Students in the graduate painting and sculpture departments undertake a full-time, 60-credit program designed to enhance their development as professional artists.
If you re creative and imaginative, a degree in art could be just what you re looking for to express yourself. Art may not be a vocational subject that is, one that leads to a specific career but this does not mean it won t be a good preparation for the world of work.
Whether you choose to specialize in fine art or the history of art, the skills you gain during your degree are likely to be highly valued and transferable to many sectors, including specialized art careers as well as many general graduate roles. Alongside a range of practical arts skills, art graduates should also have good observational, analytical and research skills, including the ability to solve problems creatively and work well both independently and in groups.
In the majority of the art careers detailed below, you will find it essential or highly advantageous to have a varied portfolio of work to show prospective employers, including some of your own original ideas as well as coursework. The theoretical side of your degree should allow you to put this work into context, explaining your influences, the thought behind your choice of themes and why you used certain materials and techniques.
Students are encouraged to develop individuality of vision and expression, and to adhere to a strong tradition of the pursuit of excellence in fine arts. Interacting with fellow students, a distinguished faculty, and many visiting artists further enriches the educational experience. One evening each week is dedicated to informal discussions with other professionals including artists, musicians, scientists, philosophers, poets, and historians from the Boston community. Sculptors and painters share seminars and group critiques and all students are required to take liberal arts and studio electives. The close proximity and accessibility of individual studio spaces creates a setting in which students share ideas, techniques, and processes. Each student also determines and develops a body of work that is presented in a master's thesis exhibition.
Programme Structure The Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture program fosters student exploration of personal expression through diverse media and stylistic forms. Work in the program ranges from intense observation to imagination and invention and reflects various philosophical and artistic points of view. The members of the sculpture faculty encourage independence of thought and aesthetic sensibility. Sculpture students meet with their faculty for intensive weekly discussions focused on their own vision and on the exploration of technical possibilities. Boston University also has facilities for the more traditional methods of clay, plaster, wax, welding, wood, and stone.
Academic Entry Requirement
The application, supporting materials, and portfolio are all required by January 16. TOEFL or IELTS scores for international students must be received by this date.