MA Visual Arts: Fine Art Digital

MA Fine Art Digital at Camberwell College of Arts focuses on art that engages with, uses and is impacted by the digital. This course doesn’t focus on technology but presents it as a tool to facilitate ideas, placing emphasis upon its creative and artistic use. Our MA in Fine Art Digital is offered both as a studio based course and an online course.

Facts

Course Leader

Jonathan Kearney

Course Location

Camberwell College of Arts

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

£4,250 per year (Extended Full Time - 2017/18 fees).

£4,250 per year (Online - 2017/18 fees).

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.

International Fee

£10,110 per year (Extended Full Time - 2017/18 fees).

£8,945 per year (Online - 2017/18 fees).

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 DateOctober 2017
Autumn Term DatesMonday 2 October - Friday 8 December 2017
Spring Term DatesMonday 8 January - Friday 16 March 2018
Summer Term DatesMonday 14 May - Friday 20 July 2018
Application DeadlineHome / EU - Monday 31 July 2017.
International - No deadline, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.

Content and structure

Content: what students can expect

  • To blur and break the boundaries between traditional Fine Art disciplines such as painting, sculpture and printmaking as well as exploring the space created by the digital
  • Their programme of work to be supported by specialist academic staff in workshops, individual tutorials and seminars
  • A shared lecture programme across the Visual Arts courses that draw upon the richness of research across Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges
  • The chance to get involved in projects, seminars and presentations across the University and at other institutions that have previously included the V&A, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, FACT in Liverpool, onedotzero as well as international galleries in China and Brazil
  • To take part in a unique final exhibition, combining work from our students in London with that of our online students around the world at the end of the course

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.

Online Study Mode

This mode allows students to study MA Fine Art Digital wherever they are in the world. Weekly chat sessions create a highly effective group dynamic, and a supportive yet challenging community of practice quickly develops. This mode offers students a uniquely flexible way to study, as they’re able to combine studying with employment or any other commitments.

During the two-year course, students also have the option of taking up 3 two-week residencies that can include workshops, visits, discussions, lectures and access to our extensive facilities for the making and exhibiting of work.

Staff

Jonathan Kearney - Course Director 

Jonathan Kearney has extensive experience of exhibiting his work worldwide, with recent exhibitions having been seen in China, Brazil and London, as well as teaching in a variety of settings. 

For nine years, Kearney has pioneered the opportunity to study a Fine Art masters course online. This innovative approach to learning is backed by his research and experimentation, which shows how digital tools can enhance both learning and art practice.

Staff

The following are all visiting lecturers:

Careers

Camberwell’s MA Fine Art Digital graduates go on to work in a wide range of settings, with many now self employed and regularly exhibiting their work in galleries, festivals or running their own creative businesses. 

Other alumni work in the wider creative industries as creative directors, designers, photographers, videographers or educationalists. The expanding role of the digital is transforming all creative work and creating new opportunities that could scarcely be imagined just a few years ago.

Alumni

Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • Portfolio of work
  • Study plan

If English isn’t your first language

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

IELTS Academic Test for UKVI is approved by the UK government for your UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. No other test can be accepted. It is accepted as proof of your English language ability. 

Portfolio advice

  • 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 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

Study Plan

The study plan is a statement of approximately 800 words describing your current practice and an opportunity for you to explore potential areas that you want to develop in your studies. 

The plan is the starting point for discussions about your postgraduate studies and will evolve during the time you study with us.

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

However, you should be able to:

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

How to structure a study plan

You should include links to referenced text or images where appropriate. 

Each of the following sections should be approximately 200 words.

Introduction

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

Development

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

Methods

How will you go about exploring your area of interest?  

Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography.

Resources

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

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

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview and should bring their portfolio.

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.

Funding

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

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

How to apply

Home / EU deadline is Monday 31 July 2017.

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

You can apply for this course using our online application form.

Extended Full Time:

Apply for Extended Full Time

Online mode:

Apply for Online mode

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

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

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form you will receive a confirmation email.

From January 2017 you will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

  • Portfolio of work
  • Study plan

The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.

Please note:

We will send you emails throughout the application process that will contain important information about your application. Please check your inbox.

We will contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents. For example, your english language certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas.

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