University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

MA Visual Arts: Book Arts at Camberwell College of Arts focuses on debates concerning the cultural, creative and individual functions of the book. The course engages with aspects of the book such as sequence, poetry, structure and materials; encompassing printed multiples and sculptural one'offs.

**What can you expect?**

• To develop a project from proposal to final exhibition.

• To research content, materials and technical skills, then produce written and practical work exploring a subject in relationship to contemporary practice.

• Support and supervision throughout the course from specialist academic staff in workshops, individual tutorials, seminars and lectures.

• Staff and student'led seminars to help promote debate, and work'in'progress sessions that allow for supportive critique.

• To develop research skills, professional practice and an understanding of the wider context of book arts as an area of fine art and design practice.

• A shared lecture programme across the Visual Arts courses that draw upon the richness of research across Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges.

• To get involved in artists book fairs and visit special collections in London such as the Tate and the National Art Library at the V&A Museum.

• Students also have the chance to explore the expanded book in a display or installation by showing their work in public exhibitions.

• To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops.


Extended Full'Time Study Mode: The MA is taught over two years in six blocks of 10 weeks. Extended Full'Time mode is a hybrid of part time and full time study.

By teaching in this mode we aim to give our students the opportunity to benefit from undertaking a full time Masters degree while also pursuing and sustaining other commitments such as part'time employment, gaining other experience in the creative industries or maintaining care responsibilities.

Unit One ' Research, Development and Practice:

Students explore, experiment and research to further develop their Project Proposal. The unit introduces you to subject specific issues and topics, research methodologies and techniques. It aims to orientate you and your practice within the course, and to develop your contextual, critical and research skills at the onset of your MA learning.

Unit Two ' Reflection and Presentation:

Resolution and presentation of students' work according to their Project Proposal. A symposium will provide the opportunity to present their research and provide further peer feedback. Students' practice at this stage should synthesise their practical, conceptual and professional abilities and they will be expected to consider their future practice, audience and context of their work in contemporary practice.

The intention and context of students' work will inform their decisions they will take regarding a final exhibition. Students' will also be expected to work collaboratively with their peers to actively plan, organise and install an exhibition as part of their continued Personal and Professional Development.

**About Camberwell College of Arts**

Camberwell College of Arts is internationally regarded for the outstanding quality of its courses, staff and facilities.

It is a unique place to study with a strong sense of community, which encourages students to rethink current practices and cultivate their own style.

Camberwell has had major investment over the last couple of years, with a new academic building and halls of residence on campus, transforming it into a 21st century art school embedded in its local, national and international communities, and dedicated to driving forward positive social change through art and design.

Course Modules

Research, development and practice; reflection and presentation.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA £4,250 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA £10,110 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Degree or equivalent academic qualifications; study proposal; portfolio of work; alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration; IELTS level 6.5 or above if English isn’t their 1st language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.