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Art: Studio major with emphasis in Sculpture

Why Major in Sculpture?

Art majors with the emphasis in sculpture learn about traditional and non-traditional approaches to the sculptural process. Faculty challenge students to think about space and objects in different ways. Students learn professional vocabulary to methodically discuss their art in terms of principles and elements of design and for the purpose of writing an artist statement.

Students learn technical skills that include welding, basic woodwork, and medal and mold-making. Students use traditional and new processes.

Minor in Art

A minor in art teaches students the fundamentals of drawing, design and medieval or renaissance to present day art. After taking the required courses, students can customize their minor from a list of approved electives. For a list of required courses, visit the academic catalog. This minor requires the completion of 24 credit hours.

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Career Opportunities

placement rate

93% of art majors find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation. Jobs and professions related to this major include:

  • Art gallery owner
  • Marketing and design associate
  • Public artist

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Juried exhibitions

Juried exhibitions allow students to submit their artwork for critique, and jurors select works that may be displayed at future exhibitions.

Art resources

Facilities include the following learning resources:

  • 3D printer
  • 3D scanner
  • Wood workshop
  • Laser engraver
  • Individual work studios

Student Organizations

The Art Association Club is a student-run organization designed to provide students with additional educational opportunities in the arts outside of the classroom. Membership is open to any student interested in participating and promoting an artistic community.

The Art Education Club provides a smooth transition from art education preparation to professional practice, raises and maintains a high standard of quality art education on campus and the surrounding area, offers insights and perspective about the teaching of art and contemporary concepts in art education, and sponsors service projects that promote an exchange of ideas in art education. Membership is open to anyone interested in art education.

For a full list of student organizations with in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts »

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members supervise short-term study abroad programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available – faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

The traditional program can be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.

For more information about study abroad opportunities »

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Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and 2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.

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