Part-time, Evening, Blended, On-line Programmes

Mould Making and Casting – Summer Course


The School of Art & Design at LIT are delighted to offer an intensive one-week summer course to introduce participants to a wide variety of moulding and casting techniques. Each participant will gain an appreciation and understanding of the fundamental elements involved in mould making. Participants will gain experience in the use of various moulding materials and processes and develop proficiencies in creating multiples of an object. They will gain experience in the use of silicone, alginate, wax and plaster casting. Casting strategies and contemporary art practice will be explored to realise a piece to be cast in plaster, wax, jesmonite and resin.

Areas covered in the programme

  • Clay push moulds
  • Latex moulds
  • 2-piece silicone moulds
  • Alginate life casts
  • Vacuum form moulding
  • Resin encapsulation
  • Hollow casting
  • Casting in contemporary art practice
  • Casting in plaster, jesmonite, resin and wax

Entry Requirements

Participants must be 16 years old minimum.

There are no formal academic entry requirements. This programme is suitable for anyone 16 years and over, wishing to learn technical aspects of moulding and casting combined with exploring unconventional applications in creative projects. No previous experience necessary however the programme is also suitable for experienced practitioners who wish to develop proficiencies. Materials will be provided.


There will be no formal examination. A group discussion and feedback on work in progress and final piece presentation will be timetabled. Each participant will create a mould in silicon, alginate and plaster. A cast will be produced in wax, jesmonite and plaster.


An LIT certificate of completion will be issued.

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