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Diploma and Post Diploma in Figurative Sculpture

A Sustained Course in Figurative Sculpture

The Heatherley Diploma in Sculpture offers a balance between the traditional skills and techniques of sculpture and the contemporary applications of figurative subject matter.


We are able to give our fullest support to those artists who choose to explore the potential of the figure for expressing the human condition. 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 for those who wish to develop a personal visual language.

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 and post or email to the school. You will then be contacted by the school to arrange a suitable date and time for interview.

Applicants should be highly self-motivated and are 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 issues. 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.

Days of Study: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10am-4pm + additional life drawing class from 4.30pm-7pm either Tuesday or Wednesday. Length of course 72 weeks.

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.

Post Diploma in Sculpture

A supportive framework of technical and tutorial assistance in advanced sculpture techniques. Students who have completed either the two-year Diploma in Sculpture or similar study are offered a supportive framework of technical and tutorial assistance. Studio space is available on Thursdays and Fridays and model bookings can be arranged through the school office.

Seminar and discussion groups are arranged during the year and students may participate in an art history lecture programme. There will also be an exhibition of postgraduate students’ work at the end of the course.

Applications for September 2021

TERM DATES 2021-22

AUTUMN 2021 – 12 weeks
Monday 27 September – Wednesday 15 December

SPRING 2022 – 12 weeks
Monday 10 January – Wednesday 30 March

SUMMER 2022 – 12 weeks
Monday 25 April – Wednesday 13 July

The school is closed bank holidays Monday 2 May, Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June 2022.

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