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MA Fine Art: Painting

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

MA Fine Art Painting at Camberwell College of Arts explores the diversity of the discipline. The course looks at painting in relation to contemporary issues, culture and tradition.

Student work

Course overview

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

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 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 examine the notion of painting as research
  • 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 Painting 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 submit a body of practical work and a 1000 word document
  • 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
  • To submit a body of practical work and a 2000 word essay

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
  • To submit a body of practical work and a 4000 word essay

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 

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 or equivalent academic qualifications
  • 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

Applications will open shortly, please continue to check for updates

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.

Postgraduate transfers:

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course at another institution 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.

Deferred entry application:

This course will consider deferred entry applications. If you are interested in requesting a deferral, you can only request this if you are successful at application.

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.

Applications will open shortly, please continue to check for updates

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

  • Through one of our official representatives in your country
  • By direct application

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.

Postgraduate transfers:

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course at another institution 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.

Deferred entry application:

This course will consider deferred entry applications. If you are interested in requesting a deferral, you can only request this if you are successful at application.

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 & 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

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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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