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BA in Fine Art: Sculpture (Full Time)

University of the Arts London

Bachelor Degree , Fine Art

Course Description

The course teaches you to value the importance of ‘thinking through making’, using practical experimentation and different critical approaches. The intention is that you will develop an understanding of the inter-relationship between humans and objects and reflect upon people’s interactions with the material world through a postcolonial lens.

What to expect

  • To develop and explore your practice as part of an inclusive, ethical and sustainable studio culture with collaboration at its heart
  • To interrogate sculpture’s status in the contemporary fine art world and its continually evolving position due to social and political factors
  • To investigate traditional and digital material practices associated with sculpture supported by technical tuition
  • An open plan studio and adjoining workshops
  • All forms of contemporary sculptural methods and approaches to be encouraged. These range from traditional skills and spatiality to digital and expanded practices
  • The possibilities of sculpture to be 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, Sculpture and Computational Arts
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops that include printmaking, photography, film, moving image, digital, plastic, ceramics, wood and metalwork. 

The course teaches you to value the importance of ‘thinking through making’, using practical experimentation and different critical approaches. The intention is that you will develop an understanding of the inter-relationship between humans and objects and reflect upon people’s interactions with the material world through a postcolonial lens. What to...

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Course Content

Year 1

Unit 1 - Introduction to Fine Art

This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university.

Unit 2 - Studio projects

  • Lectures, seminars and talks will look at a range of ideas that are central to the subject of sculpture 
  • Technical workshops will allow you to develop an understanding of materials and processes
  • To produce a research in practice document comprised of written and research tasks, alongside reflections on talks and events
  • To work individually and as a group on projects that introduce you to various material practices and relevant research
  • An introduction to independent art practice and its location within the studio or beyond

Unit 3 - Ideas into practice

You will be asked to identify which specific skills and strategies help you in making and understanding your work. You will be thinking about questions such as how your work is made, how it begins to communicate and how you might introduce or discuss it.

  • Group crits will develop your expertise in how to talk about art
  • To explore writing and research through workshops and group exercises
  • To present and share ideas and pictures shaping your imagination to your peers
  • Workshops and seminars about techniques of artistic display, curatorial themes and audience relationships
  • To take part in a cross-course fine art exhibition

Unit 4 - Live practice London

This unit has 2 parts. The first uses the college degree show as an opportunity for reflective critical and contextual writing. The second part asks students to imagine an external project outside the college’s studio environment.

  • Lectures on the contexts in which art is made and shown. They will look at examples of how proposals around the world are realised for specific locations and exhibitions
  • To develop a proposal for a London site
  • To be supported through tutorial and group discussions
  • To write a review of a selected BA Fine Art Sculpture work on display in the college degree show
  • Writing workshops to support you by looking at diverse styles and purposes of reviewing art exhibitions

Year 2

Unit 5 - Working for a context

This unit is about re-establishing your studio practice whilst also progressing your research methodologies. It is about exploring the relationship between fine art and sculpture in more depth.

  • To produce work for a group crit
  • An introduction to strategies for collaboration and the ethical considerations that accompany working with others
  • To reflect on your progress through self-evaluation

Unit 6 - Collaborative and collective practices

This unit aims to introduce you to different ways in which collaborative working can focus and enhance your own creative strengths. This unit has 3 core purposes: 

  • To engage with fellow students with different practices and interests in a collaborative project
  • To engage with external audiences, participants or institutions to consider new contexts for your work
  • To develop your creative attributes to enable you to take on future challenges in a variety of contexts

Unit 7 - Establishing practice

  • To continue to develop your creative practice
  • Seminars and reading groups
  • To write an essay based on a selected text, theory or set of ideas in relation to an artist’s work
  • To part in a group exhibition with your peers

Unit 8 - Audiences

  • To create and present an artist’s manifesto that expresses the context for your practice
  • To participate in workshops that will explain and help you plan for your third year
  • To prepare a detailed proposal for your third year
  • To work alongside third year students helping with their degree show

Year 3

Unit 9 - Practice and articulation

  • To develop and produce work for your final degree show exhibition in unit 10
  • To produce a piece research that can be produced either in written form, or in a performance lecture, or through a live project/work placement
  • Art and its audiences programme of seminars to help you manage artistic life after art school and how to apply for postgraduate study

Unit 10 - Practice and presentation

  • To present work in the college degree show
  • An introduce to possible national and international progression routes
  • Workshops, seminars, tutorials and lectures on approaches to curation, audiences, methods of display, materials and the ethics of representation
  • To produce written work or a website that presents your work and ideas
  • To be encouraged to proactively engage with communities within and outside of the art school to build sustainable and ethical working relationships

Year 1 Unit 1 - Introduction to Fine Art This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university. Unit 2 - Studio projects Lectures, seminars and talks will look at a range of ideas that are central to the subject of sculpture  Technical workshops will allow...

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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
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) 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.

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 Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma Pass at UAL Extended Diploma Access to Higher Education Diploma Or...

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Assessment Methods

  • Assignments, essays, statements and reports
  • Development file
  • Peer assessment
  • Portfolios
  • Practical work
  • Presentations
  • Project and support work
  • Proposals
  • Self-assessment

  • Assignments, essays, statements and reports
  • Development file
  • Peer assessment
  • Portfolios
  • Practical work
  • Presentations
  • Project and support work
  • Proposals
  • Self-assessment

Additional Information

Course dates

Autumn Term:

Monday 21 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring Term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer Term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021

Course dates

Autumn Term:

Monday 21 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring Term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer Term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021