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 and gilding, with our students and graduates receiving many accolades, prizes and commissions.


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 or sculptor.

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.


We offer a great range of grants and bursaries to students studying on our woodcarving and gilding degree course. Bursaries vary in size but typically fund around 50% of the course fees and are awarded on the basis of need – find out more or contact


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 – enter here to view their work! 

Our 2021 graduates will exhibit their work in our Degree Show in August – sign up to receive an invitation.

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


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