The M.F.A. degree is an intensive, 60-credit studio degree designed to prepare students to become professional artists and/or to teach at the university level. Graduate students are typically awarded a technical assistantship in the first year and a teaching assistantship in the second year. The assistantship also includes a tuition waiver and stipend.
One to two graduate students can be accepted into the sculpture program each year. Students are given a semi-private studio space in proximity to other sculpture students, creating an environment of close contact and potential collaboration. Sculpture students are also given 24-hour access to the studio facilities and tools as well as limited access to a well-equipped woodshop.
Graduate and undergraduate students work side-by-side in a high-energy atmosphere that is both competitive and nurturing. A cross-disciplinary approach is encouraged and fostered by faculty within the 3-D division.
The sculpture facility features 12,000 square feet of space with studio lofts, a 5-ton bridge crane, engine hoist, forklift, and 1-ton budget hoist, an outside courtyard with canopy, compressed air throughout, large sandblasting room, stone yard, stone room, interior foundry, exterior cupola and iron casting facility,steel fabrication space, dedicated ceramic shell room, tool crib, plaster, wax, clay and general work areas.
STUDIO TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT:
8- 7" DeWallt Industrial Angle Grinders
8- 5" DeWalt Industrial Angle Grinders
3- 7" Chicago Electric Angles grinders
3- 41/2" Chicago Electric Angle Grinders
2- 5" Dry-Cut Diamond Saw Blades (marble)
6- 4" Dry-Cut Diamond Saw Blades (general purpose)
4- 7" Dry-Cut Diamond Saw Blades (general purpose)
1- 18" Central Forge Bead Roller
1- 4" Central Forge Throat-less Shear
3- Central Electric 3/8 Variable Speed Drills
1- Alpine Kiln, Model HF-50
1- Speedy Melt Furnace
1- Speedy Melt Furnace
1- Miller Syncrowave 250 T.I.G. Welder
1- Miller, Millermatice 300 M.I.G. Welder
1- Miller Dialarc 250 AC/DC Arc Welder
1- Miller Spectrum 2050 Plasma Torch
1- Miller 250 Stationary Spot Welder
1- Systematics 150 M.I.G. Welder
1- Kalamazoo 20 Industrial chop Saw
2-16" DeWalt Chop Saw
1-Delta Belt Sanding Station
2-14" Delta Band Saws
1- Woodtek 20 Disc Sanding Station
2- Delta/Rockwell 12 Disc Sanding Stations
1-50 PoundCapacity RitteHete Wax Pot
2-Lightning Slurry Mixers
1-Hilti TE24 Hammer Drill
1-Central Electric Hammer Drill
1-1/2" DeWalt Variable Speed Drill
3-3/8" Black and Decker Variable Speed Drills
3-3/8" Chicago Electric Variable Speed Drills
4-4" Campbell-Hausfeld Pneumatic Angle Grinders
1-7" Chicago Pneumatic Angle Grinders
8- Campbell-Hausfeld Die Grinders
2- 7" Chicago Pneumatic Angle Sanders
2- Central Pneumatic Die Grinders
8- 1" Long Stroke Bicknell Pneumatic Carving Hammers
1- 3/4" Long Stroke Bicknell Pneumatic Carving Hammer
8- 3/4" Long Stroke Barre Pneumatic Carving Hammers
1- 3/4" Short Stroke Barre Pneumatic Carving Hammer
1- 3/4" Short Stroke Type V Pneumatic Carving Hammer
Numerous Steel and Carbide-Tipped Carving Chisels
4- Cambell-Hausfeld Pneumatic Cut-Off Tool
1- Speedy Melt Bronze Melting Furnace
1- Peck, Stow, Wilcox Steel Roller, Model 3418-G
1- Delta Drill Press
1- Rockwell Drill Press
1- Sears Drill Press
1- Baldor Upright Buffing Machine
1- 14 Delta-Rockwell Band Saw
2- Delta-rockwell Wood Turning Lathes
1- Rockwell Table Saw
1- Sand Mixer
1- Electric Riddle
1- Empire Sandblaster, Model P350
1- 24 Pan Brake
2- Rockwell Random Orbital Pneumatic Sanders
1- 1/2" Dayton Torque Drill
3- Black and Decker Jig Saws
1- Black and Decker Bench Grinder
1- Johnson Gas Forge
2- Coke-Fired Cuppolas-80 Pounds per tap
For more information on facilities available to students, check out our Facilites page.
The Sculpture Club
is one of several student lead clubs within the School of Art. It's primary mission is to produce, promote, educate, and exhibit student sculpture both locally and regionally. The club also helps with bringing in visiting artists as well as organizing and implementing the annual iron pours. They produce and sell t-shirts, write grants for funding, and assume the role of BGSU representatives when making regular trips to Southern Conference of Cast Iron Art at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama. The Sculpture Club actively seeks members from the university community regardless of major. Annual dues are just $5.00.
Graduate Art Student Organization (GASO)
is an interdisciplinary organization open to all graduate students, full or part-time, in the School of Art. Students invite visiting artists and organize trips of specific interest to graduate students.
Career opportunities for MFA students in Sculpture range from work in foundries, monument companies, to independent and freelance sculpture services as well as education. Some graduates go on to do independent and public art, while others work for companies and institutions doing model making, casting, and teaching.
Students who graduate with a Master of Fine Arts degree are qualified to teach at institutions of higher education such as universities and community colleges. Museums, galleries, and regional arts councils often require MFA degree for curatorial and managerial positions. The MFA program also prepares students to exhibit their work at galleries and museums.
Graduate from MFA program in Sculpture have gone on to teach at Alfred University, Kent State University, Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Taylor University, Columbus College of Art and Design, and Blue Ridge Community College among others.