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Master of Fine Arts in Studio

The Sculpture program is concept oriented.  The studio supports a wide range of sculptural approaches.  Emphasis is on an innovative use of techniques and materials so that technique remains always in service to concept.  The studio encourages non-traditional experimentation in performance, installation, and other three-dimensional formats.  The graduate program is concerned foremost with teaching the student to think and work as a professional artist. 

Student Profile

Students come to the Sculpture program from a wide range of socio-economic, age, gender, and ethnic backgrounds.  This variety produces a rich mix of ideas and skills.  There is no typical student.  Often students from other fields find success in this program.   

Program Description

The program is flexible so that students can discover and pursue their particular interests in depth.  Students may work in both traditional and experimental media.  They are encouraged to utilize the facilities to explore interdisciplinary concerns as these relate to sculptural ideas.  In addition, students gain experience in writing grants and proposals, entering and designing exhibitions, and participating in a critical forum. 

Course Requirements for Sculpture Concentration

Thirty hours of coursework in a studio concentration.

Twelve hours of coursework in art history.

Six hours of non-art electives or art electives from outside the area of concentration.

Twelve hours of thesis research in the appropriate studio area.

A written thesis.

A graduate thesis exhibition, presentation or screening.

Each student must pass a review after completing 24 hours of coursework. A list of required and recommended courses for each concentration is available from either the Office of the Welch School of Art and Design or the Director of Graduate Studies. 

Total Program                                                    60 hours

Degree Requirements
M.F.A. candidates must complete a compliment of 30 credit hours within their concentration, two related studio experiences, and four art history courses. A mid-program review and a review for thesis approval are held as significant check points during the student’s program. Upon fulfilling all course requirements, a graduate student selects a faculty committee to guide the exploration, development and completion of a thesis project.  The committee must have a minimum of three members, the majority coming from the candidate’s area of concentration. Once the thesis project is agreed upon, an exhibition and written text must be satisfactorily developed and produced with the approval of the committee members as well as that of the Director of the School of Art and Design.

Prospective students should:

  1. Contact the area coordinator in the concentration during Fall or Spring semesters to discuss intent and requirements.
  2. Visit the studio and meet with faculty and students (optional but encouraged).
  3. Fulfill all requirements for the University, the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Art and Design.

Career Opportunities
A wide variety of opportunities are available; some directly related, others, tangential. Past graduates have acquired positions as sculptors, public sculpture artists, museum preparators, instructors on the college level, fabricators and installers, foundry workers, and movie set designers/fabricators. The business climate in Atlanta supports many art related fields.

The Sculpture studios occupy a 7500 sq. ft. single floor facility located in downtown Atlanta adjacent to the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District. Adjoining the indoor studios is an uncovered courtyard of 2500 sq. ft. and a fenced lot of 2300 sq. ft. These areas provide space for activities and equipment for foundry, woodworking, metal fabricating, and stone carving.

Tools and Equipment


  • Bronze #100, #80, #60, #30 Lindburg furnaces
  • 120 cubic foot cart kiln for burnout
  • 12” (120 lbs. ladle) and 18” (400 lbs. + ladle) cupolas for cast iron






  • Table saw, 14”; Radial arm saw, 12”; 
  • Band saws: 14” w. x 6” h.; 25” w. 12” h.; 35” w. x 14” h.;
  • Jointer, 6”; Planter, 13”x6”; Orbital Spindle Sander 1’-4” drums;
  • Belt Sander, 6”x 20” table; Disc Sander 19”, double; Shaper; 
  • Lathe, 48”; All standard hand tools; Overhead dust collection system

Table saw, 14”; Radial arm saw, 12”; 

Table saw, 14”; Radial arm saw, 12”; 

Metal Fabricating:

  • M.I.G. welder; T.I.G. welder; Plasma cutter; Oxy. Acet. Torches;
  • A.C. & D.C. Arc welders; Spot Welder; Kuhn K-23 Air Hammer;
  • Johnson Slot Forge, Model #133; Post grinders; 
  • Power saw 9”x10” capacity; Portable Crane, 2 tons;
  • Electric lift, 1/2 ton; Portable fume extractor
  • All standard hand grinders, electric and pneumatic

Stone Carving: 

  • Compressor, 15 hp, 50 cfm 
  • All standard air tools
  • Lifting gear
  • Fork lift truck
  • Marble, granite available locally

For more detailed information about the program please see the Georgia State University General Catalogues.