Students undertake at least one sculpture skills component, a second sculpture skills component is optional. The core sculpture components take the students through a structured, bespoke programme of portrait and figure sculpture, the language of form and sculptural techniques. Courses will cover a wider range of issues including; armature making, measurement and anatomy in technical figure and portrait sculpture, expressive and dynamic figure work, language of form and materials, waste moulding and reusable mould making, plaster and resin casting, pigments, colouring and patination, large scale site specific projects, ceramics and mixed media figurative sculpture.
The students complete a creative project each term. This is aimed at developing the student’s individual artistic vision. Studio Practice is structured around specific projects over the two years, based on our Artistic Principles. In the final term, students are expected to investigate a specific area of interest producing work of an original nature that culminates in the Graduate Exhibition.
Studio practice is taught by studio tutors who begin the development of a broad range of skills and techniques, introduced through intensive Components of group study in levels 1 and 2. These Components are intended to give the student a firm grounding in practical skills and techniques and to provide the practical vocabulary necessary for personal expression.
Full time students only have to take 2 elective skill days, consisting of sculpture or drawing, the 3rd skill day is optional. The third optional day could be in another discipline, such as painting, print, drawing or digital studies.
|Monday, Tuesday & Thursdays||Wednesdays – Compulsory||Friday –
eg. Advance figure sculpture
Art history & theory
On top of the curriculum there is also a rich programme of visiting tutors, one off lectures, workshops and seminars. There is also the opportunity, subject to availability, to join our public courses scheduled during term-time evenings, weekend and holiday Easter and Summer classes.
‘I chose the Art Academy because I was looking for a traditional art school – somewhere which teaches all of the required skills and starts from the figurative with a view to developing artistic expression from this grounding.
It has been an amazing time, there’s a huge variety of incredibly talented and inspirational artists here and I find this environment brings out the best in you. It is I should say also great fun! My art has come on enormously and my sculptures are beginning to express what I am looking to say. I have had work accepted in numerous shows including ING Discerning Eye and the Cork Street Open.
There is more to being a sustainable artist than being able to paint or make – you need to know how the market works and how to promote yourself within it. The Art Academy does not shy away from teaching students about the commercial realities so that they can hopefully go on to earn a living doing what they love’.
Gary, 3rd Year Student, Full Time Diploma
Mermaid Court, 165A Borough High Street, London, SE1 1HR
2 Years (Full Time) with the option of an additional year
4 Years (Part Time) with the option of an additional year
12th September 2016
Autumn Term 2016-2017
12th September – 25th November 2016
Half Term: 17th October – 21st October 2016
Spring Term 2016-2017
9th January – 24th March 2017
Half Term: 13th February – 17th February 2017
Summer Term 2016-2017
18th April – 27th June 2017
FEES & FUNDING
|Course||Fee Per Level||Fee Per Year||Fee Per Term (incl 3% surcharge)|
|Full-time Figurative Sculpture Diploma (UK/EU) 2yr||£6,656||£6,656||£2,285|
|Part-time Figurative Sculpture Diploma (UK/EU)||
Optional third year for both full and part time students £6,656 (or £2,285 per term).
Part Time Study – It takes two years to complete one level
Fees must be paid in advance and can be paid yearly or termly (the latter incurring a 3% surcharge). One level is a full cycle of course components, each of which has to be completed before moving on to the next level. In the full time Diploma, each level is completed in a year; in the part time Diploma, a level takes two years. The Academy reviews its fees on an annual basis, but fees for enrolled students will not be increased from year to year other than to account for the annual rate of inflation.
The Art Academy offers a number of scholarships and bursaries. For more information, please click here.
If you don’t find the answer to your question here, take a look at our Terms and Conditions, or contact us
Can I do the Figure Sculpture Diploma course part-time?
Yes, there is a flexible Part-time Portrait Diploma programme. You can vary the number of days you do per week each term, but typically students attend 2 days a week and take 2 years to complete each level of study.
If I do part-time weekday courses, can they count towards a Figure Sculpture Diploma?
If you apply to do the Figure Sculpture Diploma we will consider other courses you have taken and decide whether to credit you with that course. Part time courses can also build towards a Certificate qualification – see Certificate Courses for details
Are scholarships, bursaries or student loans available for the Figure Sculpture Diploma course?The Academy can offer advice on possible sources of funding for students. See the Bursaries section of our website for more details or contact us to discuss. As the Diploma is an internally validated programme students are not eligible for student loans.
Do you take mature students for the Figure Sculpture Diploma course?
Yes, the age range is quite wide and applications from mature students are welcomed.
Do I need to have done formal art training before applying for the Figure Sculpture Diploma?
No, but the Diploma course is for those intending to make art their full-time occupation, so selection is made through interview where we will consider level of ability and commitment through discussion and review of a portfolio of your work. We will though take some account of your prior experience.
What is the structure for paying fees for the Figure Sculpture Diploma course?
Fees must be paid in advance – full details can be found on the Fees pages
Is the Figure Sculpture Diploma recognised or accredited?
Many students from the Academy’s Diploma course have gone on to do an MA at another insitustuion and some have entered the third year of a Fine Art BA course. The Academy is currently working with other higher education institutions with the aim of launching validated. Undergarduate Degree programmes in the near future.
How does the Figure Sculpture Diploma differ from a BA?
The qualification that we offer is an in-house Diploma, but it goes through similarly rigorous Quality Assurance processes as Degrees, utilising expert external assessors and examiners from London art schools and Universities; Our course is unique and has been very carefully considered and tested. Unlike most BA programmes we offer a very high level of tutored hours for the students which we feel is fundamental to providing the best possible education.
As a professional artist, your most important assets are your portfolio and your previous experience. Very rarely is an artist asked what qualification they have. We therefore focus our attention on building portfolios and giving students as much experience as we can within our programmes. Regarding job prospects, our Diploma is specifically designed to prepare and equip students to undertake a profession in Fine Arts. In this respect, your portfolio and experience will be the central focus.
In addition to building skills and techniques across a range of disciplines, our programme includes in depth modules in Professional Development, Marketing, Art as a Business, etc to ensure students are able to translate their creative practice into a viable work life.
In order to apply for the Contemporary Portrait Diploma starting September 2016 please fill out our online application form.
Alternatively you can download a .pdf form and post it to us along with at least 5 images of your work.
On receiving your application, we will offer successful candidates an interview. The Art Academy’s Course Administrator will arrange a suitable time and date for interview with the Academic Course Manager. Interviews are based on the content and quality of the applicant’s portfolio, CV and application.
TUTOR CONTACT TIME
Among the most distinctive features of The Art Academy approach is the exceptionally high level of personal contact time with teaching staff. Nowhere is this more evident than on the Figure Sculpture Diploma which boasts one of the highest levels of contact hours of any higher education Fine Art course. In the two years, full-time Diploma students receive two full days a week (24 hours) of tutored time in different disciplines.
The emphasis of our teaching and learning strategy is quality – quality consultation and quality time. Our teaching body is second to none. All our teachers – permanent staff or visiting lecturers – are practicing artists in their own right. They include prize-winning practitioners and members of leading arts organisations. As well as 1-2-1 contact with tutors in classes, students have individual tutorials with tutors of their choice throughout the year