The primary educational goals for the sculpture major are knowledge of and proficiency in sculptural practice based on the observation of nature including the human figure and supported by craftsmanship, individual initiative, creativity, and the ability to interpret ideas through artistic expression.

The program requires students to understand historical and contemporary examples of sculpture and to integrate that knowledge into studio practice. Informed by proficiency in life drawing, knowledge of anatomical structure, and an understanding of three-dimensional composition, students will demonstrate their ability to articulate forms, in the round and in relief, and to produce robust and convincing sculptures in such modes as the figure and the portrait. Students will be competent in the use of sculptural materials and methods of casting.