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BA (Hons) Fine Art

College
CSM
Start date
September 2018
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W100

Course summary

Applications closed 2018/19

Applications for 2018/19 entry to this course have now closed.

Artists create the cultural resources of our shared future.

We recognise the breadth and diversity of social, political, cultural, economic and technological contexts of contemporary art. BA Fine Art will challenge you to develop an experimental practice within the context of an internationally renowned course. You will work within one of 4 pathways, 2D, 3D, 4D and XD, offering you a practice-based approach to technical, conceptual, historical and critical contexts. This will provide you with the skills and knowledge to define and innovate within your chosen cultural and artistic field.

This course is part of the Art Programme.

Great reasons to apply:

  • The dimensional pathway structure is unique to CSM. The course offers students an interdisciplinary context whilst the pathways give a perspective to explore specific practices
  • You’ll get the chance to go on international exchanges, in countries around the world. The course has an international outlook with a diverse multicultural community of practice
  • Take part in external projects that provide experience of art practice outside Central Saint Martins. Recent external projects include work with the Camden Art Centre, The Freud Museum, Tate Modern, The Wellcome Foundation, British Library and the British Museum
  • At the end of your second year you can take a one year Diploma in Professional Studies as part of your BA Fine Art course. You will get the opportunity to do a range of work placements that relate to your professional interests and aspirations. You could be working in a gallery, museum, theatre, in education or an artist's studio both in this country and internationally
  • Recent high-profile graduate success include Laure Prouvost (Turner Prize winner 2013 and winner of the Max Mara Prize for Women 2011), Ed Atkins (Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award winner 2012) and Emily Wardill (Winner of the Jarman Award 2010).

Course patron for BA Fine Art:

Meet the Course Leader: BA Fine Art, Mick Finch

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Course details

BA Fine Art is part of the Fine Art programme. It provides broad pathway options in 2D, 3D, 4D and XD practice. These create a focus for sustained critical engagement, enabling both specialisation and interdisciplinary communities of practice.

The degree course:

  • Offers the opportunity to take a one year Diploma in Professional Studies between Stages 2 and 3 of the BA programme, involving a 20 week work placement
  • Promotes experimental, investigative and historically, theoretically and critically informed approaches to art making
  • Develops negotiation, management and team skills through external projects, alternative spaces and site-specific opportunities
  • Is proactively taught through a wide range of events, led by a highly research-active staff team practising professionally across diverse media, supported by guest speakers and expert technicians
  • Develops a wide range of specialist and transferable skills including research, planning, documentation, evaluative writing, visual and verbal presentation
  • Offers a richly diverse international and multicultural community of practice, with opportunities for international exchanges
  • Connects with numerous galleries, museums and cultural centres in London, providing a wide range of resources and opportunities
  • Progressively increases individual responsibility for learning and development of professional identity, offering choices of perspectives in final year to support theoretical research and practice-based directions.

The BA Fine Art programme runs for 90 weeks full time over three years. It is divided into three Levels (or Stages).

Each Stage is 30 weeks. The programme is credit-rated at 360 credits, with 120 credits at each Level (Stage).

Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications the Levels for a BA are: Level 4 (Stage 1 of the programme), Level 5 (Stage 2) and Level 6 (Stage 3).

There's a progression point at the end of each Level and, in order to progress, all Units of the preceding Level must normally have been passed.

If you're unable to continue on the programme, a Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) will normally be offered following the successful completion of Level 4, or a Diploma in Higher Education following the successful completion of Level 5.

To gain a BA (Honours), students must successfully complete 360 credits. The final award consists of marks from Level 6 units only, weighted according to their credits.

Course units

As well as studio practice, the BA Fine Art programme takes the form of lectures, seminars and assignments undertaken in a sequence of distinct Units. Your study of fine art follows one of four broad pathways, described below. All pathways involve studio practice, critical and theoretical studies, and personal and professional development. For all pathways and practice, students develop appropriate levels of research, initiative and responsibility in order to propose and implement their own programme of study.

The BA Fine Art programme is practice-based and focuses on making and the development of ideas that constitute your artistic production. 'Production' takes place in many ways and places, including studios, workshops and off-site locations. In participating you benefit not only from the formal input of tutors but also from an informal interaction with peers, and an awareness of their development, within a shared environment. 'Studio practice' can mean site-specific work, film and video, live performance or installation as well as work actually made in 'a studio'.

2D pathway (art practice in two dimensions, for example - painting, printmaking and photography)

2D explores how making is informed by contemporary culture, politics and social forms as much as by questions of the image and abstraction. It considers the screen, the picture plane and surface as fundamental aspects of visual production. Technical inductions are positioned in terms of these questions. In the studio we discuss how diverse disciplines, practices and forms of thought can be mixed.

3D pathway (art practice in three dimensions, for example - sculpture, installation and performance)

3D explores matter, scale, production, material and immaterial form in relation to place and  audience. Students are inducted into a range of traditional and new 3D technologies, and to the debates surrounding hybrid production processes. The studio is a place where the reading and writing of space can take place and be questioned. 3D challenges a conventional understanding of the studio, the exhibition and institutional spaces.

4D pathway (art practice in four dimensions, for example - film, video, art writing, performance and sound)

4D explores time-based, durational performative, and interdisciplinary practices. Critical and philosophical positions are explored in relation to practice and current ideas such as the post-medium condition, the apparatus of technology and temporality are considered. The Pathway has an experimental approach to the studio and explores how this might challenge conventions of practice. In this context, the ‘open work’ is engaged as a site where collaboration and production take place.

XD (art practice across dimensions, practices, locations and situations)

XD explores the possibilities of not only ‘what does art mean?’ but also ‘what can art do?’ and ‘where can art be?’ The implications of working across different platforms and placing art in particular situations and communities throws into question the rights and responsibilities of the artist in relation to the audience and the environment. The studio is considered as a laboratory where ideas for interventions in the practice of everyday life can be generated.

Critical studies

The Critical studies tutors are fundamental in the delivery of theory within the course. Writing and presentation skills and the ability to articulate practice.

Critical studies supports a student’s theoretical exploration and provides the methodologies and a conceptual framework for developing practice. This takes the form of lectures, seminars tutorials and presentations. The Critical Studies tutors are fundamental in the delivery of Theory within the course. Writing and presentation skills and the ability to articulate practice.

Through stage one and two there are a number of different forms of written submission leading up to the dissertation in stage 3. Teams of critical studies and studio tutors jointly supervise this. The final degree classification is based on the assessment of the stage three units (unit eight dissertation 40 credits and unit nine continuing practice and degree show 80 credits).

Introductory reading suggestions:

Education for Socially Engaged Art: A Materials and Techniques Handbook byPablo Helguera, Jorge Pinto Books 2011

Situation by Clare Doherty, Whitechapel Art Gallery 2009

Out of the Box: The Reinvention of Art 1965-1975 by Carter Ratcliff, Allworth Press 2001

Programme stages

Stage one (level four) provides an introduction from the perspective of your pathway. From the beginning you are introduced to practical skills and processes, research and study skills, critical and discursive approaches. It is diagnostic and exploratory.

Stage two (level five) is a pivotal period of development in which you begin to take increased responsibility for your learning and for self-directed work. There's more emphasis on experiment and risk in developing your ideas, conceptual strategies, research and means of production. This stage also sees a honing of technical skills.

Between stage two and stage three of the BA Fine Art programme there's an option to take a Diploma in Professional Studies. This separate qualification (rated at 120 credits) involves researching, undertaking and reflecting on a 20-week (minimum) placement related to your professional interests and aspirations (e.g. in gallery or educational contexts or working as an artist's assistant). The Diploma provides a valuable opportunity to make professional contacts and to develop your personal employability skills.

Stage three (level six) is a period of realisation that brings together your learning during the degree course as a whole. As well as reflecting your development as a contemporary practitioner it engages you as far as possible with the challenges of personal responsibility and development that a career in the creative professions or further study at Masters level involves.

Critical Studies are embedded into the Units with studio practice and involve investigations into historical and contemporary critical theory through lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent research. You consider the historical and contemporary contexts of art and a broad range of critical debates relating to the form, content, value and meaning of art practices, and produce written assignments, leading to a dissertation in stage three. Balanced with your studio practice, your dissertation focuses on an individual chosen topic and field of research that relates to your practice and locates it within a theoretical framework. It involves the development of a piece of documented research.

Personal and Professional Development is also embedded into the units with studio practice and critical and theoretical studies, helping you focus on generic study skills and orientation and becoming more closely related to your professional direction.

Developing your skills - external activities

Active collaborations involving staff and students embrace key cultural institutions, venues, commercial enterprises and alternative spaces to introduce you to London's varied networks of creative practice. Teaching frequently targets major and specialist galleries and museums in London as research bases.

External projects bring students into collaborative relationships with outside agencies and provide experience and awareness of art practice beyond the college. Recent external projects include work with the Camden Art Centre, The Freud Museum, Tate Modern, The Welcome Foundation, British Library and the British Museum.

There are many collaborative exhibition and project opportunities across the Pathways, within the College and the University and a well-established international study exchange.

Industry collaborations

Working with paying clients on live briefs will give you valuable commercial experience which may mean your work being taken forward for production or, if so desired, in the purchase of your intellectual property. All paid projects are conducted within a carefully developed legal framework, which includes student agreements to protect your work and help you realise its commercial value.

Recent client projects in the Art programme include: Red Mansion Foundation.

Once you’ve graduated, you may be picked as part of a small team to work on a live creative brief, organised by our Business and Innovation department, under the supervision of an experienced tutor. This can be a valuable first step in working professionally in a chosen discipline and has resulted in graduates being hired by clients.

Staff

Alex  Schady

Alex Schady

Programme Leader

Mick  Finch

Mick Finch

Course Leader, BA Fine Art

Elizabeth  Wright

Elizabeth Wright

3D Pathway Leader, BA Fine Art

Anne  Eggebert

Anne Eggebert

XD Pathway Leader, BA Fine Art.

Pathway Leaders

2D: Mario Rossi
3D: Elizabeth Wright
4D: John Seth
XD: Anne Eggebert

Joint Leaders 

Critical Studies: Jon Cairns
Critical Studies: Dr Kate Love

Tutors

2D: Joey Bryniarska
2D: Emma Talbot
3D: Anthony Davies
3D: Naomi Dines
4D: Hilary Lloyd
4D: Paul Simon Richards
4D: Hannah Rickards
4D: Erika Tan
XD: Margot Bannerman
XD: Ben Cain
XD: Sarah Cole
XD: Katrina Palmer
Critical Studies: Stuart Elliot

Associate Lecturers

Critical Studies:

Dr Owen Parry
Sarah Jones
Helen Robertson
Dan Hays
Mark Waller
Dr Linda Aloysius
Dr Kimathi Donkor

Admissions Tutor and Stage 1 Tutor: Lynn Hewett
Diploma in Professional Studies Pathway Leader: Anne-Marie Creamer

How to apply

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

Please note that not all courses are able to consider late applications. Applicants may only change their course choice within 14 days of submitting an application. Any changes made to your application after 15 January 2018 will result in the application being marked as late.

Applying and how your application is considered

You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system. Visit the UCAS BA Fine Art page and click the ‘Apply’ link on the right. From here you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your online application form. Central Saint Martins (CSM) courses are listed under University of the Arts London. You will need the following details:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W100
  • There is no 'campus code' for CSM

Please note this course does not accept Year 3 Entry.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Mini portfolio

The mini portfolio should be no more than 10 images comprising of your best work showing your skills and thinking. You can create the pages in any layout (For example: presentation boards) but they should be uploaded as jpeg images. It should include:

  • A range of work – finished works or works in progress.
  • How you have engaged with experimentation and how well you may have pushed ambition through proposals and perhaps through making.
  • How well you have developed your skills with materials and processes.
  • How you may have applied any relevant research to your ideas and making – perhaps through the use of sketch books and study books.
  • Briefly outline – in one sentence - the ideas and interests behind the works as a title to each page

Following a review on your mini portfolio, you will either be invited for a full portfolio review or your application will be rejected via UCAS Track.

Full portfolio review

  • If you have been successful with your mini portfolio, we will invite you to a full portfolio review at college, normally taking place between February and March.
  • If you are unable to attend the full portfolio review in person, you will be asked to submit a FULL digital portfolio (up to 30 pages) through UAL’s online portfolio review system.
  • Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post.

The full portfolio should demonstrate a range of skills appropriate to the subject area, containing examples of work completed within recent years, whether for a college project or personal work. It is important that the work applicants include reflects their engagement in creative practice, critical thinking and technical abilities and also that they include evidence of background research, e.g. sketchbooks, preliminary work and written material.

Ideas, visual research and experimentation are more important than finished work and can be shown in two dimensional work, made objects, photographs or through recorded moving image/live events.

Please remember:

  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity.
  • Where possible, large or 3-dimensional work should be photographed and scanned
  • Please organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through UCAS track and the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

Applicants may only change their course choice within 14 days of submitting an application. Any changes made to your application after 15 January 2018 will result in the application being marked as later.

Please note that some courses will continue accepting late applications after the above deadline, subject to spaces available on the course. We recommend you apply by the end of March at the very latest to avoid disappointment.

Applying and how your application is considered

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at CSM:

  • Through UCAS online application system
  • Through one of our official representatives in your country
  • Through a direct application

To apply via UCAS, visit the UCAS BA Fine Art page and click the ‘Apply’ link on the right. From here you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your online application form. Central Saint Martins (CSM) courses are listed under University of the Arts London. You will need the following details:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W100
  • There is no 'campus code' for CSM.

Please note this course does not accept Year 3 Entry.

You can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via UCAS, UAL Representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate application will be withdrawn.

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

Immigration History Check (for International Applications only)

Whether you are applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History check.

Please note: If you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL's online portfolio review system.

Mini portfolio

The mini portfolio should be no more than 10 pages comprising of your best work showing your skills and thinking. It should include:

  • The work that you feel is strong, that represents a range of your skills and that is relevant to the course you have applied to.
  • Please include some development work as well as finished pieces.
  • You can create the pages in any layout or have multiple images per page but do not 'overload' each page.
  • You can also include short captions to explain your work.
  • Prepare your pages in any software, then save as bmp/gif/jpg/jpeg/png images and upload through the PebblePad system.

Following a review on your mini portfolio, you will either be invited for a full portfolio review or your application will be rejected via UCAS Track or UAL Applicant Portal.

Full portfolio review

  • If you currently live in the UK, you will be invited to attend a full portfolio review at college, normally taking place between February and March.
  • If you currently live outside the UK or unable to attend the full portfolio review in person, you will be asked to submit a FULL digital portfolio (up to 30 pages) through UAL’s online portfolio review system.
  • Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post

The full portfolio should demonstrate a range of skills appropriate to the subject area, containing examples of work completed within recent years, whether for a college project or personal work. It is important that the work applicants include reflects their engagement in creative practice, critical thinking and technical abilities and also that they include evidence of background research, e.g. sketchbooks, preliminary work and written material.

Ideas, visual research and experimentation are more important than finished work and can be shown in two dimensional work, made objects, photographs or through recorded moving image/live events.

Please remember:

  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity.
  • Where possible, large or 3-dimensional work should be photographed and scanned
  • Please organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through UCAS track and the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.

Study Abroad applicants

International undergraduate students may apply to join a BA course for a period of up to three terms as a study abroad student.

Please visit the UAL Study Abroad page for details of how to apply to one of our courses or contact the UAL Study Abroad Team central offices for more information:

T: +44 (0)20 7514 2249
E: studyabroad@arts.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Selection is determined by the quality of the application, indicated primarily in your portfolio and written statements. A very high proportion of successful applicants complete a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Applicants are normally expected to have achieved, or be expected to achieve, the course entry requirements details below:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • 1 GCE A Level
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

OR

  • Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

OR

  • Other University of Arts London awarded level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • 4 GCSEs grade C or above

OR

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Lever 3 or 4)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above

OR

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Lever 3 or 4)
  • An equivalent high school qualification from an EU or non-EU institution

In exceptional circumstances, applicants without Foundation Diploma qualification may be considered if they present a portfolio of equivalent standard to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and have:

  • 2 GCE A Levels at Grade C or above
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C or above

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might be demonstrated by, for example: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is:

IELTS Academic 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the 4 skills (on one single test)

For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Visa and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) requirements.

What we look for

We're interested in students who are prepared to question and to take a critical perspective and who show potential to develop as innovative artists.

Selection criteria

Applicants are selected according to their demonstration of potential and current ability to:

Work imaginatively and creatively in visual media

  • engage with experimentation and invention
  • show imagination and ambition in proposals for your work

Demonstrate a range of skills and technical abilities

  • show personal commitment to skill development
  • engage with materials and processes

Provide evidence of intellectual enquiry within your work

  • demonstrate relevant research
  • reflect critically on your learning

Demonstrate cultural awareness and/or contextual framework of your work

  • identify historical and contemporary art practices
  • identify social and/or cultural influences on your work

Articulate and communicate intentions clearly

  • demonstrate appropriate and effective communication skills
  • present your work appropriately and effectively

Indicate the relevance of this course to your personal development

  • develop your own ideas beyond set project briefs
  • show willingness to work both collaboratively and independently
  • reflect your knowledge of this course

Fees & Funding

Home/EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19). TBC

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2018/19 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19).

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.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

BA Fine Art students leave with a broad and valuable understanding of fine art practice. Skills acquired enable graduates to become versatile practitioners in exciting and diverse contexts.

Many BA Fine Art graduates work as artists, or pursue art-related careers as curators, critics or teachers. Others work in graphics, IT, media, film, fashion and advertising.

BA Fine Art graduates often go on to postgraduate study, progressing to a wide range of Masters subjects that include fine art, philosophy, film, communication, landscape architecture, art history, gallery and museum studies, literature and broadcast journalism.

Recent BA Fine Art alumni activity demonstrates the breadth of student activity within the subject:

  • Alex Ball: Winner of Catlin Art Prize
  • Joshua Alexander & Siobhan Wanklyn: Film screenings, Camden Arts Centre, London
  • Tamarin Norward: MFA Art Writing, Goldsmiths
  • David Stearn: Bloomberg New Contemporaries
  • Rosanna Manfredi: Installation assistant to Anselm Kiefer
  • Richard Milward: Published novel 'Apples'
  • Sonny Sanjay Vadgama: Selected to feature in Exposure 2009 at Parasol Unit, London
  • Jessica Rinland: Film Nulepsy accepted to London Film Festival

For details of the wide range of careers support provided for students, please visit our Careers support page.

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