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  • Objectives
    The MA offers you the opportunity to develop a project from proposal to final exhibition. You will be asked to research the content, materials and technical skills appropriate to your project, and produce written as well as practical work exploring your chosen subject area and its relationship to contemporary practice. You will be expected to be well grounded in relevant aspects of drawing and be able to define and debate your study proposals. Individual programmes will be negotiated and supervised throughout the course in tutorials with specialist academic staff. Studies are complemented by lectures, seminars and workshops designed to help you develop a wider contextual understanding, research skills and awareness of professional issues. MA Drawing is part of the postgraduate community at Camberwell and there are a number of ways in which the MA courses interact, most notably through research skills and career development. There is also a shared lecture programme, which draws upon the richness of research within the College and the University.
  • Academic Title
    MA Drawing
  • Course description

    MA Drawing
    at Camberwell is committed to providing an environment which is forward-looking, challenging and responsive to issues arising in contemporary practice. The course offers an opportunity to question, reflect upon and debate issues and concerns within current visual practice. The programme of study is designed to place the practice of drawing in both a contemporary critical context and in a wide historical perspective. The development of appropriate application of skills, critical thinking and contextual and professional knowledge are seen as interdependent elements. Students are encouraged to investigate and reconsider assumptions underlying the applications of autographic processes and new technologies.

    Course Highlights
    You will have access to the College’s technical resources, including digital and printmaking facilities, to further expand your practice. We have strong links with collections and agencies, including the British Museum. Recent visiting lecturers to the course include James Faure-Walker whose book 'Painting the Digital River’ has recently been published and Professor Stephen Farthing, currently the Rootstein Hopkins Chair in Drawing at University of the Arts London.

    MA Drawing Staff
    The course team includes Subject Leader Dr. Angela Eames. She has delivered papers on Drawing at conferences such as Pixelraiders at Sheffield Hallam, Drawing Across Boundaries at Loughborough University and Focus on Drawing in Dublin at the National College of Art and Design. Recent exhibitions include - in and thro’ or somewhere thereabouts, with Gary Woodley at the Morley Gallery, London, Drawing - the Process (a travelling exhibition), Joining the Dots, Davies Street Gallery, PLAYallDAY + DRAWin 24 Hour Event at Dilston Grove, London, Millennium Ark, Café Gallery, London. She was responsible for the Camberwell section of the innovative DVD project - Seeing Drawing.

    Dr. Amanda Beech, artist and visiting lecturer has had recent exhibitions including Don’t Fight It! at Gasworks, London, Moving, London, Break at Gallery Clark, Montreal, Canada, Make Believe at the Kingsgate Gallery, London and Misdemeanours at the Snuff Gallery, London. She has been Visiting Artist at the University of Western Sydney, Nepean, Sydney, Australia and Curator and assistant curator of Flashpoint at The Globe Gallery, Newcastle.

    Gary Woodley was recently elected to the International Artist in Residence Programme. Gary Woodley works with spatial concerns. Often given a gallery to fill he explores the entrance and exterior before alighting on a solution for the main area. His Impingements, as the title of this series of works implies, encroach (even drive in to) the buildings. They are determined by the very spaces themselves, through Woodley's initial meticulous measurements. He has installed works extensively in the UK and abroad.

    The critic and curator Paul Tebbs, whose writing regularly appears in Sourse, Afterimage and Art Review leads the Postgraduate Professional Development unit.

    In 2003, the quality of postgraduate learning at Camberwell was officially recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency, the higher education standards authority. The spirit of challenge engendered by the college’s postgraduate community and its capacity to incorporate both traditional and new technologies won special praise. The QAA found our teaching to be current, responsive to students’ needs and informed by staff research and professional practice. 
    Postgraduate Professional Development Programme

    Your MA at Camberwell includes the chance to improve your research and career development skills. You’ll have access to workshops in IT skills, individual and group tutorials for discussions on professional issues, and tutor-led seminars.

    This unit is an integral part of all MA courses at Camberwell, providing a critical perspective on research and practice. It introduces the students to key principles of research and equips them with the skills necessary to pursue their professional development.

    Career Prospects

    Past students who have completed the MA Drawing course are currently working in a broad range of fields. Many are freelance designers and practising artists; others have followed successful careers in teaching and research.

    Entry Requirements

    -A good honours degree in a related subject
    -Portfolio and/or slides of supporting work
    -International students must show proof of IELTS level 6.5 or above in English on enrolment
    -Project proposal

    Project Proposal
    Application for MA courses is by proposal. You’ll need to include with your application form a short proposal outlining your project, the research question it will address, its context, your methodology and the resources you would like to draw upon. Your project will need to be sustained to completion by a combination of independent study and tutorial advice. Studies are complemented by lectures, seminars and workshops designed to help you develop wider contextual understanding, research skills and awareness of professional issues.

    The Project Proposal should outline:
    -Research Question - What are you proposing to discover or explore?
    -Context - What work, both theoretical and practical, relates to your project?
    -Methodology - What methods will you employ to research your project?
    -Resources - What equipment, facilities and expertise will you require to carry out your research?

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