- Start dateOctober 2018
- 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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This course is subject to validation. Validation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During validation there maybe be some changes to course content. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.
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
- Shama Khanna - Associate Lecturer
- Candice Jacobs - Associate Lecturer
- Janette Parris - Associate Lecturer
- Morgan Quaintance - Associate Lecturer
- Rachel Reupke - Associate Lecturer
- Lucy Stein - Associate Lecturer
- Neal Tait - Associate Lecturer
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
Applicants can apply for this course using our online application form.
The home / EU deadline is midday, Tuesday 31 July 2018.
There is no deadline for international applications. Students should 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
- Personal statement
Once you have submitted the form you will be emailed a link to upload your portfolio (30 images).
The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.
- BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
- Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
- Personal statement
- Portfolio of work
English language requirements
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)
This should be about 500 words long and include:
- Your reasons for choosing the course
- Your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans
- If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience
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
£10,500 (Full Time - 2018/19 fees).
£21,840 (Full Time - 2018/19 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.
Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) fee - Home / EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 ELQ fee. Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held.
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 professional practitioners 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, critics, and curators. Many Chelsea MA Fine Art alumni are practicing artists working at national and international level.
Due to the course’s interdisciplinary practical approach, many graduates have expanded or multi-platform careers in related fields such as curating, arts management, art dealing, arts advisory services, theatre, film, broadcasting, music, fashion, education, events management, online media, writing and publishing.
Graduates from Chelsea's MA Fine Art course include Turner Prize winning artists and nominees Helen Chadwick, Peter Doig, Anish Kapoor, Mike Nelson, Mariella Neudecker, Andreas Oelhert, Stephen Pippin, Kimio Tsuchiya, Mark Wallinger and Rebecca Warren.
Other alumni, who are now established practitioners, include Keith Coventry, Nicky Hoberman, Morag Keil, Julie Lomax, Haroon Mirza and Saskia Olde Wolbers.