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BA (Hons) Fine Art Photography

College
CAMBERWELL
Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W642

Course summary

BA Fine Art Photography at Camberwell College of Arts offers an open and experimental approach to fine art photographic practice.

Guided by expert staff students are able to explore media beyond the photographic image. The course encourages creative dialogue and will offer you regular opportunities to exhibit work.

Student work

BA Fine Art Photography 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 test and explore the creative possibilities and limits of photography
  • To consider the broadest applications of image and material. To think about documentation, advertising, personal memento, public image and object of expression. To ask how these uses affect our perception of photographic culture
  • To be introduced to colour and black and white darkroom processes.
  • To learn about studio lighting, advanced alternative printing, post-production and colour management
  • To investigate methods through which your work reaches its audience. From physical installations, exhibitions and publications, to new media and the web
  • To be taught by prominent artists, critics, curators and publishers
  • 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 explore international ideas about contemporary photographic practice. You will do this by attending our programme of artists’ talks. By accessing London’s extensive galleries. By taking part in optional visits to major exhibitions and events. These have included the Venice Biennale, Documenta and Paris Photo
  • To develop ideas and experiences through optional international exchanges with other art schools. Partnerships include University of California (Los Angeles and San Diego), Kyoto Seika University (Kyoto), Università Iuav di Venezia (Venice) and Die Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (Leipzig)
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities

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 Photography
  • Unit 3: Critical context and reflective practice
  • Unit 4: Exploring subject possibilities - Time and space

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 Photography students have the opportunity to exhibit their work internally at the university and at external venues in London, with previous spaces having included Dilston Grove, CGP London, Shoreditch Town Hall and Southwark's The Biscuit Factory.

Students are supported in pursuing work experience with major organisations, including Self Publish, Be Happy, and Art on the Underground.

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:

  • Becky Beasley
  • Walead Beshty
  • Rut Blees Luxemburg
  • Marc Camille Chaimowicz
  • Shezad Dawood
  • John Divola
  • Hal Foster - Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
  • Darren Harvey-Regan
  • Mishka Henner
  • Helen Molesworth - Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Aron Morel
  • Matthew Noel-Tod
  • Eddie Peake
  • Sarah Pickering
  • Griselda Pollock - Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History (CATH), Leeds University
  • Clare Strand

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 will mainly be made up of photographic work, but may include work made in other media
  • The portfolio should show an ability to develop and explore ideas
  • 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 - W642

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.

Accommodation

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Careers and alumni

Our BA Fine Art Photography graduates have exhibited their work in major UK competitions and exhibitions, including The Photographer’s Gallery’s Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed exhibition of most promising graduates, Saatchi New Sensations, Sony Professional Photography Awards and The Sovereign Asian Art Prize.

Others have gone on to work for major galleries and publishers, whilst many former students progress to postgraduate study.

Alumni

  • Pedro Alfacinha - Photography publishing, Steidl and Mack Books
  • Lea Collet - Artist
  • Jon Maguire - Freelance documentary filmmaker
  • Robert Zhao Renhui - Artist
  • Katherine Reynolds - Curator

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

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