- Start dateOctober 2017
- Course length1 year (full time) / 2 years (part time)
MA Drawing at Wimbledon College of Arts promotes drawing for a purpose, focusing on process, ideas and cross-disciplinary dialogues that explore drawing as a primary form of communication.
The course is aimed at students who want to interrogate the practice of drawing in order to test, redefine and expand its’ limits.
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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
- A course that encourages a range of practices and disciplines where drawing languages and methodologies can be developed. These include architecture, art, cartography, dance, design, digital, engineering, illustration, performance, the sciences and writing
- To develop your drawing, discursive skills and agendas through a re-orientation of your practice
- Collaborations between diverse disciplines and courses across the UAL Post Graduate Community including participation in the Drawing Research Group:DRAW
- To have access to rich research sources such as the Stanley Kubrick Archive and Wimbledon’s Jocelyn Herbert Archive and Centre for Drawing
- To benefit from the college’s established relationships we have with Tate Britain, The British Museum, The National Gallery, The Drawing Room, The Jerwood Drawing Prize, The Centre for Recent Drawing and a range of contemporary drawing research networks
- To have access to Wimbledon's shared workshops. View the Wimbledon facilities section
You will encounter a wide range of approaches to drawing from a diverse range of sources. Debate and innovation will be encouraged, focusing your attention on drawing's multiplicity of purpose, currency and potential for direct communication and dynamic problem solving.
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 to develop your individual research strategy.
The final unit allows students to further develop their individual research questions, and explore and define practical methodologies to articulate drawing for a purpose. The focus of the final unit is on how best to present your work to an audience and build a supportive network around your practice to make it sustainable beyond your MA.
Learning and teaching methods
- Artist talks
- Critical practice lectures
- Graduate school events
- Group and individual tutorials
- Group crits
- Independent practice-led research
- Practical workshops and inductions
- Professional practice lectures and seminars
- Studio work
- Written dissertation
- Research folio
- Phil Goss - Artist, illustrator and curator
- Mary-Ann Kokoska - Artist, Drawing forum, Wimbledon College of Arts and Colorado State University
- Tim Knowles - Artist
- Fran Norton - Artist and researcher
- Colin Wiggins - Head of Education, National Gallery
How to apply
You can apply for this course using our online application form.
Part Time - Home / EU applicants only
Home / EU deadline
Monday 31 July 2017.
There is no deadline for international applications, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.
Further information about the application process
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.
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.
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.
- BA (Hons) degree in either art and design or drawing-related disciplines, including social and other sciences or engineering
- 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 level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
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.
- Briefly describe your work
- Outline recent developments
- Identify those aspects you would like to take further at postgraduate level
Describe specific areas, issues and critical ideas that are central to your area of interest.
How will you go about exploring your area of interest?
Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography.
Are there resources or equipment that you need to access in order for you to successfully engage in your research?
Portfolios should show the following:
- Evidence of an independently produced, sustained body of work
- A coherent set of ideas, subjects or concerns that are relevant to Masters level
- Critical reflection
- A sense of direction for future work and study
- An interest in fine art and other visual art forms
At interview and portfolio review
We look for:
- Commitment and motivation for studying the subject at Masters level
- Work that shows potential for further development
- Demonstrate a holistic understanding of research
- Ability to identify or speculate on the direction and development of practice and research
- An awareness of contexts and frameworks for contemporary practice
- Able to communicate clearly in order to present and discuss work and ideas with others
- Able to demonstrate written skills
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 within Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
£8,500 (Full time - 2017/2018 fees).
£4,250 per year (Part time - 2017/18 fees.
£17,920 (Full time - 2017/2018 fees.
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.
Careers and alumni
Graduates will have a range of options following the MA. Building on the networks they formed on the course some continue with a fine art drawing based practice developing and exhibiting their work in the United Kingdom and internationally. Others work in the arts industry curating and organising exhibitions
Some return to their original disciplines, but with a deeper understanding of drawing as a creative, generative and transformative language.
Due to the cross-disciplinary character of the course students go on to diverse activities. We have had a scientist set up a collaboration with the NHS that uses drawings to deliver complex information about diabetes. Another is working in the computer games industry. Others have gone onto become designers, illustrators, art therapists and teachers.
Some graduates also choose to make the transition to further study, research degrees and PHD level.