Sculpture

What Is It?:

Sculpture fosters the development of students' individual interests, emphasizing concept and innovation, critical-thinking skills, familiarity with current art theory and practice, and visual and cultural literacy, as well as professional skills and habits that allow students to establish a unique, self-directed studio practice. Sophomores are introduced to the materials and concepts of 3-D and sculptural practices including form, space, structure, and fabrication as they develop their individual interests. Students also experiment with a variety of materials in order to explore and understand strategies for expressing meaning as they gain knowledge and familiarity in the use of the wide variety of materials that are part of contemporary art.

For more information, please visit the School of Art and Design.

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • ARTF 101—Contemporary Issues in Art
  • ARTF 102—Drawing I
  • ARTF 104—Drawing II
  • ARTS 280—Sculpture I

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

  • Acquisition Specialist
  • Antique Dealer
  • Archivist
  • Arranger
  • Art Agent
  • Art Appraiser
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Director
  • Art History Instructor
  • Art Journalist
  • Art School Director
  • Art Therapist
  • Audio/Visual Specialist
  • Conservator
  • Critic
  • Curator
  • Display Designer
  • Educator
  • Freelance Artist
  • Gallery Director/Owner
  • Medical/Technical Illustrator
  • Sculptor
  • Web Designer

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Architectural Restorer
  • Artist in Resident
  • Creative Consultant
  • Exhibiting Artist
  • Installation Artist
  • Mold Maker
  • Museum Display/Exhibition Designer
  • Preparator
  • Restorer
  • Sculpture Conservator
  • Set Designer
  • Teacher

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • ‚ÄčKilnfolk Art Collective:  allows members to better their understanding of the sculptural medium that is clay. Leaders give technical demonstrations, work through problem solving, and provide constructive critical feedback. This club hopes to reach out to art students and non art majors, as well as provide an outlet for more advanced students to experiment with techniques that aren't taught in ceramic classes at UIUC.

Related Skills:

  • Ability to teach, assess, plan, organize, and evaluate
  • Communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings using many materials and media.
  • Develop intuition and innovation in understanding and extracting ideas to generate visual concepts
  • Familiar with graphics and database systems
  • Intense research skills and critical analysis
  • Self-discipline

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Sculpture, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations related to Sculpture.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Sculpture.  These organizations include National Association of Independent ArtistsNational Association of Women Artists, Inc., and National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Sculpture, visit Undergraduate Programs.