BA (Hons) Fine Art

BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts invites students to work alongside our internationally respected team of artists and writers, providing a critically creative environment where they can develop their own practice. We encourage open and exploratory thinking while equipping our students with the confidence, experience and skills needed to play an effective role as professional artists on an international stage.

Places available 2017/18

This course has places available. View the ‘How to apply’ section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2017/18 entry, including others available at Chelsea College of Arts, visit the Places available page.


Course Leader

Martin Newth

Course Location

Chelsea College of Arts, John Islip Street

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,250 (2017/18).

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

International Fee

£17,920 (2017/18).

Fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.


Start DateSeptember 2017
Autumn Term DatesMonday 25 September - Friday 8 December 2017
Spring Term DatesMonday 8 January - Friday 16 March 2018
Summer Term DatesMonday 16 April 2018 - Friday 22 June 2018
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for 2017/18 entry. Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.
UCAS CodeW104
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content: what students can expect

  • A studio-based and practice-led course that brings together a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, film and video, digital media, sound, print, performance and drawing
  • Practice and theory are integrated, helping students understand the contexts and conditions that shape and frame contemporary art practice
  • To be allocated a tutor group that they’ll meet on a regular basis to discuss each other’s work
  • Significant control over what they learn, the pace they do this at and how they might demonstrate this. Students will be helped in these decisions through on-going dialogue with their tutors as well as fellow students
  • To receive inductions into the processes and facilities available in the college’s studios and workshops, with specialist technicians on hand to offer support
  • 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


Year One

  • Unit 1: Art practice - Exploration
  • Unit 2: Art practice - Exploration, part 2
  • Unit 3: Introduction to Fine Art
  • Unit 4: Induction to Theory

Year Two

  • Unit 5: Territories of practice
  • Unit 6: Practice in context - exhibition
  • Unit 7: Theoretical Contexts
  • Unit 8: Theoretical Contexts, part 2 

Year Three

  • Unit 9: Studio practice 3 - Consolidation
  • Unit 10: Dissertation and research portfolio

Work experience and opportunities

Opportunities to work with external partners have recently included projects and commissions with The Discovery Channel, Frontier Economics and Hitachi Consulting.


Martin Newth - Course Leader

Chelsea’s Fine Art Programme Director Martin Newth is an artist whose work is primarily photographic, but also includes installation and video.  

Newth’s practice is an on-going investigation into the material and generative properties of photography, where the process used to make the work is as much the subject of the work as what is being photographed. 

Newth has exhibited nationally and internationally including solo and group exhibitions at George and Jørgen, V&A Museum of Childhood (both London), The Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts (Taipei), Axel Lapp Projects (Berlin), Focal Point Gallery (Southend), Ffotogallery  (Cardiff), Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool) and the Kunstverein Konstanz (Germany). 

Newth’s work and writing has been published in books and catalogues including: ‘Troubled Waters’ (2013), Visible Economies: Photography, Economic Conditions, Urban Experience’ (2012), ‘Sentinel’ (2011); ‘Future Images’, (2010); ‘Sequences: Contemporary Chronophotography and Experimental Digital Art’, (2009); ‘Martin Newth: Solar Cinema’, (2007); and ‘Slow Burn’, (2006). 

Newth’s curatorial work includes a series of artists' projects at Central Space, London (2001-2004). He has also co-curated exhibitions with Fergus Heron including; ‘Capital’, which was exhibited at George and Jorgen, London in 2012 and ‘Scene’ at PM Gallery, London in 2014. 

View Martin Newth's research profile


Visiting Staff


Graduates from BA Fine Art at Chelsea are well placed to become independent practitioners in the international art scene, joining the college’s alumni that include numerous Turner Prize winners and nominees. Many of our graduates have achieved notable success and won awards for their work in galleries, museums, the media and the wider creative environment, while others have moved onto postgraduate studies both in the UK and overseas.


Entry Requirements

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work and personal statements.

Applicants will have, or are expected to achieve, either:

  • A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • 1 GCE A Level
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above


  • BTEC Extended Diploma or NVQ Level 3
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above


  • University of the Arts London level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • 4 GCSEs grade C or above


  • International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above 
  • An equivalent level of performance in other internationally recognised national school leaving or university entrance qualifications


  • Other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements 

In exceptional circumstances, applicants may be considered if they present a portfolio of equivalent standard to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and have:

  • 2 GCE A Levels
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

Where conditional offers are made to GCE A Level applicants these will normally be at grade C or above.

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:

Portfolio advice 

Portfolios should show the following:

  • A range of recent work, which might include drawings, paintings, sculpture or photographs
  • Clear documentation of work that’s too large
  • A concise portfolio that shows a selective approach
  • Self-initiated as well as project or course work
  • Evidence of research, interests and inspirations through sketchbooks, notebooks and development work
  • Animation, film and video work should be presented as printed screen shots

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • Evidence of visual and conceptual creative ability
  • The potential to develop the practical, expressive, critical and conceptual skills necessary to complete the course
  • An awareness of contemporary and historical fine art contexts
  • Some understanding of the role that contemporary critical thought and historical study can play in the development of personal creative work
  • An ability to communicate and discuss your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • The ability to manage your own time and initiate projects
  • A clear commitment to the chosen field of study
  • Evidence of an ability to generate and develop ideas through making work

Home / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited to submit a mini-portfolio of 15 images via the University’s Electronic Portfolio Review Tool (EPRT) following the 15 January UCAS deadline.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview and should bring their full portfolio.

Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative BA Fine Art course at Camberwell or Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.

International applicants

Interviews and portfolio reviews - applicants can be interviewed in a number of different ways: 

  • By phone or Skype
  • In their country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives 
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts



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How to apply

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.

Home / EU applicants

You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W104

International applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Chelsea College of Arts:

Find out more information about applying through UCAS

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application from Home, EU and International applicants.

Study Abroad applicants

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course for a period of up to three terms. 

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section

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