- Start dateSeptember 2018
- Course length3 years
- UCAS codeW104
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.
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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
- Unit 1: Art practice - Exploration
- Unit 2: Art practice - Exploration, part 2
- Unit 3: Introduction to Fine Art
- Unit 4: Induction to Theory
- Unit 5: Territories of practice
- Unit 6: Practice in context - exhibition
- Unit 7: Theoretical Contexts
- Unit 8: Theoretical Contexts, part 2
- Unit 9: Studio practice 3 - Consolidation
- Unit 10: Dissertation and research portfolio
Work experience and opportunities
Opportunities to work with external partners have included projects and commissions with The Discovery Channel, Frontier Economics and Hitachi Consulting.
Learning and teaching methods
- Essay and dissertation tutorials
- Exhibitions on and off campus
- External and internal negotiated events
- Gallery and museum visits
- Independent study
- Individual and group tutorials, discussions, crits and seminars
- Interim and mid-year review
- Lectures and seminars
- One to one tutorial support for dissertations
- Online learning
- Student presentations
- Studio organisation
- Technical orientations, demonstrations and inductions to workshops
- Essays, reports and final dissertation
- Final show examination
- Peer assessments
- Student self-evaluations
- Tutorials and mid-year interim reviews
How to apply
Home / EU applicants
You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:
- University code - U65
- UCAS course code - W104
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.
Following your UCAS application to this course all home / EU applicants will be invited to choose a date for a selection event.
What is a selection event?
A selection event is similar to an interview. You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by course teams. The event will also give you a chance to meet current students, take a tour of the college and see the facilities.
More details about your selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen your selection event date.
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.
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.
Interviews and portfolio reviews - international students can be interviewed in a number of different ways:
- By phone or Skype
- In your country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives
- At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts
Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course.
For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.
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.
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 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
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
This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
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.
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.
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
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.