Sculpture | Minneapolis College of Art and Design


Expanded Materials,
Limitless Possibilities

Working with a boundless range of materials and techniques, including 3D printing, casting, and fabrication, MCAD Sculpture majors bring their individual visions and works to life. The program introduces historical and contemporary approaches to the medium—which can take the form of a discrete object or experiential installation. Within a spirited, supportive group of peers, students explore individual and collaborative works along with public art and community partnerships. They master a broad base of production skills while expanding the definition of sculpture. 

Person welding their sculpture

Hear about the student experience

As a Sculpture major, you will:

  • Be introduced to a wide range of sculptural techniques and concepts to enable you to produce your individual vision, work, and objects. 
  • Examine historical modes of expression, formal technical concerns, the use of materials, and the impact of the contemporary art world.  
  • Gain foundational, technical, and conceptual sculpture skills in a variety of creative media.
  • Participate in formal critiques and engage in collaborative work.
  • Acquire the skills and knowledge for a professional career in your chosen field.
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Class Highlights

This Bachelor of Fine Arts program emphasizes a collaborative process of working on teams with students from all MCAD majors. Required classes include: 

  • Sculpture Studio: Form and Content
  • Casting and Mixed Media
  • Kinetics: Time and Motion
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Professional Practice

After MCAD

There are many paths to explore with a degree in Sculpture. Potential careers include:

  • Sculptor
  • Art Critic
  • Foundry Manager
  • Fiber Artist
  • Glass Artist

“I always know I can pull something like welding, casting, or wood techniques out of my back pocket whenever I need to. MCAD made me super versatile.” –Raina Belleau ’11, Artist Assistant