Visual Arts and Sculpture

Course Availability: Full Time


The Emerson Visual Arts course helps students discover their creative capacities in visual arts and sculpture. We provide students the space in which their own impulses in art can clarify and mature. We also open up the possibilities for students to find their way of working with art in the world, as individuals or within a team.

We offer a complete three-year accredited training that includes clay modelling, wood and stone carving, casting techniques, and drawing and colour work. We also offer a one-year accredited foundation in visual arts.

The background of the training has been and continues to be the inspiring source of Rudolf Steiner’s work, Anthroposophy. The involvement of Anthroposophy in art opens doors to creativity and can help us to find new and meaningful ways of dealing with the creative challenges of our time. 

Different directions of work developed in the course include: Art and Education, Introduction to Art Therapy, Art and Social Questions, Art as Art, The Foundations of Anthroposophy through Art, among others.

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Open days and Visits to Visual Arts and Sculpture Training


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You are welcome to join the course for one or two days any time during term time.  Then you will be able to experience the work and the college from the inside, with the students and teachers.

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The Visual Arts Year

September – June

Course Carrier: Rudolf Kaesbach

The Visual Arts Year is an intense artistic exploration to rediscover creativity, awaken imaginative capacities and develop new ways of seeing the world. We will search to uncover the essential elements of each art form, through experiencing what lives in the three-dimensional world of sculpture, the two-dimensional world of colour and the play of line and tone in drawing. This will enable us to find a secure ground for our own individual creativity and enliven our appreciation of nature, earlier cultures and the art of today.

The course provides a balanced programme of clay modelling, painting, drawing, wood and stone carving, history of art, Goethean observation, study groups and eurythmy.

The course is open to anyone, with or without artistic experience. Some familiarity with the work of Rudolf Steiner would be an advantage but is not required. 

The Visual Arts year can be the first year of the complete three year sculpture training, which leads to professional artistic work. It can also provide a foundation in Anthroposophy through the visual arts.

The Visual Arts course is a Crossfields Institute* Self-Regulated Qualification (SRQ). It is designed, delivered and awarded to the same quality standards as a regulated qualification, but is not regulated by Ofqual. It is equivalent to undergraduate year 1.

For details on specific activities during the year, term dates etc. see the EVArts website.

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The 3 year Sculpture Training

September – June

Course Carrier: Rudolf Kaesbach


The School of Sculpture offers a complete three-year training that includes clay modelling, wood and stone carving, casting techniques, and drawing and colour work. In addition, a three-month pedagogical course is offered to prepare those who wish to teach in a Steiner Waldorf School.

A fourth year of independent artistic studies can be added to the training, to enable students to go deeper into art related themes.

Our work is based on the artistic impulse of Rudolf Steiner, which is concerned with the spiritual and archetypal foundations of the human being and of nature. 




Year 1

As the first year of the Sculpture Training the Visual Arts Course offers a rich introduction to different fields of artistic work and can be taken independently. As an independent artistic year it can be fruitful for all those who want to work with their artistic experience and understanding of formative processes.

 Year 2

In the second year, the process of deepening and differentiating of the students’ artistic work begins. What is the relation of sculpture to the physical body, etheric body, astral body and ego? Studies of the four elements, Michelangelo‘s Medici figures and of one’s own inner constitution help to ‘artistically’ relate sculpture to oneself and the questions of the outer world. Individual themes are developed and further capacity for working in different materials and techniques is attained. Additionally there are blocks of land art, installation art, painting, drawing and one new craft in the second year.

 Year 3

The third year is based on the inspiring studies of Steiner’s metamorphic process of the seven pillars in the first Goetheanum building. The theme of processes is taken up during the year in many different ways. For example processes in sculpture, painting, students'  own creative process, social processes and art, movement, etc. 

Students are offered space and time to find their own creative and individual style and impulse in art.

The three-year training finishes with a final project which is individually chosen and developed by the student and is presented to the College community in the form of an exhibition and presentation.

The 3 year sculpture training can lead into professional work in Pedagogical Sculpture, Social Sculpture and Sculpture Therapy.


The Sculpture years 2 & 3 are certified by Crossfields Institute* and along with year 1 form a Crossfields Institute Self-Regulated Qualification (SRQ). The SRQ is designed, delivered and awarded to the same quality standards as a regulated qualification, but is not regulated by Ofqual. It is equivalent to undergraduate year 2.

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Short Courses

Various modules within the Visual Arts/ Sculpture course may be offered independently from the full year programme. For details, see the  “short courses and workshops" section.

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EVArts alumni and applications of the work

Students who graduated from the course have developed artistic work in many fields of activity including: the creation of children's playgrounds; work with detainees in prison; remedial art work with children in need of help; sculpture in public places; teaching sculpture in schools and adult education; work with sculpture and water; sculpture therapy, design, etc. Many new applications of the work have been discovered and developed out of each student’s particular context.

Our alumni have taken this work all around the world in countries as far as Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Israel, Iceland, USA, Chile and all around Europe.

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Course Tuition fees

Course fees  are listed below. Accommodation and meals are charged separately; for further details see the "Accommodation and Meals" document in the "document download" section.

Visual Arts full-time:  £5600

Visual Arts mornings only:  £3900


Foundation Year through Visual Arts full-time:  £5600

Foundation Year through Visual Arts mornings only:  £3900


2nd year Sculpture:  £5200

3rd year Sculpture:  £5200


Application fee £50 and deposit £400 with your application:

50 % of remaining fees                          20 August 2015

50 % of remaining fees                          11 January 2016


Accreditation fee

£200 - all students from non EU and non EFTA countries have to pay this fee. Students from EU and EFTA countries only pay this fee if they wish to accredit their course attendance.



The deposit of £400 is part of your tuition fee to be paid with your application. £200 is non refundable if you cancel.


More information on the course and the work of Emerson Visual Arts alumni is available through the EVArts website.



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Mailing Address:
Emerson Visual Arts
Emerson College
Forest Row, East Sussex. RH18 5JX


This video “Why Art Now?” was made by students of Emerson’s Visual Arts course. Watch it to share their experiences of exploring the meaning and practice of creating art today.



Why Art Now? - Visual Arts, Emerson College UK from Emerson Visual Arts on Vimeo.




*Crossfields Institute is an Awarding Organisation and Higher Education Institute (HEI) specialising in holistic and integrative education. Crossfields Institute promotes education that recognises and serves the potential of each individual. As such, it develops specialised qualifications which, through the integration of knowledge, intellectual challenge and practical skills, aim to facilitate the holistic development of learners.  For more information visit