselves and their work, a comprehensive and working knowledge of the visual, material, conceptual, contextual, and spatial languages of art and in particular, sculpture and/or ceramics.
  • Students exhibit willingness to benefit from critical analysis of their and their peers’ work, and identification of strengths, weakness, and challenges in work presented for critique.
  • Students demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the use of a wide range of technical information, processes, tools, and materials in the direct and conceptual accomplishment of work.
  • Students demonstrate a well-developed artistic practice culminating in a coherent body or bodies of work, portfolio and articulation of artistic position directed towards further engagement with advanced educational and professional opportunities.
  • Students acquire self-motivation and self-direction.
  • Students demonstrate the applicability of a range of depth encounters with all aspects of three dimensional conception and realization to the social, economic, and conceptual mechanisms that configure our world.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Beginning Sculpture
  • Beginning Ceramics
  • Design-Based Drawing
  • Ceramics or Sculpture Seminar/Lab
  • 3D Material/Practice Distribution
  • Kinetics Distribution

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Online application, including the $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Portfolio and artist statement (BFA applicants only)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official high school/secondary school transcript(s) or CHSPE/GED certificate

Tuition Fee

  • International

    45664 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22832 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    45664 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22832 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

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