Boston University

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The Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at Boston University provides the tools and language for students to become rigorous thinkers and artists in the twenty-first century. 

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The Sculpture program at Boston University interweaves the significant demands of creative production, intellectual and theoretical inquiry, and critical engagement with cultural history and contemporary art discourse. It offers expansive dialogue with peers, faculty, and distinguished visitors. It challenges students to embrace creative risk, to productively engage with difference through dialogue and collaboration, to accelerate and intensify the relationship with their own work, and to participate in cultivating an expanded vision for the future of art.

The MFA curriculum is designed to promote generative conversations between positions of creative difference, allowing for stimulating cross-disciplinary exchange and activity with emphasis on a balance of art production, art theory, and critical inquiry. At the core of this two-year program is a studio culture that is collaboratively formed by an intimate cohort of student artists whose cultural backgrounds and creative practices are all highly distinctive, resulting in a dynamic, evolving learning environment. Our students’ work is characterized by its fluid movement between modes of art production, which include sculpture, installation, video, performance, image-making, text, and all that is possible across and between these genres.

Studio production, graduate seminar courses, and group discussions are central to the curriculum. In addition, students’ educational experiences are enriched by special programs and activities, such as the MFA film series, student-created events, and multiple field trips and site visits throughout the year. Students have unparalleled one-on-one contact with internationally renowned core faculty members, guest critics, writers, curators, and visiting artists. In addition to twenty-four-hour access to individual studios, a shared sculpture project room, and fabrication facilities, students are encouraged to explore the extraordinary range of academic opportunities and media production resources available to them within the broader Boston University context.

The city of Boston, with its rich history and diverse culture, provides another important resource for our program. Boston is home to world-class museums and contemporary institutions that attract internationally active artists, curators, and writers. The city hosts a thriving culture of talks and lectures, making the art-academic experience in Boston exceptionally vital.

Program of Study

Fundamental to the curriculum of graduate studies in Sculpture is a well-rounded studio practice with extensive exposure to a plurality of contemporary perspectives. Our program balances individual creative production with a wide range of curricular activities, such as: reading and research; topical seminar courses; critical analysis and interpretation of student work; collaborative projects; film screenings and discussions; and travel to galleries, museums, and cultural events within the Boston area and beyond. At the end of each semester, student work is reviewed by the core faculty and a guest critic from the field. At the end of the fourth semester, the graduating student mounts a public thesis exhibition in a professional gallery, where the work is reviewed by a thesis panel. The exhibition is accompanied by the MFA exhibition catalogue, which includes a written thesis statement by each MFA student.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Sculpture
  • Graduate Seminar/Discussion
  • Liberal Arts elective
  • Art or General electives

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed application online for graduate admission to the College of Fine Arts.
  • Portfolio digitally submitted—specific portfolio requirements for each major can be found here.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $95 submitted using online application.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals/educators. These must be submitted online through your application.
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended uploaded to your application.
  • A one-page personal statement indicating the applicant’s purpose in pursuing graduate work, career objectives, and particular interest in BU.
  • Artistic résumé.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27386 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27386 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    27386 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27386 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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