BA (Hons) Fine Art: Sculpture

Places available 2016/17

This course has places available. View the Apply section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2016/17 entry, including others available at Wimbledon College of Arts, visit the Places available page.

BA Sculpture at Wimbledon College of Arts fosters an enquiring and experimental approach to sculpture practice, its history and contemporary contexts.


Course Leader

Sarah Woodfine

Course Location

Wimbledon College of Arts, Merton Hall Road

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (2016/17)

Please note that fees for the 2nd and any subsequent years is subject to inflationary increase.

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17)

International fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course.


Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September - Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January - Friday 17 March 2017
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April - Friday 23 June 2017
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for UK, EU and international applicants for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeW131
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content: what students can expect

  • A dynamic environment where students will be challenged through dialogue with highly engaged artists and curators
  • To develop their skills through experimentation and instruction from specialist technicians
  • A lively and stimulating studio environment that supports students developing their individual practice, as well as working as part of a team
  • To regularly exhibit and test their work in studio, project spaces and external locations
  • A contextual studies programme to further expand their knowledge and critical understanding of the wider context of Fine Art

To experience a wide range of approaches to contemporary sculpture, including:

  • Bronze casting
  • Contextual or site-based works
  • Drawing
  • Large-scale installations
  • Performance
  • Photography
  • Sound and video
  • Traditional sculpture techniques, including metal and woodwork


Year One

  • Unit 1: Introduction to study in Higher Education - Fine Art
  • Unit 2: Introduction to subject specific practice
  • Unit 3: Establishing subject specific practice / Personal and professional development
  • Unit 4: Introduction to Critical Practice for Fine Art

Year Two

  • Unit 5: Understanding collaborative practice
  • Unit 6: Developing subject specific practice / Personal and professional development
  • Unit 7: Option 1 - Developing subject specific practice / Personal and professional development
  • Unit 7: Option 2 - International Exchange / Personal and professional development
  • Unit 8: Describe, analyse, situate - Critical Practice for Fine Art

Year Three

  • Unit 9: Realisation of subject specific art practices / Personal and professional development
  • Unit 10: Realisation of Critical Practice and research for Fine Art

Work experience and opportunities

Our students have the chance to work on site-specific projects, including a collaborative project at South Wimbledon Station sponsored by Platform for Arts as well as the annual PARK exhibition at nearby Cannizaro Park.

Students can also study abroad in their second year as part of the College’s Erasmus scheme.


Sarah Woodfine - Course Leader

Sarah Woodfine studied Postgraduate Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools, graduating in 1995. She went on to win the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2004 and is represented by Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art. Woodfine's work has been exhibited internationally and is held in various public and private collections, including London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and Middlesbrough's Institute of Modern Art.

Read Sarah Woodfine's full biography



Our recent graduates have undertaken artists' residencies in Norway, Spain and France, moved into arts management, curating and teaching as well as taking up postgraduate study.

Work placements with artists including Jamie Shovlin, Ryan Gander and Gavin Turk and galleries Haunch of Venison and Peer have also led to jobs on graduating.


Entry Requirements

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 conducted in English. If English isn't a students' first language they must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

At interview and portfolio review

 We look for:

  • An interest, commitment and motivation for studying the subject
  • An understanding of the subject, including examples of contemporary and historical practice
  • An ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • Your portfolio to demonstrate a range of appropriate skills and technical abilities 

Portfolio advice

Portfolios should show the following:

  • Documentation of work in the form of photographs, slides or videos of completed artwork, which should also include work in progress shots if possible
  • Actual art work where possible
  • Sketchbooks and drawings
  • A recent essay or written review of an exhibition
  • A gallery notebook with images and information on exhibitions and museum collections visited in the last two years
  • Evidence of an ability to develop work under self-direction
  • Evidence of some ability to work with materials, media, concepts and processes that result in sculpture, installation or site-related work

Home / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited for interview.

Applicants will be seen by a team of Fine Art tutors from Painting, Print and Time-Based Media and Sculpture.

Interviews will take place between the following dates:

  • 8 - 12 February 2016
  • 15 - 19 February 2016

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.

International applicants

Interviews and portfolio reviews - applicants can be interviewed in a number of different ways: 

  • By phone
  • In their country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives 
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts


Home / EU applicants

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W131

International applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Wimbledon College of Arts:

To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international undergraduate application form and send this, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents, to the address below.

Download ‌International Undergraduate application form [PDF, 185 KB]

International Office
Chelsea College of Arts 
16 John Islip Street

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application from both Home / EU and International applicants.

Study Abroad applicants

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course for a period of up to three terms. 

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section

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