Learn to make sculpture at any scale, in every material imaginable, from nationally renowned artists.


Establish an interdisciplinary practice

Sculpture at CCA includes many disciplines and viewpoints. You’ll work with a range of complex materials as you study the medium’s role throughout history and contemporary culture. Compared to traditional fine arts programs, we’re much more experimental. From performance and installation to video and social practice, you’ll have the chance to try everything.

Student and faculty lift sculpture molds out of the kiln in the foundry.

Join an inspiring fine arts community

Positioned within a top art and design college, the Sculpture program gives you access to incredible resources and tools for interdisciplinary work. You’ll learn to incorporate painting, photography, textiles, and more into your projects. Cutting-edge fabrication tools and traditional craft-based methods inform your creative process, while a dedicated Maker’s Library helps you explore new possibilities in aluminum, ceramics, clay, metal, and plaster.

Studios & Shops

Artisanal workshop meets high-tech lab

Sculpture student preparing to pour liquid bronze in the metal foundry.

Cast in bronze and prototype with CAD software

Our unique curriculum emphasizes craft, critical thinking, visual and cultural literacy, collaboration, and social responsibility. You’ll learn that research and conceptualization are just as important as choosing the right materials and fabrication tools. Our facilities include ceramics studios, metal shop, woodworking shop, and model-making studio, help you work with every material imaginable.

Student receives faculty feedback on their soft sculpture technique

Open studio electives, designed to give you the freedom to explore other disciplines, blur the lines between craft and fine art. You can experiment with 3D rapid prototyping, kinetic work in high-end computer labs, or even performance. Whether you’re planning for graduate school or your own small business, you’ll master the technical skills needed for a professional practice.

Peter Simensky's sculpture students take a tour of Wattis.

Showcase your art in the Bay Area

You’ll have many opportunities to exhibit at CCA. We encourage everyone to organize solo and group shows, using our flexible installation spaces and dedicated student gallery. You’ll also make important connections with visiting artists and meet practitioners at nearby arts institutions, such as the Headlands Center for the Arts and Minnesota Street Project. These relationships can help you land assistantships and research roles right after graduation.

Industry-standard tools and equipment

  • Foundry for bronze, aluminum, iron, and pewter
  • Furnaces and burnout kilns
  • Overhead swivel crane
  • Wax-working stations
  • Sandblaster
  • Welding equipment
  • Plasma torch
  • Band and chop saws
  • Drill press
  • Lathe and milling machines
  • Manual slip roll for bending steel
  • Sheet metal brake
  • Free or low-cost scrap metal, sanding discs, and waxes
  • Woodworking equipment (hand and power tools)
  • Mold-making materials
  • Vacuum-forming machine
  • Industrial sewing machine


Context-driven practices

Our faculty include acclaimed artists who frequently exhibit nationally and internationally. They combine skills in craft, fine arts, and design to address pressing social and political issues. Ambitious risk-takers, they push the boundaries of the medium to create original, context-driven practices. You’ll work with them one-on-one to strengthen your critical analysis skills and formal craft competencies.

Portrait of Taro Hattori.

Taro Hattori, Chair of Sculpture

Chair Taro Hattori creates socially engaged installations that bridge “we” and “they,” the inside and the outside, through creative and generative actions such as singing and conversing. Hattori often focuses on personal and social challenges such as refugee experiences in the United States. Hattori’s work often incorporates music and conversations to balance social conflicts and harmonies, transform and explore human desire, and vulnerability and connections. Hattori has been a recent recipient of a grant from Creative Work Fund, Phyllis C Wattis Foundation, California Arts Council, Art Matters Foundation, and others. He has been awarded a residency fellowship from MacDowell, Headlands Center for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the de Young Art Museum, Kuandu Art Museum in Taiwan, and others.


We think with our hands

Enrich any environment

Sculpture at CCA teaches how to develop ideas by using conceptual reasoning and problem-solving skills. Studio courses span techniques, from traditional bronze casting to computer-aided 3D rapid prototyping, and allow for experimentation with installation, video, performance, and public art. You’ll make sculptures diverse in scale and material, and you’ll exhibit professionally with solo and group shows before you graduate. View sample courses.

Investigate ideas through every dimension

Before diving into their chosen major, every undergraduate participates in the First Year Experience. Students explore a wide range of materials and tools over the course of two semesters. Faculty from different disciplines guide studio projects, group critiques, and theoretical discussions, setting students up for success throughout their major coursework.

BFA Sculpture

Core Studio

Drawing 1
3.0 units
2D, 3D, and 4D
9.0 units

Sculpture Major Requirements

Sculpture 1
3.0 units
Sculpture 2
3.0 units
Metal Techniques for Sculpture
3.0 units
Sculpture Workshops
6.0 units
Craft Workshop
3.0 units
Studio Mentorship
3.0 units
Digital Tools: 3D
3.0 units
Junior Tutorial
3.0 units
Advanced Sculpture Workshop
3.0 units
Senior Project
6.0 units

Additional Studio Requirements

Interdisciplinary Critique
3.0 units
Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio
3.0 units
Critical Ethnic Studies Studio
3.0 units
Studio Electives
15.0 units

Humanities & Sciences Requirements

Writing 1
3.0 units
Writing 2
3.0 units
Introduction to the Arts
3.0 units
Introduction to the Modern Arts
3.0 units
Foundation in Critical Studies
3.0 units
Philosophy and Critical Theory (2000 level)
3.0 units
Media History: Sculpture
3.0 units
Critical Ethnic Studies Seminar (2000 level)
3.0 units
Literary and Performing Arts Studies (2000 level)
3.0 units
Social Science/History (2000 level)
3.0 units
Science/Math (2000 level)
3.0 units
History of Art and Visual Culture (2000 level)
3.0 units
Writing and Research in the Disciplines (LITPA-3200)
3.0 units
Humanities and Sciences Electives (2000 or 3000 level, at least 3 units must be 3000 level)
9.0 units

Total 120.0 units


Craft skills in many disciplines

Student screwing together a ceramic sculpture in the mold lab.

Our students graduate with a solid conceptual and historical foundation in sculpture. What truly sets them apart, however, is their broad material vocabulary. Not only do they have basic skills in many crafts, but also interdisciplinary skills that pull from furniture, glass, interaction design, jewelry and metal arts, textiles, and many other disciplines.

Potential career paths

  • Studio artist
  • Public artist
  • Fabricator
  • Furniture maker
  • Curator
  • Exhibition designer
  • Educator
  • Small business owner

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Become a versatile artist and collaborator

Our students are interested in exploring sculpture beyond traditional materials and applications. They imagine an open practice that empowers them to think critically and create authentically. Instead of being tied to a single medium, they have the freedom to experiment with sculptural work through installation, performance, and community-based projects.

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