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Sculpting in Metal

Working from initial design ideas and three dimensional Maquette, you will investigate fabrication and construction. Your sculpture will be completed in metal. Help and guidance will be given in generating preliminary ideas for sculptural forms, in materials such as plaster, cardboard and timber.


We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

Mig welding; cutting sheet metal; hand & plasma cutting; template making; Maquette making in cardboard and timber; folding and rolling sheet metal; use & operation of hand and power tools; examples of artistic practice; workshop health & safety.

How will I learn?

Group discussion of project concepts, problem solving through Marquette making, one to one tuition. Your tutor will give you a reading list and examples of artists’ work to look at to develop your own work.

Are there any additional costs?

Materials for the initial Maquettes will be provided, as will metal for practice welding. You should provide your own materials for the realization and production of your finished metal sculpture. Advice will be given as to your choice of metal materials

Which department is this course in?

Department of Creative Arts and Enterprise

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

Please wear safety shoes and aprons

What else do I need to know?

Students are encouraged to engage with sculpture outside of the course sessions; i.e. visiting exhibitions/galleries and researching into relevant artists and concepts following on from discussions with their tutor.
When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

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Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.

16 reviews for Sculpting in Metal

  1. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5


  2. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    A good course with helpful and encouraging tutors. It is a shame that there is no metal guillotine, this would make a big difference.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Plenty of guidance, creative suggestions, patience and help from James on the Wednesday morning Metal Sculpture course. Very informative, health and safety always explained with each new tool, harmonious and positive workshop atmosphere. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I booked it at the last minute but it has turned out to be very interesting and relaxing, and I can see that it could definitely become an absorbing hobby.

  4. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Steve was very friendly and supportive which helped a lot with the learning process.
    I’m getting more confident with working with metal due to this course.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steve was a lovely and very helpful tutor who helped me with ideas and patiently showed me many skills. Thank you.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Steve is brilliant as usual!

  7. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    James creates a positive friendly atmosphere. Professional approach to H & S & expertise allows to learn at own pace.

  8. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    Positive, friendly atmosphere. James the tutor has professional approach to H&S and expertise, allows to learn at own pace.

  9. 5 out of 5

    The instructor Steve is excellent! This course was the highlight of our week. We learned so much from Steve and are looking forward to taking the course again to expand our skills.

  10. 5 out of 5

    This is a fabulous and addictive course. Tuesday evenings are the highlight of my week.
    Steve is a really great tutor. On our first day we all got on a welder in the first hour. It’s very hands-on.
    He is happy to let you get on and explore, but is always there to offer useful advice to help you understand when and how things didn’t quite go to plan. Steve is always very encouraging and helps you get the best out of the experience. The work our group produced in 10 weeks was fabulous and inspiring. Pity there isn’t a gallery.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tutor is very encouraging and has lots of helpful ideas. She is always wiling to assist when time constraints make certain processes difficult.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Very knowledgeable and approachable instructor. Great workshop. Over all exactly what I was looking for.

  13. 5 out of 5

    The tutor is just excellent. He has a canny ability to know when to teach and when to supervise, allowing you to progress your ideas as if it’s an open studio…and that goes whatever level you may be at.

  14. 5 out of 5

    I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I enrolled on my first sculpting in metal course. I am now on my third and completely addicted. The lecturer is very encouraging and allows you to be as creative and imaginative as you want to be. There is a relaxed atmosphere and the other students have all been really friendly. This is a fab course and I would highly recommend it. My one criticism is I can only attend once a week. I wish there were two courses running as I would enrol on to both of them!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sculpting in Metal has become something I look forward to each week. Since I started, I’ve learnt how to weld, bend, shape and cut metal in many different ways – including using the plasma cutter which is my personal favourite. I was a bit anxious about trying some of these things before I started, but the tutor really put everyone at ease so that soon disappeared. I really enjoy the designing process too – making models from cardboard and exploring how to achieve the effects with metal. Steve is really knowledgeable and has lots of reference books to help along the way. He always has loads of great ideas and is really encouraging throughout the course. I would totally recommend this course to anyone who is looking for something a bit different to do – it’s great fun and you can learn loads in the process.

  16. 5 out of 5

    A great course! I have been going to the Wednesday sculpture course for many years and have always wanted to learn to weld etc,… The Tuesday ‘Sculpting with Metal’ course has opened up a whole new way of working and a different approach to making sculpture. I now do both courses.

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