BFA in 3D Studios

The 3D Studio track allows students to customize their degree to either focus primarily on a specific studio area — Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Sculpture, or to work cross-media taking courses in several studio areas. In addition to the basic requirements of the BFA, students in a 3D BFA track will take 15 hours of courses at the 500-level in their area of concentration (e.g. ceramics, fiber, glass, sculpture), plus 18 hours of 300-level or above studio art or art history electives.


Images of ceramic work by students at the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute

Taught within the context of a broad liberal arts curriculum, the ceramics program places strong emphasis on developing a repertoire of fundamental techniques that give students a basis for further experimentation.

An unusually high number of our graduates continue to work professionally in the field, teaching and supporting themselves as ceramicists.

The program has studio facilities equipped with throwing, hand-building, and firing clay, with electric and gas kilns for high temperature reduction techniques.

In addition to the regular course offerings with our faculty, we feature annual workshops conducted by internationally acclaimed artists.

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For further information regarding the Ceramics Program, please contact:

Professor Todd Burns
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Phone: 502.852.6796

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Images of fiber arts work by students at the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute

The fiber program provides instruction in two major areas: surface design and fiber construction. The fiber curriculum includes traditional and nontraditional techniques, not as an end in themselves, but as a means to develop a vocabulary for contemporary expression. The design process and its relationship to materials and techniques is stressed at introductory levels. Advanced students are encouraged to focus and develop a strong personal direction.

The fiber studio has facilities for dying, printing and papermaking and is organized to accommodate a broad range of surface design processes. An adjacent weaving area provides space for loom and off-loom processes including tapestry, basketry, and feltmaking.

Nationally recognized artists and professionals in textile related fields are often invited to lecture and conduct workshops.  We use our regional galleries and museums as resources for both contemporary and historical work in fiber.

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For further information regarding the Fibers program, please contact:

Katie Ovechkin
Fiber / Mixed Media
Director, International Honor Quilt Project
Phone: 502.852.0906
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Images of glass work by students at the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute

The Glass Program employs a comprehensive approach to educate undergraduate and graduate students in the fundamentals of glass art. The curriculum encourages students to develop a strong technical foundation in the hot, cold, and warm glass areas. At the same time it emphasizes the importance of an intellectual approach to making contemporary art utilizing glass. Courses in glass utilize in-studio demonstrations and exercises to impart an understanding of glassmaking processes. Additionally, there is an equal component of classroom discussions, presentations, and critiques which familiarizes students with the historical and contemporary context of glass art.

The program highlights the importance of critical thinking and problem solving to help students achieve breadth of content and concept in their creative endeavors. A healthy visiting artist program ensures that students are exposed to a variety of approaches to working with and thinking about glass.

The Hite Art Institute offers Introduction to Glassmaking at the 300 level which serves to introduce students to a variety of glass processes including glass blowing, kilnworking, and coldworking. Among other things, students learn to blow, cut, grind, cast, and polish glass in this course. Additionally, students will begin to practice using glass to investigate sophisticated ideas, concepts, and content.

At the 500 level, Intermediate and Advanced Glassmaking focuses on delving deeper into creative, experimental, and conceptual approaches to working with glass. At the same time, students are expected to increase the technical level of execution of their work and advance their understanding of the context of glass and art.

Classes are taught  downtown at the Cressman Center, on the corner of First and Main.

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For further information regarding the Glass Program, please contact:

Professor Ché Rhodes
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Phone: 502.852.0277

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Images of sculpture work by students at the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute

The sculpture program provides an opportunity for development on many levels. Upon entering the program, students learn basic skills with tools and materials and begin an investigation of spatial organization and communication through three-dimensional form.

Advanced courses offer an opportunity to develop both conceptually and technically in sculpture. Working with a variety of media, students are introduced to genres within the discipline, from fabrication of the discrete object to installation. Through group discussion and critique students develop the skill of critical thinking and learn to view their work within a social and historical context.

The sculpture studio is a spacious, modern facility with a complete woodshop, metal fabrication equipment, and areas for working with plaster, clay and stone.

The Visiting Artists Program brings a number of nationally recognized sculptors to campus each year to lecture on their work. It provides students with the opportunity for individual instruction from sculptors of national significance and enriches the critical dialogue within the program.

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For further information regarding the Sculpture Program, please contact:

Professor Scott Massey
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Phone: 502.852.6863

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