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MA Fine Art: Drawing

College
CAMBERWELL
Start date
October 2020
Course length
1 year (full time)

Applications closed 2020/21

We are no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry to this course.

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

Student work

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

Course overview

The course sees drawing as a tool that has a wide range of applications from architecture and design through to dance and archaeology. It is a discipline that is responsive to physical, spatial and digital environments.

What you can expect

  • A course that encourages a range of practices and disciplines
  • To develop your drawing, discursive skills and agendas 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
  • To look at funding, promotion, self-employment and other aspects of professional practice
  • To engage with the wider research culture at University of the Arts London
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities

Mode of study 

MA Fine Art Drawing is offered in full-time mode and runs for 45 weeks over 12 months. You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study.

Course units

A short description of each unit and what you can expect.

Unit 1 - Locating practice within discipline

  • An introduction to the teaching, learning and research culture of Camberwell
  • To identify your research aims and intentions
  • To test ideas and experiment, challenging your approaches to making and critical thinking
  • An introduction to key practice-based research methodologies
  • To interrogate and debate key ideas and developments within your discipline
  • To build upon your technical and practical skills 
  • Cross-pathway MA Fine Art lectures, seminars and crits
  • A cross-pathway symposium where you will present your research to students and staff from across the MA Fine Art pathways
  • To keep an online reflective journal throughout the course

Unit 2 - Testing beyond discipline

  • To 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
  • To identify and engage with potential external collaborators and/or research resources
  • To present your work and research in a pathway-specific exhibition, as well as, in seminars and crits

Unit 3 - Making public

  • To exhibit your work in a public exhibition
  • Mentoring, crits, seminars and workshops to support your research and learning
  • To develop your studio practice, curate an exhibition or undertake a residency
  • To work with other students to stage a public event where you will present your research to a critical audience

Learning and teaching methods

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

Assessment methods

  • Exhibitions 
  • Online reflective journal  
  • Practical and written work 
  • Verbal presentations 

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, personal statement and reference.

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 strong academic or other professional reference
  • 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

Making your application

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

We are no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry to this course. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open in Autumn 2020.

Application deadline

Home/EU applicant period may stay open until midday Thursday 30 July 2020.

Although we advise you to apply sooner than this. Some courses are very popular and may close to applicants early.

External Student Transfer Policy:

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units and modules on your current postgraduate 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. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

If you are an EU offer holder, it is important to consider that, from 2021-22, you may be charged International fees, which are higher. Read our Coronavirus guidance for prospective students for details.

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.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Mini portfolio

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

Following the review of the mini portfolio we select applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to an interview selection event.

Interview Selection Event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academics conducting the event. Please be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. We may not discuss all of these topics at the event.

More details about your interview selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen or been allocated your date.

Selection for Home/EU applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

  • In person at Camberwell College of Arts
  • By phone or Skype

If you choose phone or Skype your mini portfolio that you uploaded via UAL’s online portfolio review system will be used during the interview.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Please note that applications made to this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

We are no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry to this course. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open in Autumn 2020.

There are 2 ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:

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

Application deadline

International applicant period may stay open until midday Thursday 30 July 2020.

Although we advise you to apply sooner than this. Some courses are very popular and may close to applicants early.

External Student Transfer Policy:

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units and modules on your current postgraduate 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. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

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.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Mini portfolio

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

Following the review of the mini portfolio we select applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to an interview selection event.

Interview Selection Event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academic conducting the event. Please be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. We may not discuss all of these topics at the event.

More details about your interview selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen or been allocated your date.

Selection for international applications are available in a variety of different ways:

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made through one of our official representatives
  • In person at Camberwell College of Arts

If you choose phone or Skype your mini portfolio that you uploaded via UAL’s online portfolio review system will be used during the interview.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Please note that applications made to this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.


Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£11,220 (2020/21).

International fee

£22,920 (2020/21).

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.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Progression discount

UAL alumni can receive a 20% tuition fee discount on a taught Masters course at UAL. Visit the progression discount page to find out more.

Scholarships and awards

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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.