MA Drawing

MA Drawing at Wimbledon College of Arts is aimed at students who want to explore and interrogate the practice of drawing.




Course Leader

Tania Kovats

Course Location

Wimbledon College of Arts, Merton Hall Road


Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time or Part time
Course Length1 year / 2 years
Home/EU Fee

£8,250 (Full time - 2016/17 fees).

£4,125 (Part time - 2016/17 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.

International Fee

£17,230 (Full time - 2016/17 fees).

N/A (Part time). 

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

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

Start DateOctober 2017
Autumn Term DatesMonday 9 October - Friday 22 December 2017
Spring Term DatesMonday 8 January - Friday 23 March 2018
Summer Term DatesMonday 9 April - Friday 14 September 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

  • A course that promotes drawing for a purpose, focusing on process and cross-disciplinary dialogues that centre on communicating ideas to an audience, client or user
  • To develop their drawing, discursive skills and agendas through a re-orientation of their practice
  • Collaborations across and between diverse disciplines and courses at the College
  • To have access to rich research sources such as Wimbledon’s Jocelyn Herbert Archive, the Stanley Kubrick Archives and University of the Arts London Centre for Drawing
  • To benefit from the College’s established relationships we have with Tate Britain, The British Museum, Ashmolean Museum, The Royal Academy, The Sir John Soane Museum and the V&A drawing collections.

To explore a range of practices and disciplines where new languages and methodologies can be developed, including:

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Cartography
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Performance
  • The Sciences
  • Writing


Unit One

This will comprise of input from a range of practitioners from diverse disciplines, encouraging discussion of drawings purpose, its currency and potential for communicating and problem solving. This may include input from scientists, architects, writers and performers exploring the boundaries of drawing.

Unit Two

This unit will focus on defining and developing themes from Unit One via individual or collaborative research questions. The unit will allow students to set up identifiable internal or external collaborations, and establish specific targets. The collaborative process can be used to resolve issues across and between disciplines.

Unit Three

Will allow students to further develop their individual research questions, and explore and define practical methodologies to articulate drawing for a purpose.


Tania Kovats - Course Director

Tania Kovats is a British artist whose practice encompasses sculpture, installation and large scale time-based projects exploring our experience and understanding of landscape. 

Recent major projects have included Meadow, a transported wildflower meadow; The Museum of the White Horse, a travelling landscape museum; Tree, a permanent installation for the Natural History Museum; British Isles and All the Islands of All the Oceans, two series of drawings; and The Drawing Book - a survey of drawing: the primary means of expression.

View Tania Kovats' research profile


  • Marcus Beale - Architect
  • Stephen Farthing - Professor of Drawing, University of the Arts London
  • Mary Clare Foa - Artist
  • Heike Kelter - Artist and Educationalist
  • Sharon Kivland - Artist
  • Mary-Ann Kokoska - Artist, Drawing forum, Wimbledon College of Arts and Colorado State University
  • Roy Stephenson - Head of Archaeological Collections, Museum of London
  • Colin Wiggins - Head of Education, National Gallery
  • Jenny Wright - PhD student


Graduates will have sufficient theoretical understanding to make the transition to research degree, PhD study or develop their careers in fields such as design, sciences and medicine, theatre, writing and illustration, architecture, filmmaking, spatial / 3D design as well as textiles.

Some also return to their original disciplines, but with a deeper understanding of the role of drawing as a creative, generative and transformative language.

Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree in either art and design or drawing-related disciplines, including social and other sciences or engineering
  • 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)


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

Online application for 2017 entry will open in November 2016.

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. 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.

Please note: applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study can only apply for the full-time mode.

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 Wimbledon 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.


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


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


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


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


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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