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Camberwell College of Arts

UCAS Code: U65

Location: South-east London Show on Map

Site: Two sites in Camberwell

Specialist arts college. Part of University of the Arts London.

Student Population

Total Students:1,690
FE Students:26%


Total undergraduates:979
Full Time:100%
Mature on Entry:28%
UK Students:86%
State school entry:92%

Teaching Staff

70 permanent staff (full- and part-time), 200 visiting tutors.

Broad study areas

Art & design, including conservation, drawing, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, sculpture, 3-D design.


Admission Information:Most courses require a foundation course, GNVQ or equivalent plus a portfolio. Applicants welcome who are returning to education after a break and those with alternative qualifications.
Points on Entry (Mean):322
Drop Out Rate:7%
Accommodation:Most first years housed if they apply by the deadline


Structural features:Constituent college of Arts London (University of the Arts London).
Site:2 main buildings in Camberwell, south London.
How to get there:Train to Peckham Rye or Denmark Hill, both a 15 minute walk. Buses from Waterloo, Peckham Rye, Elephant & Castle, New Cross, Oval, Vauxhall and Victoria stations.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Easy access to university’s central student services (see Arts London). College has own student services office, providing advice on eg grants, careers, disability & dyslexia co-ordinator.
Amenities:College shop, bar, students’ union facilities.
Sporting facilities:None on site.
Accommodation:Most first years in university’s halls of residence (13 halls across London; see Arts London); rent £92-£240 per week, contracts 42−51 weeks. University accommodation service helps find privately-rented accommodation: rent from £110 upwards pw, excluding bills and meals. Many students live locally.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:47,000 volumes, 180 periodicals, 108 study places. Open access to computing facilities 10 hours/day, 5 days/week with staff support: 65 points with access to internet. Induction to learning resources services, subsequent sessions if required; IT training as part of personal and professional development programme. Also access to facilities of the university’s central Learning Zone.
Other learning resources:DVD/video viewing, photographic facilities.
Study abroad:Links with art and design institutions in Europe and beyond (eg Carnegie Mellon, in the USA, Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles).
Careers:Information and advice service.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £6000–£10,000 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:College allows term-time work for full-time students. Some work available in college in SU bar, with marketing team (during events and open days), in library and during exhibition period; also careers service circulates lists of jobs outside college.
Financial help:See Arts London.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degree courses. International students pay £13,300 pa.


Academic features:

Courses include subject-specific degrees in art and design, which include personal & professional development as key elements.

Awarding body:

University of the Arts London

Main undergraduate awards:


Length of courses:

3 years (BA), 2 years (FdA)

Main subjects offered:

  • Art
  • Arts Management
  • Ceramics
  • Community Arts
  • Conservation
  • Contemporary Decorative Arts/Crafts
  • Curation
  • Education
  • Fashion
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printing/Typography
  • Printmaking
  • Product Design
  • Sculpture
  • Silversmithing
  • Teacher Training
  • Textiles
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Visual Arts

Student view


Built on 3 sites. The main one on Peckham Road is a sixties monstrosity tacked, rather uncomfortably, onto a beautiful Victorian, purpose-built art school. There is also a prefab sculpture annexe and an old grammar school.South London Gallery is next door. Train stations at Peckham and Denmark Hill, but most students use buses. Great thing about Camberwell is that students can live and work in the same area, as it’s so cheap! The whole area has a very arty, chilled-out vibe, and lots of students end up staying in the area when they graduate. Goldsmiths is nearby, which adds to the laid-back student atmosphere. Area is laden with a mixture of crusty pubs and slick bars. Loads of cheap shopping in Peckham (particularly vegetable markets). Peckham also has the cheapest cinema in London. Fewer international students than elsewhere at Arts, but also far less pretentious and more student-orientated. It’s small, friendly and cosy; there is an endless stream of social events put on by students. Small classes allow for much interaction between tutors and students, and there is a good balance between structured and less-structured teaching.


Housing: Three halls of residence nearby: Brooke Hall (near Camberwell Green), Bernard Myers Hall (virtually next door) and Ewen Henderson Court (New Cross). Rent in Peckham and Camberwell is cheap, £70–£90 per week. Eats: College refectory; loads of cafés and restaurants locally. Tadim (amazing Turkish place, serving mezes, dolma and baklava etc and not too expensive); BrB (two for one pizzas on Tuesdays); Fez’s (greasy-spoon opposite college, simple and cheap). Camberwell and Peckham have loads more places, including curry shops, Chinese, fish and chips etc… Drinks: Camberwell bar at Peckham Road: small and cosy, with reasonably-priced drinks. The Castle (more posh, very nice), Hermits Cave (old-man by day, student by night; jammed after degree show night); Joiners Arms (like Hermits Cave with a pool table and younger crowd). Nightlife: The red star (very boho, bit like a free party and hosts DJs and sound systems); Funky Munky (open till late, function room upstairs, DJs mostly). Locals: Mix! Mad people, sane people, rude people, polite people. Sports: Couple of small sports centres but little else locally; better sports facilities elsewhere in London. Financial help: Some from the university. Jobs: Loads of bars to work in – in central London, locally or college bar; library. University setting up jobshop. Best feature: You can live, study, work and play in one area without travelling (a lifestyle not easily attainable in London). Half the building, built in 1898, is really pretty. Worst feature: Half the college is in an ugly 1970s block; there is no tube; and whilst working in the studio you don't get masses of space.

Past Students

Howard Hodgkin, Gillian Ayres (painters), Mike Leigh (screen-writer and playwright), Mark McGowan (performance artist), Gillian Carnegie (Turner prize nominee 2006), The Pipettes (musicians). 

More info?

University SU on 020 7514 6270 or www.suarts.org



Camberwell College of Arts
Peckham Road


020 7514 6302





Student enquiries:

College Information Officer.



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