Express your ideas visually with strong conceptual development, visual and problem solving skills through strong studio practice, creative thinking, and exhibition opportunities across the region and nation.
Experiences that stick with you
From traditional sculpture processes to advanced technologies, your sculpture courses will explore cast metals, metal fabrication, woodworking, mixed media, carving, mold-making and installation projects with traditional and contemporary materials and processes. You'll have the opportunity for growth and development of individual aesthetics, concepts, technical abilities and a critical understanding of the discipline of sculpture as applied to the production of contemporary art.
Degrees & Offerings
Art: Sculpture (MFA)Master's with Specialization
As a graduate sculpture student, you will have the opportunity to participate in assistantships, dedicated studio and workstations, and leadership within the art community at USD. You will take master-level studio courses that challenge you to dig deeper and grow creatively, with a focus on preparing you for a life as a creative leader and professional artist.
Departments & Facilities
The Department of Art will provide you with unique and applicable real-world experience and connections that enable you to immerse yourself in an environment built for personal and creative discovery.
Here are some of the facilities and resources available to sculpture students:
- 7,046.67 sq. ft. sculpture studio
- Fully equipped woodworking area
- Saw stop safety table saw, band saws, panel saw and abrasive chop saw
- Variable speed drill press
- Horizontal edge sander and combination sander 10” jointer, 15” spiral-head plainer
- Fully equipped metal fabrication area 220v MIG, TIG welders, 115v MIG welder, plasma cutter, a gas forge, medium-duty oxyacetylene carts, pedestal grinders, abrasive belt grinder, Hossfeld bender, hand and handheld power/pneumatic tools
- Dedicated mold-making area
- Large individual graduate studios
- Installation indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces across campus
Little Pour on the Prairie
For the past eight years, the Little Pour on the Prairie has delighted a community of artists, educators, enthusiasts and spectators with breathtaking sights of an iron pour. The Little Pour on the Prairie, South Dakota’s first public iron pour, has made a name for itself in the iron casting world, and since its creation, more people flock to the community-based event every year. Anyone can participate in the Little Pour, this year it had participants from nine different states from as far away as Oregon.