Three-Dimensional Studies

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Three-Dimensional Studies
Bachelor of Art in Art, Three-Dimensional Studies Specialization
School of Art
College of Arts and Sciences

The Division of Three-Dimensional Studies at BGSU brings together disciplines within the arts, as well as the broader university community, and promotes lifelong learning, research, creative activity, social and professional responsibility and growth. To these ends, the Division of Three-Dimensional Studies challenges students to think critically and intuitively, to cross disciplinary boundaries, to recognize and value diverse perspectives, and to solve problems creatively and with perseverance.

Career Opportunities

The Three-Dimensional Studies program prepares students to become professional artists and designers by giving them opportunities to establish studios and enter artist’s residency programs. Students completing the BFA degree in Three-Dimensional Studies can pursue careers in commercial artistic production and arts-related fields, such as museum conservation, arts administration and academic arts programs. In addition, students may go on to industrial careers requiring expertise in the three-dimensional arts, including product design, glass, ceramics, jewelry and metals.

Students whose goal is to teach at the college level and regularly participate in fine art gallery exhibitions continue their study in graduate schools across the country working toward their Master of Fine Arts degree, the terminal degree for studio artists.

Admission and Portfolio Review

Prospective students are not required to take a Portfolio Review. Admission into the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is selective, and if students opt to pursue this degree, they will be required to pass a Portfolio Review at the end of their first year of study in the School of Art.

Please visit the School of Art website for more information regarding the policies and procedures:


Knowledge and skills are cumulative, and higher standards of accomplishment are expected at successive levels of instruction. At the advanced level students pursue a more personalized style and unique approach to creative thought. We meet each student where they are and develop an individual creative, conceptual and curricular plan. Students take a course in professional practices and are encouraged to exhibit work in School of Art student exhibitions on and off campus to develop more professional skills. Students must demonstrate their competence by developing a body of work for evaluation in the major area of study. A senior project or final presentation in the major area is required.

Three-Dimensional Courses


Ceramics has a fully equipped studio with equipment for throwing and hand-building. The kiln yard includes soda, salt and wood kilns which were constructed by students; these can be found at very few universities nationwide. More kilns, wheels and a glaze lab are located in the ceramics studio.

The Glass area at BGSU has state-of-the-art facilities for glass blowing, casting and cold working. There are two 500-lb. capacity electric furnaces, three gloryholes, seven kilns for casting and annealing and a wide range of equipment for exploring cold-working glass.

The Jewelry and Metals facility includes a metal forming area, chasing and repousse equipment, vacuum and centrifugal casting equipment, enameling kilns, acetylene/air and oxygen/natural gas soldering torches, annealing torch, lathe, mill, tumblers and stone setting tools.

The Sculpture area contains a large sandblasting room, foundry, steel fabrication space, stone yard and clay, plaster, wax and general work area. Heavy equipment includes a 5-ton bridge crane, engine hoist, forklift, and 1-ton budget hoist.

Student Organizations

Active student and professional organizations in all Three-Dimensional Studies areas play an important role in the program while enhancing the overall student experience. Through regular exhibitions and the sale of their art, student organizations contribute toward the selection of and sponsorship of an impressive series of renowned visiting artists lectures and demonstrations.

Preparation for College

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU. To enhance your future college experience in art, consider taking two to four years of the same foreign language, a course in computer use, and courses that provide exposure to the visual and performing arts.

For Further Information

Internet Access

BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at

The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Three-Dimensional Studies, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: