MA Book Arts (Visual Arts)
|Study Mode||Extended Full Time/Full Time|
|Course Length||Extended Full Time - 60 weeks taken over 2 years to allow study gaps.|
Full Time - 45 weeks taken over a year for students requiring a quicker postgraduate route.
(the study modes are subject to validation and formal approval by the University is expected by summer 2013.)
£7,500 Full Time/£3,750 (per year) Extended Full Time (2013/14). A £1000 discount will be available to Home/EU students starting a Masters level course in 2012-13 who have successfully completed an undergraduate level, Pg Dip or Pg Cert course at UAL.
£13,800 Full Time/£6,900 (per year) Extended Full Time (2013/14)
|Start Date||September 2013|
|Autumn Term Dates||2 September 2013 - 8 November 2013 (Extended Full Time)|
2 September 2013 - 20 December 2013 (Full Time)
|Spring Term Dates||13 January 2014 - 21 March 2014 (Extended Full Time)|
6 January 2014 - 25 July 2014 (Full Time) Please note that the Full Time mode has a combined Spring/Summer term.
|Summer Term Dates||19 May 2014 - 25 July 2014 (Extended Full Time)|
If you start the Extended Full Time option starting in September 2013, the course will finish in July 2015. The exact term dates for 2014/15 to be confirmed.
Direct to the CCW Graduate School.
AHRC deadline: 1 March 2013 (UK/EU applicants only)
Camberwell was the first college in the UK to provide specialist postgraduate study in the emerging field of Book Arts. Fuelled by advances in electronic information media and online publishing, the book has been freed from the traditional role as a container of information. Ongoing debates concerning the cultural, individual and creative functions of the book underpin course discussions.
Studies are complemented by lectures, seminars and workshops designed to support you to further develop your research skills, professional practice and your awareness and understanding of the wider context of book arts as an area of Fine Art and Design practice..
There is a shared lecture programme across the Visual Arts course, which draws upon the richness of research within the College and across the Graduate School.
We are able to offer our students many exciting opportunities outside of the College, such as participation on course stands at Artists' Book Fairs and visits to special collections such as those at the Tate, John Latham's FlatTime House and the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Opportunities to show work in public exhibitions give students the possibility to explore the 'expanded' book in a display or installation.
These include opportunities to participate at book fairs and visit special collections such as those at the Tate and the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum. A public exhibition at the end of the final unit gives you the possibility to explore the expanded book in a display or installation.
MA Book Arts Staff
The Book Arts teaching team is made up of experienced educators and practicing book artists. The course is led by Subject Leader Susan Johanknecht, in 2000 she co-curated the artists' book millennium project 'volumes (of vulnerability)' which included the work of 20 artists and toured internationally and in 2003-04 the 'writing instructions/reading walls' project has developed into the book 'here are my instructions'. She is the founder of Gefn Press, a writer and curator.
Course tutor Les Bicknell has work included in the collections of the National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and MOMA in New York, and is currently lead artist on several community based projects.
Visiting tutors include Dr Helen Dougles who is co-founder of Weproductions, Maria Fusco, Tony Hayward, Virginia Nimarkoh an artist and curator, and Dr Redell Olsen, a poet and editor of How2' internet journal. The critic and curator Paul Tebbs, whose writing regularly appears in Sourse, Afterimage and Art Review leads the Postgraduate Professional Development unit.
The pathway will allow you to develop a project from proposal to final exhibition. You will be asked to research the content, materials and technical skills, then produce written and practical work exploring your subject in relationship to contemporary practice. You should be well grounded in relevant aspects of Book Arts and be able to define and debate your study proposal. This programme of work is supported, negotiated and supervised throughout the course by specialist academic staff in workshops, individual tutorials, seminars and lectures. Staff and student-led seminars promote debate and work-in-progress sessions allow for supportive critique.
This course is now available in two study modes – Extended Full Time and Full Time.
The Extended Full Time course is 60-weeks long and is taken over two years. It is taught in six 10-week blocks with gaps to allow students time for work experience, residencies or travel. Teaching is typically held over 2 key days a week with one further day of general access. Students would not generally be required to come in outside of the teaching days and could possibly work part-time around their study. As a guide, this mode of study requires approximately 30 hours a week of study comprised of taught contact hours and independent study.
The Full Time course is a more intensive mode of study lasting 45 weeks allowing a quicker route for those who need to complete their degree within a year and may be taking time out of work. Like the Extended Full Time mode, teaching is typically held over two key days but with two additional days of general access. Shorter term breaks allow the course to be completed sooner than most full time MA degrees. As a guide, this mode of study requires approximately 40 hours a week of study comprised of taught contact hours and independent study. This option is only recommended for applicants with a well developed practice and a clear research proposal which is submitted with an application.
The skills and knowledge developed on this course have led graduates to careers as book artists, curators, freelance designers, workshop leaders and teachers. Successful graduates from this course have won prizes including; Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Craft Council Development Awards, the Seoul Book Fair Prize and the London Book Fair Prize. Graduates also work at the National Art Library, Ewha Women's University in Seoul and several have gone on to complete PhDs.
- An Honours Degree or equivalent academic/professional qualifications.
- Portfolio of supporting work.
- Study Proposal.
- Applicants whose first language is not English must show proof of IELTS level 6.5 and a minimum of 5.5 in reading, listening, writing and speaking. The University also accepts other tests. Please see the University English tests page for the equivalent scores required in these tests.
- The College takes into consideration prior learning, alternative qualifications and experience.
How to Apply
Completed forms, including your study proposal and reference can be returned by post to:
CCW Graduate School Admissions
16 John Islip Street
A portfolio will be required if you are invited for interview but you do not need to send one at application stage.
Please state on your application form if you would like to study the Extended Full Time or Full Time mode.
T: +44 (0)20 7514 6302
Or you can submit your form electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are an international student from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), there are two ways you can apply to our postgraduate courses:
- Through our official representative in your country. Find the representative for your country.
- If we do not have a representative in your country or you prefer to apply independently, you can complete an application form and send it directly to us in London:
Completed forms can be returned by post to:
Chelsea College of Art and Design
CCW International Office
16 John Islip Street
London SW1P 4JU
Or you can submit your form electronically by email to: email@example.com
If you have any questions or need further advice please contact the CCW International Office:
T: +44 (0)20 7514 1852
The deadline for applicants who will be applying to the AHRC (or other funding bodies): 1 March 2013
All other UK & EU applicants: 1 July 2013
International: No official deadline, but you are advised to apply as soon as possible.
What happens next?
Applications will be reviewed against the entry requirements and selection criteria for the course. You may then be invited to attend an interview at the College on a set day, with your full portfolio if applicable. If you are not in the UK you will need to send your portfolio with your application and a telephone interview will be conducted. Where possible portfolios should be in digital format e.g. CD’s, (labelled with your name and birth-date in pen) flash-drives or web-links. Please note that portfolios cannot be returned so please do not send original work.
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