How do I become a sculptor?
Although freelance sculptors do not need formal qualifications, in practice most sculptors have developed their skills and artistic practice by studying art and design or fine art, with sculpture as a specialism. These qualifications are offered countrywide in universities and colleges. Some courses include:
BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture at Camberwell College of Arts
BA Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Arts
Sculpture at the Open College of the Arts
You’ll usually need:
- a foundation studies diploma in art and design or
- 2 to 3 A levels degree, including Art and Design or another creative subject
Some colleges or universities may offer places to applicants without formal qualifications, but with a good portfolio. However, most courses require five GCSE's/S grades (A-C/1-3), and A levels are often also required. In all cases the applicant must also offer a strong, varied portfolio of work.
Further training, such as postgraduate degrees or specialist training in certain areas, will help the sculptor to gain more technical skills.
You could begin to develop the skills you’ll need as a sculptor by taking an Art and Design course at college.
Level 2 Art and Design
Level 3 Art and Design
To find out if sculpture is for you, you might try taking short courses or workshops at college, university or at a sculptor’s studio.