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BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting

College
CAMBERWELL
Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W122

Course summary

BA Fine Art Painting at Camberwell College of Arts encourages you to embrace the possibilities for continued reinvention of this medium, while also looking to painting’s long and rich history for inspiration.

Student work

BA Fine Art Painting 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 study the practice of painting, its history, culture and contemporary position
  • To make work in a specialist studio environment
  • To discuss your work through tutorials, seminars, group and cross-course crits
  • Painting methods and materials workshops and demonstrations by artists, technicians and conservators. Some of these will be with our partners across London. These include Dulwich Picture Gallery and Tate Conservation
  • A contextual studies programme. This will give you a deeper understanding of contemporary Fine Art practice. It will widen your critical, theoretical, historical knowledge
  • To choose between a final year dissertation, practical work placement or live project
  • 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
  • Subject specific lectures, seminars and field trips
  • To have access to printmaking, photography, film, moving image, digital, wood and metalwork. This enables our students to think of painting in its’ most expanded form and its relationship to other art forms. View the Camberwell facilities

BA Fine Art Painting workshops will encourage you to explore:

  • The properties, uses and best practice when working with traditional oil and acrylic paints. The workshops will also look at non-conventional artists' materials
  • How contemporary artists use Old Master processes and techniques
  • How contemporary and historic painters have used and understood colour within their artworks

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 Painting
  • Unit 3: Critical context and reflective practice
  • Unit 4: Exploring subject possibilities - Signs of Painting

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

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 have the opportunity to take part in UAL's Erasmus and international exchange programme. Recent BA Fine Art Painting 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 or Chisenhale Gallery, or within a specialist area such as a foundry or paint manufacturer.

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

Staff

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 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:

Portfolio advice

  • The portfolio should reflect your interest and understanding of Fine Art
  • It should include both self-directed work and project work, and give a strong indication of your passion and enthusiasm for the subject
  • Portfolios can include work in any medium
  • It is important to include sketch books. These help us see your working process and indicate your developing research interests and influences
  • Wherever possible please bring examples of actual paintings you have made

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
  • To organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes

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

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

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W122

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.

This course will give consideration to:

  • Applications for year 2 entry, subject to places being available
  • Deferred entry 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 or asked to book onto a suitable date to attend 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.

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 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, you will be sent an email requesting that you upload a digital portfolio using UAL’s online portfolio review system.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

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

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

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

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W122

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.

This course will give consideration to:

  • Applications for year 2 entry, subject to places being available
  • Deferred entry 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.

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

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to or asked to book onto a suitable date to attend 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 international applicants happens 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 our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts

If you choose phone or Skype, you will be sent an email requesting that you upload a digital portfolio using UAL’s online portfolio review system.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

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

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 (2019/20).

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

£19,930 (2019/20).

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.

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Careers and alumni

Many BA Fine Art Painting graduates have successfully progressed onto postgraduate fine art in the United Kingdom (UK), Europe and the United States of America. Others have gone on to undertake teacher-training qualifications or study art history, theory or writing courses.

Alumni have been selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, the Jerwood Painting Fellowship, Saatchi New Sensations, the Turner Prize, the Woon Art Prize and the Young Masters Art Prize.

Graduates regularly exhibit their work professionally within London and internationally and have set up studios throughout the United Kingdom and internationally.

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