BA (Hons) Historic Carving: Woodcarving & Gilding

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The City & Guilds of London Art School has a very long and deep history of teaching ornamental woodcarving, with the standard of our diploma courses recognised as being equivalent to degree level through our external examiner reports and the accolades, prizes and commissions our students and graduates have won. We are delighted to have now converted the diploma courses into degree courses.


The Woodcarving & Gilding Pathway of our new BA (Hons) Historic Carving qualification builds upon our expertise and is a comprehensive, three-year, woodcarving course that will prepare you for a fulfilling career in architectural heritage as a professional woodcarver.

Whether your ambition is to create new work in historic contexts or to restore sculpture and ornament, your aesthetic and historical knowledge will be as important as your woodcarving skills. On this carving course, you’ll develop a wide range of enhanced skills and will graduate fully equipped to begin a successful career in carving.


The two-year Diploma in Higher Education Historic Carving: Woodcarving & Gilding, covers the same specialist syllabus as the first two years of the BA (Hons) programme. This provides a good alternative option if you would prefer to study for a shorter period or want to enhance existing woodcarving skills and knowledge. Find out more about the Diploma in Higher Education on an open day or email us at


During the Covid-19 pandemic, we are strictly adhering to the Government’s safety guidance and going a little bit further, with extensive measures in place to enable social distancing and safety procedures to be carried out effectively. At the same time, we have worked hard to ensure our students have as much access to our facilities as possible and we continue to prioritise studio practice, one-to-ones and small group tutorials, which are so integral to our approach.

“At a time of such uncertainty and unrest the Art School  has dealt with everything with incredible integrity and diligence ensuring the well being of all who attend and work on campus. The quality of the teaching is outstanding. It is clear that it is a place that is well loved and run by a very dedicated and passionate team of professionals.” Joanne Grogan, 1st year, BA (Hons) Historic Carving: Woodcarving & Gilding

The brilliant work of our 2020 Historic Carving Graduates is currently being exhibited in our online Graduate Showcase, with plans for a IRL show in 2021 – enter here to view their work!


We are hosting a special in-person open day at the Art School for all our Historic Carving courses on Saturday 19 June 2021 – find out more and register

You may also be interested in our Introduction to Ornamental Woodcarving and Gilding and Verre Églomisé  Summer School courses.


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