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BA (Hons) Fine Art: Sculpture

College
WIMBLEDON
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W131

Course suspended

BA Fine Art Sculpture at Wimbledon will not be taking applications.

If you are interested in Fine Art Sculpture take a look at Camberwell BA Fine Art Sculpture.

BA Fine Art Sculpture at Wimbledon College of Arts fosters an enquiring and experimental approach to sculpture practice, its history and contemporary contexts.

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Course overview

Fine Art at Wimbledon attracts a diverse and dynamic body of students and acknowledges and supports the many different ways in which its students learn. The course sets out to offer you a stimulating and challenging context in which you can develop your own art practice and acquire the skills you need for your future professional career. At Wimbledon the Fine Art course is organised around:

  • A larger community of students and staff across Fine Art.
  • A smaller and more focused community of your subject specific pathway.

The three pathways of Painting, Print & Time Based Media (PTBM) and Sculpture each have their own dedicated studio spaces and teaching teams. Pathway teaching has a particular focus on various critical contexts and debates associated with each of these distinct disciplines. Working in this way will enable you to develop your work alongside others who share practical and conceptual interests and concerns related to your subject area. There will of course be a wide range of artwork made within each pathway, with different approaches and responses that may take many forms. Students who wish to challenge perceived ‘boundaries’ between the subject areas can work with confidence alongside those who wish to focus their work firmly within a subject area.

In your second and third years pathways share a common programme of seminars and workshops in order to allow for interaction and collaboration across the course. Group tutorials and seminars will enable you to discuss your studio work with students and tutors from other pathways and you will also be encouraged to develop dialogues with students and tutors across Fine Art through exhibitions and external projects. In this way you will also develop a wide and rich network of contacts and experiences to draw upon.

Course units

As a Fine Art student you will take a holistic approach to your learning. Any one component of the course relates to the others, and they complement each other. You will be given project briefs for each component or ‘unit’ that will require you to fulfil specific tasks while developing your own practice. Over three stages you will accumulate experience, which is designed to enable you to develop as an independent and/or collaborative practitioner and to arrive at and develop your own practice. Your learning will establish a broad and integrated understanding of contemporary art and you will assume responsibility for your creative achievements and progress.

Students are recruited into the three subject-specific pathways of Fine Art: Painting, PTBM and Sculpture, and usually remain based within this area of choice.

In Stage 2 you will develop your independent art practice further by experimenting and refining your practice alongside your peers. Your critical awareness will become enhanced through both the Contextual Practice arena and Unit 5, which is a collaborative unit shared across the Fine Art programmes. Research will become more integral to your work, as you cultivate how your articulate your practice to wider audiences. This will enhance your knowledge of contemporary practice in your chosen area.

Within Stage 2 it is expected that production values become more refined as the notion of exhibition becomes more important. This will require you to focus on your technical abilities to ensure that your work is produced to a level that is appropriate.

During this stage you may choose to initiate, negotiate and complete a PPD assignment such as a placement which could involve you working or exhibiting off site. This will enhance your knowledge of contemporary practice in your chosen area.

By Stage 3 your studio practice will be established, yet you will continue to provoke, experiment and innovate. Your critical and creative confidence will be supported by the Contextual Practice Unit (Unit 10) that runs parallel to the Studio Unit (Unit 9). Whether you choose the written text or presentation to take forward towards completion of this unit, you will experience the process of Contextual Practice research as a critical support to the development of your art practice.

In this final year you will engage in a series of talks/seminars that will equip you with the tools you will need to work as an artist or within the arts upon completion of the course. This will include an introduction to various careers and how to pursue them, information on copyright, how to start a business and how price your artwork for various kinds of marketplaces.

The final stage of the course brings all of the different strands of your learning together and enables you to complete a resolved and coherent body of artwork. You will negotiate, plan and present an exhibition of this work, which will meet professional standards of presentation for the final examination.

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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
  • Pass, Pass, Pass (PPP) 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 interest, commitment and motivation for studying the subject.
  • A desire to learn and an ability to investigate and develop ideas independently.
  • An understanding of the subject and some examples of contemporary and historical art.
  • Evidence of some art making skills relevant to their ambitions.
  • An ability to communicate visually, verbally and in writing.

Making your application

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Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19 fees).

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).

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

Our recent graduates have undertaken artists' residencies in Norway, Spain and France, moved into arts management, curating and teaching as well as taking up postgraduate study.

Work placements with artists including Jamie Shovlin, Ryan Gander and Gavin Turk and galleries Haunch of Venison and Peer have also led to jobs on graduating.

Alumni

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