Sculpture (BFA)

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Degree
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Major
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall

Why study Sculpture?

Sculpture today is materially diverse and conceptually rich in its formation. From autonomous objects through to performance-based installations, students engage with the idea of sculpture. With an open mind, you will be able to develop in both traditional and digital technologies as your ideas are nurtured, encouraging you to take new approaches in a critical environment.

Experiencing many kinds of materials and media will help you better inform your practice. In critique sessions, you will be able to discuss options and obstacles, plan and make real material objects with our technicians in wood, metal, welding, foundry casting, mould making, or even robotics and electronics workshops.

Not limited to a single orientation, our program’s exploratory approach to sculpture provides for a stimulating learning environment. You'll learn to express yourself through assignments and self-directed projects, addressing topics of practical and theoretical interest, while working alongside fellow students in open studios.

Program highlights

  • Strong emphasis on interdisciplinary exploration
  • Access to fabrication studios including digital (3D printing, lasercutting), metalwork, wood work, foundry, and mould-making.

Program structure

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program option

  • Major in Sculpture (60 credits)


Courses

You’ll take courses that address the practice, theory and history of art and learn the current practices in sculpture. You’ll also take seminar discussions that explore new ideas and imagine the frontiers of contemporary art.

  • Art History, Art Theory, Anthropology courses
  • Take courses from other Studio Arts disciplines


United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

This program is available for Fall admission only.


Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements


Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.


Additional requirements for admission

  • Letter of Intent
  • Portfolio

Portfolio / Letter of intent

The portfolio of artwork for admission to a Studio Arts program should be a collection of your best and most recent work in visual arts. It should represent your individual interests, abilities and explorations. Consider visual, conceptual, and technical proficiency in selecting your best and most recent work.

If you are applying to more than one Fine Arts program, be sure to submit a separate portfolio for each program choice.


Your portfolio should contain:

  • Minimum number of portfolio items: 15.
  • Maximum number of portfolio items: 20.
  • Each portfolio item must be a single digital file.
  • Either recently completed or currently in progress. 
  • Include work that demonstrates your ability to work in a variety of media, in both two and three dimensions. Examples include drawings, paintings, prints, collage and other mixed media work, sculpture, ceramics, and fibres work.
  • You may also include photographs, animation, film, video, audio recordings, and documentation of performance art.
  • Please tailor your portfolio to the specific program area to which you are applying.
  • Your work should show evidence of both technical skill and conceptual development. Basic abilities in drawing, composition and color-use must be demonstrated.
  • You may not submit your portfolio via email or through other websites.  

Letter of intent

Your letter of intent should be no longer than one page and written in English or French. In general, it should describe your educational background and any relevant experience in art, as well as your expectations in relation to the programs to which you are applying.

  • What are your reasons for applying to this program? If you are particularly interested in an area within Studio Arts, please indicate why.
  • Describe your educational background and any relevant experience.
  • What are your goals and expectations in relation to this program?


Application deadlines

We consider complete applications year round and give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines.


Fall term

FALL TERM

March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Late applications will be considered if places are still available. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

Winter term

WINTER

Admission to this program is available for the Fall Term only.


We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.


After your degree

Your degree can lead to many paths such as:

  • Graduate studies
  • Practising artist
  • Gallery or museum curator/docent
  • Exhibition designer
  • Art educator
  • Arts administrator
  • Art critic

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