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BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture

Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code

Course summary

BA Fine Art Sculpture at Camberwell College of Arts aims to establish you as a confident conceptual and practical maker.

The course teaches you to value the importance of experimentation and critical thinking. The intention is that you will develop a deep understanding of contemporary sculpture.

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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

  • A dynamic critical culture supported by seminars, lectures and practical skills workshops
  • An open plan studio and adjoining workshops
  • All forms of contemporary sculptural methods and approaches are encouraged. These range from traditional skills and spatiality to digital and expanded practices
  • The possibilities of sculpture are actively explored in crits, talks, and gallery visits. They are led by course tutors, international practitioners, artists and curators
  • Participation in external exhibitions with students from across Camberwell's BA Fine Art programme
  • To choose between a final year dissertation, practical work placement or live project
  • 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

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 Sculpture?
  • Unit 3: Critical context and reflective practice
  • Unit 4: Exploring subject possibilities - materiality

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, digital portfolio)
  • Unit 10: Individual programme of study

Work experience and opportunities

BA Fine Art Sculpture students have the opportunity to exhibit their work at external venues in London. Previous spaces have included Dilston Grove, CGP London, Shoreditch Town Hall and The Biscuit Factory in Southwark.

Students have the chance to take part in an exchange programme during their second year, with leading international art schools in New York, Tokyo, Milan, Madrid and Brussels amongst our recent exchanges.

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

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

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W132

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.

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 Pass, 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

  • Your portfolio should include visual research you have conducted, contextual statements, sketchbooks and any supporting material made in the development of your work
  • It is important to carefully edit and select the contents of your portfolio so that you can discuss your working methods and decisions
  • If you include video work you should bring a laptop or tablet with the video file set up to play

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.

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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Scholarships and awards

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Careers and alumni

BA Fine Art Sculpture graduates include four artists represented in the Saatchi Collection's British Art in the Nineties exhibition, Turner Prize nominee Cathy de Monchaux as well as many more who are now successfully working in studio practice.

Our students have also taken placements with AB Foundry, Engineered Arts, Horniman Museum, Royal National Theatre and Tate Britain, while many others continue their practice on postgraduate programmes at the Royal College of Art, Royal Academy and the Slade.

Alumni have worked with galleries including Stephen Friedman Gallery, White Cube and the Royal Festival Hall, as well as, for artists such as Cerith Wyn Evans, Angus Fairhirst and Anthony Gormley.


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

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