- Start dateSeptember 2018
- Course length3 years
- UCAS codeW110
BA (Hons) Drawing
BA Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts teaches drawing as an extension of thinking.
Students develop their understanding of the subject in relation to wider issues in art, and are encouraged to look at how drawing is used in other disciplines such as architecture, choreography, mathematics and science.
Student video work
BA Drawing News
Content: what students can expect
- To explore drawing as an end in itself, as well as a means for exploring other modes of art practice like film, installation, performance and sculpture
- To explore how drawing is used in disciplines outside art such as medicine, architecture and dance choreography
- To initiate and organise external projects, where students learn vital professional skills and develop a better understanding of context for your work
- Cross-course crits and tutorials, with second year activities and exhibitions giving Drawing students the chance to discuss their work with their Fine Art programme peers studying Painting, Photography and Sculpture
- To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities section
- To test how their artworks are installed, received and understood by participating in an external exhibition with students from across our BA Fine Art programme
- A Fine Art lecture series open to all Camberwell undergraduate students studying Drawing, Painting, Photography and Sculpture
Taught studio sessions that compliment students’ work on:
- Drawing and the body - an exploration of the body as object and subject on the page and in real space
- Life drawing
- Linear perspective and orthographic projection drawing, using measurement to translate objects and spaces into lines
By retaining single subject degrees in Fine Art at undergraduate level, Camberwell offers students the chance to study in depth Painting, Sculpture, Photography and Drawing, while still allowing students to access cross-course teaching and facilities, as well as working with their peers in other Fine Art areas.
All undergraduate Fine Art students at Camberwell attend cross-course crits and tutorials throughout their course, even though they are primarily based in their own subject areas.
- Unit 1: Introduction to BA Drawing, Painting, Photography and Sculpture
- Unit 2: Defining the subject - What is drawing
- Unit 3: Critical context and reflective practice
- Unit 4: Exploring subject possibilities - Drawing systems
- Unit 5: Options - Extended contexts
- Unit 6: Presentation and exhibition
- Unit 7: Defining a context for your work
- Unit 8: Presentation, collaboration and development
- 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 Drawing students have had placements with artists including Susan Collis, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Aleksandra Mir, Susan Stockwell, Berlinde de Bruyckere and furniture design and manufacturing company OPM. Students have also participated or performed in artists Joan Jonas and Doug Fishbone’s work and collaborated with galleries including The Courtauld and LUPA.
You will have the opportunity to exhibit your work in external exhibitions. Previous spaces have included Cafe Gallery Projects and Dilston Grove, The Departure Foundation, Hotel Elephant, The Old Operating Theatre and Copeland Gallery.
You will have the opportunity in your second year of an exchange with an international art school. Recent students have studied in Bergen, Ghent, Leipzig, Madrid, Marseille and Milan.
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
- Assignments, essays, statements and reports
- Development file
- Peer assessment
- Practical work
- Project and support work
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
Home / EU applicants
You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:
- University code - U65
- UCAS course code - W110
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
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.
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 28 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:
- IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
- Whilst we encourage you to include drawings within the portfolio, it doesn't need to be all drawings. The portfolio can contain work made in any media
- 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
This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.
Fees and 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.
£19,350 (2018/19 fees).
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.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.
Careers and alumni
BA Drawing graduates have had success working as part of collectives, showing in gallery and museum exhibitions and gaining prestigious residencies in places such as Frieze Art Fair, Venice Biennale, Palais de Tokyo, Skowhegan and Kolla Festival Luxembourg.
- Izat Arif - Artist and founding member of the Malaysian Artist Intention Experiment (MAIX)
- John Hill - Artist, academic and member of Lucky pdf
- Sandra Lane - Artist
- Renee Odjidja - Swarovski Foundation Curator: Youth Programme, Whitechapel Gallery
- Jenny N. R. Smith - Artist studying a postgraduate course in medical art with the Medical Artists' Education Trust
- Theo Turpin - Artist
- Mary Vettise - Artist