Sculpture 2: Studio Practice

Course Level: 2 (HE5) | HE Credits: 60 | Approx. Duration: 15 months at 10hrs/week


This course builds on the level one sculpture course; the projects are more open-ended and invite you to be more ambitious in size and in composition, progressively calling on you to choose your projects and the way you go about them. It provides opportunities for you to gain experience with several new techniques and materials, to develop an increasing independence and self-reliance as a sculptor and to acquire a broader appreciation of new materials, and to develop a broad appreciation of the history of sculpture, public sculpture and the debate between figuration and abstraction.

This course starts with a project that considers sculpture as architecture and architecture as sculpture. This is followed by carving projects, a life-drawing project, and after this, figure modelling projects. You are required to write a critical review that will complement your programme of practical work.


The course aims to:

  • A1 explore a range of traditional and technological skills and conceptual approaches to expand
    your sculptural practice
  • A2 use visual and contextual research to inform your practice
  • A3 use experimentation to inform your practice and develop personal expression
  • A4 understand the historical and contemporary contexts of sculpture and sculptors and reflect on
    your own practice


On successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • LO1 develop a body of work that is rigorous in its engagement with conceptual and practical skills
  • LO2 demonstrate how research has informed your practice (A2)
  • LO3 evidence your engagement with experimentation through your practice (A3)
  • LO4 situate, reflect and critique on the work and practices of sculptors and reflect on your own
    learning (A4)

Course content

  • Exercises, projects and assignments in unit materials
  • Formative assessment comprising written feedback and interaction with tutor via email,
    phone and/or webcam
  • Pre-assessment review
  • Summative assessment
  • Peer support through engagement on student forums and critiques on blogs
  • Documentation of the learning journey through a learning log or blog
  • Independent research
  • A critical review