About this Bachelor's Degree

The sculpture program at Southern Miss is expanding at an exceptional rate.

Spearheaded nearly 25 years ago by Harold (Skip) Van Houten, it has grown to earn a national reputation for turning out well-educated 3D artists.

Sculpture students learn proficiency in a wide range of materials and techniques. Students are exposed to a variety of materials, processes and techniques in clay, wood, metal, stone, plaster and multimedia.

Students are engaged in additive, subtractive, casting, relief, installation and environmental approaches within the program.

Facilities include the Structural Steel Services 3D Arts Building with a state-of-the-art wood shop, plaster-working room, 3D studio, small machine shop, kiln shed and sculpture studio; a ceramics lab; a metal shop; and a foundry.

The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Art and Design is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Professional Education Unit at The University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Student Learning Outcomes / Program Objectives

  • Students establish an awareness of professional practices in the visual arts as artists.
  • Students demonstrate the capability of thinking critically and creatively, integrating knowledge and ways of knowing, making reflective judgments and identifying significant ideas and their underlying assumptions.
  • Students demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the history of art.
  • Students create a substantive body of artwork that reflects their mastery of materials, intellectual independence, analytical thought and creative problem-solving.
  • Students demonstrate the ability to communicate in oral and written formats to both artists and non-artists.