- Start dateOctober 2017
- Course length1 year (full time)
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.
The MA Fine Art course at Chelsea is a community of artists who aim to challenge and define what it means to be an artist operating within a global context from our central London location.
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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
- To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops including ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, metalwork, woodwork and audio visual editing suite. View the Chelsea facilities section
- 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.
Learning and teaching methods
- Exhibition tutorials
- General theory forum lectures
- Independent research
- Individual and group tutorials
- Research methodology workshops
- Technical support and courses
- Essays, reports and dissertation
- Final show examination
- Peer assessment
- Student self-evaluation
- Tutorials and mid-year interim reviews
- Hannah Black
- Arvida Bystrom
- Federico Campagna
- Jesse Darling
- Natalie Dray
- Rosie Hastings and Hannah Quinlan
- Caspar Heinemann
- Amalia Ulman
Theory Lecture Series 2016
- Sophie Berrebi
- Judith Butler
- Onkar Kular
- Lisa La Feuvre
- Sook Kyung Lee
- Michael McMillan
- David Oswell
- Mick Wilson
Artist Guest Lectures 2016
- Larry Achiampong
- Evan Ifekoya
- Takeshi Shiomitsu
- Linda Stupart
- Holly White
- Jesse Wine
How to apply
All applicants can apply for this course using our online application form.
Home / EU deadline
Monday 31 July 2017.
There is no deadline for international applications, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.
Further information about the application process
You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:
- Personal details
- Current and/or previous education and qualification details
- Employment history
Once you have submitted the form you will receive a confirmation email.
You will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:
- Portfolio of work (30 images)
- Study plan
The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.
We will send you emails throughout the application process that will contain important information about your application. Please check your inbox.
We will contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents. For example, your English language certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas.
- BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
- Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
- Portfolio of work
- Study plan
If English isn’t your first language
All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:
- IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
The study plan is a statement of approximately 800 words describing your current practice and an opportunity for you to explore potential areas that you want to develop in your studies.
The plan is the starting point for discussions about your postgraduate studies and will evolve during the time you study with us.
When writing your plan you are not expected to have complete answers to all the questions.
However, you should be able to:
- Examine your knowledge and experience in relation to your practice
- Identify questions and areas that you do not know about
- Demonstrate how you may intend to tackle these questions and areas
How to structure a study plan
You should include links to referenced text or images where appropriate.
Each of the following sections should be approximately 200 words.
- Briefly describe your work
- Outline recent developments
- Identify those aspects you would like to take further at postgraduate level
Describe specific areas, issues and critical ideas that are central to your area of interest.
How will you go about exploring your area of interest?
Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography.
Are there resources or equipment that you need to access in order for you to successfully engage in your research?
Portfolios should show the following:
- Work that demonstrates how you develop your ideas through a process of ongoing critical reflection
- Recent work that shows evidence of a sustained, independent enquiry
- Clear documentation of work that is too big to bring to interview
- The portfolio should be concise, show critical awareness and the ability to select work that best represents your strengths
At interview and portfolio review
We look for:
- The potential to devise and develop a self-directed programme of fine art practice and related research
- Evidence of an ability to carry out a sustained independent enquiry through making work
- The ability to analyse and evaluate in both visual and oral terms
- The ability to develop and contextualise work in written form
- An eagerness to engage in the critical debate surrounding contemporary fine art practice and to develop a critical framework for their practice
Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative MA or Graduate Diploma course within Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.
This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
£9,600 (Full Time - 2017/18 fees).
£20,220 (Full Time - 2017/18 fees).
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.
Careers and alumni
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.