Studying sculpture at Alfred University is to experience well equipped, vital and in-depth classes that cover a cross section of both contemporary and traditional concepts and practices. This study develops knowledge and understanding of sculpture in its many facets.
The Sculpture/Dimensional Studies Program at Alfred University draws on a diversity of conceptual and technical approaches to offer an expansive educational experience. Grounded in a material tradition while simultaneously promoting creative study challenging the ever-expanding field of sculpture.
Whether they are working glass, metal, neon, wood, paper, stone, found objects, installation or a combination of them all, students can access extensive facilities and dynamic curricula that represent the breadth and depth of contemporary sculptural expression.
Building off of the Freshman Foundation experience, the beginning level courses in the Division of Sculpture/Dimensional Studies introduces students to a variety of ideas, materials and processes that provide a wealth of alternatives and a base of knowledge that students can rely upon as they continue to develop. Progressing through the curriculum, students are continually exposed to new challenges, both technically and conceptually, which allows them to expand their artistic voice and question the relationships that exist between materials and themselves within the context of contemporary art practice.
The Division of Sculpture/Dimensional Studies is currently developing the National Casting Center that involves a collaboration of faculty and expansion of both the metal and glass casting facilities, to create a program of advanced study in cast material.
The metal foundry opened in a newly renovated 6,000 square foot facility one mile from campus, which will also allow for the growth of the hot glass, metal fabrication and stone facility and the development of a distinctive curricular depth in cast materials. Once completed the National Casting center will be an unrivaled state of the art facility providing a unique educational opportunity.