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.

Facts

Course Director

Susan Johanknecht

Course Location

Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length2 years (Extended Full Time)
Home/EU Fee

£4,125 per year (Extended Full Time - 2016/17 fees).

Fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

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International Fee

£9,720 per year (Extended Full Time - 2016/17 fees).

Fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

 

Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term Dates5 September - 11 November 2016
Spring Term Dates9 January - 17 March 2017
Summer Term Dates15 May - 21 July 2017
Application DeadlineHome / EU - Monday 1 August 2016
International - No deadline, but students are advised to apply as early as possible

Content and structure

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, John Latham’s Flat Time House 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

Structure

Unit One – Research, Development and Practice

Students will explore, experiment and research to further develop their Project Proposals. This unit introduces students to pathway specific issues and topics, research methodologies and techniques. It aims to orientate students and their practice within the course, and develop their contextual, critical and research skills at the onset of their 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.

Staff

Susan Johanknecht - Course Director

Susan Johanknecht studied English Literature at the University of Vermont, and Fine Art specialising in printmaking at Central Saint Martins. Her work focuses on the development and production of artists’ books under the imprint of Gefn Press.

Johanknecht's writing has appeared in HOW(2) internet journal of Contemporary and Innovative Writing by Women and PORES avant-gardist journal of poetic research.

Her artists’ books are in many collections, including the New York Public Library, Saison Poetry Collection, Tate Library, National Art Library (V&A Museum), Museum of Modern Art, New York, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris and Museum van het Boek, Netherlands.

View Susan Johanknecht's research profile

Staff

Careers

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. 

Alumni

Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Study proposal
  • Portfolio of work
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • IELTS level 6.5 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)

Funding

Use UAL’s scholarship search to find out what funding may be available to you.

How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

Apply now

The deadline for Home / EU applications is Monday 1 August 2016.

There is no deadline for international applications, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you don’t need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Referee details (this course requires two references).

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Study proposal

The study proposal is a statement of approximately 1,000 words describing your current practice. You should include links to referenced text or images where appropriate. It should also describe how you will develop a self-directed programme of work and related research whilst at Camberwell College of Arts.

When writing your proposal you are not expected to have complete answers to all your questions.

However, you should be able to:

  • Examine your knowledge and experience in relation to your proposed project
  • Identify questions and areas that you do not know about
  • Demonstrate how you intend to tackle these questions and areas

How to structure a study proposal

Each of the following sections should be approximately 250 words.

Introduction

  • Briefly describe your work
  • Outline recent developments
  • Identify those aspects you would like to take further at MA level

Development

Describe specific areas, issues and critical ideas that are central to your area of interest.

Methods

  • How will you go about researching your area of interest?  
  • Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography etc.

Resources

Are there resources or equipment that you need to access in order for you to successfully engage in your research?

Portfolio

Please note, you can submit text and as many website links as you need to, but the portfolio form does not allow you to upload files.

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