skip to main content

Essential coronavirus info
Your safety is our first priority.

Summer Study Abroad - Contemporary Fine Art Practice
Central Saint Martins
Open to all levels

Explore London's contemporary art scene and learn an innovative and experimental approach to the making and development of your work.

This course is ideal if you want to experience one of our renowned subjects for 3 weeks in London and:

you are 18+ and a student, or you want to apply to university


you work, or aspire to work in a creative industry


you have an interest in art and design


you want to study and live in London for 3 weeks

Why choose Central Saint Martins?

During this intensive three-week course you will:

  • experience a taster the practices that make up Contemporary Fine Art Practice and the philosophy of Central Saint Martins.
  • learn from tutors who are practicing artists, designers and communicators; benefit from access to specialist facilities at one of UAL’s six Colleges.
  • meet like-minded individuals from around the world!
  • get involved in UAL life through social events and activities.
  • All courses are assessed and you'll receive a record of study at the end of the programme if you wish to request credit from your home institution.

Entry requirements

English requirements

You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an English language level equivalent to IELTS score of 6.0 (list of language equivalencies). The Language Centre at University of the Arts London offers English courses for overseas students who wish to improve their English language skills.

Academic requirements

Students applying for this course are expected to be independent and highly motivated, preferably having completed one year at university level (undergraduate-level study).

Course details

This is an interdisciplinary 3 week fine art course which provides an innovative and experimental approach to the making and development of your work. On the course you will respond to open and concept based projects. You will be encouraged to develop your own unique approach to realising your ideas. The course will encourage you to work in any medium that is appropriate to the concept of your project. You will be presented with short one-day projects, and longer projects of up to a week. All designed to challenge you and encourage new ways of working. You will have the freedom to experiment with a range of disciplines. This includes  drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video and performance.

The course is studio and practice based and work on the projects is complemented by a programme of presentations, group discussions, critiques and talks from visiting arts professionals, including artists and curators. We focus on discussion during the course and talking about your work in the context of contemporary art practices. The course will assist you in developing practical, critical and conceptual skills. It will encourage your own development as an artist. You will also receive an introduction to London's contemporary art scene.  You will go on known gallery trips, to the harder to find London galleries.  These visits will complement and contextualise the work that you are making.

The course is aimed at students with a strong commitment and an inquisitive approach to contemporary art practice.

Tutor information

Kate Terry is an artist and art lecturer at Camberwell College of Art. She has an MFA from the University of Guelph, Canada, and a BA in Sculpture from Manchester Metropolitan University. She has exhibited internationally and has had solo shows in London, Qatar, Berlin, Toronto and Montreal. Visit Kate's website.

Gary Colclough is an artist and lecturer at Central Saint Martins. He has an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins and a BA in Painting from Chelsea College of Art and Design. He has exhibited widely, including recent solo exhibitions in Paris and Nicosia, Cyprus and London. Visit Gary's website.

Dates and fees

Course Dates

Date: 4 July - 22 July 2022

Cost: £2055

Time: 10am - 4pm

Duration: 3 weeks

Location: Central Saint Martins


In previous years, students have found the following materials and equipment to be useful to bring with them:

  • Digital camera (or camera phone)
  • USB memory stick
  • Laptop/tablet (WiFi is available at all UAL colleges)
  • Sketchbook
  • Pens/pencils
  • Craft knife/scissors

A selection of art materials are provided on the course; additional art materials can also be purchased at a discounted price from the college shop.

The course does not have a bias towards a particular media or discipline, and encourages you to be concept-led, which means you could make anything, with anything. If you tend to work with specific materials or equipment, please bring these with you, where practical.

  • You will also be expected to bring photographs of your recent work to your first class.

Summer Study Abroad Scholarship

We offer a Summer Study Abroad Scholarship for all of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses.

Find out how to apply

To be eligible, you must be 18 years or older, hold an offer to join one of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses, and be enrolled on an undergraduate degree programme outside the UK.

  • The scholarships cover the tuition-fee only and depend on you successfully enrolling for the course. Our cancellation policy still applies.
  • Scholarship winners will be asked to take part in promotional activities to promote Summer Study Abroad and the scholarship scheme.

Contemporary Fine Art Practice

  • AHCC-Summer.jpg
    , Image credit: Adam Razvi
  • AHCC-Summer-1.jpg
    , Image credit: Adam Razvi
  • AHCC-Summer-2.jpg
    , Image credit: Adam Razvi
  • AHCC-Summer-3.jpg
    , Image credit: Adam Razvi

You might also be interested in...

  • Image credit: Adam Razvi
    Integrated Study Abroad  

    Study alongside local degree-seeking students for 1, 2, or 3 terms and immerse yourself into UK student life.

  • Image credit: Adam Razvi
    Summer Study Abroad  

    Study from 3 to 8 weeks on one of our summer programmes.

  • Group of people looking at a wall with graffiti on
    Image courtesy of UAL,
    Optional modules  

    Study abroad for 3 weeks in Autumn or Spring on European Art History or Creative Industries London.