MA Fine Art

MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts is one of the longest running postgraduate fine art courses in the country, delivering a programme that covers the entire spectrum of what fine art is and can be.

Facts

Course Leader

Brian Chalkley

Course Location

Chelsea College of Arts, John Islip Street

 

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time or Part time
Course Length1 year / 2 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,300 (Full Time - 2016/17 fees).

£4,650 (Part time - 2016/17 fees).

 

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

 

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost.

 

International Fee

£19,440 (Full Time - 2016/17 fees).

N/A Part Time.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost.

Start DateOctober 2016
Autumn Term Dates10 October - 16 December 2016
Spring Term Dates3 January - 31 March 2017
Summer Term Dates18 April - 15 September 2017
Application DeadlineHome / EU - deadline of Monday 1 August has been extended. Places are still available for September 2016.
International - No deadline, but students are advised to apply as early as possible

Content and structure

Content: what students can expect

  • Teaching delivered through a programme of regular one-to-one tutorials, seminars and lectures, featuring a wide array of artists and practitioners
  • Integrated practice and theory elements, which help students understand the contexts and conditions that shape and frame contemporary art practice
  • To produce a high level of independent work, underpinned by the course’s challenging theoretical curriculum and instruction in approaches to research methodology
  • To re-evaluate and contextualise their work in relation to contemporary fine art practice
  • To generate discourse with their fellow students re-evaluate their practice with each other

Structure

  • Phase 1: Analysis of practice and exploration of methodologies
  • Phase 2: Development and consolidation
  • Phase 3: Resolution

These phases are set within a credit framework of three assessed units: 

  • Studio practice and Advanced studio practice, which run sequentially
  • Theoretical studies, which runs throughout the course

Studio practice involves evolving and developing a personal programme of studio work and related research. Theoretical Studies provides a framework for students to develop a critical research paper, enabling them to locate their ideas and practice in relation to contemporary debate on cultural and theoretical issues.

Throughout the course students participate in individual and group tutorials, developing their skills through Personal Professional Development workshops and on-line resources while the postgraduate talks are organised that introduce them to a range of visiting artists and practitioners.

Work experience and opportunities

Students are also supported by a strong postgraduate community and we provide opportunities to network with artists, curators, gallerists and other practitioners through organised events, degree shows, the Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Graduate School as well as the college’s own Chelsea Space.

Staff

Brian Chalkley - Course Leader

Brian Chalkley's practice incorporates painting, performance and video work. His work has appeared in exhibitions including Nothing is Forever at South London Gallery, Dandyism and Contempt at Camden Space and Der Meschen Klee at the Kunst im Tunnel, Dusseldorf, Germany.

Teaching Staff

  • Babak Ghazi - Senior Lecturer
  • Dr Stephen Wilson - Theory Coordinator
  • Cecile Emmanuelle Borra
  • Rozsa Farkas - Director and curator, Arcadia Missa
  • Morag Keil
  • Sadie Murdoch
  • Janette Parris
  • Rachel Reupke
  • Lucy Stein
  • Neal Tait 

Visiting Practitioners

Artists Lecture Series

Organised by Rozsa Farkas. Recent visitors have included:

  • Larry Achiampong
  • Evan Ifekoya
  • Takeshi Shiomitsu
  • Linda Stupart
  • Holly White
  • Jesse Wine

Theory Lecture Series

Organised by Dr Stephen Wilson. Guest speakers for 2016:

  • Lisa La Feuvre
  • Sophie Berrebi
  • Sook Kyung Lee
  • EugStudio.com
  • Onkar Kular
  • Mick Wilson
  • Michael McMillan
  • David Oswell
  • Judith Butler

Careers

The course develops our students potential to operate as a professional artist within an international art community, or to progress to further academic research at PhD level. 

Many students go on to set up their own studio practice, developing strong professional links with galleries and curators at national and international level.

Graduates from our MA Fine Art course include Turner Prize winning artists and nominees Peter Doig, Anish Kapoor, Mike Nelson, Mariella Neudecker, Andreas Oelhert, Stephen Pippin, Kimio Tsuchiya, Mark Wallinger and Rebecca Warren.

Alumni

Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • A study proposal
  • Portfolio of work
  • Details of two referees
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • IELTS level 6.5 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)

Funding

Use UAL’s scholarship search to find out what funding may be available to you.

How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application form – the link to this is below. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read the following details about the application process, including guidance on the extra information we will ask you to provide.

Apply now for the full-time study mode

Please note: applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study can only apply for the full-time mode. 

Apply now for the part-time study mode

The Home / EU deadline of Monday 1 August has been extended. Places are still available for September 2016.

There is no deadline for international applications, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.

The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you don’t need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

We will send you emails as you progress through the application process, so do check your inbox (and junk folder, just in case). These emails will contain important information about your application, and links to the online forms you should use to submit the extra information required.

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details (including full name; date of birth; nationality; permanent address and English language level)
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history
  • Referee details (this course requires two references).

Before you can submit the form, you’ll also need to agree to the terms and conditions for how we process your data – these are explained in the form.

Please note, if you’re an international applicant we will need to contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents (for example, English language qualification/certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas).

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email that includes links to where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

Study proposal

The study proposal is a statement of approximately 1,000 words describing your current practice. You should include links to referenced text or images where appropriate. It should also describe how you will develop a self-directed programme of work and related research whilst at Chelsea College of Arts.

When writing your proposal you are not expected to have complete answers to all your questions.

However, you should be able to:

  • Examine your knowledge and experience in relation to your proposed project
  • Identify questions and areas that you do not know about
  • Demonstrate how you intend to tackle these questions and areas

How to structure a study proposal

Each of the following sections should be approximately 250 words.

Introduction

  • Briefly describe your work
  • Outline recent developments
  • Identify those aspects you would like to take further at MA level

Development

Describe specific areas, issues and critical ideas that are central to your area of interest.

Methods

  • How will you go about researching your area of interest?  
  • Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography etc.

Resources

Are there resources or equipment that you need to access in order for you to successfully engage in your research?

Portfolio 

Please note, you can submit text and as many website links as you need to, but the portfolio form does not allow you to upload files.

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