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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

Sculpture Emphasis

Visual Arts Department

The Sculpture Program at the College of Arts & Media provides an uncompromising level of university-level undergraduate instruction (Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees) in the theory and practice creating three dimensional art. Students learn skills and processes including welding, woodcarving, lost-wax bronze casting, clay, and plaster media, as well as less traditional multi-media, installation, and environmental work.

We offer:

  • Curricula that inspires exploration in a variety of mediums
  • Study Abroad programs where students experiment, collaborate, react and immerse themselves into culture and countryside
  • Dedicated faculty who are practicing artists
  • Vigorous Visiting Artist program
  • Exhibition venues
  • Facilities that make it possible for students to produce a body of high-quality and diverse work.

The program's goal is to develop educated individuals who are thinking and creative sculptors, capable of complex problem solving and heightened visual perception, possessing an awareness of sculpture's cultural and historical context.

To learn more about the Sculpture program at CU Denver and to see student work, please visit our portfolio website:​

​To Prospective Students (freshmen & transfer): 

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for a Fall semester start (the Visual Arts Department accepts Fall applications only). This is due to the fact that the majority of the first-semester courses are offered in Fall semesters only.  The Visual Arts majors are highly sequenced and pre-requisites are strictly enforced.  Students who begin in the Spring and Summer semesters may find that their required courses are not offered until the Fall semester. 

Education for Future Professionals…

The BFA in Fine Arts is the professional degree in art. With a BFA, students can choose to further their education by earning the terminal degree in Arts-the Master of Fine Arts degree. In addition to the 12 required classes for a BFA in Fine Art, Sculpture emphasis students will take a standard range of core academic and foundational art classes such as drawing foundations, 2 and 3-dimensional design, color theory, art seminar, art history survey.  Then sculpture students will select from a list of Sculpture emphasis courses consisting of 39 credits.  

To learn more about the opportunities awaiting you in the Sculpture BA or BFA program, please contact a College of Arts & Media advisor.

Educating and Encouraging...

The Visual Arts faculty is comprised of artists and historians who understand the importance art applications both in and outside of the classroom.   For this reason, your instructors strive to be the bridge between you and the professional world.  With the encouragement and efforts of faculty, students are able to involve themselves with the Denver Art Museum, the Emmanuel Gallery, and with various visiting artists, galleries and museums across the front range.

The faculty’s active participation in their field ensures that students receive both a traditional and a cutting-edge education.  To learn more about the Visual Arts faculty, please select their name and you will be directed to their personal web pages, or visit the faculty home page.

The Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts Degrees...

Students pursuing careers in Sculpture receive a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts (BFA) from the Department of Visual Arts in the College of Arts & Media, a degree awarded by the University of Colorado Denver.

For more information on admission procedures for this degree program please contact a CAM advisor at

Going Places...

As a Sculpture graduate from the Visual Arts program, the career opportunities available to you are as limitless as your motivation and imagination.  Here are just a few of the options available to this program’s graduates.

  • Architectural Details Artist
  • Foundry Owner/Worker
  • Public Commission Artist
  • Set Designer
  • Special Effects Creator
  • Fine Art Sculptor


Students who wish to transfer to the College of Arts & Media from another college or school at the University of Colorado Denver must formally apply to the College of Arts & Media.  Students will be considered for admission on either their overall GPA in applicable coursework from CU and all previous institutions, or on their last 15 credit hours.  Applicants with less than a 2.0 GPA in related courses (from CU or other institutions) and an overall CU GPA of less than 2.0 will be denied admission even though they may meet other requirements for consideration.​

Please contact a CAM advisor for further information. ​​​