The Sculpture: Casting, Carving, Construction course at Carmarthen School of Art, Coleg Sir Gar is a structured programme of study, taught in well equipped studios by staff who are professional artists with ongoing national and international exhibition-profiles. Classes are taught through practical hands-on sessions. First year students learn to work in metal - casting bronze and iron - modelling, welding, working in stone and wood in dedicated workshops with small group sizes learning through practical experience in a safe inclusive environment.
In the second and third year individual approaches are supported by lecturers whose own practices include: bronze and iron casting, digital sculpture, installation, site-specific art, environmental art, cross-disciplinary art, public art and blacksmithing. All students embrace the expansive field of contemporary sculpture to enable specialisation and to address individual preferences, and engage with the possibility of working across boundaries and technologies to pursue personal interests and skills. Dialogue is encouraged between departments, offering opportunities for collaboration and exciting interaction.
At a Glance
Full Time / Part Time
3 years full-time, or maximum of 60 credits per academic year for part-time study.
You will study in a traditional art school purpose built in the 1970s. Our art school offers you individual workspaces and studios for life-drawing, bronze casting, woodworking, plaster work, stone carving, iron casting and digital sculpture.
The course supports the development of your studio practice with an emphasis on learning the craft and skill of making sculpture. Lectures and contextual dialogue enable you to position yourself and your practice in terms of art history and contemporary critical thought, in order to equip you with tools to map and research your own interests. Frequent opportunities for public exhibitions and events in the UK and abroad prepare you professionally for a wide range of potential careers. All these skills are transferable across a range of professional contexts. This taught creative thinking ability associated with fine art sculptural practice is becoming increasingly important in the world of commerce and business.
Year 1 – A skills based year delivered through a series of workshops. The year comprises of eight modules: Modelling Mould Making and Casting, Steel Fabrication, Clay Sculpting, Carving, Construction and Fabrication, Developing Visual Language, Study Skills & Developing a Critical and Contextual Language, Theories of Aesthetics and Creative Project.
Year 2 – A developmental year devised to allow you to apply the skills gained in year one to identify personal strengths and areas of interest within a range of industry relevant contexts. The year comprises of five modules: Studio Skills, Interpretative Art and Design Project, Professional Skills, Visual and Material Culture and Specialist Project.
Year 3 – A personal negotiated brief which allows you to consolidate your practice and build a portfolio in preparation for future progression and personal ambitions. The year comprises of four modules all based upon individual projects: Visual Research Methodology, Theoretical Perspectives from Practice, Professional Skills: Enterprise & Employability and Major Project; culminating in an opportunity to showcase your work in a final degree show.
Progression & Employment
Self-employed sculptor / artist, artist’s assistant, entrepreneur, scene designer, art therapist, set builder, public sector worker, educator, exhibition curator, art critique / journalist researcher, post-graduate study (MA, PhD), philosopher, innovator etc.
Method of Assessment
Assessment is on-going through workshop plenary sessions, critiques, formative and summative assessment with aural and written feedback.
Tariff score points accepted: A minimum of 96 points or equivalent portfolio ability for mature applicants.
All applicants need to apply online through UCAS, our UCAS Institution code is C22 and course code is W130. Offers will be made based on the UCAS application, predicted grades (if applicable), UCAS reference and one to one interview. Programme Directors interview every applicant and discuss your portfolio of artwork and ambitions with you. This is a vital part of our selection process to ensure that the course is right for you and you are right for the course. Due to developing a relationship with you from the start our drop-out rates are minimal. As we continuously strive to turn students into successful professional practitioners.
Mature applicants with relevant prior experience are welcome and are considered on an individual basis. International students will be interviewed by video conferencing.