- Start dateOctober 2018
- Course length2 years (extended full time)
MA Visual Arts: Book Arts
MA Book Arts at Camberwell College of Arts focuses on debates concerning the cultural, creative and individual functions of the book.
The course engages with aspects of the book such as sequence, poetry, structure and materials; encompassing printed multiples and sculptural one-offs.
Content: what students can expect
- To develop a project from proposal to final exhibition
- To research content, materials and technical skills, then produce written and practical work exploring a subject in relationship to contemporary practice
- Support and supervision throughout the course from specialist academic staff in workshops, individual tutorials, seminars and lectures
- Staff and student-led seminars to help promote debate, and work-in-progress sessions that allow for supportive critique
- To develop research skills, professional practice and an understanding of the wider context of book arts as an area of fine art and design practice
- A shared lecture programme across the Visual Arts courses that draw upon the richness of research across Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges
- To get involved in artists book fairs and visit special collections in London such as the Tate and the National Art Library at the V&A Museum
- Students also have the chance to explore the expanded book in a display or installation by showing their work in public exhibitions
- To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities section
Extended Full-Time Study Mode
The MA is taught over two years in six blocks of 10 weeks. Extended Full-Time mode is a hybrid of part time and full time study.
By teaching in this mode we aim to give our students the opportunity to benefit from undertaking a full time Masters degree while also pursuing and sustaining other commitments such as part-time employment, gaining other experience in the creative industries or maintaining care responsibilities.
Unit One - Research, Development and Practice
Students explore, experiment and research to further develop their Project Proposal. The unit introduces you to subject specific issues and topics, research methodologies and techniques. It aims to orientate you and your practice within the course, and to develop your contextual, critical and research skills at the onset of your MA learning.
Unit Two - Reflection and Presentation
Resolution and presentation of students' work according to their Project Proposal. A symposium will provide the opportunity to present their research and provide further peer feedback. Students' practice at this stage should synthesise their practical, conceptual and professional abilities and they will be expected to consider their future practice, audience and context of their work in contemporary practice.
The intention and context of students' work will inform their decisions they will take regarding a final exhibition. Students' will also be expected to work collaboratively with their peers to actively plan, organise and install an exhibition as part of their continued Personal and Professional Development.
Learning and teaching methods
- Blogs and wikis
- Collaborative projects
- Lectures, seminars and tutorials
- Peer-lead events, critical engagement and feedback
- Personal and professional development
- Personal projects
- Research methods
- Study visits
- Workshop inductions
- Contextual and evaluative writing
- Project proposal
- Reflective journal
- Research portfolio
- Writing on critical practice - including blogs
How to apply
All applicants can apply for this course using our online application form.
The home / EU deadline is midday, Tuesday 31 July 2018.
There is no deadline for international applications. Students should apply as early as possible.
Further information about the application process
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
- Personal details
- Current and/or previous education and qualification details
- Employment history
- Personal statement
Once you have submitted the form you will be emailed a link to upload your portfolio.
The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.
- BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
- Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
- Personal statement
- Portfolio of work
English language requirements
All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:
- IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
This should be about 500 words long and include:
- Your reasons for choosing the course
- Your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans
- If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience
- Approximately 10 to 20 images of your work that provide a good overview of your creative practice
- Show a selection of your work that is relevant to your application. This can include both finished work and examples of your research and development
- For video, sound or web based work please provide links
- Where appropriate include captions or short explanations that give context for your work. If you have worked on any group projects explain your role
- Provide indications of the size and media used. If you are invited for interview you will need to show original work
At interview and portfolio review
We look for:
- An interest and involvement in visual arts
- Demonstrable skills in your existing practice
- The ability and capacity for self-reflection
- Ambition and research interest
- Aspiration for a higher level of practice
- Quality of work
Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative MA or Graduate Diploma course at Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.
This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
£4,250 per year (Extended Full Time - 2017/18 fees).
£10,110 per year (Extended Full Time - 2017/18 fees).
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.
Careers and alumni
Our MA Book Arts graduates typically go on to careers as book artists, curators, freelance designers, workshop leaders and teachers, with some now working at the National Art Library as well as Ewha Women's University in Seoul.
Successful alumni from this course have also won prizes including the Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Craft Council Development Awards, the Seoul Book Fair Prize and the London Book Fair Prize.