Master of Arts in Sculpture


Program Description

This new Fine Arts Master Course arises from the need to consolidate the important relationship between the classic and the innovative that, for twenty years, has been the core of the RUFA Fine Art program.

The international profile of the course includes a culturally diverse working community.

In this course you will continually engage with what it means to practice as an artist today, testing and challenging your individual practice, in relation to art history and its contemporary vision in wider cultural and social systems.

This course will introduce you to a contemporary critical context starting from an important Italian artistic tradition.

In order to investigate the art disciplines with an extensive approach, a full immersion week with international artists is planned monthly. Six experiences, every teaching year, are designed to strengthen self-reflection, ambition, and motivation of your practice and your leading ideas.

A specific lecture program is designed to approach in a wider way your learning of references relating to contemporary art.

Designed by Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London) tutor Umberto Giovannini.

You will learn to master matter and movement, building your own path towards artistic expression, creating a unique language of communication that will grant you full access to the contemporary art scene.

The sculpture: material, movement, and space to express art.

RUFA is well established in the international arena as experts in teaching sculpture thanks to its President, Alfio Mongelli, a world-renowned sculptor, celebrated for his linear aesthetic, which is both elegant and powerful.

Through sculpture taught in the MA Degree Program at RUFA, students learn to dominate matter and motion and find their ability in expressing themselves artistically, creating a personal language, and making their mark in the contemporary art scene.

At RUFA we study all the languages of the Fine Arts.

Within the RUFA academic structure, the two-year MA Degree Program in Sculpture is part of the Visual Arts Department, the branch of academic studies in RUFA that houses the interaction between the Fine Arts disciplines, creating new synergies between them.

At RUFA the new contemporary art is born, able to express oneself through multiple Fine Art expressions whether they are graphic, painterly, transformational or technological.

Talent and preparation to become artists and sculptors.

To learn how to express one's own art, one must have practical training and solid cultural knowledge. With these elements, the artist can come to life with authority and conviction, and with the sensitivity and personality of the sculptor, which is essential when expressing ones own creative language and finding a place in the art world.

Within the Second Level Diploma Course in Sculpture at RUFA, students receive extensive training studying specific subjects such as contemporary transformational techniques, photography, iconography, life drawing, visual arts, and graphic art.

The strength of interdisciplinary influence.

The Department of Visual Arts RUFA aims to pursue the goal of interdisciplinary studies, which includes finding the training and operational synergies among the various art courses offered by the Academy.

Due to the high level of preparation of their teachers, artists, and activists, the Sculpture Degree at RUFA represents the level of training essential to access the world of artistic expression, a world that is fluid and changing in which influences and stimuli are interchanged between the artistic disciplines.

The RUFA artist has a transversal personality, able to express himself/herself with strength and recognition in any discipline of contemporary Fine Arts.

By graduating in Sculpture you will be able to become: Artist, Art mediator, Curator, Cultural manager, Art Handler, Lecturer.

Academy Degrees are equivalent to Master’s university degrees.

*The course is available only in the English language

Coordinator: Umberto Giovannini.

Lecturers: Gianna Bentivenga, Simone Cametti, Alessio Cremisini, Davide Dormino, Umberto Giovannini, Marta Jovanovic, Sarah Linford.

Masterclass con Visiting Professor: Anusc Castiglioni, Thomas Gosebruch, Nick Morley.

MA in Sculpture – Suggested training program – Visual Arts Department

Year Subject CFA Hours
I Year Iconography & anatomical drawing 8 100
Engraving techniques - Graphic arts 8 100
Sculpture 1 12 150
Sculpture techniques 6 75
Psychology of art 6 45
3D Digital modeling techniques 6 75
Performative techniques 6 75
Pedagogy and art teaching 6 45
Internship/workshop 2 /
II Year Photography 8 100
Sculpture 2 12 150
Phenomenology of contemporary arts 6 45
Art management 6 45
Digital image processing 6 75
Internship / workshop 6 /
Optional subject 6 /
Thesis 10 /
Total credits 120

Admission to the Master of Arts programs

To be admitted to the Master of Arts programs you will need to submit:

  • Bachelor’s Degree. Recognized through a “Declaration of Value in Loco (DV)” and legalization of the qualification (to be requested at the Italian Embassy / Consulate of your Country).
  • A certificate stating that you have an adequate level of Italian or English (depending on if you wish to attend an MA in Italian or English), achieved over the last 10 years. If you have achieved your qualification in an English/Italian speaking Country, or if the program you attended was in English/Italian you may not be required to submit a language certification.
  • For non-EU students: a study visa is required to attend the Academic programs. Students must send a copy of their residence permit/residence permit request to the International students' office 8 days after arriving in Italy.

Students are also required to pass an admission test.

Deadlines regarding admission

Deadline to apply for the test

  • First session: 16 January 2020
  • Second session: 16 April 2020
  • Third session: 4 June 2020
  • Fourth session: 10 September 2020
  • Fifth session: 1 October 2020

Admission test

  • First session: 20-24 January 2020
  • Second session: 18 April 2020
  • Third session: 8-12 June 2020
  • Fourth session: 14-15 September 2020
  • Fifth session: 5-6 October 2020

Direct enrollment deadline

  • 1 October 2020
Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

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