Higher diploma in Visual Arts and Design for Sculpting Techniques

The Advanced Vocational Training Module in Sculpting Techniques secures comprehensive conceptual and technical knowledge within the field of sculpture and spatial works.

It involves researching the personal creative process to reach a unique artistic language.

With the knowledge acquired, students can design and execute volumetric and spatial objects while studying the form, technique and creative processes of applied sculptural arts using different materials (wood, stone, metal, etc.).

Career opportunities

  • Creation and realisation of sculptures, personally or on commission.
  • Reproduction and restoration of volumetric works.
  • Construction of prototypes, models and mock-ups for businesses, town planning, industrial design and architecture.
  • Within architecture and town planning: ornamentation, restoration, rehabilitation, conservation and urban furniture, and artistic and cultural heritage.
  • Technical skills in all sculpting techniques: sculpting in stone and wood, modelling, welding and wrought iron, bronze casting, reproductions in diverse materials including clay, cement, plaster, resin and silicon.
  • Within popular culture: creation and reproduction of parade figures and sets.
  • Stage design for the theatre and pop-up or permanent art installations, interventions in space and playgrounds.
  • Creation of trophies, medals, sports plaques and corporate gifts.
  • Decoration of store windows, showcases and exhibition areas.
  • Interventions in multidisciplinary work of a creative or technical nature.
  • Sculpture applied to all types of materials and requirements.

Work placement

On-the-job training can be carried out at the same time as the modules, or intensively at the end of the year, or during the final project. The work placement phase must preferably be done during second year.

Work placement objectives

  • To guide students in developing a clearer idea about their own abilities and interests.
  • To facilitate transition into work and train qualified professionals for the workplace.
  • The following are specific objectives regarding artistic and vocational qualification:
    • Significant learning of contemporary practices and technologies in a real corporate or institutional work environment.

Structure and Content of the Two Academic Years

Content of ModulesECTS
Artistic Drawing 9
Technical Drawing 6
Volume 9
Software applications 6
Training and career guidance 3
The history of Sculpture 6
Sculpture projects 14
Materials and technology of sculpture 6
Smelting and moulding workshop 9
Stone workshop 9
Wood workshop 9
Metal workshop 9
Polychrome workshop 3
Integrated project 10
Practical training in companies, studios or workshops 5

Higher Diploma in Visual Arts and Design for Sculpting Techniques.


Advanced Vocational Training in Visual Arts and Design.

2,000 class hours. Two years. 120 ECTS.

Access to higher university courses
Direct access to university courses pursuant to attachment 3 of Decree 113/2001 of 2 May for holders of the higher diploma in visual arts and design shall be provided in accordance with the selection procedures for acceptance into university for students who meet the legal requirements needed to obtain a university place.

Schedules 2023–24

Subject Summary