- Start dateSeptember 2018
- Course length3 years
- UCAS codeW120
BA (Hons) Painting
BA Painting at Camberwell College of Arts encourages students to embrace the possibilities for continued reinvention of this medium, while also looking to painting’s long and rich history for inspiration.
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Content: what students can expect
- To study the practice of painting, its history, culture and contemporary position, as part of Camberwell's Fine Art programme
- To make work and discuss it through individual tutorials, group and cross-course critiques, and seminars in a specialist studio environment
- To study the methods and materials of painting through practical workshops and demonstrations by artists, technicians and conservators, working with our partners across London such as Dulwich Picture Gallery and Tate Conservation
- To have access to workshops in printmaking, photography, film and moving image, wood and metalwork and digital facilities, to enable our students to think of painting in its’ most expanded form and its relationship to other art forms. View Camberwell's facilities section
- To participate in subject specific and cross course contextual studies programmes, to enable our students to have the critical knowledge and theoretical and historical understanding of contemporary Fine Art practice
- To have the option to choose between a final year dissertation or practical work placement or live project
- To test how paintings and artworks are installed, received and understood professionally by participating in an external exhibition and collaborating with your peers across the Fine Art programme in the development and implementation of other external group projects
- To attend both a programme wide Fine Art lecture series and subject specific lectures, seminars and subject-specific field trips
Specific BA Painting workshops will encourage our students to explore:
- The properties, uses and best practice when working with traditional oil and acrylic paints, as well as 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
Camberwell offers students the chance to study in-depth Painting, Sculpture, Photography and Drawing, while still enabling students to access cross-course teaching and facilities, as well as work 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 Painting
- Unit 3: Critical context and reflective practice
- Unit 4: Exploring subject possibilities - Signs of Painting
- 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
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 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
- 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
How to apply
Home / EU applicants
You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:
- University code - U65
- UCAS course code - W120
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)
- 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
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
Many BA 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 (Baltic) and the Young Masters Art Prize.
Graduates regularly exhibit their work professionally within London and internationally and have set up studios throughout the UK and internationally.