Graduate Diploma Arts: Carving

The Graduate Diploma Arts: Carving 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 front page.

Entry requirements

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 for Graduate Diploma Arts: Carving should normally hold a relevant degree level qualification or be able to demonstrate equivalent professional experience.­
2. International Educational
Applicants who have achieved, or are expected to achieve, the equivalent of a relevant degree level qualification, with 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.

English Language Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language will be required to provide evidence of achieving the equivalent of the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum of 5.5 in all four areas.

Selection criteria for Historic Carving

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 a range of developed hand skills and technical abilities related to carving;
·                demonstrate a high level of commitment and motivation in relation to the subject and the course;
·                instigate relevant research and synthesise information to support your practice;
·                critically evaluate your own and others’ achievements and identify areas for development ;
·                evidence knowledge of cultural objects relevant to your practice and its historical contexts
·                pro-actively plan and prioritise your own time and set achievable goals ;
·               communicate your own 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 Graduate Diploma level;
·         an interest in the history of carving in architecture and sculpture.

The actual interview

We interview all applicants who reach our minimum entrance requirements. For further details on the interview process please consult the Course page that you are interested in. All tutors involved are trained in the fair and equitable conduct of interviews and are fully conversant in the Art School’s Admissions Policy.

We encourage you to inform us in advance if the arrangements for your interview require adjustment due to an existing condition or disability. For example if you might require more time or specific access arrangements or other support. Our aim is to ensure that all eligible applicants are given a fair opportunity to demonstrate their potential to study on the course.

Interview questions for applicants

The interview will be relatively informal and we want you to feel comfortable and confident. To ensure fairness and to help you prepare we have agreed upon a set of key questions that all applicants for their designated course will be asked at interview and these are set out below:

Please remember that the purpose of the interview is to enable you to demonstrate, and help us to see, your potential to study on the course. You should also use your interview visit as an opportunity to get a good idea about the Art School: our values and ethos, the course, and what studying here would be like and we encourage you to ask questions and see the interview as a two-way process.


If you are applying for our Foundation course or one of our Fine Art courses then you must provide a link to a Flickr portfolio when completing our application form. For all other courses you have the option to include a digital portfolio but this is not a requirement.

For the digital portfolio, we recommend that you display 15-20 images. You should choose what you consider to be your strongest work undertaken within the last two years, representing the range of your interests and practice. We are not only interested in seeing finished work, so please include work in progress.


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