Drawing + Painting with Sculpture Emphasis

Clay scultpute of a man sitting on a chair thinking

Figure + Rigor

LCAD is unique in being one of only a handful of accredited colleges to offer courses in figurative sculpture that focus on classical techniques with an emphasis on narrative compositions.


As a student of LCAD’s Drawing + Painting major, you will have the option to pursue a degree with an emphasis in sculpture. The Sculpture Emphasis teaches technical rigor to produce ¼ life-size to monumental-sized sculptures that convey contemporary narrative themes including animal and fantasy sculpture. Our sculpture curriculum is based in classical techniques and will prepare you to enter the competitive field of sculpture by gaining commissions, exhibiting as a gallery artist, obtaining public grants, applying to residencies, or branching out into the entertainment and special effects industries.

Alumni Gallery Representation + Professional Partnerships

Abend Gallery
Arcadia Contemporary
Art Miami
Art Renewal Center
Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Copro Gallery
Dawson Cole Fine Art
Jim Henson Creature Shop
LA Art Show
Laguna Art Museum
Manifest Gallery
MEAM Museum
National Sculpture Society
Poets + Artists
Portrait Society of America
Salmagundi Club
Sideshow Collectibles
Spectral Motion
Sue Greenwood Fine Art
Sullivan Goss Gallery

Learning Outcomes

  • Execute a complex understanding of a broad range of materials and techniques
  • Implement technical knowledge as it pertains to historical and contemporary studio art practices.
  • Execute a varied knowledge-based and technical process-based approach to three-dimensional works.
  • Synthesize through practice, problem defining, and problem-solving while drawing from an array of external sources.
  • Communicate depth of understanding of one’s artistic practice in written and verbal forms.
  • Articulate an understanding of present-day professional standards in their chosen media and in the larger field of contemporary art.

Department Leadership

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Chair of Fine Arts

Hope Railey

Hope Railey is a passionate and driven fine artist and teacher who has dedicate the last 20 years to painting in the studio and teaching future generations of artists. Hope has exhibited throughout the country and was most recently featured in December 2021 issue of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, is an Associate Professor, and currently serves as chair of the Fine Arts department since 2011. She is a regional juror for the AXA Art Prize and has served on artist panels at the 2021 LPAPA Invitational.

Admissions Information

Application Dates

  • LCAD has a rolling admissions policy and will accept applications until we’ve filled all spots for an incoming class. Applications will still be considered after the following priority dates:

    Fall: December 1st

    Spring: December 1st"

  • Course Requirement PDF
  • How to Apply