Camberwell College of Arts is an inspiring and challenging art school environment in which to develop your skills, experience and networks. It is a unique place to study with a strong sense of community which encourages students to flourish and cultivate their own style.
Courses and learning
Camberwell’s undergraduate courses are arranged in two programmes: Design and Fine Art. These bring together courses that share practical, intellectual and professional territory, which places the learning experience in a broader, cross-disciplinary context.
Camberwell has a studio culture that fosters honest, non-judgemental dialogue between students and staff, offering the creative freedom to explore your ideas alongside practising artists, designers and makers who are at the forefront of their disciplines.
See the ‘Our courses’ section for a full list of pre-degree and undergraduate degree courses offered by Camberwell.
A special series of lectures, workshops and projects will help you develop professional skills, while there are also many opportunities for work placements in the creative industries. Camberwell has developed strong links with organisations including Pentagram design agency, the V&A Museum, Wellcome Trust, Nike, the National Theatre and Alexander McQueen, as well as with small independent design and artist studios. Camberwell graduates can be found working in the creative industries throughout the world. The College has produced many renowned, innovative artists and designers, including artists Gillian Carnegie, Sir Terry Frost, Maggi Hambling and Richard Long, textiles designer Georgina von Etzdorf, illustrator Jody Barton, photographer Alice Hawkins, cartoonist Joe Kessler, musician Florence Welch and designer, illustrator and art director Kate Moross.
Camberwell’s home is in south-east London, at the heart of a vibrant and thriving community of artists, designers, galleries and studios – more artists live and work in the Camberwell area than anywhere else in London. It’s a community that inspires the College, and is one that the College is proud to be a part of and work alongside.
Camberwell’s facilities, like the work of its students and staff, embrace both traditional craftsmanship and the latest digital technologies. The facilities are supervised by experienced technicians who are skilled arts practitioners themselves. They encourage students to trust their own creative ideas and develop new skills that allow them to produce their best work.
For the last year and a half, Camberwell has been upgrading its facilities. The main benefits to current students and those starting in 2017 include:
– a new building with teaching space, lecture theatre, refectory and library
– a new gallery and fully accessible entrance for the existing 1969 building
– an outside courtyard that will be a new focal point of the campus
– new on-site student accommodation with a dedicated work zone.
A–Z of facilities and venues
– 3D resource workshops including wood, metal and plastic workshops
– Camberwell College of Arts Library
– Camberwell Space gallery
– Central loan store where students can borrow equipment including cameras, laptops, tablets and power tools
– Digital media centre including video and sound editing, stopframe animation, image manipulation and digital print facilities
– Photography centre featuring specialist darkrooms, photographic studio and film processing room
– Printmaking Centre, one of the largest in the UK, including letterpress, screen printing, etching, plate and stone lithography.
“One of the best things about Camberwell and the surrounding neighbourhood is the feeling of community. It’s a fun and inspiring place to be. It also has an interesting history, which is reflected in the technical workshops.”
Jen Franklin - Associate Lecturer BA (Hons) Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts
“Use every opportunity presented to you on your course and don’t be afraid to ask questions – you’re here to learn.”
Swathi Srinivasan - BA (Hons) Painting, Camberwell College of Arts
“Working in an open studio leads to lots of interaction between the different year groups and creates a very dynamic environment. People are constantly talking and discussing the work being made – the more you put in, the more you get out.”
Frederick Hunt BA (Hons) Sculpture, Camberwell College of Arts