BA (Hons) Historic Carving: Architectural Stone

The BA (Hons) Historic Carving: Architectural Stone course is suitable for applicants who can meet the entry requirements that are detailed below, and have an appetite to develop their carving practice within an intensive studio-based teaching environment. For further information on how to apply to the course, and to download the Application form, please go to the Apply section on the Art School home page.


All applicants have to meet the minimum entry requirements for admittance to the course, though there are three different ways of doing so:

1. Standard Educational
Applicants who have achieved, or are expected to achieve:
a) 5 GCSEs at grade A, B or C; OR
b) 3 GCSEs at grade A, B or C and one or more A level(s) or equivalent qualification.
2. International Educational
Applicants who have achieved, a combination of other qualifications including, though not exclusively, the International Baccalaureate or High School Diploma.

Please check UCAS guidance for the value of various International Qualifications.

3. Other experiential
Applicants who can demonstrate equivalent prior practice and professional experience. Using a process called Recognition /Accreditation of Prior Learning (R/APL), Art School Admissions Tutors consider how various work-life and (in)formal educational experiences meet the educational level of the entry requirements.

Please see our Recognition/ Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy here.


All applicants who do not speak English as a first language are required to provide evidence of their English language skills. The Art School cannot accept any applicant who scores lower than the equivalent of Level 6.0 from the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), with a minimum of 5.5 for listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

If you do not require a Tier 4 visa and wish to take The Cambridge English Exams, your score requires to be in the range of 169–175 or higher.


At interview by viewing your work and your responses to questions we are seeking to determine the extent to which you can:

·           fulfil the entry requirements;
·           demonstrate commitment and motivation to the subject and the course;
·           demonstrate hand skills and technical abilities related to carving;
·           demonstrate observational and visual analysis skills;
·           gather relevant research and synthesise information to support your practice;
·           evaluate your own achievements and identify areas for development;
·           plan your own time and set achievable goals;
·           communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing.

We are also looking for your potential in the following areas:

·           Manual dexterity and hand-eye co-ordination;
·           ability to develop a ‘good eye’;
·           appetite and aptitude for learning at Undergraduate level;
·           an interest in the history of carving in architecture and sculpture.



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