What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

120 semester hours of undergraduate coursework must be completed.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Priority deadline: March 1
  • Fall: June 1
  • Spring: December 1

Prospective B.F.A. students enter the Art & Design School as a general major and apply for a concentration sophomore year with a portfolio.

Sculpture, B.F.A.

The Sculpture program offers a nimble and adaptive educational model that is conversant with the fluid landscape of contemporary art production. We offer an educational experience that is versed in manual and intellectual skill development with each student cultivating a unique creative voice. We encourage students to think and work as professional artists by emphasizing creative evolution and presentation commensurate with a professional level. The sculpture curriculum is flexible, interdisciplinary and broad-based to allow students to discover and pursue individual interests in depth while continuing to acquire and refine technical skills chosen from the broad diversity of contemporary sculptural media.

The program offers a range of courses in traditional and contemporary sculpture media and encourages innovative use of techniques and materials, as well as experimentation in performance, installation, new media and other three-dimensional formats.

Students benefit from the initiatives of the Edgewood Sculpture Forum, the chartered student sculpture group. The Edgewood Sculpture Forum brings visiting artists to the school for lectures and workshops, conducts the annual Holiday Iron Pour, organizes exhibitions of student work in the Atlanta community and procures funding for travel to conferences.

The Edgewood Sculpture facility houses large open-concept studio spaces replete with digital fabrication facilities; full metal fabrication capabilities, including a large-format Computer Numerical Control plasma cutter; mold-making space for a variety of materials, including rubber and resins; foundry for casting iron, bronze and aluminum; and studio space.

Program Highlights

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design features an internationally active faculty and a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for professional careers in art and design. The programs foster critical thinking and dynamic artistic production in an interdisciplinary environment. The school offers a B.A. in Art History, a B.F.A. in Art Education, a B.A. in Studio Art and a B.F.A. in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing, Painting & Printmaking, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Sculpture and Textiles.

  • B.F.A. degree that is NASAD accredited.
  • Area-specific, merit scholarship opportunities.
  • Year-round exhibitions in the Welch School Galleries & student-run galleries.
  • The Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series, bringing in speakers around the country and world.
  • 24-hour studio and building access.
Program Details

Applying to a B.F.A

Students who wish to pursue a bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree must first enter as a B.A. in studio and take Foundations courses. They then can apply and be accepted into either a B.F.A. in studio or art education. This is when they chose their concentration.  Acceptance to a concentration is determined by application and portfolio review following completion of the art core curriculum. The studio program requires a concentration in one of the following areas: drawing and painting, or printmaking, graphic design, interior design, photography, textiles or three-dimensional studies (ceramics or sculpture). Students should consult with the undergraduate area coordinator in their area of interest for details. Portfolios and applications are reviewed fall and spring semesters on Portfolio Review Day, which is set by each area.

Admission to Studio B.F.A.

Upon completion of the 18 semester hours required in Area F and prior to completion of 15 additional semester hours, each student who wishes to seek a B.F.A. in studio must submit an application and pass a portfolio review for acceptance into a major concentration. Applications to concentrate in a discipline are available online. Students should meet with the area coordinator in the concentration they are considering one semester before they apply for the concentration. If a student is not accepted into the concentration, the student should see their assigned advisor to explore other options.

Art Studio B.A. and B.F.A. majors

12 credits foundation studios

6 credits Art History surveys

B.F.A. Three-Dimensional Studies (3DS) Sculpture

9 credits 3DS core

14 credits 3DS Sculpture requirements

24-25 credits 3DS studio electives

3 credits Art History requirement

3 credits Critical Issues in Contemporary Art

3 credits Digital Possibilities

3-4 credits 2D Elective

Visit the catalog for curriculum details.

More information on Georgia State’s undergraduate tuition can be found on the Student Financial Services website.

Once in the program, Ernest G. Welch students are eligible for merit-based scholarships, nominated by the faculty. New area awards and scholarships are announced every Spring semester.

Goals and outcomes
  • Ensuring comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various faculty approaches to media, content, imagery and teaching styles.
  • Exploring the continuing traditions of art-making in pursuit of new forms and with contemporary concepts and issues.
  • Encouraging multidisciplinary approaches with other studio areas.
  • Preparing students for a professional arts career or secondary degree through development in workshops, exhibitions, internships, marketing and art handling, design, collaboration with peers, critique and artistic discourse, etc.

Description

Careers

The undergraduate programs at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design prepare students for competitive careers in contemporary art, art education, design and art entrepreneurship. Highlights include one-on-one mentorship with an internationally acclaimed faculty, access to art institutions and creative publications, networking with high-profile artists, scholars and businesses, participation in conferences and internships.

The program leads students to career paths such as graphic, interior and Web designers, multimedia artists, curators, gallery directors, museum and non-profit arts managers, art administrators, kindergarten through 12th grade art teachers, art educators, art historians and writers, creative directors at advertising and marketing firms, props and set design fabricators, and art appraisers, among others.

Contacts

Undergraduate Coordinator
Tim Flowers
trflowers@gsu.edu

College of the Arts
55 Park Place, NE
Suite 910
Atlanta, GA 30303

55 Park Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.