MA Drawing

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 explore and interrogate the practice of drawing in order to test, redefine and expand its’ limits.

Course Leader Tania Kovats talks about MA Drawing at Wimbledon.


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

£8,500 (Full time - 2017/2018 fees).

£4,250 per year (Part time - 2017/18 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

£17,920 (Full time - 2017/2018 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 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

The course 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
  • Writing


Unit One

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.

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 to develop your individual research strategy. 

Unit Three 

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.


Tania Kovats - Course Leader

Tania Kovats is a British artist whose practice encompasses sculpture, drawing, installation and projects in the public realm. Her work explores our experience and understanding of landscape. 

Recent work includes: 

  • TREE, a permanent installation for the Natural History Museum, London
  • Oceans, her solo exhibitions at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh
  • Inclusion in the 56th Venice Biennale
  • Evaporation at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

She has published widely on drawing including ‘The Drawing Book - a survey of drawing: the primary means of expression’ and ‘Drawing Water - drawing as a mechanism of exploration’.

She is represented by Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

View Tania Kovats' research profile

Visiting Staff

  • Alison Carlier - Artist and Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014 winner
  • Philip Courtenay - Academic
  • Anne-Marie Creamer - Artist
  • Stephen Farthing - Professor of Drawing, University of the Arts London
  • Rachel Goodyear - Artist
  • 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


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.  

Entry requirements

  • 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:

Portfolio advice

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

Study Plan

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?

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.


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

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.

Full Time:

Apply for Full Time

Part Time (Home / EU applicants only):

Apply for Part Time

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

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.

Please note:

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.

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