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

£9,000 (Full time)
£4,500 (Part time)

Course fees may be paid in instalments

International Fee


Course fees may be paid in instalments

Start DateOctober 2015
Autumn Term DatesMonday 5 October - Friday 18 December 2015
Spring Term DatesMonday 4 January - Friday 18 March 2016
Summer Term DatesMonday 4 April - Friday 9 September 2016
Application Route

Direct to the Graduate School

Application DeadlineHome / EU - 1 July 2015
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.


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


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)


Home / EU and international students

Home / EU 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

The deadline for applications is 1 July 2015.

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, 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.

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