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MA Fine Art Painting

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

Course summary

MA Fine Art Painting at Camberwell College of Arts offers the opportunity for you to explore a discipline that is constantly widening in scope.

The course supports the development of your practical, research and professional skills. It prepares you for continued progression into the professional and academic worlds.

This course was previously taught at Wimbledon College of Arts.

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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

  • To identify and debate key issues in contemporary painting
  • A learning and teaching environment that supports the development of your practical, professional and research skills
  • To develop your key questions and ideas from an initial period of review and experimentation
  • To extend your practical knowledge of paint as a material and process
  • To examine the ways in which methods and materials shape the agenda in contemporary painting whilst creating a relationship to tradition
  • To explore the range of models of professional practice for the contemporary painter
  • To examine the notion of painting as research
  • 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

Course units

The course runs over a total of 45 weeks. Learning and teaching will take place through studio practice, written work, group seminars, critiques, exhibitions, peer-led workshops and reading groups. The course places emphasis on the idea of a community of painters.

  • Unit 1: Reviewing practice and forming questions
  • Unit 2: Developing practice and consolidating research
  • Unit 3: Interdisciplinary practice

Learning and teaching methods

  • Contextual practice project
  • End of year public panel discussion or symposium
  • Group crits
  • Independent practice-led research
  • Individual tutorials
  • Interim show and external projects
  • Lectures, artist’s talks, demonstrations and seminars
  • Online research folios
  • Orientations and inductions
  • Painter’s forum
  • Painting research online project
  • Peer evaluation exercise
  • Professional practice workshops
  • Reading groups
  • Student presentations
  • Study visits

Assessment methods

  • Illustrated report
  • Project proposal
  • Research folio and paper
  • Studio work
  • Verbal presentation


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 or equivalent academic qualifications
  • 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 (2018/19 fees). 2019/20 fees to be confirmed.

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19 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.


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

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Careers and alumni

The MA Fine Art Painting course will prepare you to be a professional practitioner, exploring the range of models of practice for the contemporary painter and, will examine the notion of painting as research, supporting your progression to MPhil / PhD.

In recent years, painting graduates have:

  • Progressed to MPhil / PhD at institutions including UAL, University for the Creative Arts and Royal Holloway
  • Become exhibiting artists at galleries such as Karsten Schubert and Haunch of Venison
  • Found employment as assistants to international artists, as technicians, gallerists, writers and critics and as art administrators for leading organisations
  • Become lecturers at further and higher education institutes such as UAL, Glasgow School of Art and the University for the Creative Arts
  • Received funding from the Arts Council and have taken up residencies and scholarships including the Derek Hill Foundation Scholarship at the British School at Rome

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

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