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Sculpture - Beginners/Intermediate

Course Description

On this course, you will learn about materials, processes, and how to develop ideas and bespoke pieces. A range of materials and processes in sculpture, including wood, wire, plaster, cement, clay, paper, papier mache and mixed media are covered. Intermediate learners can develop projects supported by a subject specialist tutor. Basic material and tools provided. Please note we are unable to accommodate stone carving, bronze casting, or welding metal.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

Suitable for student of all abilities. If you are interested in a specialist technique not listed or described in the course description, please contact before enrolling to find out if it is possible for us to accommodate this. Basic materials provided include some clay and firing if you work in ceramic. Should you wish to use different clays, you can buy and use provided specialist clays e.g. black clay, porcelain. These clays are paid for during your course via our internal payment system. Please note that we are not able to fire work that is not made in college. You are not allowed to bring in work from home or elsewhere, even if the clay originated in college. You cannot bring in your own clay to use and must use the clays we provide.
If you are woodcarving, a 1/3 of a cubit foot of wood is included in your fee per course. Should you want to make something larger than this, you will need to pay for the extra wood. Some speciality wood is not included in the free allocation, and you will need to pay for this before use. Purchase of wood can be made during your course via our internal payment system.

Course Content

You will learn how to use sculpture tools and about the properties of a variety of materials. You will be able to investigate a range of casting techniques, using wax, resin, plaster and rubber moulds. You will explore how to sculpt in various material including wood, wire, plaster, cement, clay, paper, papier mache and mixed media. You will develop a greater understanding and appreciation of the sculptural process. The programme is taught through tutor demonstration, group discussions, sharing skills and knowledge within the group and most importantly through developing your own practice. We share skills and ideas in a friendly, safe and supportive atmosphere. This class is tailored to your individual needs. If you are new to the class, you will be inducted and asked after an initial assessment what you would like to make. Examples of finished work will be demonstrated. Through discussion and technical advice you will be supported to develop your ideas prior to embarking in your work. Returning students will continue ongoing personal projects, researching new techniques and processes and expand and further their practice. Resources used within each lesson are available electronically.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Beginners will follow a more structured programme whilst more experienced learners can work on their own projects if desired. Working at your own pace, you will be given feedback on your progress. At the end of the course, the tutor will assess your progress and advise you on the next step. The programme is taught through tutor demonstration, group discussions, sharing skills and knowledge within the group and most importantly through developing your own practice. All resources and handouts are available electronically. There is no formal homework. However, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects and research. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, gigs or websites for you to visit to enrich your study.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course. There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject in the Creative Arts department. For Art and Design courses, once you have developed a portfolio of work you could consider applying to the Foundation Diploma in Art and design as a Pathway in to Higher Education. Studio courses are for those learners with some subject knowledge or who have been studying the same subject at the college for 3 full years. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on: 020 7255 4700 or email:

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet learners’ needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an interview with the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
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Tel: 020 7255 4700
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