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MA Fine Art Drawing

Start date
October 2019
Course length
1 year (full time)

Course summary

MA Fine Art Drawing at Camberwell 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 interrogate the practice of drawing to test, redefine and expand its’ limits.

This course was previously delivered at Wimbledon College of Arts.

Student work

Sunrise/Sunset - Janine Hall - MA Fine Art Drawing. Music by Linnea Olsson.

Course details

This course is subject to re-validation. Re-validation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During re-validation there maybe be some changes to course content and structure. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

What you can expect

  • A course that encourages a range of practices and disciplines. These might be architecture, art, cartography, dance, design, digital, engineering, illustration, performance, the sciences and writing
  • To develop your drawing, discursive skills and agendas through a re-orientation of your practice
  • Collaborations between diverse disciplines and courses across the UAL postgraduate community
  • To have access to UAL's rich research sources. These include the Stanley Kubrick Archive and Wimbledon’s Jocelyn Herbert Archive
  • To benefit from the relationships we have with Tate Britain, The British Museum, The National Gallery, The Drawing Room, The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Centre for Recent Drawing. We are also involved in a range of contemporary drawing research networks
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities

Course units

Unit 1: Orientation

Unit 1 will explore the expanded field of drawing and the boundaries of the practice. Through experimentation, enquiry, speculation and taught drawing sessions you will investigate key themes. These will encourage interrogation and development of drawing skills and understanding.

The unit provides opportunities for making work, coupled with theory and critical reflection through workshops. This will encourage risk taking and promote independent thinking. Through individual and group tutorial support you will be supported in developing self-reflective practice.

This unit begins with a series of staff-led workshops that will introduce you to a variety of approaches and materials. It will build upon your prior skills and experience.

In addition to studio practice, MA Drawing has a critical practice component. This will involve a mix of lectures, seminars and artists talks that result in written work that has specific relevance to your own practice.

You will write a critical practice research paper that begins to articulate the orientation of your drawing practice. The paper can be supported by visual material.

You will begin to develop an online portfolio. This will track your journey through the MA Drawing course and become a core body of work throughout the course.

Unit 2: Navigation

Through the challenging of your ideas in Unit 1 you will begin to define new parameters to take forward into Unit 2.

The unit includes a presentation or mid-year show of your work. By testing your ideas for an audience you will begin to understand how drawing can communicate, explain and propose ideas. This will give you understanding about the role of the viewer and audience within the process of making and communicating. You will run a peer workshop that explores an aspect of your practice with your peer group.

Throughout the unit you will receive tutorial support. This will help you re-orientate your practice. Lectures and seminars will underpin your practical work, and lead you to reflect on wider societal and global issues.

You will complete a critical paper with supporting bibliography. This will include visual material to support your reflections and ideas.

Unit 3. Context in practice

In this unit you will interrogate drawing’s location within a broader field of disciplines, media and networks.

You will extend your knowledge and experience through the exploration of less familiar aspects of your practice and contexts. Collaborations, projects and exchanges, or conducting a specific piece of research into a subject that lies outside your regular line of enquiry could be your response to this unit.

The unit will help you become a sustainable practitioner. You will gain essential skills needed to develop future proposals, bids and partnerships.

Unit 3: Context in practice runs alongside Unit 2: Navigation.

Unit 4: Presentation

This unit will allow you to progress your project final proposal. You will plan, develop and present your work. You will be supported in strengthening your practice. You will define how you will extend your practice beyond the course.

Presentation of your work will include a public exhibition with the wider MA community. Alongside your peers, you will curate your final exhibition to a professional standard.

You will submit a 5000 word critical document, with bibliography. This will articulate the relationship between relevant current theoretical contexts and your practical processes and outcomes.

Your online research presentation or website will present your practice to a wider audience.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Artist talks
  • Critical practice lectures
  • Graduate school events
  • Group and individual tutorials
  • Group crits
  • Independent practice-led research
  • Practical workshops and inductions
  • Professional practice lectures and seminars

Assessment methods

  • Studio work
  • Written dissertation
  • Research folio


  • Dr Kimathi Donkor - Course Leader
  • Alison Carlier - Artist and Jerwood Drawing Prize winner
  • Philip Courtenay - Academic
  • 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

How to apply

2019/20 entry

Applications will open autumn 2018.

All applicants can apply for this course using our online application form.

Application deadline

Home / EU deadline is midday, Wednesday 31 July 2019.

There is no official deadline for international applicants. You are advised to apply as early as possible.

Further information about the application process

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
  • Personal statement
  • CV (curriculum vitae)

Once you have submitted the form you will be emailed a link to upload your portfolio.

The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.

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
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio of work

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:

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

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

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.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,500 (Full time - 2018/19 fees). 2019/20 fees to be confirmed.

International fee

£19,350 (Full time - 2018/2019 fees). 2019/20 fees to be confirmed.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Additional costs

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.

Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) fee - Home / EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 ELQ fee. Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held.


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Careers and alumni

MA Fine Art Drawing graduates will have a range of options following the course. 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.

Find out how careers and employability helps our students and graduates start their careers.

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