Postgraduate online application form

We will be launching an online application form for this course at the end of December 2015.

If you would like to apply before this time, or have already started your application, please continue to use the below application forms and submit as instructed – your application will not be disadvantaged in any way. 

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.


Course Director

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

International Fee

£19,440 (Full Time - 2016/17 fees).

N/A Part Time

Course fees may be paid in instalments

Start DateOctober 2016
Autumn Term Dates10 October - 16 December 2016
Spring Term Dates3 January - 31 March 2017
Summer Term Dates18 April - 15 September 2017

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


  • 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.


Brian Chalkley - Course Director

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


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.


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)


Home / EU and international students

Home / EU students

International students

£1000 fee discount for University of the Arts London alumni.

For more funding information visit study at UAL


Home/EU applicants

Download and complete our Postgraduate application form, which you can send to us at or the address below.


Home / EU Postgraduate application form [Word, 73 KB]
Home / EU Postgraduate application guidance [PDF, 38 KB]
Home / EU Postgraduate reference form [Word, 51 KB]

Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street

Please note, completed forms should include your:

  • Study proposal
  • Reference
  • Portfolio

International applicants

There are two ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at Chelsea College of Arts:

To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international postgraduate application form.

You can send this to or the address below, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents.

Download International Postgraduate application form [PDF, 189 KB]

International Office
Chelsea College of Arts 
16 John Islip Street

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

how to write a study proposal

The study proposal is a statement of approximately 1,000 words describing your current practice. You should use 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 section should be approximately 250 words.


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


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


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


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

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