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Postgraduate

MA Fine Art

Inflatable sculpture of woman wearing a leopard print dress by Rosie McGinn.
Rosie McGinn.
, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
College
Camberwell College of Arts
Start date
October 2021
Course length
15 months (full time)

MA Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts promotes the idea of practice as research. It offers pathway specialisms in computational arts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. During the course you will develop a critical relationship to tradition. You will examine the ways in which methods and materials shape the agenda in contemporary art practice.

Student work

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    , Heejoh Lee - MA Fine Art Painting , Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
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    , Rachel Bacon MA Fine Art, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
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    , Gill Smith - MA Printmaking
  • camberwell-college-of-arts-MA-Fine-Art-Painting-2019-Jack-Candy-Kemp.jpg
    , Jack Candy-Kemp - MA Fine Art Painting , Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
  • camberwell-college-of-arts-MA-Fine-Art-Printmaking-Juliet-Bankes-16-9.jpg
    , Juliet Bankes MA Fine Art, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
  • camberwell-college-of-arts-MA-Fine-Art-Painting-2018-Ben-Pollock-2.jpg
    , Ben Pollock - MA Fine Art Painting. , Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
  • Camberwell-MA-Printmaking-Janie-Kidston-1860.jpg
    , Janie Kidston - MA Printmaking

Course overview

Fine artists have traditionally been recognised for their disruptive innovation. The MA Fine Art course prepares you to be socially and critically engaged in your understanding of the world.

The course consists of 6 pathways designed to transform your individual practice. You will be part of a supportive and stimulating postgraduate learning community, which questions and  shares subject based enquiry.

MA Fine Art at Camberwell promotes the idea of practice as transformative research. It offers you the opportunity to make a deep investigation into your chosen subject.  

The course situates art practice in relation to a broader set of discourses, including sustainable and ethical approaches to making and presenting art. It also looks beyond Camberwell’s location. You will be encouraged to share your practice in a variety of contexts. This includes events, exhibitions and an online reflective platform.

Our professional toolkit supports your skills in preparation for your continued progression into the professional and academic worlds. 

The pathways:

MA Fine Art: Computational Arts 

Invites you to explore the potential of virtual media through emergent digital processes. It will look at the ethical context of digital artistic practice, encompassing the decolonisation of technologies and the environmental impact.

Through virtual exhibitions you will explore the nuances and opportunities of working digitally, as well as, analyse audience engagement with your work.

You will be encouraged to familiarise yourself with open source software that will enable you to have a sustainable practice post-graduation.

MA Fine Art: Drawing

Asks students to test, redefine, and expand the limits of contemporary drawing. Firmly rooted in making, the pathway encourages risk taking and material exploration. It is supported by rigorous research and continual engagement with contemporary art practice and theory.

MA Fine Art: Painting

Explores a discipline that has an enduring capacity for invention and reinterpretation. Through material investigation and critical research, you will interrogate the discipline’s response to urgent contemporary debates and past world traditions in painting.

MA Fine Art: Photography

Be it still, moving, digital or analogue this pathway tests the possibilities of the contemporary image. It understands photography as an expanded form and questions its agency, be it located in a gallery, online, cinematically or within a publication format.

MA Fine Art: Printmaking

Sees print as a diverse and interdisciplinary practice that embraces a history of image making through technology, media and materials.

MA Fine Art: Sculpture

Enables you to explore material and immaterial processes in relation to a range of private and public spaces.

What you can expect

  • A course that encourages a range of practices and disciplines
  • You will develop your visual literacy, agendas, material and discursive skills through a re-orientation of your practice
  • Cross-pathway lectures, seminars and crits to help you locate your practice within the broader field of fine art and other social, cultural and ethical contexts. These will include postcolonial, feminist and disadvantaged discourses
  • Enhance your creative attributes and leadership skills through the Professional Toolkit, studio teaching and public facing events
  • Engage with the wider research culture at University of the Arts London
  • Have access to Camberwell shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities

Mode of study

MA Fine Art is offered in full-time mode and runs for 45 weeks over 15 months. You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study.

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Course units

Unit 1 - Locating practice within subject 

  • An introduction to the teaching, learning and research culture of Camberwell
  • You will identify your aims and intentions
  • Test ideas, experiment, and deeply challenge your approaches to making and critical thinking
  • An introduction to key practice-based research methodologies
  • Interrogate and debate key ideas and developments within your subject
  • Build upon your technical, practical and presentation skills
  • Cross-pathway MA Fine Art lectures, seminars and crits
  • Submit a body of work along with a concise online reflective journal, which includes an artist’s statement and a synopsis of your progress over the unit that contextualises your practice
  • Professional Toolkit that supports professional skills

Unit 2 - Testing beyond subject

  • You will focus on the creation of new artworks in or beyond the studio
  • Support to help define your own unique set of creative processes
  • Lectures and seminars around current debates within art and society
  • Identify and engage with potential external collaborators and/or research resources
  • Present your work and research in a pathway-specific exhibition, as well as, in seminars and crits
  • Submit a body of practical work and a concise online reflective platform, which contains an artist’s statement and a synopsis of your progress over the unit that contextualises your practice within and beyond subject and showcases your professional skills
  • Professional Toolkit supports professional skills

Unit 3 - Making public

  • You will focus on collaboration and considering audiences
  • You will exhibit your work in a public exhibition
  • Mentoring, crits, seminars and workshops to support your research and learning
  • Develop your studio practice
  • Work with other students to stage a public event where you will present your research to an audience
  • Submit a public facing platform, which contextualises your practice within and beyond subject, and showcases professional skills and future career projection
  • Professional Toolkit that supports professional skills

Note: 120 Credits must be passed before the final unit is undertaken.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Artists talks 
  • Crits 
  • Independent practice and research 
  • Knowledge exchange with external agencies 
  • Lectures 
  • Presentation of work through exhibitions 
  • Professional Toolkit
  • Reading groups 
  • Seminars 
  • Tutorials 
  • Workshops and inductions 

Assessment methods

  • Exhibitions 
  • Online reflective platform 
  • Verbal presentations 

Staff

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • 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
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio of work

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your portfolio of work and personal statement.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

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:

Selection criteria

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

Personal statement

This should be about 500 words long and include:

  • Your reasons for choosing the course
  • Your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans
  • If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience

Portfolio advice

The portfolio 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

Making your application

Apply

Home students apply by direct application. You must apply to the pathway you wish to study.

Apply to MA Fine Art: Computational Arts
Apply to MA Fine Art: Drawing
Apply to MA Fine Art: Painting
Apply to MA Fine Art: Photography
Apply to MA Fine Art: Printmaking
Apply to MA Fine Art: Sculpture

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Please add ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

Initial application check and selection

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. These will be reviewed by the academic team.

Following the review of the digital portfolio we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to book an online interview selection event.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf. If you would like to request feedback please email ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk.

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course and wish to continue your studies at Camberwell College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English if necessary) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Application deadline

15 May 2021

This course is still open for applications from home and international applicants. We recommend you apply as soon as possible as the equal consideration deadline has passed and places are limited.

When you’ll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. We’ll be in touch shortly after you apply with information about next steps. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

Apply

There are 2 ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course:

If you are making a direct application you must apply to the pathway you wish to study.

Apply to MA Fine Art: Computational Arts

We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22 entry to these pathways:

MA Fine Art: Drawing
MA Fine Art: Painting
MA Fine Art: Photography
MA Fine Art: Printmaking
MA Fine Art: Sculpture

Read our immigration and visa information to find out if you need a visa to study at UAL.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Please add ccw.international@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

Initial application check and selection

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. These will be reviewed by the academic team.

Following the review of the digital portfolio we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to book an online interview selection event.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf. If you would like to request feedback please email ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk.

Deferring your place

This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course and wish to continue your studies at Camberwell College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English if necessary) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Application deadline

6 January 2021

6 January 2021: Deadline for MA Fine Art: Painting

15 March 2021: Deadline for MA Fine Art: Sculpture

15 May 2021: Deadline for MA Fine Art: Computational Arts, Drawing, Photography, Printmaking

This course is still open for applications from home and international applicants. We recommend you apply as soon as possible as the equal consideration deadline has passed and places are limited.

When you’ll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. We’ll be in touch shortly after you apply with information about next steps. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£11,220 per course

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals. However, the rules are complex and you can find out more on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

International fee

£22,920 per course

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

International fees are currently charged to students from countries outside of the UK. However, the rules are complex and more information can be found on our tuition fees pages.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, although this may depend on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students on our Brexit information webpage

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