Sculpture Option


The sculpture program is focused on two primary goals: the development of solid technical skills and the exploration of artistic concepts. With a basic understanding of three-dimensional design in place, sculpture students gain experience with ceramics, carving, welding and general woodworking. The program explores both representational genres, such as figure modeling, and more abstract, metaphorical and impressionistic approaches.
Advanced students in sculpture work to develop their own styles and projects, and build a portfolio of pieces that use many different materials and techniques. The sculpture program is a hands-on, high-energy option for students who are interested in the relationship of artistic concepts and theories to concrete objects.
The sculpture facilities at PSU are top-notch, with the emphasis on interaction between faculty and students, between various media and between classical tradition and innovation.

Mission StatementDegree RequirementsFacility
The Plymouth State University 3D Program is a dynamic program that focuses on the foundations of concept and technique, which together form the backbone of successful art making. Because solid technical skills are necessary to make the most out of good artistic ideas, and innovative technologies offer new frontiers for three-dimensional artists, the program emphasizes both traditional methods and new media to develop well-informed artists. You’ll explore how history and theory inform art making, art criticism, and art appreciation, so you’ll be able to articulate your artistic vision within the context in which you live and work. And when you graduate, you’ll be prepared for the next step in life, whether it be graduate school, a career as an independent working artist, or a career in another profession.

Program Goals
Graduates of the Plymouth State University 3D Program will:

  • be able to use personal creative problem-solving to develop an artistic idea through multiple stages, from initial concept through finished art work;
  • be proficient in a wide variety of technical skills in both traditional and non-traditional media;
  • understand historical developments of three-dimensional studio practice;
  • be able to articulate how her/his own work relates to modern and contemporary art theory;
  • gain the professional and life skills necessary to launch and sustain a successful career, either as a studio artist or in another related field.

Studio Art Option

120 credits

Degree Requirements


Courses required for the Option are shown in boldface.
AR 1045 Art Foundations 2D: Composition and Content 4
AR 1065 Art Foundations 3D: Materials and Meaning 4
AR 1075 Art Foundations Drawing: Line and Language 4
AR 1080 Art Foundations: Digital and New Media (TECO) 4
AR 2520 Drawing: Figure in Value 4
AR 3010 Painting: Theory and Process 3
Ceramics Elective - complete one of the following: 4
AR 3220 Foundations of Ceramics: Exploration
AR 3230 Foundations of Ceramics: Wheel Explorations
Printmaking Elective - complete one of the following: 4
AR 3295 Printmaking Foundations: Cut, Carve, Etch
AR 3325 Printmaking Foundations: Silk and Stone
Sculpture Elective - complete one of the following: 4
AR 3060 Foundations of Sculpture: Representing the Body (QRCO)
AR 3160 Foundations of Sculpture: Objects and Ideas (QRCO)
Studio Electives - complete 8-9 credits of 3000/4000 level courses from ONE of the following areas: Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture [not ARDI] 8-9
AH 1130 Art History Foundations: 12 Monuments 3
AH 1140 Art History Foundations: Visual Culture 3
AH 2700 20/21: Art Since 1900 (WRCO) 3
AH 3100 Contemporary Art Seminar (INCO) 3
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
DICO Diversity Connection 3
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Foreign Language (GACO) 6
Electives 20-17

The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-6 credits: one year of one language (6 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.