an innovative MA course…

MA Fine Art Digital at Camberwell College of Arts, University
of the Arts London is offered both

as a studio based course in London and as an Online/Low Residency option with students living anywhere in the world, engaging fully online and with the option of coming to London for intense 2 week Low Residency periods.

ual camberwellRead more about this MA course here.

Read more about what goes on during the intensive Low Residency part of this course

Online or in London?

MA Fine Art Digital uniquely offers both a more traditional London studio based mode of the course and a fully online option.

The idea of studying a fine art masters course online may seem very strange but we have been doing this successfully since 2004.

Mariana Tschudi completed the MA Fine Art Digital course online while living in Peru. Here she talks about the experience in an interview with journalist Susanna Garcia.

A student from Canada comments:
“The Low Residency intensive time in London is an indispensable part of the course. So many points of contact have occurred to shape practice in such a positive way. I can’t wait to implement some of the fresh ideas in my work.”

Low Residency 2018 – day 1

February 2018 – start of the latest Low Residency intensive 10 days.

We began with an inspiring and challenging talk by artist, performer and Camberwell College of Arts alumna, Jess Thom. Jess is also known as Tourettes Hero.

Quoting from their website: ‘ is a place to celebrate the humour & creativity of Tourettes.
It’s not about mocking or commiserating – it’s about reclaiming the most frequently misunderstood syndrome on the planet and… Changing the World One Tic at a Time’

Jess talked about her verbal tics, the strange and unusual combination of words that she often comes out with as a ‘random creativity generating machine’ and these were the trigger for collaborative group work for the rest of the day.

However before we got to the making, Jess discussed the ‘social model of disability’ which is in contrast to the medial or charity models of disability. The medical and charity model says people are disabled by their own impairments or differences, but the social model says people aren’t disabled by their impairments but by a failure to consider difference in the way society is organised. Jess gave an example:

‘…it’s not my tics that mean I can’t call up my Internet service provider to sort out a fault, it’s their voice-activated system that disables me and means I can’t do it myself.’

The new building at Camberwell College of Arts did allow easy access to the lecture theatre for Jess in her wheelchair, however the Fine Art Digital studio is in the old Victorian original building of the college and is completely inaccessible to a wheelchair. The good news is that the main entrance now has a long ramp instead of our old steep stairs.


So we used Toutetteshero’s tics as provocations and triggers for art making. Small groups of 4 could each choose one of more tics and create animations, films, sound or images. We had a premier of this output at 17.00 in the canteen on a large screen.

Low Residency 2017 – day 10

The final day was spent exploring some practical issues related to artistic practice and ways to address challenges.

Firstly Hannah Breslin, artist and Student Employability Practitioner at University of the Arts London ran 2 sessions looking at successful application writing for artists and what a good artist CV/Resumé looks like. After many years of applying for funding and competitions, Hannah was able to share insightful and valuable advice.

We concluded the Low Residency with an adaption of an experimental group tutorial structure that Jonathan first introduced last year. Through a guided series of steps over about 2 hours, groups of 3 students considered areas in their practice that were a problem, a challenge or not working. After sharing this in their group of 3 the other 2 group members had to simply ask open questions and not give any advice or direction. This encouraged the one sharing to listen to themselves for advice and insight. Hard to describe in this written format, it was much better to experience the session. One participant said the structure asked of generosity and understanding from those listening, rather than critique and judgement’ and that it effected (positively) both the person questioned and the questionee/s simultaneously’.

We concluded the intense but highly enjoyable 10 days with pizza in a nearby Italian restaurant.

Low Residency 2017 – day 9

A day at Tate Modern in the Tate Exchange education space. A drop in digital maker event was happening all day with several MA Fine Art Digital students involved in presenting work. Alongside this we also ran a 3 hour workshop for students and anyone else who wanted to attend, called ‘What happens if we push this?’

From an unprecedented rate of technological acceleration to climate change, fragile economies, humanitarian crises, and shifting demographics: we live in precarious times. It’s easy to feel lost or despondent in the face of our situation, but as artists and designers we have the chance to imagine a better world.

What Happens If We Push This? will explore how to breakthrough the inertia of despondency, and develop a range of responses to two of the biggest challenges facing society today: The future of energy and the future of work. Join subject experts, artists and designers to collectively make images and objects that address these challenges. You will be guided through the process of thinking, making, and doing, using methods from design-thinking to rapid prototyping.

You don’t need to be clairvoyant, mid-career artist or a climate scientist to attend this workshop. It has been created with everyone in mind. We encourage you to come and challenge yourself, in the spirit of solidarity and progress.

We started with a series of provocations and then a making session to explore the ideas further, facilitated by David Cross (Reader in Art & Design), Dr Charlotte Webb (Artist. Researcher. Bot matchmaker.), Jake Rees (Curator, futures researcher, meme-lecturer & writer), Andrew Simms (economist, author, analyst & campaigner) and Jonathan Kearney (runs this MA course).

Low Residency 2017 – day 8

Day 2 of the collaborative workshop with South Kiosk gallery in Peckham. Three groups pushed their ideas and by the late afternoon we gathered together to experience their interventions into the space. There was lots of use of the unique environment of a space built inside the gallery space. The great sound system that had been installed for the exhibition was used along with loads of mesmerising visual effects.

The very limited time meant students had to work quickly and some only saw their ‘completed’ work for the first time at the public showing. This lead to excellent discussions and feedback on each of the approaches. Two groups used the installed projectors and even added another one to reflect of the mirror effect walls, while another group blindfolded each person and invited us to experience sound and light without seeing.

Low Residency 2017 – day 7

The start of a 2 day collaboration with South Kiosk gallery in Peckham. Their current exhibition sees artist & architect Sebastian Kite build a large space within the gallery space, creating a immersive visual and surround sound installation.

After an introduction to the gallery, their previous projects and the current exhibition by gallery directors Ben James and Dave Charlesworth; Sebastian Kite talked about his installation and his influences.

Students were then invited to form groups and develop a collaborative intervention in the space over the 2 days of the project. Day 1 saw lots of experiments that slowly developed into potential ideas.

To be continued tomorrow…

Low Residency 2017 – day 5

A guided tour and a lot of walking. A visit to 9 galleries! Specifically some of the more hidden and harder to find galleries in Vauxhall and Bermondsey but mixed with some of the more well known spaces.
BeaconsfieldNewport Street GalleryCorvi-MoraGreengrassiGasworksCopperfieldMatt’s GalleryARTHOUSE 1Drawing Room.

For some this was still not enough and we also went to the Kinetica 10th anniversary exhibition at Ugly Duck where about 50 artists were showing work.

Thanks for South London Art Map for the tour guide.

360 degree video of the various galleries – (use Chrome browser and or the youtube app on a smart phone):

Low Residency 2017 – day 4

Morning: talk by visiting artist Sigune Hamann, who gave an overview of her diverse body of work and introduced the ideas for a project that she and Jonathan Kearney are developing with Oxford University. They have been successful in getting some funding to explore links between students at Camberwell College of Arts and the Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology department at Oxford.

Afternoon: a visit to Tate Britain with particular attention to the latest film and installation by Rachel Maclean as well as the collection of Turner paintingsHenry Moore sculptures, Black Diaspora photos and an installation by Martin Boyce.