BA (Hons) Sculpture

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 Sculpture at Camberwell College of Arts encourages active and practical speculation on how far contemporary sculpture as a subject can be defined and expanded. The course allows students to thoroughly explore sculpture in a broader art context, and focuses on making work as well as investigating a full range of sculpting materials.


Course Leader

Matt Franks

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 CodeW130
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content: what students can expect

  • A dynamic studio-based culture, where they rigorously investigate the potential of materials
  • Practical work complemented by a range of activities including seminars, critiques, talks and gallery visits led by course tutors, international practitioners, artists and curators
  • To test how your artworks are installed, received and understood by participating in an external exhibition with students from across Camberwell’s Fine Art programme
  • To consider what a ‘socially engaged’ art practice might be, and reflect on how artworks operate in the world and are received by specific audiences
  • In your third year, students have the opportunity to choose between a dissertation, a work placement or live project, such as setting up an artist run space
  • Fine Art lecture series open to all Camberwell undergraduate students studying Drawing, Painting, Photography and Sculpture


By retaining single subject degrees in Fine Art at undergraduate level, Camberwell offers students the chance to study Painting, Sculpture, Photography and Drawing in-depth, 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 1

  • Unit 1: Introduction to study in Higher Education - Fine Art
  • Unit 2: Defining the subject - what is Sculpture?
  • Unit 3: Critical context and reflective practice
  • Unit 4: Exploring subject possibilities - materiality

Year 2

  • 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 3 

  • 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, digital portfolio)
  • Unit 10: Individual programme of study

Work experience and opportunities

BA Sculpture students have the opportunity to exhibit their work at external venues in London. Previous spaces have included Shoreditch Town Hall and The Biscuit Factory in Southwark.

Students have the chance to take part in an exchange programme during their second year, with leading international art schools in New York, Tokyo, Milan, Madrid and Brussels amongst our recent exchanges. 


Matt Franks - Course Leader

Matt Franks’ monumental sculptures perversely celebrate consumer anxiety, media mis-consumption and beta-male neuroses. Taking cues from video games, sci-fi films, comic books and other channels of masculine frustration, Franks’ ridiculously exaggerated totems are made from Styrofoam, spray cement before flocking and applying cheap, nasty faux finishing.

Read Matt Franks' full biography


Fine Art Contextual Studies Staff

Recent Visitors have included:


BA Sculpture graduates include four artists represented in the Saatchi Collection's British Art in the Nineties exhibition, Turner Prize nominee Cathy de Monchaux as well as many more who are now successfully working in studio practice. 

Our students have also taken placements with AB Foundry, Engineered Arts, Horniman Museum, Royal National Theatre and Tate Britain, while many others continue their practice on postgraduate programmes at the Royal College of Art, Royal Academy and the Slade.

BA Sculpture alumni have worked with galleries including Stephen Friedman Gallery, White Cube, the Royal Festival Hall as well as for artists such as Cerith Wyn Evans, Angus Fairhirst and Anthony Gormley.


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

  • Your portfolio should include visual research you have conducted, contextual statements, sketchbooks and any supporting material made in the development of your work
  • It is important to carefully edit and select the contents of your portfolio so that you can discuss your working methods and decisions
  • If you include video work it should be presented by still images in a story board format

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 - W130

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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