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Explore and study natural and synthetic sculptural forms as you create art using traditional or contemporary media and techniques in JCCC’s Sculpture courses.

What Will I Learn About Sculpture at JCCC?

Work with limestone, clay, wax, bronze, aluminum and steel as you hone your skills in carving, modeling and building. There are few boundaries, so your work can be purely creative. Mixed-media sculpture allows for more inventiveness and artistic exploration.

You’ll be encouraged to communicate your emotions and ideas with the knowledge you gain, strengthen your interpretative skills, and establish an appreciation for your sculpting work and that of others.

You’ll explore two- and three-dimensional design, figure modeling and drawing, digital tools, video art, casting, structures, creating public art and installations, and interactive media.

Develop your sculpting abilities using the College’s industrial-quality tools and equipment as you:

  • Use wax and bronze casting approaches
  • Explore the substitution process to cast bronze or aluminum
  • Learn carving and modeling methods to produce sandstone, limestone and plaster sculptures
  • Build collage and welded steel forms
  • Understand the hazards, safety measures and disposal protocols associated with specific materials

Earn an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) Degree

JCCC offers an Associate of Fine Arts degree that lets you tailor your learning experience to match your interests.

  • AFA with the Fine Arts Track - This track is a general degree focusing on Fine Arts.
  • AFA with the Lens-based Media Track - This track offers you the flexibility to focus on Photography or Flimmaking.

For details about how to plan your classes, contact Tonia Hughes at

[Catalog] Associate of Fine Arts, AFA

Why JCCC for Sculpture Courses?

If you are interested in developing your skills through Sculpture courses, there are many benefits to choosing JCCC. You’ll learn and practice sculpting techniques and practices in interactive classrooms and labs housed in our new 37,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Fine Arts & Design Studios (FADS).

As a Fine Arts student, you’ll have access to:

  • Covered outdoor work areas year-round
  • Ventilated studios with separate workspaces for creating sculptures
  • Cross-discipline collaboration in multiple-use classrooms

You’ll be learning from Sculpting instructors who are renowned in their field. JCCC Fine Arts professors are engaged in local, regional and international venues, exhibitions and activities, and many attend emerging-trends conferences and workshops.

The JCCC campus is home to the internationally recognized Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, which houses a world-class collection of permanent works as well as traveling exhibitions. The Museum serves as a vital learning resource for students and the community.

Our Fine Arts program will allow you to exhibit your work through these outlets:

  • The Student Gallery, located on third floor of the Student Center, showcases some of the best work by JCCC student artists.
  • Mind’s Eye is a literary magazine produced yearly and features students’ artistic works.
  • Art competitions and exhibitions at local, regional and national levels, such as those sponsored by League for Innovation in the Community College, put your work in front of industry professionals and give it a wider community audience.

JCCC has plenty of opportunities for students to get involved and gain more experience. Check out Get Involved @ JCCC to find a group that fits your interests.

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A range of careers — from artist to designer — is available to JCCC Sculpture students. Sculpting is a fine art that opens numerous career opportunities.

About 60 percent of sculptors are self-employed. Sculptors are sometimes commissioned and paid to make pieces for a specific group or corporation. Income is mostly made by showing pieces in gallery shows and selling pieces independently or through art dealers.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you, so finances won’t be a worry of yours when it comes to pursuing an education.

Here’s what we offer:

Expect supplies and textbook costs to vary depending on your classes.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.