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BA (Hons) Fine Art Drawing

Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code

Course summary

BA Fine Art Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts teaches drawing as an extension of thinking.

You will develop your understanding of the subject in relation to wider issues in art. The course encourages you to look at how drawing is used in other disciplines such as architecture, choreography, mathematics and science.

Student work

Tanya Wilson.

Augustus Stickland.

Catherine Hulme.

BA Fine Art Drawing Stories

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 use drawing as an end in itself, but also for exploring other modes of art practice like film, installation, performance and sculpture
  • To look at how drawing is used in disciplines outside art. For example medicine, architecture and dance choreography
  • To organise external projects. This will help you learn professional skills and develop a better understanding of the context of your work
  • Cross-course crits and tutorials. Second year activities and exhibitions will give you a chance to discuss your work with other students on the Fine Art programme at Camberwell
  • To take part in an external exhibition. This will be with students from across Camberwell's BA Fine Art programme
  • A Fine Art lecture series. This is for all Camberwell undergraduate students studying Drawing, Painting, Photography and Sculpture
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities

Taught studio sessions that compliment students’ work on:

  • Drawing and the body - an exploration of the body as object and subject on the page and in real space
  • Life drawing
  • Linear perspective and orthographic projection drawing. Using measurement to translate objects and spaces into lines

Course units

Camberwell has single subject degrees in Fine Art at undergraduate level. This gives students the chance to study drawing, painting, photography and sculpture in-depth.

Students have to access cross-course teaching and facilities. All undergraduate Fine Art students attend cross-course crits and tutorials throughout their course. They also work with their peers in other Fine Art areas.

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Introduction to BA Fine Art Drawing, Painting, Photography and Sculpture
  • Unit 2: Defining the subject - What is drawing
  • Unit 3: Critical context and reflective practice
  • Unit 4: Exploring subject possibilities - Drawing systems

Year 2

  • Unit 5: Options - Extended contexts
  • Unit 6: Presentation and exhibition
  • Unit 7: Defining a context for your work
  • Unit 8: Presentation, collaboration and development

Year 3

  • Unit 9, part 1: Context - Dissertation, work placement or live project
  • Unit 9, part 2: Personal and professional development - Portfolio, includes contextual statement, evaluative report and digital portfolio
  • Unit 10: Individual programme of study

Work experience and opportunities

BA Fine Art Drawing students have had placements with artists including Susan Collis, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Aleksandra Mir, Susan Stockwell, Berlinde de Bruyckere and furniture design and manufacturing company OPM.

Students have also participated or performed in artists Joan Jonas and Doug Fishbone’s work and collaborated with galleries including The Courtauld and LUPA.

You will have the opportunity to exhibit your work in external exhibitions. Previous spaces have included Cafe Gallery Projects and Dilston Grove, The Departure Foundation, Hotel Elephant, The Old Operating Theatre and Copeland Gallery.

You will have the opportunity in your second year of an exchange with an international art school. Recent students have studied in Bergen, Ghent, Leipzig, Madrid, Marseille and Milan.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Events, screenings and visits
  • Group and individual critiques, tutorials and formal reviews
  • Individual programmes of study
  • Key ideas lecture programme
  • Learning skills in practical and technical workshops.
  • Lectures and visiting speakers
  • Staff and student led seminars and discussions
  • Taught drawing sessions

Assessment methods

  • Assignments, essays, statements and reports
  • Development file
  • Peer assessment
  • Portfolios
  • Practical work
  • Presentations
  • Project and support work
  • Proposals
  • Self-assessment


Contextual Studies Staff

Recent visitors have included:

  • Marc Camille Chaimowicz
  • Hal Foster - Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
  • Michelle Grabner
  • Mary Heilmann
  • Helen Molesworth - Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Humphrey Ocean RA
  • Eddie Peake
  • Griselda Pollock - Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History (CATH), Leeds University
  • Michael Raedeker
  • Caragh Thuring
  • Bob and Roberta Smith
  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

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 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

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work, personal statements and reference.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • A Level - 2 A levels grade C or above
  • or Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • or Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • or Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • or Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • or Equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications. For example - International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 24 points or above
  • and 3 GCSE passes grade C or above

We will also consider other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements.

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:

Portfolio advice

  • Whilst we encourage you to include drawings within the portfolio, it doesn't need to be all drawings. The portfolio can contain work made in any media
  • It is important to include sketch books. These help us see your working process and indicate your developing research interests and influences

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • An ability to explore, articulate and develop ideas
  • An ability to research information and visual material to support your ideas
  • Your portfolio to demonstrate a range of appropriate skills and technical abilities
  • An ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • An ability to self-direct and evaluate your own work

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.

Selection criteria

Making your application

You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W111

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.

Following your UCAS application to this course all home / EU applicants will be invited to choose a date for a selection event.

What is a selection event?

A selection event is similar to an interview. You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by course teams. The event will also give you a chance to meet current students, take a tour of the college and see the facilities.

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

There are 3 ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:

Find out more information about applying through UCAS.

Interviews and portfolio reviews - international students can be interviewed in a number of different ways:

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts

Study Abroad

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course.

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19 fees). 2019/20 fees to be confirmed.

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 fees). 2019/20 fees to be confirmed.

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.


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

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Careers and alumni

BA Fine Art Drawing graduates have had success working as part of collectives, showing in gallery and museum exhibitions and gaining prestigious residencies in places such as Frieze Art Fair, Venice Biennale, Palais de Tokyo, Skowhegan and Kolla Festival Luxembourg.


  • Izat Arif - Artist and founding member of the Malaysian Artist Intention Experiment (MAIX)
  • John Hill - Artist, academic and member of Lucky pdf
  • Sandra Lane - Artist
  • Renee Odjidja - Swarovski Foundation Curator: Youth Programme, Whitechapel Gallery
  • Jenny N. R. Smith - Artist studying a postgraduate course in medical art with the Medical Artists' Education Trust
  • Theo Turpin - Artist
  • Mary Vettise - Artist

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

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