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The Heatherley School of Fine Art, 75 Lots Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0RN  |  phone 020 7351 4190

Diploma in Sculpture

A two year full time course in contemporary figurative sculpture.

The Heatherleys Diploma in Sculpture offers a balance between traditional skills and techniques. Learn how to apply these skills to your personal creative practice.

We believe that study based on observation and expression of aspects of the human form can offer a rich source of inspiration, discipline and understanding.

Develop your personal visual language through the exploration of different techniques in modelling, carving and construction. Generate a portfolio of work in ceramics, wood and stone carving, metal work and more.

We encourage a conceptual approach to help you discover what your work is about.

The two year Diploma Course (72 weeks) takes place on three days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) over six terms of 12 weeks each.

Admission Requirements

Please complete the full time application form online. You will then be contacted to arrange a suitable date and time for interview.

Applicants will be asked to bring a portfolio of recent work. As well as examples of three dimensional work, there should also be evidence of drawing ability and an awareness of contemporary art and design. Whilst completion of an art foundation course is desirable, a sustained commitment to non-vocational classes and courses would also be regarded as acceptable experience.

Successful applicants will receive confirmation via email. To accept your place you must confirm in writing and pay the deposit of 10% of the first year’s fees.

Bursary Assistance
Please contact the bursar for information regarding bursaries.

Assessment and Tuition

There are two assessment stages during the course with the award of the Heatherley Diploma in Sculpture on the basis of a satisfactory final assessment at the end of the second year.

Diploma Graduates

Our graduate sculptors are equipped to make a wide variety of career choices.
Many establish professional practice, making sculpture in their own studios, exhibiting in
galleries in London, throughout Britain and internationally, winning prizes and awards,
undertaking private and publicly commissioned projects for sculpture.

Read our student stories.

Many of our students have gone on to post graduate study at institutions such as The Royal College of Art, University of the Arts London (Central St Martins) and City and Guilds. Other graduates have completed additional training in Art Therapy and gained teaching posts in Adult and Higher Education.

Our graduates have explored other associated occupations in the arts and have made successful careers creating special effects for theatre, film and television, exhibition design and curation, bronze casting in foundries, metal fabrication, retail design and making jewellery and ceramics.

Applications for September 2024

TERM DATES 2023-24

Monday 25 September – Saturday 16 December

Monday 8 January – Saturday 23 March

Monday 15 April – Saturday 6 July

Closed bank holidays: Mondays 6 May and 27 May

FEES 2023-24

Diploma in Sculpture 2023-24
(Course length 72 weeks)
1st Year £9,350
2nd Year £9,350


All Fees