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About us

Chelsea College of Arts has a reputation for producing some of today’s leading artists and designers. Our students are encouraged to radically engage with contemporary fine art and design practice.

We offer fine art, design and curating courses.

Our global outlook

At Chelsea College of Arts, we look at art and design in a social, cultural and political context. We are particularly interested in the effects of globalisation. This could either be on creative practice itself or a response to it.

Chelsea College of Arts is home to UAL’s Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) research centre, the Decolonising Arts Institute and Iniva.

As an international hub of creative practices, we have a range of partnerships, projects and exchanges that broaden student and staff perspectives and knowledge.

Our Chelsea Space gallery programme is international and interdisciplinary. Exhibitions cover art, design and popular culture with an emphasis on curatorial experimentation.

Creative exploration

As a city London offers a platform for building new networks. Our staff will encourage you to test your ideas out both on and off site. This might be in an exhibition, studio or whilst using our professional facilities. We want you to embrace a spirit of investigation and inventiveness. These are characteristics that drive and inform the work of many of our graduates.

Our alumni include Mariko Mori, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Haroon Mirza, Steve McQueen, Rana Begum, Chris Ofili, Margaret Calvert, Mark Wallinger, Thomas J Price, James Richards and Helen Chadwick.

We want you to realise your potential as an artist, designer or creative practitioner. Chelsea College of Arts aims to provide you with a stimulating space to do that.

James Richards Rosebud exhibition.
James Richards, Rosebud. 2013. Digital video, 12 minutes. Installation view at Artists Space, New York.
| Photograph: Courtesy of Rodeo Gallery