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About The Program

The Sculpture + Digital Fabrication area is defined by its expansive approach to material, process, and conceptual development. Traditional sculptural techniques are integrated with current innovations, fostering a deep exploration of both analog and digital methodologies. The Sculpture + Digital Fabrication curriculum not only encompasses classical sculpting methods using diverse materials such as bronze, ceramic, and wood, but also integrates cutting-edge technologies such as 3D printing and laser cutting. The field expands further with investigations into expanded media through installation, performance art, and social practice. This confluence of skills not only opens doors to a multitude of creative possibilities but also equips students with the tools to be contemporary artists who wield both technical and conceptual excellence. 

  • Degree Overview

    Undergraduate Studies

    Interested students will take Introduction to Sculpture following the completion of Foundations coursework. In the intro level, students are introduced to fundamental processes in Sculpture in the context of both contemporary and historical artists. Students will continue to hone the process of effective critique, develop their voice as an artist through research, and learn and practice safe studio practices. Intermediate level courses continue to foster technical and conceptual development by building on introductory skills in deeper explorations of various media and processes. Students taking Advanced level courses in Sculpture focus on their own research with the guidance of faculty to develop a cohesive body of artwork. 

    Meet the Faculty

  • Beyond the Classroom

    UNC Galleries

    The Galleries are a teaching program of the School of Art and Design that supports UNC’s mission to promote student-centered, effective learning. Our exhibition program embraces curatorial risk-taking and highlights thought provoking and socially relevant context from regional and nationally recognized artists. The Galleries involve the participation of faculty and students as the advisors, co-curators, and collaborators that enable the program to often realize new work.

    Visit UNC Galleries

    Southard Art Awards

    The Southard Award is the School of Art and Design’s most prestigious competition. Students submit a written proposal selected for a public presentation of creative work. The objective for the competitive process is provide students with an opportunity to develop the materials, documentation and conceptual sophistication, needed in order to pursue advanced academic or professional opportunities upon graduation from UNC.

    Learn More about the Southard Art Awards

  • Facilities
    • A well-equipped woodshop including a Sawstop table saw, 2 band saws, 2 drill presses, 2 compound miter saws, 2 belt/disc sanders, panel saw, jointer, planer, and hand tools. 
    • A Digital Fabrication studio with 11 FDM 3D printers, 1 SLA resin 3D printer, 2 laser cutters, 2 tabletop CNCs, and a vinyl cutter.  
    • A Foundry and chasing room for casting bronze and aluminum using the ceramic shell mold process. 
    • MIG and TIG welders, a plasma cutter, and torches for metalworking 


  • Curriculum

    Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art Concentration

    Beginning sculpture students are introduced to fundamental issues in sculpture, art history, the process of effective critique, as well as safe studio practices. Upper-level courses reinforce the introductory experience on a more focused series of investigations that allows the student to develop their viewpoint about 3-D art and its relationship to their personal, cultural and historical knowledge.

    Upper-level students are encouraged to explore issues that are important to their individual interests, while developing intermediate and advanced understanding of select processes listed above.

    Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art Concentration

    Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate

    The Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate can be incorporated into undergraduate studies and consists of twelve credits for completion including students' areas of interest. 

    Learn more about the Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate
  • Applications and Scholarships


    Admission to the School of Art & Design does not require any additional steps beyond the UNC application. When you apply for admission to UNC, simply indicate that you would like to declare a major in Art & Design. 

    sculpture Admission Requirements


    The College of Performing and Visual Arts awards over $1.8 million in scholarships annually to undergraduate and graduate students in the arts. There are multiple scholarship types offered to students, including talent scholarships and foundation scholarships. To learn more, visit the PVA Scholarship page.

    PVA Scholarships

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Sculpture | School of Art and Design

Sculpture | School of Art and Design

Sculpture | School of Art and Design

Sculpture | School of Art and Design