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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

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

  • 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

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.

Making your application

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

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W122

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.

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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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