The Diploma in architectural stone carving is unique in the level of training (degree equivalent) and in the scope of the syllabus. The course covers the wide range of skills required to become a professional stone carver. These include not only advanced carving techniques, but also drawing, modelling, casting, portraiture, artistic anatomy, ornament study, geology, professional practice, heraldry and the history of carving in architecture and sculpture. You will be introduced to stone repair and restoration techniques and to current conservation practices and ethics.
The programme develops from simple masonry and carving exercises to the creation of complex architectural ornament. It involves letter cutting and relief carving as well as work in the round and the study and carving of the figure. You will be introduced to problems of design and layout and there is scope to design and carve contemporary pieces using traditional techniques.