HOSP-145: Ice Carving and Design

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Hospitality Studies
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Ice Carving and Design
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
62.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Explores techniques used to shape, round, and sculpt ice displays with the use of hand and power tools. Also covers safety procedures related to ice handling; tools and equipment used in carving; qualities of the ice; and proper care and sharpening of tools. Final project involves carving an ice sculpture from a single block of ice.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. The Value of Professional Ice Carving
  2. Composition of Ice
  3. Art and Science in Carving
  4. Tools of the Trade
  5. Safety Techniques
  6. Area Preparation and Application of Techniques
  7. Single-block Carving
  8. Finishing Techniques
  9. Storage and Display
  10. Advanced Skills
  11. Multi-block Techniques
  12. Competition and Guidelines
  13. Single-block Buffet Designs
  14. Computers and Templates
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Identify ice-carving equipment and tools.
  2. Demonstrate proper safety standards with 100% accuracy during ice carving session.
  3. Demonstrate proper chisel control.
  4. Utilize and draw a template of an existing ice design to produce an ice sculpture.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to create a design using an overhead projector, templates and free-hand drawing on the ice block.
  6. Safely operate and maintain an electric chain saw.
  7. Analyze various ice carving techniques using the National Ice Carving Association judging criteria.
  8. Demonstrate basic ice carving techniques of rounding, sanding, and straight-cutting on ice.
  9. Apply detailed finishing techniques to ice sculptures.
  10. Create an ice sculpture from a single 300-pound block of ice.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Weekly Workstation Set-Up/Breakdown: 100 points
  • Notebook: 40 points
  • Quizzes (2 x 30 pts each): 60 points
  • Projects (6 x 100 pts each): 600 points
  • Final Exam - Written: 100 points
  • Practical - Ice Show Competition: 100 points
  • Total Possible Points: 1000

Grading Scale:

  • 90% - 100% A
  • 80% - 89% B
  • 70% - 79% C
  • 60% - 69% D
  • 0% - 59% E
General Course Requirements and Recommendations
Clothing required: Waterproof boots, apron or pants, gloves, ear plugs, jacket, and safety glasses
Ice Carving 101, by Michael Jasa and Brench Carlos (current edition)

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date