HOSP-235: Ice Carving for the Professional

Business, Entrepreneurship, & Professional Development
Hospitality Studies
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Ice Carving for the Professional
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

Demonstrates how to carve ice sculptures in single and multi-block designs, custom-colored logo designs, and functional ice carvings used on culinary food buffets. Offers advanced techniques in the use of hand and power tools.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. The Value of Professional Ice Carving
  2. The Science of Ice
  3. The Sculptor's Tools and Equipment
  4. Safe Practices and Procedures
  5. Adding Colors to the Use of Ice Templates
  6. Preparation of the Ice Carving Area, and Application of Techniques and Fusing
  7. Managing the Ice Studio, and Transportation of Ice
  8. Displaying and Lighting of Ice
  9. Custom Design Techniques, and Special Event Sculpturing
  10. Ice Sculpting Organizations, Competitions, and Festivals
  11. The Business Side of Ice Sculpting
  12. Applying Guidelines to Single-block Freestyle Designs
  13. Time Management of Team Ice Sculptures
  14. Practical Multi-block Techniques on Location
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Apply ice carving techniques using power tools.
  2. Demonstrate proper safety standards with 100% accuracy during ice carving session.
  3. Demonstrate proper chisel control.
  4. Utilize and draw a custom ice design using colors.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to transfer designs using an overhead projector, templates, and free-hand drawings on the ice block.
  6. Sculpt a functional ice liquor luge.
  7. Analyze various ice carving techniques using the National Ice Carving Association Standards for judging, and applying them to the carved ice sculpture.
  8. Demonstrate ice carving techniques using a freestyle ice design.
  9. Apply detailed finishing techniques to ice sculptures.
  10. Sculpt an ice sculpture using a multi-block ice design.

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 (7 x 100 pts each): 700 points
  • Written Final Exam: 100 points
  • Practical Test (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 Sculpturing the Modern Way, by Robert Garlough, Randy Finch, and Derek Maxfield (current edition)

Approval Dates

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