Sculpture 2: Studio Practice (Developing Autonomy)

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 introduce a range of techniques and materials and explain the critical context of their use;
  • A2 develop increasing independence and self-reliance as a sculptor;
  • A3 extend awareness of the importance of drawing as an adjunct to sculpture;
  • A4 increase your critical and reflective skills.


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

  • LO1 produce original sculptures using a variety of techniques and materials (A1)
  • LO2 demonstrate independence as a sculptor and responsibility and self reliance in your learning. (A2)
  • LO3 demonstrate the acquisition of drawing and modelling skills (A3)
  • LO4 Research visual ideas from a wide range of sources and develop these ideas through a critical review and art practice (A4)

Course content

  • Carving a figure in wood
  • An abstract stone carving
  • Life drawing
  • Modelling a life figure in clay
  • Modelling a standing figure in plaster
  • Carving and construction
  • Casting in concrete.