This course has places available for UK and EU applicants only. Applications have now closed for international students.
You can apply for this course via the ‘How to apply’ section on this page.
Graduate Diploma in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts is a full time, one-year course.
The course enables you to develop your practice within a contemporary context, against the backdrop of the vibrant London art scene. The course is aimed at students who wish to progress to MA level or pursue a career within the field of fine art.
A studio-based and practice-led course that brings together a wide range of media. They include painting, sculpture, digital media, sound, print, performance, drawing, film and video
At Chelsea practice and theory are integrated. This helps you understand the contexts and conditions that shape and frame contemporary art practice
A tutor group that you will meet on a regular basis to discuss each other’s work
Significant control over what you learn, the pace you do this at and how you might show this. You will be helped in these decisions through on-going dialogue with your tutors and fellow students
To get inductions into the processes and facilities available in the college’s studios and workshops. Chelsea has specialist technicians on hand to offer support
To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops. These include ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, audio-visual editing suite, metal and woodwork. View the Chelsea facilities
Unit 1 - Exploring your practice
You will develop a working practice that makes best use of the college and your studio. You will ask questions about what it is to have a research informed practice. Where will you explore and articulate ideas through making work? This unit will help you develop an approach where theory, practice and a profession context are interdependent.
Unit 2 - Contexts: Critical and Professional
In unit 1 you will have explored ideas and theories that inform your practice. You will now contextualise your practice in relation to current theories and debates. You will identify references within art, literature, popular culture or theory. You will focus on your own interests to develop an understanding of areas that are important to your practice. The lectures and seminars act as models of how to focus, analyse and explore issues in greater depth.
Unit 3 - Practice: Development and Realisation
This unit asks you to develop your work towards a point of realisation. This will be through exhibitions and a portfolio. It requires you to document the exhibitions. The exhibitions will show your awareness of how your work might operate within a professional context.
Learning and teaching methods
Exhibition, group and work in progress crits
Group and individual tutorials
Independently directed research and study
Individual and group based analysis and evaluation
Lectures and professional speaker programme
Peer assessment, support and development
Presentation skills workshops
Project work, supported by integrated teaching of history, theory and contemporary practice
Speaker programme highlighting contemporary fine art issues
Studio based teaching and practice
Visits and work-based learning opportunities
Workshops on documentation, portfolio presentation and digital skills
Dr Katrine Hjelde - Course Leader
How to apply
Applicants can apply for this course using our online application form.
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
A range of artwork - such as drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, video
Clear documentation of work that is too large to bring to interview
Self-initiated as well as project or course work
Evidence of research and development of ideas
Evidence of recent written work - where relevant to your practice
What we look for
Evidence of visual and conceptual creative abilities
A clear commitment to the chosen field of study
The potential to develop the full range of practical, expressive, critical and conceptual skills necessary to complete the course
The ability to benefit from the learning environment and experience
An awareness of the contemporary and historical context of fine art
Some understanding of the role that contemporary critical thought and historical study can play in the development of personal creative work
The ability to communicate and discuss issues and ideas both verbally and in writing
The ability to manage your own time and initiate projects
Fees & Funding
Home / EU fee
Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) fee
This course has an undergraduate-level qualification as an entry requirement, and the quoted Home / EU fee rate reflects the fact that most students enrolling on this course will already possess an undergraduate-level qualification. Home / EU applicants for this course who do not already have an undergraduate-level qualification, or students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA), may pay a reduced fee.
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.
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Scholarships and awards
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Careers and alumni
The course is aimed at preparing students for further study at Masters level or pursuing a career in the field of fine art. This could include art practice, art writing, curation, arts administration, art consultancy, collaborative practice and community arts.