UAL Wimbledon College of Arts
Fall Semester Integrated 2017
12 - 15 credits

Semester students at Wimbledon follow a set curriculum and are fully integrated into the degree courses, studying alongside degree seeking students. Students select a program area from fine arts and theater subjects, and are placed in year 1 or 2 based on experience. Students complete 12 credits of pre-determined full time coursework in that area of study. Students can also choose to add a 3 credit Art History or Creative Industries course for a total of 15 credits.


Application Deadline
June 1, 2017
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
One academic letter of recommendation
Digital portfolio (see Academics)
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)

Highlights

  • Practical learning environment
  • Workshops and studios have technicians available to help guide you on using all equipment
  • Optional 3 week course add-on: European Art History (includes a trip to Berlin!)

Program Dates
September 22, 2017 – December 9, 2017
Note: optional add-on has alternate arrival date


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18

Academic Year: Sophomore (2nd year) or above

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Cumulative GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit IELTS: 6.5+ (5.5+ in each skill area), or proof of study in the US for 1+ year.



Program overviews encompass full 3 year degree programs. Study abroad students are placed into year 1 or year 2 of the programs based on portfolio review. For course details please view the program syllabi.

Fine Art: Painting
Painting at Wimbledon College of Arts values a medium specific studio environment. This course provides a context for creative exploration, as we encourage our students to be inventive, ambitious and professional with their practice. While studying Painting at Wimbledon students can expect:

  • Access to printmaking, photography, film, woodwork and metalwork facilities
  • Opportunities for collaborative and relational art practice, sculpture and performance art as an extension or transition of students’ painting practice
  • A lively, stimulating studio environment that supports students development of their individual practice, as well as working as part of a team
  • A cross-course contextual studies programme to further expand our students knowledge and critical understanding of Fine Art in a wider context
  • Painting workshops, demonstrations, seminars, subject-specific field trips and the benefit of expert painting technicians to support students

To explore a wide range of fine art and painting practices including:

  • Traditional and industrial painting techniques
  • Paint and surface preparation in our methods and materials workshops
  • Drawing as analytical thinking

Fine Art: Print and Digital Media
Print & Time-Based Media at Wimbledon College of Arts combines the traditional with the contemporary, bringing together print-making, photography, film, audio, writing, video and performance art. While studying Print and Digital Media at Wimbledon students can expect:

  • To be taught by practicing artists through projects, critiques and tutorials.
  • The opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities each term, such as our live performance / video event Elbow Room
  • To explore gallery-based practices incorporating installation, artists’ publications, live art, screenings, broadcasts and websites
  • Regular collaborations with fellow students on film projects, producing print portfolios and showing their work together at screenings and other events
  • A cross-course contextual studies programme to further expand their knowledge and critical understanding of the wider context of Fine Art

To explore a wide range of contemporary art practices including: animation, etching, film-making (in Super 8 and 16mm), performance, photography, print-making, sound, video, writing.

Fine Art: Sculpture
Sculpture at Wimbledon College of Arts fosters an enquiring and experimental approach to sculpture practice, its history and contemporary contexts. While studying Sculpture at Wimbledon students can expect:

  • A dynamic environment where students will be challenged through dialogue with highly engaged artists and curators
  • To develop their skills through experimentation and instruction from specialist technicians
  • A lively and stimulating studio environment that supports students developing their individual practice, as well as working as part of a team
  • To regularly exhibit and test their work in studio, project spaces and external locations
  • A contextual studies programme to further expand their knowledge and critical understanding of the wider context of Fine Art

To experience a wide range of approaches to contemporary sculpture, including: bronze casting, contextual or site-based works, drawing, large-scale installations, performance, photography, sound and video, traditional sculpture techniques, including metal and woodwork.

Program overviews encompass full 3 year degree programs. Study abroad students are placed into year 1 or year 2 of the programs based on portfolio review. For course details please view the program syllabi.

Costume for Theater & Screen: Costume Design
Costume for Theatre and Screen at Wimbledon College of Arts introduces students to professional costume making for theatre, film, television and live performance. The course offers two specialist disciplines; costume design and costume interpretation. While studying Costume Design at Wimbledon students can expect:

  • To gain an understanding of the essential elements of costume
  • To work on both studio and performance based live projects such as costume design for historical and contemporary texts and opera, site specific production, dance, film and theatre
  • To explore colour and texture through mixed media experimentation for two-dimensional design and textile work, and take a creative approach to problem solving during construction
  • To be taught by industry professionals, who ensure the development of a realistic working process, that’s informed by current practices and debates
  • To study historical and social contexts of western Europe’s evolution in costume through independent research, underpinned by a series of lectures
  • An on-going contextual studies programme that builds our students’ knowledge and helps develop their critical understanding of the changing culture of film, television and the arts
  • To have access to Wimbledon’s shared workshops

To be guided through a broad range of skills and technical areas including: analysing texts and characters, corsetry, developing a visual language, drawing, millinery, pattern cutting, garment construction and fabrication, research skills, textile manipulation.

The two disciplines of Costume Design and Costume Interpretation are very different, but for part of both the first and second years, students work on the same projects. Costume Design is concerned with visual storytelling.

  • Students should have an interest in people, history and geography
  • Students will use a range of sources, including text, images, music, and choreography to analyse and create characters
  • There is a focus on drawing and communicating ideas in 2D, but 3D construction skills are explored
  • All projects are for live or recorded performance. Students are encouraged to fully understand these contexts within their concept and development work

Costume for Theater & Screen: Costume Interpretation
Costume for Theatre and Screen at Wimbledon College of Arts introduces students to professional costume making for theatre, film, television and live performance. The course offers two specialist disciplines; costume design and costume interpretation. While studying Costume Design at Wimbledon students can expect:

  • To gain an understanding of the essential elements of costume
  • To work on both studio and performance based live projects such as costume design for historical and contemporary texts and opera, site specific production, dance, film and theatre
  • To explore colour and texture through mixed media experimentation for two-dimensional design and textile work, and take a creative approach to problem solving during construction
  • To be taught by industry professionals, who ensure the development of a realistic working process, that’s informed by current practices and debates
  • To study historical and social contexts of western Europe’s evolution in costume through independent research, underpinned by a series of lectures
  • An on-going contextual studies programme that builds our students’ knowledge and helps develop their critical understanding of the changing culture of film, television and the arts
  • To have access to Wimbledon’s shared workshops

To be guided through a broad range of skills and technical areas including: analysing texts and characters, corsetry, developing a visual language, drawing, millinery, pattern cutting, garment construction and fabrication, research skills, textile manipulation.

The two disciplines of Costume Design and Costume Interpretation are very different, but for part of both the first and second years, students work on the same projects. Costume Interpretation is the process of making costumes from a visual reference and developing skills to a very high level.

  • It requires imagination, sensitivity, an understanding of context, and excellent interpersonal skills
  • At Wimbledon we use men’s and women’s period clothing, cut and construction as a template for understanding the complex challenges of the discipline
  • You will have the opportunity to learn specialist traditional skills, such as tailoring and millinery
  • Students may also go on to make contemporary work that utilises techniques such as moulding, casting, textile experimentation, metal and leatherwork

Product Arts for Screen: Set Design
Production Arts for Screen at Wimbledon College of Arts has been developed by bringing together BA Set Design for Screen and BA Technical Arts and Special Effects. The course offers a unique combination of design and making skills for film and television. After an introduction to Production Arts for Screen, students will choose between the two specialist disciplines of set design or technical arts.

Students will work on both individual and collaborative projects within their first year and then specialise. Throughout the course it will be possible to learn a broad range of skills and technical knowledge including: camera work (filming and editing), green screen technology, introduction to digital and physical special effects, lighting and sound, maquettes and miniatures, model making, moulding and casting, new technologies (Virtual Reality [VR] and Computer Generated Imagery [CGI]), prop making, research and visualisation, set building, technical drawing, 3D animation or puppet making, wood and metal work.

Students choosing the set design specialism will learn: art direction, character analysis and costume design, digital 2D and 3D drawing (Computer Aided Design [CAD], Sketchup, Vectorworks), life drawing, photoshop, production design.

Production Arts for Screen: Technical Arts
Production Arts for Screen at Wimbledon College of Arts has been developed by bringing together BA Set Design for Screen and BA Technical Arts and Special Effects. The course offers a unique combination of design and making skills for film and television. After an introduction to Production Arts for Screen, students will choose between the two specialist disciplines of set design or technical arts.

Students will work on both individual and collaborative projects within their first year and then specialise. Throughout the course it will be possible to learn a broad range of skills and technical knowledge including: camera work (filming and editing), green screen technology, introduction to digital and physical special effects, lighting and sound, maquettes and miniatures, model making, moulding and casting, new technologies (Virtual Reality [VR] and Computer Generated Imagery [CGI]), prop making, research and visualisation, set building, technical drawing, 3D animation or puppet making, wood and metal work.

Students choosing the technical arts specialism will learn: automata and mechanical props, character design for animation, clay modelling from life, figurative sculpting, introduction to prosthetics, materials research and experimentation, prop making and fabrication.

Theater Design
Theatre Design course at Wimbledon College of Arts covers both set and costume design. We prepare our students to enter the world of contemporary theatre and performance design with the skills, knowledge and sensibilities that professional designers require. The rich mix of practice and theory that each student will encounter on the course ensures that experimentation and critical thinking are equally valued. This enables our students to produce inventive and imaginative design work underpinned by strong practical skills. While studying Theater Design at Wimbledon students can expect:

  • To focus on different aspects of theatre design practice – interpretation of text, perception of character, dramatic space, the designer’s role within the creative team as well as working on live shows with performers
  • A Course Leader and Senior Lecturer who are practicing designers and a wide range of theatre-makers teaching on the course as Associate Lecturers
  • An on-going contextual studies programme that builds our students’ knowledge and helps develop their critical understanding of the changing culture of theatre, film and the visual arts
  • Collaborative projects with both drama and dance programmes in other universities and institutions, including London Contemporary Dance School, MA Directing at Birkbeck and BA Contemporary Theatre Practice at East 15 Acting School
  • To build a strong network of theatre-makers through collaborative projects
  • To explore the relationship between drawing and performance
  • The chance to get involved in Wimbledon’s annual Acts Re-Acts Festival, which combines performance and fine art
  • To engage with a rich mix of ideas, events, discussions and performances through exposure to Wimbledon’s complementary fine art programme
  • To have access to Wimbledon’s shared workshops.

Students will be guided through a broad range of skills and technical areas, including: computer-aided design, costume construction, costume drawing, fabric dyeing, lighting, metal and wood workshop, recorded digital arts for live performance, scaled precision model-making, sound, story boarding for live performance, technical drafting.

Students enrolled in Integrated Programs can choose to enroll in an additional 3 week 3 credit course that takes place prior to the start of their program. This optional add-on alters the arrival date, and carries an additional fee. Students can choose from the following two courses; for course details please view the program syllabi.

Add-on Course: European Art History (3 credits)
The add-on European Art History course is based at Chelsea College of Arts. The 3 week course offers a varied and stimulating introduction to art and design as it has developed in Europe since the Renaissance. Through focusing on specific themes and artifacts, ranging from architecture to photography and from the Sublime to Surrealism, it equips students with a basis of knowledge and enthusiasm for study and practice in a European context. A four day / three night trip to Berlin is included in the European Art History course. The Berlin trip includes: flights to Berlin, shared accommodation, breakfast and all entrance fees. The course offers an excellent opportunity to study alongside students from a wide variety of backgrounds and artistic disciplines.

Add-on Course: Creative Industries London (3 credits)
The add-on Creative Industries London course is based at London College of Communication. The 3 week course is designed to give students a solid foundation in theory and introduction to disruptive design, media and screen practices. Students take workshops in blogging, photography and video while learning in seminars about the networks of cultural power. The course includes visits to East London, creative cooperatives, the Bussey Building and Museum of Brands. This course offers an excellent opportunity to develop skills of contemporary communication practices.

Portfolio Requirements
20-24 image digital portfolio. Portfolios should demonstrate art and design development, whether in a college project or in your personal work. It should have originated from your own experience and visual research, and have progressed through stages to a finished piece. It is important that the work you include reflects and demonstrates your creative thinking, initiative and personal commitment to a particular project, in addition to showing a breadth of work. You must also include a sketchbook showing the origin of ideas displayed in your portfolio in notes and pictorial form, and helping demonstrate your research and creative process. Please ensure that images have been sized down appropriately (for example, jpegs should not exceed 20 MB, multi page PDFs should not exceed 50MB).

Courses & Schedule
Since the study of art and design is different in Europe, study abroad students at Wimbledon find they are working more independently than at their home schools. Professors offer guidance and support to visiting students in order to help them fit seamlessly into their program of choice, but students should be keenly motivated and comfortable working with less supervision. Upon acceptance, students are placed in either Year 1 or Year 2 of the integrated semester program, depending on the student’s portfolio. Courses are predetermined as part of the overall degree program; information can be seen in syllabi. Courses offered in the overall degree program begin and end at different points throughout the year, therefore, some courses may or may not span the entire semester. Students receive their specific program’s schedules with days and times at academic orientation.


Pre-Departure Calendar
June 1 2017
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
May 1 2017
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the date of acceptance.
June 15 2017
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
July 1 2017
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until student loan disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
July 1 2017
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
August 1 2017
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
September 22 2017*
Regular Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into any London airport, most common: Heathrow (LHR) or Gatwick (LGW). Airport pick-up is provided between 10am and 6pm. Apartment check-in begins at 2pm.
September 23 2017
SAI Orientation & Welcome Dinner
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture. Following orientation, students are welcomed with a great meal!
September 25 2017
Academic Orientation & Welcome Day
Mandatory academic orientation and welcome day, which includes lunch and a walking tour.
September 26 2017
Classes Begin
December 8 2017
Classes End
December 9 2017
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to pursue independent travel or return home between terms.

* If participating in one of the 3 week add-on courses, the arrival date is September 1, 2017.

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$16,550
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Add-On Course: European Art History
This 3 week 3 credit course can be added to any integrated program and includes a trip to Berlin.
$4,350
Optional Add-On Course: Creative Industries London
This 3 week 3 credit course can be added to any integrated program.
$4,775
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom; limited supply.
$4,700
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement: Add-on Course
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom during add-on course.
$1,300
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$85

*prices are subject to change

Please note: students from some affiliate universities have different payment arrangements that may require students to pay different deposits to SAI and some fees directly to the affiliate university instead of SAI. Please contact your study abroad office or the SAI business department for further details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from London
$900 $1,200
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$300 / term $500 / term
Meals
Includes groceries and eating out.
$500 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $250 / month $350 / month
Transportation within London
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $250 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • Staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • Orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI weekend excursion
  • Frequent cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Event
Students are welcomed to their new city over a delicious dinner to mingle and get to know each other.

London Walking Tour
Students visit the Western part of the city accompanied by one of the finest local guides. The tour covers major sights such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square, but also takes students through quaint back streets to experience the true spirit of London.

Pub History Tour
Through old alleyways and amongst other famous sights of the city, students explore 2,000 years of London’s best pubs and inns, tabernas, alehouses and coaching inns frequented by famous poets and writers such as Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens.

An Evening in London’s West End
London’s West End is the world’s premier home of English language theatre—a fact that even the most avid Broadway addict will (quietly and begrudgingly) admit. Students get to enjoy a top rated West End musical or play to experience what all the hype is about.

Weekend Trip to Bath, Somerset and Stonehenge
Students enjoy a weekend trip that begins in Bath with a traditional English pub lunch, followed by guided tours of the Fashion Museum and the Roman Baths. Students also take a whirlwind tour of some of the most famous historical sites in Wiltshire, including Lacock village, Castle Combe, the Avebury Stone Circles, and of course, Stonehenge.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Students spend an evening together with a traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner at one of London’s top American restaurants. The evening provides delicious food and great company, for a little home comfort.

Farewell Event
Students celebrate the end of a great term and say their goodbyes over a pint!

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Apartments are within a 30 minute walk/tube ride of all London campuses. Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Alternate Housing: Independent
Students seeking independent housing can do so, for a reduction in the SAI program fee. Please contact SAI for details.

Passports
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from the UK.

Student Visas
European Union citizens attending any SAI London school for an academic term do not require a student visa. United States citizens attending any London school for one academic term (6 months or less) do not require a student visa prior to arrival. All others should check with the British Embassy to determine if a visa is required and the process for obtaining one.

Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students requiring a visa; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

About SAI

SAI Programs is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.