• CollegeCSM
  • Start dateSeptember 2017
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW100

BA (Hons) Fine Art

Applications closed 2017/18
Applications for 2017/18 entry to this course have now closed. Visit the UAL Clearing page for a full list of courses that are open for application.

Artists create the cultural resources of our shared future. We recognise the breadth and diversity of social, political, cultural, economic and technological contexts of contemporary art. BA Fine Art will challenge you to develop an experimental practice within the context of an internationally renowned course. You will work within one of 4 pathways, 2D, 3D, 4D and XD, offering you a practice-based approach to technical, conceptual, historical and critical contexts. This will provide you with the skills and knowledge to define and innovate within your chosen cultural and artistic field.

This course is part of the Art Programme. 

Great reasons to apply

  • The dimensional pathway structure is unique to CSM. The course offers students an interdisciplinary context whilst the pathways give a perspective to explore specific practices
  • You’ll get the chance to go on international exchanges, in countries around the world. The course has an international outlook with a diverse multicultural community of practice
  • Take part in external projects that provide experience of art practice outside Central Saint Martins. Recent external projects include work with the Camden Art Centre, The Freud Museum, Tate Modern, The Wellcome Foundation, British Library and the British Museum
  • At the end of your second year you can take a one year Diploma in Professional Studies as part of your BA Fine Art course. You will get the opportunity to do a range of work placements that relate to your professional interests and aspirations. You could be working in a gallery, museum, theatre, in education or an artist's studio both in this country and internationally
  • Recent high-profile graduate success include Laure Prouvost (Turner Prize winner 2013 and winner of the Max Mara Prize for Women 2011), Ed Atkins (Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award winner 2012) and Emily Wardill (Winner of the Jarman Award 2010).

Course Patron for BA Fine Art:

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Meet the Course Leader, Mick Finch

<b>Conall McAteer, alum</b>

CSM is a hugely renowned institution for a variety of creative subjects. I had always wanted to pursue art after A-Level and there was no other place I even contemplated going to.

Conall McAteer, alum

Fine Art on Instagram

  • Graduate MRes Moving Image 2017 Clara Boulard is announced as the AER 2017 Resident at Associzione Culturale dello Scompiglio in Tuscany Italy The UAL Art for the Environment International Artist Residency Programme (AER) was launched in 2015 by member of the UAL Research Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) and UAL Chair of Art and the Environment Professor Lucy Orta and coordinated by CSF Associate Curator Camilla Palestra. Within this context, the resident will be invited to explore and reflect on the concept of life-cycles, from a social, anthropological, philosophical or environmental perspective, as part of a two-year programme launched by the Associazione Culturale dello Scompiglio in 2017. A Two-week residency With free accommodation and self-catering http://www.delloscompiglio.org/it/cultura/2017/clara-boulard.html @csm_news #claraboulard
  • We Are Humans 3D scan, CYMK Screen Print, Acrylic on canvas 120 x 120 cm Marco Pantaleoni, MA Fine Art student shortlisted for the Lumens Prize student prize We Are Humans is a portrait of an individual, a man. He is seen through the eye of technology which visually interprets human forms, capturing qualities often hidden or unseen by the human eye. Using a motion sensing capture as 3D scanner and digital 3D modelling to render human forms, I like to express the surprising mystery of the digital uncanny; distortions, errors and glitches reveal the imperfection of the surface, but still let the intimate essence of the character be expressed. @lumen_prize @csm_news
  • 'The desire to stay in the sun' Fabio Dartizio MA Fine Art student shortlisted for the Lumen Prize see lumen prize.com the global @lumen_prize Web-Based Award The Lumen Prize celebrates the very best art created digitally @csm_news @csm_ma_2017
  • Lisa Pettibone. MA Art & Science student has een shortlisted for the National Open Art Prize. In addition to other prizes this year, there is a public World Art Vote prize. The name of Lisa's printed paper sculpture is Temporal View 2, and the deadline for voting is end of August. http://www.nationalopenart.org/page.php/World-Art-Vote-6/. @csm_news @csm_ma_2017
  • In a disposable, capitalist society where old values have been replaced by the pursuit of happiness through consumerism, how do cultural institutions survive? For her upcoming exhibition, current MA Art and Science student Maria Teresa Chadwick, invites us to reflect on the value we give to culture and how we can preserve it. The Fragility of Culture in a Disposable World Exhibition 25 AUGUST - 14 SEPTEMBER | LEEDS CENTRAL LIBRARY ROOM 700
  • Graduate MA Fine Art 2017 : Dejan Mrdja Shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 JERWOOD DRAWING PRIZE 2017: The First Prize of £8,000, Second Prize of £5,000 and two Student Awards of £2,000 each, will be announced and awarded at the preview on 12 September 2017. . Dejan Mrdja also won the Red Mansion Art Prize 2017 #jerwooddrawing #dejanmrdja @csm_news
  • Graduate MA Fine Art 2017 : Dejan Mrdja Shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2017 JERWOOD DRAWING PRIZE 2017: The First Prize of £8,000, Second Prize of £5,000 and two Student Awards of £2,000 each, will be announced and awarded at the preview on 12 September 2017. A new prize – The Evelyn Williams Drawing Award, worth £10,000 – will also be awarded to an artist selected for the 2017 exhibition. The Award will support an individual artist with a significant track record to develop and realise a body of drawings for a new solo exhibition. http://www.dejanmrdja.net/ http://www.jerwoodvisualarts.org/projects/jerwood-drawing-prize-2017/ @csm_news @csm_bafa @jerwood_gallery
  • Agathe Reille studied MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. Now in its fifth year, Anise Gallery’s Summer Graduate Show has gained a reputation for highlighting the best emerging talent from London’s art schools. Agathe's practice is influenced by fractured narratives derived from reproducing a sense of place in past, present and future moments. Merging painting and photography, Agathe’s work combines her own memories with those of the viewer in blurred, ambiguous compositions. SUMMER GRADUATE SHOW 2017 OPENING NIGHT 10 AUGUST 2017. @anisegallery @csm_news @csm_ma_2017 @csm_bafa. @agathereille
  • TONIGHT. Private View The Crypt Gallery Euston Road. 6-9 pm One Summer Night. Open 26 July to 2 August. CSM graduated in collaboration with RCA artist a collective exhibition All welcome. @csm_news @csm_bafa @thecryptgallery
  • Emma Hart Installation View 1 - Photo Thierry Bal Amazing night at the opening of Emma Hart’s exhibition at the Whitechapel Max Mara Art Prize for Women Emma Hart: Mamma Mia! 12 July – 3 September 2017 The Whitechapel Gallery presents a new large-scale installation by London-based artist Emma Hart (b. 1974) for the sixth edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. The commission is the result of the artist’s six month bespoke residency which started in June 2016 and was divided between three Italian cities: Milan, Todi and Faenza. Mamma Mia! is the culmination of an investigation into pattern, from visual patterns to patterns of psychological behaviour. The work also looks at the design and rupture of pattern and the ruminations in between. The exhibition travels to Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia on 15 October 2017 and is presented as part of an exhibition of Hart’s new work at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh in spring 2018. The Max Mara Art Prize for Women is a collaboration between the Collezione Maramotti, Max Mara and the Whitechapel Gallery. @csm_news @csm_bafa @csminnovation
  • BAFine Art tutor Emma Hart opens at the Whitechapel tomorrow. Max Mara Art Prize for Women Emma Hart: Mamma Mia! 12 July – 3 September 2017 The Whitechapel Gallery presents a new large-scale installation by London-based artist Emma Hart (b. 1974) for the sixth edition of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women. The commission is the result of the artist’s six month bespoke residency which started in June 2016 and was divided between three Italian cities: Milan, Todi and Faenza. Mamma Mia! is the culmination of an investigation into pattern, from visual patterns to patterns of psychological behaviour. The work also looks at the design and rupture of pattern and the ruminations in between. The exhibition travels to Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia on 15 October 2017 and is presented as part of an exhibition of Hart’s new work at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh in spring 2018. The Max Mara Art Prize for Women is a collaboration between the Collezione Maramotti, Max Mara and the Whitechapel Gallery. @csm_news @csm_bafa @whitechapelgallery @emma.hart_ #emmahart #whitechapelgallery
  • Hannah Scott MA Art & Science graduate 2017 What Goes Around Comes Around (2016-) My creative practice explores ways of visualising and communicating climate change and is inspired by a fusion of my interests in science, nature and travel. During the MA, I began the ongoing project What Goes Around Comes Around (2016-). It explores the relationship between consumer lifestyle in Britain and the Arctic environment, with particular focus on the impact of plastic waste. It challenges audiences to question the impact of their own lifestyle choices, central to this is an exploration of the ways art can effectively communicate scientific and environmental issues without being didactic or overly moralistic. @artsciencecsm @hannahscott
  • Huge congratulations to MA Art and Science graduate Hannah Scott for winning a NOVA award yesterday! Hannah's work explores ways of visualising and communicating climate change. Her project 'What Goes Around Comes Around' focuses on the impact of plastic waste from Britain on the Arctic environment and addresses issues related to the Anthropocene, identity, legacy and loss. The project will continue in October when Hannah joins an art / science expedition to Svalbard to form a new body of work and to collect land and air samples on behalf of Dr Stephanie Wright, research fellow at Kings College London leading research into the impact of microplastics on the environment and human health. Five winners were awarded NOVAs from across the CSM degree shows. Congratulations to all - very well deserved http://mullenlowegroup.com/nova/2017-winners/
  • MA Fine Art alumni is in a show ’Touching the Void’ at Crate Margate (as part of the Margate Festival) http://www.cratespace.co.uk Showing a lot of new work He is a current recipient of an Artists International Development Grant from the Arts Council England/British Council. @csm_news @mjhumphreysart @cratestudios #margatefestival
  • BA Fine Art year 2 project PRACTICEXCHANGE 2017 This project offers BA Fine Art second year students the opportunity to work with third year students studying Performance; Design and Practice at CSM, culminating in a series of public events in the Platform Theatre. Students initially learn about each other’s practices through presentations of work. There was no theme this year except to look at a literary work called Aliens & Anorexia (2013) by Chris Kraus; in this passage Kraus looks at theatre and art as a parallel activity and explores multiple dialogues. PracticeXchange provides an insight into theatre production management, music, set design, costume, direction, sound, lighting, press and publicity; working in an environment where health and safety is rigorously built into theatre lore, through its rituals, etiquette, conduct and procedure. Gaining insights into the mechanics and terminology of each of these disciplines students work collaboratively with their peers and theatre technicians. @csm_news @csm_bafa
  • The third film: : La Bicicleta, El Violin A poetic portrait of a Cuban violinist and European cyclist’s urge to strive forward against the odds. Nicolas Canal’s film takes us through a windswept mountain landscape”. https://www.nowness.com/series/luxury-x-sustainability/la-bicicleta-el-violin-nicolas-canal. @csm_news @csm_bafa
  • Film 'Cycle of Pleasure'. Student Directors Julie Schroer, Carla Benzing and Steffen Wendt Andrea offer a light-hearted look at the consumer cycle, from the moment of creation to the moment of use. For our series made in partnership Nowness LVMH and CSM, students delve into ideas of luxury, sustainability and the intersection of where the two meet. @csm_maphoto @csm_news https://www.nowness.com/series/luxury-x-sustainability/cycle-of-pleasure
  • Tom Cardew and Katarina Rankovic. Nowness film commission in collaboration with LVMH. Art to Artillery. In this film, students Katarina Rankovic and Thomas Cardew direct and star in a fictional profile of Michie and Brian Rochechilde, a duo of West Sussex designers who have very particular ideas about sustainability. @csm_news @marinetanguyart @csm_ma_2017. The film, released in May 2017, is available on the Nowness video channel as part of three films realised by Central Saint Martins students. Following the announcement of a new sustainable innovation initiative funded by the LVMH group in partnership with CSM, the films take on ideas surrounding the relationship between luxury and sustainability in three very different ways @alexschady
  • Meanwhile in NYC We won the Biodesign Challenge ! Congratulations Liv Bargman (@artsciencecsm) and Nina Cutler (@materialfutures) ! our CSM team @HeatherABarnett @artsciencecsm
  • CSM graduate artist. Alketa Xhafa Mripa Refugee Artist turns 800 guestbook comments on migration from 1 year UK tour into ArtWork. TOMORROW. After a year touring, Refugees Welcome mobile art installation that has toured the UK from June 2016 offering ‘tea with a refugee’ in the back of a Luton tail lift van, will make its last London stop at Southbank Centre on Saturday 24 June 2017 for Refugee Week (19-24 June). @csm_news @csm_bafa @southbankcebtre @___alketa.
         

Course detail

BA Fine Art is part of the Fine Art programme. It provides broad pathway options in 2D, 3D, 4D and XD practice. These create a focus for sustained critical engagement, enabling both specialisation and interdisciplinary communities of practice.

The degree course:

  • Offers the opportunity to take a one year Diploma in Professional Studies between Stages 2 and 3 of the BA programme, involving a 20 week work placement
  • Promotes experimental, investigative and historically, theoretically and critically informed approaches to art making
  • Develops negotiation, management and team skills through external projects, alternative spaces and site-specific opportunities
  • Is proactively taught through a wide range of events, led by a highly research-active staff team practising professionally across diverse media, supported by guest speakers and expert technicians
  • Develops a wide range of specialist and transferable skills including research, planning, documentation, evaluative writing, visual and verbal presentation
  • Offers a richly diverse international and multicultural community of practice, with opportunities for international exchanges 
  • Connects with numerous galleries, museums and cultural centres in London, providing a wide range of resources and opportunities
  • Progressively increases individual responsibility for learning and development of professional identity, offering choices of perspectives in final year to support theoretical research and practice-based directions.

The BA Fine Art programme runs for 90 weeks full time over three years. It is divided into three Levels (or Stages).

Each Stage is 30 weeks. The programme is credit-rated at 360 credits, with 120 credits at each Level (Stage).

Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications the Levels for a BA are: Level 4 (Stage 1 of the programme), Level 5 (Stage 2) and Level 6 (Stage 3).

There's a progression point at the end of each Level and, in order to progress, all Units of the preceding Level must normally have been passed.

If you're unable to continue on the programme, a Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) will normally be offered following the successful completion of Level 4, or a Diploma in Higher Education following the successful completion of Level 5.

To gain a BA (Honours), students must successfully complete 360 credits. The final award consists of marks from Level 6 units only, weighted according to their credits.

Course outline

As well as studio practice, the BA Fine Art programme takes the form of lectures, seminars and assignments undertaken in a sequence of distinct Units. Your study of fine art follows one of four broad pathways, described below. All pathways involve studio practice, critical and theoretical studies, and personal and professional development. For all pathways and practice, students develop appropriate levels of research, initiative and responsibility in order to propose and implement their own programme of study.

The BA Fine Art programme is practice-based and focuses on making and the development of ideas that constitute your artistic production. 'Production' takes place in many ways and places, including studios, workshops and off-site locations. In participating you benefit not only from the formal input of tutors but also from an informal interaction with peers, and an awareness of their development, within a shared environment. 'Studio practice' can mean site-specific work, film and video, live performance or installation as well as work actually made in 'a studio'.

2D pathway (art practice in two dimensions, for example - painting, printmaking and photography)

2D explores how making is informed by contemporary culture, politics and social forms as much as by questions of the image and abstraction. It considers the screen, the picture plane and surface as fundamental aspects of visual production. Technical inductions are positioned in terms of these questions. In the studio we discuss how diverse disciplines, practices and forms of thought can be mixed.

3D pathway (art practice in three dimensions, for example - sculpture, installation and performance)

3D explores matter, scale, production, material and immaterial form in relation to place and
 audience. Students are inducted into a range of traditional and new 3D technologies, and to the debates surrounding hybrid production processes. The studio is a place where the reading and writing of space can take place and be questioned. 3D challenges a conventional understanding of the studio, the exhibition and institutional spaces.

4D pathway (art practice in four dimensions, for example - film, video, art writing, performance and sound)

4D explores time-based, durational performative, and interdisciplinary practices. Critical and philosophical positions are explored in relation to practice and current ideas such as the post-medium condition, the apparatus of technology and temporality are considered. The Pathway has an experimental approach to the studio and explores how this might challenge conventions of practice. In this context, the ‘open work’ is engaged as a site where collaboration and production take place.

XD (art practice across dimensions, practices, locations and situations)

XD explores the possibilities of not only ‘what does art mean?’ but also ‘what can art do?’ and ‘where can art be?’ The implications of working across different platforms and placing art in particular situations and communities throws into question the rights and responsibilities of the artist in relation to the audience and the environment. The studio is considered as a laboratory where ideas for interventions in the practice of everyday life can be generated.

Critical studies

The Critical studies tutors are fundamental in the delivery of theory within the course. Writing and presentation skills and the ability to articulate practice.

Critical studies supports a student’s theoretical exploration and provides the methodologies and a conceptual framework for developing practice. This takes the form of lectures, seminars tutorials and presentations. The Critical Studies tutors are fundamental in the delivery of Theory within the course. Writing and presentation skills and the ability to articulate practice.

Through stage one and two there are a number of different forms of written submission leading up to the dissertation in stage 3. Teams of critical studies and studio tutors jointly supervise this. The final degree classification is based on the assessment of the stage three units (unit eight dissertation 40 credits and unit nine continuing practice and degree show 80 credits).

Introductory reading suggestions:

Education for Socially Engaged Art: A Materials and Techniques Handbook byPablo Helguera, Jorge Pinto Books 2011

Situation by Clare Doherty, Whitechapel Art Gallery 2009

Out of the Box: The Reinvention of Art 1965-1975 by Carter Ratcliff, Allworth Press 2001

Programme stages

Stage one (level four) provides an introduction from the perspective of your pathway. From the beginning you are introduced to practical skills and processes, research and study skills, critical and discursive approaches. It is diagnostic and exploratory.

Stage two (level five) is a pivotal period of development in which you begin to take increased responsibility for your learning and for self-directed work. There's more emphasis on experiment and risk in developing your ideas, conceptual strategies, research and means of production. This stage also sees a honing of technical skills.

Between stage two and stage three of the BA Fine Art programme there's an option to take a Diploma in Professional Studies. This separate qualification (rated at 120 credits) involves researching, undertaking and reflecting on a 20-week (minimum) placement related to your professional interests and aspirations (e.g. in gallery or educational contexts or working as an artist's assistant). The Diploma provides a valuable opportunity to make professional contacts and to develop your personal employability skills.

Stage three (level six) is a period of realisation that brings together your learning during the degree course as a whole. As well as reflecting your development as a contemporary practitioner it engages you as far as possible with the challenges of personal responsibility and development that a career in the creative professions or further study at Masters level involves.

Critical Studies are embedded into the Units with studio practice and involve investigations into historical and contemporary critical theory through lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent research. You consider the historical and contemporary contexts of art and a broad range of critical debates relating to the form, content, value and meaning of art practices, and produce written assignments, leading to a dissertation in stage three. Balanced with your studio practice, your dissertation focuses on an individual chosen topic and field of research that relates to your practice and locates it within a theoretical framework. It involves the development of a piece of documented research.

Personal and Professional Development is also embedded into the units with studio practice and critical and theoretical studies, helping you focus on generic study skills and orientation and becoming more closely related to your professional direction.

Developing your skills - external activities

Active collaborations involving staff and students embrace key cultural institutions, venues, commercial enterprises and alternative spaces to introduce you to London's varied networks of creative practice. Teaching frequently targets major and specialist galleries and museums in London as research bases.

External projects bring students into collaborative relationships with outside agencies and provide experience and awareness of art practice beyond the college. Recent external projects include work with the Camden Art Centre, The Freud Museum, Tate Modern, The Welcome Foundation, British Library and the British Museum.

There are many collaborative exhibition and project opportunities across the Pathways, within the College and the University and a well-established international study exchange.

Programme specification: BA Fine Art (PDF 127kb)

Industry collaborations

Working with paying clients on live briefs will give you valuable commercial experience which may mean your work being taken forward for production or, if so desired, in the purchase of your intellectual property. All paid projects are conducted within a carefully developed legal framework, which includes student agreements to protect your work and help you realise its commercial value. 

Recent client projects in the Art programme include: Red Mansion Foundation. 

Once you’ve graduated, you may be picked as part of a small team to work on a live creative brief, organised by our Business and Innovation department, under the supervision of an experienced tutor. This can be a valuable first step in working professionally in a chosen discipline and has resulted in graduates being hired by clients.

Facilities

Staff

Programme Director: Alex Schady
Course Leader and Reader: Mick Finch

Pathway Leaders
2D: Mario Rossi
3D: Elizabeth Wright (Fine Art)
4D: John Seth
XD: Anne Eggebert
Joint Leaders; 
Critical Studies: Jon Cairns
Critical Studies: Dr Kate Love

Tutors
2D Pathway: Joey Bryniarska
2D Pathway: Emma Talbot
3D Pathway: Anthony Davies
3D Pathway: Naomi Dines
3D Pathway: Emma Hart
4D Pathway: Hilary Lloyd
4D Pathway: Paul Simon Richards
4D Pathway: Hannah Rickards
4D Pathway: Erika Tan
XD Pathway: Margot Bannerman
XD Pathway: Ben Cain
XD Pathway: Sarah Cole
XD Pathway: Katrina Palmer
Critical Studies: Stuart Elliot

Associate Lecturers
Critical Studies: Dr Owen Parry
Sarah Jones
Helen Robertson
Dan Hays
Mark Waller
Linda Aloysius

Admissions Tutor and Stage 1 Tutor: Lynn Hewett
Diploma in Professional Studies Pathway Leader: Anne-Marie Creamer

 

 

 

How to apply

When to apply

2017/18 entry
Please note, applications for 2017/18 entry for this course are now closed.

2018/19 entry
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.

 

Applying and how your application is considered

You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system.

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS homepage, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your online application form. Central Saint Martins (CSM) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W100
  • There is no 'campus code' for CSM
  • This course does not accept Year 3 entry.

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review tool.  The mini portfolio should be no more than 10 images comprising of your best work showing your skills and thinking. It should include:

  • Sketching
  • Research, preparation and development stage of works as well as final pieces
  • A 250 word statement about your current work in which you may want to refer to artists whose practices you feel have influenced it; you may wish to refer to problems and how you solve them and to the ideas and interests important to the work you are showing us.

Following a review on your mini portfolio, you will either be invited for a full portfolio review or your application will be rejected via UCAS Track.

Full portfolio review

If you have been successful with your mini portfolio, we will invite you to a full portfolio review.  These normally take place at the college in February and March.

If you are unable to attend the full portfolio review in person, you will be asked to submit a FULL portfolio (up to 30 images) through UAL’s online portfolio review tool. Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post.

Please remember:

  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity.
  • Where possible, large or 3-dimensional work should be photographed and scanned
  • Please organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through UCAS track.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry. 

When to apply

2017/18 entry
Please note, applications for 2017/18 entry for this course are now closed.

2018/19 entry
Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.

 

Applying and how your application is considered

International applicants may apply through one of three routes only:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the Applying through UCAS page.

For applicants who want to apply directly to UAL, the direct application form may be found here:

Applications for the academic year 2017/18 will be accepted from November.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

 

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS homepage, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your online application form. Central Saint Martins (CSM) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W100
  • There is no 'campus code' for CSM.
  • This course does not accept Year 3 entry.

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

Immigration history form (For International applications only)

Whether you are applying online or through a UAL representative you will need to complete an Immigration History form.

We will email you an Immigration History form when we receive your application.

You will need to send this back to us, by email, with copies of the following documents:

  • Your passport photo page 
  • Your current visa (if you have one) and any previous UK study visas
  • Your current English language certificate (if you have this)
  • Your academic qualifications (A2, IB, high school diploma, foundation etc. - if completed. Translated into English) 

Please note: If you do not complete and return your Immigration History form we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to attend a full portfolio review OR submit your full portfolio digitally. 

  • If you currently live in the United Kingdom and applying from within the UK, you will be invited attend a full portfolio review at the college between January and March.
  • If you are applying from overseas, you will be asked to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review tool. This means you do not need to attend a full portfolio review in person.
  • Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post.

Please remember:

  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity.
  • Where possible, large or 3-dimensional work should be photographed and scanned
  • Please organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through UCAS track. 

If you applied through one of our overseas representatives, they will tell you the result of your application.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.

Study Abroad applicants

International undergraduate students may apply to join a BA course for a period of up to three terms as a study abroad student. 

Please visit the UAL Study Abroad for details of how to apply to one of our courses or contact the UAL Study Abroad Team central offices for more information:

T: +44 (0)20 7514 2249
E: studyabroad@arts.ac.uk
W: UAL Study Abroad

 

Entry requirements

Selection is determined by the quality of the application, indicated primarily in your portfolio of work and written statements. A very high proportion of successful applicants complete a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Minimum entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have achieved, or be expected to achieve, the course entry requirements detailed below:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • A pass in 1 GCE A level
  • Passes at GCSE level in 3 other subjects (grade C or above)

This educational level may be demonstrated by possession of equivalent qualifications; e.g. International Baccalaureate or High School Diploma.

Applicants may be considered exceptionally on the evidence submitted in the application form (personal statement, work experience, reference), if they present a portfolio of equivalent standard to a one-year Foundation course in art and design and have achieved, or expect to achieve:

  • Passes in 2 GCE A Levels (grade C or above)
  • Passes at GCSE level in 3 other subjects (grade C or above)

Additionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may also still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might be demonstrated by, for example: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is:

IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent.

For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Visa and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements.  

What we look for

What we look for 

We're interested in students who are prepared to question and to take a critical perspective and who show potential to develop as innovative artists.

Selection criteria

We select applicants according to your potential and current ability to: 

Work imaginatively and creatively in visual media

  • engage with experimentation and invention
  • show imagination and ambition in proposals for your work

Demonstrate a range of skills and technical abilities

  • show personal commitment to skill development
  • engage with materials and processes

Provide evidence of intellectual enquiry within your work

  • demonstrate relevant research
  • reflect critically on your learning

Demonstrate cultural awareness and/or contextual framework of your work

  • identify historical and contemporary art practices
  • identify social and/or cultural influences on your work

Articulate and communicate intentions clearly

  • demonstrate appropriate and effective communication skills
  • present your work appropriately and effectively

Indicate the relevance of BA Fine Art to your personal development

  • develop your own ideas beyond set project briefs
  • show willingness to work both collaboratively and independently
  • reflect your knowledge of this degree course

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£9,250 (2017/18). 

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£17,920 (2017/18).

Additional costs

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.

Accommodation

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.

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Careers and alumni

BA Fine Art students leave with a broad and valuable understanding of fine art practice. Skills acquired enable graduates to become versatile practitioners in exciting and diverse contexts.

Many BA Fine Art graduates work as artists, or pursue art-related careers as curators, critics or teachers. Others work in graphics, IT, media, film, fashion and advertising.

BA Fine Art graduates often go on to postgraduate study, progressing to a wide range of Masters subjects that include fine art, philosophy, film, communication, landscape architecture, art history, gallery and museum studies, literature and broadcast journalism.

Recent BA Fine Art alumni activity demonstrates the breadth of student activity within the subject:

  • Alex Ball: Winner of Catlin Art Prize
  • Joshua Alexander & Siobhan Wanklyn: Film screenings, Camden Arts Centre, London
  • Tamarin Norward: MFA Art Writing, Goldsmiths
  • David Stearn: Bloomberg New Contemporaries 
  • Rosanna Manfredi: Installation assistant to Anselm Kiefer
  • Richard Milward: Published novel 'Apples'
  • Sonny Sanjay Vadgama: Selected to feature in Exposure 2009 at Parasol Unit, London
  • Jessica Rinland: Film Nulepsy accepted to London Film Festival 

For details of the wide range of careers support provided for students, please visit our Careers support page.

Alumni profiles

  • Kelly Ballett

    Kelly talks about the work which saw her nominated for Nova.

  • Jessie Churchill

    Alongside her practice, Jessie publishes Looking At Painting, a printed journal about painting in the expanded field that is archived in the V&A among other places.

  • Laura Ramon Frontelo

    Laura’s art was nominated for the Nova Award 2013, here she talks about the critical thinking behind the piece