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 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

    £8,500 (Full time)
    £4,250 (Part time)

    UAL Home / EU alumni receive a £1,000 discount

    Course fees may be paid in instalments

    International Fee


    Course fees may be paid in instalments

    Start DateOctober 2014
    Autumn Term DatesMonday 6 October -  Friday 19 December 2014
    Spring Term DatesMonday 5 January - Friday 27 March 2015
    Summer Term DatesMonday 13 April - Friday 11 September 2015
    Application Route

    Direct to the Graduate School

    Application DeadlineHome / EU - 18 August 2014
    International - no deadline, but you 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


    • 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 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.


    • Cecile Emmanuelle Borra
    • Adam Chodzko
    • Kaye Donachie 
    • Babak Ghazi 
    • Hilary Lloyd 
    • Ope Lori
    • Dr Sadie Murdoch 
    • Janette Parris 
    • James Pyman 
    • Neil Tait 
    • Dr. Stephen Wilson

    Visiting Staff

    • Michael Archer 
    • Oreet Ashery 
    • Ute Meta Bauer 
    • Dave Beech
    • Jeroen Boomgaard
    • David Burrows - Plastique Fantastique 
    • Alex Coles
    • Dexter Dalwood 
    • TJ Demos
    • Helmut Dick 
    • Ian Kiaer 
    • Lisa Le Feuvre 
    • Doreen Massey 
    • Hayley Newman 
    • Paul O’Neill 
    • Cornelius Quebec
    • James Richards 
    • Terry Smith 
    • Cherry Smyth 
    • Polly Staple
    • Sally Tallent
    • Marcus Verhagen
  • 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.


  • Entry Requirements

    • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
    • A study proposal
    • Portfolio of work
    • Details of 2 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)
  • Apply

    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, 81 KB]
    Home / EU Postgraduate application guidance notes [PDF, 51 KB]
    Home / EU Postgraduate reference form [Word, 52 KB]

    Chelsea College of Arts
    16 John Islip Street
    SW1P 4JU

    Please note, completed forms should include your:

    • Study proposal
    • Reference
    • Portfolio

    The deadline for applications is 18 August 2014.

    For more information please contact us:

    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 our address below, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents.

    Download International Postgraduate application form [PDF, 287 KB]

    International Office
    Chelsea College of Arts 
    16 John Islip Street
    SW1P 4JU

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

    For more information please contact our International Office:


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Home / EU and international students

Patrick and Kelly Lynch Scholarship

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship

Home / EU students

Frank Bowling Scholarship

Hackmey Family Scholarship

John Hoyland Scholarship

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

International students

The Caspian Arts Foundation Scholarship - for students from the Middle East and North Africa.