- Start dateSeptember 2018
- Course length3 years
- UCAS codeW121
BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting
BA Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts values a medium specific studio environment.
This course provides a context for creative exploration, as we encourage our students to be inventive, ambitious and professional with their practice.
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What will you learn?
- Painting processes evolving from hand-driven, mechanical and digital modes of making
- Drawing as analytical thinking
- A problem-solving approach to making work
- Ways to imagine painting as a model for expansive fields and extending the discipline
- To find your own voice as an artist informed by critical enquiry
- How to engage and share the studio as a site of enquiry
- To work individually and collaboratively
- How to navigate territories outside the college and work within a professional landscape of contemporary practice
- To take ownership of your own learning and practice so that you can, ultimately, work independently within the field
How will you learn?
- Through contextual seminars, reflective reading groups, group tutorials, interactive lectures, peer learning, student-led projects, workshops, technical teaching, off-site visits, college trips outside London, which have recently included Amsterdam, Margate, New York and Rotterdam
- You will have access to a specialist painting technician, who will provide technical support and material knowledge
- Via access to other specialist technical workshops such as woodwork, print, a painting methods and materials area, audio-visual and photographic workshops. View the Wimbledon facilities section
- Through diverse forms of teaching to suit a range of practices and groups
- By engaging with spaces off-site where art is produced and exhibited
- Through a rich programme of panel discussions, artists' talks and screenings
- Via Painting pathway initiatives such as artists in residence
- Via our yearly research thematic - currently 'Painting as technology', documentation of events and conversations around painting led research on paintingresearch.net
Where will you learn?
In purpose-built studios with natural light and a range of project spaces, seminar rooms and lecture theatre.
- Unit 1: Introduction to Fine Art: Painting, Sculpture, Print and Time-Based Media
- Unit 2: Introduction to subject specific practice
- Unit 3: Establishing subject specific practice
- Unit 4: Introduction to critical practice for fine art
- Unit 5: Understanding collaborative practice
- Unit 6: Developing subject specific practice part 1
- Unit 7: Developing subject specific practice part 2
- Unit 8: Developing contextual practice for fine art
- Unit 9: Realisation of subject specific art practices
- Unit 10: Realisation of critical practice and research for fine art
Work experience and opportunities
Our students have the opportunity to get involved in external exhibitions with organisations that work closely with us throughout the course, as well as exhibiting at offsite venues. Work placement / experience is part of the second year.
Students can also apply to study abroad in their second and third years as part of the college’s Erasmus scheme.
Learning and teaching methods
- Artist and professional practice talks and workshops
- Briefings, discussions, lectures and seminars
- Cross course group crits
- Field trips and off-site visits
- Group and individual presentations and tutorials
- Independent learning
- Lectures and artist talks
- Online learning
- Peer learning and review
- Portfolio review
- Project planning
- Research training
- Student presentations
- Studio and workshop based self directed study and research
- Study skills
- Technical workshops and inductions
- Workshops on writing styles, research methodology and critical debate
- Critical professional practice presentations
- Exhibition of work
- Off-site project
- Peer evaluation
- Research journal
- Self evaluation
- Studio exhibition presentation
- Technical skills
- Written work - assignments, essays, reports, scripts and statements
- Zoë Mendelson - Course Leader
- Phil Allen - Associate Lecturer
- Nelson Diplexcito - Senior Lecturer
- Mark Fairnington - Reader in Painting
- Tim Johnson - Specialist Painting Technician
- Alan Magee - Associate Lecturer
- Ian Monroe - Associate Lecturer
- Alicia Paz - Associate Lecturer
- Suzy Round - Senior Lecturer
- Paula Smithard - Senior Lecturer
- Neal Tait - Associate Lecturer
- Alex Veness - Senior Lecturer
How to apply
Home / EU applicants
You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:
- University code - U65
- UCAS course code - W121
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.
Following your UCAS application to this course all home / EU applicants will be invited to choose a date for a selection event.
What is a selection event?
A selection event is similar to an interview. You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by course teams. The event will also give you a chance to meet current students, take a tour of the college and see the facilities.
More details about your selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen your selection event date.
Applicants will be seen by Fine Art tutors from Painting, Print and Time-Based Media and Sculpture. Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative BA Fine Art course at Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.
There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Wimbledon College of Arts:
Find out more information about applying through UCAS.
Interviews and portfolio reviews - international students can be interviewed in a number of different ways:
- By phone or Skype
- In your country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives
- At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts
Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course.
For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.
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 taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:
- IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
Portfolios should show the following:
- Clear evidence of independent study and self-initiated work that is both complete and in-progress
- A selection of work demonstrating an interest in painting
- A range of ideas, subjects or concerns
- An ability to be self-reflective
- An interest in fine art and other visual art forms
At interview and portfolio review
We look for:
- An interest, commitment and motivation for studying the subject
- A desire to learn and an ability to investigate and develop ideas independently
- An understanding of the subject and some examples of contemporary and historical art
- Evidence of some art making skills relevant to the students’ ambitions
- An ability to communicate visually, verbally and in writing
This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
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.
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.
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.
Careers and alumni
This course prepares you for progression into a range of careers such as artist’s assistant, arts manager, art writer, curator, gallery educator, practicing artist, teacher / arts educator and technician.
Recent painting graduates have successfully progressed to postgraduate study, as well as exhibiting in the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition and The Saatchi Channel 4 New Sensations exhibition that included five Wimbledon painting alumni, out of a total of its 20 exhibitors.
Past and present students have also used the course placement to establish studio employment links with a variety of artists.