BA (Hons) Painting

Places available 2016/17

This course has places available for international applicants. View the Apply section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2016/17 entry, including others available at Camberwell College of Arts, visit the Places available page.

BA Painting at Camberwell College of Arts encourages students to embrace the possibilities for continued reinvention of this medium, while also looking to painting’s long and rich history for inspiration.


Course Leader

Daniel Sturgis

Course Location

Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (2016/17)

Please note that fees for the 2nd and any subsequent years is subject to inflationary increase. 

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17). 

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


Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September - Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January - Friday 17 March 2017
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April - Friday 23 June 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for international applicants only for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeW120
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content: what students can expect

  • To study the practice of painting, its history, culture and contemporary position, as part of Camberwell's Fine Art programme
  • To make work and discuss it through individual tutorials, group and cross-course critiques, and seminars in a specialist studio environment
  • To study the methods and materials of painting through practical workshops and demonstrations by artists, technicians and conservators, working with our partners across London such as Dulwich Picture Gallery and Tate Conservation
  • To have access to workshops in printmaking, photography, film and moving image, wood and metalwork and digital facilities, to enable our students to think of painting in its’ most expanded form and its relationship to other art forms
  • To participate in subject specific and cross course contextual studies programmes, to enable our students to have the critical knowledge and theoretical and historical understanding of contemporary Fine Art practice
  • To have the option to choose between a final year dissertation or practical work placement or live project
  • To test how paintings and artworks are installed, received and understood professionally by participating in an external exhibition and collaborating with your peers across the Fine Art programme in the development and implementation of other external group projects 
  • To attend both a programme wide Fine Art lecture series and subject specific lectures, seminars and subject-specific field trips

Specific BA Painting workshops will encourage our students to explore:

  • The properties, uses and best practice when working with traditional oil and acrylic paints, as well as non conventional artists' materials
  • How contemporary artists use Old Master processes and techniques
  • How contemporary and historic painters have used and understood colour within their artworks


Camberwell offers students the chance to study in-depth Painting, Sculpture, Photography and Drawing, while still enabling students to access cross-course teaching and facilities, as well as work with their peers in other Fine Art areas.

All undergraduate Fine Art students at Camberwell attend cross-course crits and tutorials throughout their course, even though they are primarily based in their own subject areas.

Year One

  • Unit 1: Introduction to study in Higher Education - Fine Art
  • Unit 2: Defining the subject - What is Painting
  • Unit 3: Critical context and reflective practice
  • Unit 4: Exploring subject possibilities - Signs of Painting

Year Two

  • Unit 5: Options - Extended contexts
  • Unit 6: Presentation and exhibition
  • Unit 7: Defining a context for your work
  • Unit 8: Social engagement and collaborative practice

Year Three

  • Unit 9 - part 1: Context - Dissertation, work placement or live project
  • Unit 9 - part 2: Personal and professional development - Portfolio, includes contextual statement, evaluative report and digital portfolio
  • Unit 10: Individual programme of study

Work experience and opportunities

All our students have the opportunity and are supported in exhibiting their work in external venues in London. BA Painting students also take part in the European Hans Brinker Painting Prize in Amsterdam. 

During the second year all our students have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of seminars and workshops hosted by a variety of external arts organisations. 

Students have the opportunity to take part in UAL's Erasmus and International exchange programme. Recent BA Painting students have spent part of their study with partner institutions in Leipzig, Madrid, Marseille, Milan, New York and Tokyo.  

In the third year all students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement, instead of a written dissertation of practical live project. Students have worked alongside well established artists, such as Richard Wentworth or David Batchelor. Others have worked within educational or curatorial institutions, such as Tate or Chisenhale Gallery, or within a specialist area such as a foundry or paint manufacturer.


Daniel Sturgis - Course Leader, Reader in Painting

Camberwell's Fine Art Programme Director Daniel Sturgis is an artist and curator whose idiosyncratic, painterly language infuses formalism’s rigorous traditions of visual intellect and craftsmanship with contemporary pop references and casual aesthetics.

Proposing new possibilities for the relevance and vitality of painting in the post-painting age, Sturgis’ off-beat geometric arrangements reinvest the optimistic and visionary qualities of modernism in contemporary compositions. Humorous, media savvy and hierarchically democratic, Sturgis’ works advance the legacy of 20th century abstraction for 21st century values and sensibilities.

Read Daniel Sturgis's full biography


Fine Art Contextual Studies Staff

Recent Visitors have included:


Many BA Painting graduates have successfully progressed onto postgraduate fine art in the United Kingdom (UK), Europe and the United States of Amercia. Others have gone on to undertake teacher training qualifications or study art history, theory or writing courses.

Recent alumni have been selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, the Jerwood Painting Fellowship, Saatchi New Sensations, the Turner Prize, the Woon Art Prize (Baltic) and the Young Masters Art Prize. 

Graduates regularly exhibit their work professionally within London and internationally and have set up studios throughout the UK and internationally. 


Entry Requirements

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work and personal statements.

Applicants will have, or are expected to achieve, either:

  • A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • 1 GCE A Level
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above


  • BTEC Extended Diploma or NVQ Level 3
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above


  • University of the Arts London level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • 4 GCSEs grade C or above


  • International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above 
  • An equivalent level of performance in other internationally recognised national school leaving or university entrance qualifications


  • Other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements 

In exceptional circumstances, applicants may be considered if they present a portfolio of equivalent standard to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and have:

  • 2 GCE A Levels
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

Where conditional offers are made to GCE A Level applicants these will normally be at grade C or above.

English Language Requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English isn't a students' first language they must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • An ability to explore, articulate and develop ideas
  • An ability to research information and visual material to support your ideas
  • Your portfolio to demonstrate a range of appropriate skills and technical abilities 
  • An ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • An ability to self-direct and evaluate your own work 

Portfolio advice

  • The portfolio will reflect your interest and understanding of Fine Art
  • It should include both self-directed work and project work, and give a strong indication of your passion and enthusiasm for the subject
  • Portfolios can include work in any medium
  • It is a good idea to include work books which help us to see your working process and indicate your developing research interests and influences
  • Wherever possible please bring examples of actual paintings you have made

Home / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited for interview.

Interviews will take place between the following dates:

  • 15 - 19 February 2016
  • 22 - 26 February 2016
  • 14 - 18 March 2016

International applicants

Interviews and portfolio reviews - applicants can be interviewed in a number of different ways: 

  • By phone
  • In their country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives 
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts



Home / EU applicants

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W120

International applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:

To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international undergraduate application form and send this, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents, to the address below.

Download International Undergraduate application form [PDF, 185 KB]

International Office
Chelsea College of Arts 
16 John Islip Street

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application from both Home / EU and International applicants.

Study Abroad applicants

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course for a period of up to three terms. 

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section

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