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Undergraduate

BA (Hons) Fine Art: Drawing

Abstract black and grey drawing by Meg Shipton - BA Fine Art Drawing.
Meg Shipton. - Credit: Meg Shipton.
College
Camberwell College of Arts
Start date
September 2021
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W111

BA Fine Art Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts explores drawing as an expanded field of practice within contemporary art.

Student work

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    Augustus Stickland
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    Jessica Mankenda
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    Max K Weaver - BA Drawing
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    Queenie Clarke - BA Drawing
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    Ikra Arshad - BA Drawing
  • camberwell-ba-drawing-Rhian-Spencer-Noronha.jpg
    Rhian Spencer Noronha - BA Drawing
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    Daniel Stafford
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    James Bullimore - BA Drawing

Tanya Wilson

Augustus Stickland

Catherine Hulme

BA Fine Art Drawing Stories

Course overview

BA Fine Art: Drawing will encourage you to develop your understanding of drawing as not necessarily limited to marks on paper. It will look at how drawing is interpreted virtually, spatially and across disciplines. 

What to 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 be introduced to key terms that have defined drawing and understand the frameworks in which they might hold multiple meanings 
  • To look at how drawing is used in disciplines outside art. For example, medicine, architecture and dance choreography 
  • To study the practice of fine art, its history, culture and contemporary position  
  • To make work and develop an ethical practice 
  • To express and explore your artistic, social and personal interests informed by focussed research  
  • To discuss your work through tutorials, seminars, group and cross-course crits  
  • Methods and materials workshops and demonstrations by artists and technicians. Some of these will be with our partners across London  
  • Opportunities to gain knowledge and experience of collaborative working and socially engaged art practice  
  • A lecture programme that gives you a deeper understanding of contemporary fine art practice. It will widen your critical, theoretical, historical knowledge. This is for all Camberwell undergraduate students studying Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Computational Arts  
  • To choose between a final year dissertation, performance, practical work placement or live project  
  • To take part in external projects with students from across Camberwell's BA Fine Art programme 
  • Course specific lectures, seminars and field trips  
  • To have access to printmaking, photography, film, moving image, digital, plastic, ceramics, wood and metalwork. This enables our students to think of art practices in its’ most expanded form and its relationship to other art forms. View the Camberwell facilities

Work experience and opportunities

All our students have the opportunity and are supported in exhibiting their work in external venues in London. During the second year all our students can take part in a wide variety of seminars and workshops hosted by a variety of external arts organisations.

Students will have the opportunity to take part in UAL's Erasmus and international exchange programme. Recent BA Fine Art students have spent part of their study with partner institutions in Leipzig, Madrid, Marseille, Milan, New York and Tokyo.

In the third year all students, can if they wish, undertake a work placement, instead of a written dissertation or practical live project. Students have worked alongside well-established artists, such as Richard Wentworth or David Batchelor. Others have worked within educational or curatorial institutions, such as Tate, Chisenhale Gallery, or within a specialist area such as a foundry or paint manufacturer.

Mode of study

BA Fine Art: Drawing is offered in full-time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage consists of 30 teaching weeks. 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.

Year 1

Unit 1 - Introduction to Fine Art

This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university.

Unit 2 - Establishing practice

  • Methods and materials workshops will help you gain specialist technical knowledge
  • Seminars on how professional artists live and work in the context of an art world increasingly shaped by postcolonial and feminist discourses
  • To be encouraged to consider how fine art can be thought of as a social research activity inspired by the wider world and the creative imagination
  • To produce a research file comprised of written and research tasks, alongside reflections on talks and events
  • To be supported in the development of artistic ideas from questions you have about the wider world, images that interest you, subjects you’ve read about and your own identity
  • To generate new ideas and become more deeply engaged with your work by making art that emerges from your fascination and curiosity

Unit 3 - Ideas into practice

You will be asked to identify which specific skills and strategies help you in making and understanding your work. You will be thinking about questions such as how your work is made, how it begins to communicate and how you might introduce or discuss it.

  • Group crits will develop your expertise in how to talk about art
  • To explore writing and research through workshops and group exercises
  • To present and share ideas and pictures shaping your imagination to your peers
  • Workshops and seminars about techniques of artistic display, curatorial themes and audience relationships
  • To take part in a cross-course fine art exhibition

Unit 4 - Activating practice

This unit has 2 parts. The first uses the college degree show as an opportunity for reflective critical and contextual writing. The second part asks students to imagine an external project outside the college’s studio environment.

  • Lectures on the contexts in which art is made and shown. They will look at examples of how proposals around the world are realised for specific locations and exhibitions
  • To develop a proposal for a London site
  • To be supported through tutorial and group discussions
  • To write a review of a selected BA Fine Art work on display in the college degree show
  • Writing workshops to support you by looking at diverse styles and purposes of reviewing art exhibitions

Year 2

Unit 5 - Working for a context

This unit is about re-establishing your practice whilst also progressing your research methodologies. It is about exploring the relationship between fine art and painting in more depth.

  • To produce work for a group crit
  • An introduction to strategies for collaboration and the ethical considerations that accompany working with others
  • To create and present an artist’s manifesto that expresses the context for your practice 
  • To reflect on your progress through self-evaluation

Unit 6 - Collaborative and collective practices

This unit aims to introduce you to different ways in which collaborative working can focus and enhance your own creative strengths. This unit has 3 core purposes: 

  • To engage with fellow students with different practices and interests in a collaborative project
  • To engage with external audiences, participants or institutions to consider new contexts for your work
  • To develop your creative attributes to enable you to take on future challenges in a variety of contexts

Unit 7 - Refining practice

  • To continue to develop your creative practice
  • Seminars and reading groups introduce you to the relationships between painting and ideas about society, identity, politics and the environment
  • To write an essay based on a selected text, theory or set of ideas in relation to an artist’s work
  • To take part in a group exhibition with your peers

Unit 8 - Audiences

  • To create and present an artist’s manifesto that expresses the context for your practice
  • To participate in workshops that will explain and help you plan for your third year
  • To prepare a detailed proposal for your third year
  • To work alongside third year students helping with their degree show

Year 3

Unit 9 - Practice and articulation

  • To develop and produce work for your final degree show exhibition in unit 10
  • To produce a piece of research that can be produced either in written form, or in a performance lecture, or through a live project/work placement
  • Art and its audiences programme of seminars will help you manage artistic life after art school and how to apply for postgraduate study

Unit 10 - Practice and presentation

  • To present work in the college degree show
  • An introduction to possible national and international progression routes
  • Workshops, seminars, tutorials and lectures on approaches to curation, audiences, methods of display, materials and the ethics of representation
  • To produce written work or a website that presents your work and ideas
  • To be encouraged to proactively engage with communities within and outside of the art school to build sustainable and ethical working relationships

Optional Diploma between year 2 and 3

Between year 2 and 3 you can opt to undertake the Diploma in Professional Studies or the Diploma in Creative Computing. Whilst these Diplomas are an optional aspect of the course, they are designed as an integrated and assessed part of your journey through the course.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Artist and professional practice talks and workshops
  • Briefings, discussions, lectures and seminars
  • Cross course group crits
  • Field trips and off-site visits
  • Group and individual presentations and tutorials
  • Independent learning
  • Lectures and artist talks
  • Online learning
  • Peer learning and review
  • Portfolio review
  • Project planning
  • Research training
  • Student presentations
  • Studio and workshop based self directed study and research
  • Study skills
  • Technical workshops and inductions
  • Workshops on writing styles, research methodology and critical debate

Assessment methods

  • Blogs
  • Critical professional practice presentations
  • Exhibition of work
  • Off-site project
  • Peer evaluation
  • Portfolio
  • Presentations
  • Research journal
  • Self evaluation
  • Presentation
  • Technical skills
  • Written work - assignments, essays, reports, scripts and statements

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 one or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • 2 A Levels at grade C or above
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C)

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:

  • 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

Making your application

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

Please remember:

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

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

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W111

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15 January for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

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.

Please add ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

Initial application check and selection

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

Following receipt of your digital portfolio you will be invited to book an online interview selection event.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through UCAS track.

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf. If you would like to request feedback please email ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk.

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.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

There are 3 ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course:

If you are applying via UCAS you will need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W111

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 applications will be withdrawn. Read the UAL international application advice for further information on how to apply.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15 January for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

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.

Please add ccw.international@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

Immigration history check

Whether you’re applying online via UCAS, through a UAL representative or by direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you don’t complete the check we won’t be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check and selection

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

Following receipt of your digital portfolio you will be invited to book a telephone interview selection event.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

  • If you applied through UCAS you will receive the final outcome of your application through UCAS track
  • If you applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL portal

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf. If you would like to request feedback - please email ccw.international@arts.ac.uk.

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.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

If you are an International applicant and studying outside the UK, please complete your direct application and then contact us via your UAL Portal to ask to be considered for Year 2/Year 3.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

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 and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals . However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students.

International fee

£22,920 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course.

Students from countries outside of the UK are currently charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students.

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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.

Alumni

  • Izat Arif - Artist and founding member of the Malaysian Artist Intention Experiment (MAIX)
  • Kurt Buckley - artist
  • Adam Farah – artist and South London Gallery postgraduate Artist-in-Residence
  • 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.