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MA Fine Art

College
CHELSEA
Start date
September 2020
Course length
1 year (full time)

MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts offers emerging artists an intensive programme of development to professional practice.

Student work

Jiaqing Mo.

Course overview

The course is designed to help enhance the making, criticality and articulation of your practice. It aims to expand your work’s audiences and contextual reach. Experimental studio practice and individual inquiry are activated in professional contexts. These challenge what art is or could be, how art is communicated, and how artists can develop their practices in forward-thinking and culturally progressive ways.

What to expect

  • To contextualise your work in relation to contemporary cultural practices and ideas
  • To independently produce critically aware work
  • To build your professional experience and portfolio through regular participation in public exhibitions, events and publications
  • To participate in regular practice consultancies, discussions, field trips and workshops
  • To become an active member of an international arts community
  • To participate in discursive and collaborative practices with colleagues
  • To participate in our partnerships network, through which we organise workshops, lectures, discussions, studio visits, field trips and exhibitions. These currently include Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the UAL Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN)
  • To be involved with the student run MA Fine Art public gallery situated at Chelsea
  • To contribute to the MA Fine Art student led online publication, mafazine.myblog.arts.ac.uk.  It aims to encourage expanded practices of writing, video, journalism, cultural criticism and arts communication
  • 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

Mode of study 

MA Fine Art is offered in full-time mode and runs for 45 weeks over 15 months, with a break over the summer. You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study.

Course units

A short description of each unit and what you can expect.

Unit 1 - Establishing a community

This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university.

  • Inductions to learning resources and workshops at Chelsea
  • To use the studios as a flexible space to produce work, foster dialogue and collaborate
  • To be introduced to the concept of ‘communities of practice’. This means that every practitioner is a participant within the arts community - at Chelsea, in London and globally
  • Off-site activities including professional practice workshops and introductions to London’s emerging art scene
  • To develop your own practice and ideas through participating in dialogue and knowledge sharing with your peers
  • To work collaboratively on exhibitions and events with your peers
  • To continually make work in a professional context for a public audience
  • To take part in a group show that is open to the public. This will take place at the end of unit 1 in the studios at Chelsea
  • To be assessed on your participation in the unit 1 exhibition and your contribution to the online course publication

Unit 2 - Making your work public

This unit is structured to foster an intensive period of practice development. It is designed to help you refine your ideas and how to articulate them to different audiences.

  • A lecture and seminar series to help you situate your ideas within contemporary dialogues and debates
  • Writing workshops to help you approach writing as an integral part of your practice
  • To create an online professional portfolio that will include your completed work, CV, artist’s statement and other relevant information
  • A series of professional development workshops will help you in thinking about exhibition strategies and project management
  • To take part in and organise an off-site live project with your peers
  • To present work in the college postgraduate show
  • To submit a formal proposal for your unit 3 self-directed live project

Unit 3 - Locating and sustaining your practice

This unit is about progressing your career ambitions and will take place entirely off campus.

  • To develop a proposal that outlines how you plan to progress your professional practice during the unit
  • To be assigned and supported by an advisor, who is an arts professional
  • To explore how you might activate your practice within an external context that you have chosen and identified as appropriate to your development. This may include setting up a studio collective with other students from the course, or operating within a professional context within London, the United Kingdom or abroad
  • To be assessed on contributions to the online course publication, your online portfolio and end of unit presentation

Learning and teaching methods

  • Exhibition making and publishing
  • Field trips
  • In-studio consultancies
  • Live projects
  • Professional practice workshops
  • Technical workshop support
  • Theory lectures and discussion forums

Assessment methods

  • Examination of work in exhibition and live contexts
  • Online journal contributions
  • Practice analysis
  • Peer feedback
  • Professional portfolio
  • Self-evaluation

Staff

Guest Lecturers 2015-17

  • Larry Achiampong
  • Sophie Berrebi
  • Judith Butler
  • Evan Ifekoya
  • EugStudio.com
  • Onkar Kular
  • Lisa LaFeuvre
  • Sook Kyung Lee
  • Michael McMillan
  • David Oswell
  • Takeshi Shiomitsu
  • Linda Stupart
  • Holly White
  • Mick Wilson
  • Jesse Wine

Visiting Practitioners 2015-17

  • Hannah Black
  • Arvida Bystrom
  • Federico Campagna
  • Jesse Darling
  • Natalie Dray
  • Rosie Hastings and Hannah Quinlan
  • Caspar Heinemann
  • Amalia Ulman

Practitioners in Residence 2015-17

  • Oreet Ashery
  • Anthea Hamilton
  • Futoshi Miyagi
  • Roberto Visani

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio of work

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your portfolio of work, personal statement and reference.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • A combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

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:

Selection criteria

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

Making your application

Personal statement

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

Applications will open shortly, please continue to check for updates

Application deadline

Home/EU applicant period may stay open until midday Thursday 30 July 2020.

Although we advise you to apply sooner than this. Some courses are very popular and may close to applicants early.

Postgraduate transfers:

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at Chelsea College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Deferred entry application:

This course will consider deferred entry applications. If you are interested in requesting a deferral, you can only request this if you are successful at application.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Mini portfolio

The portfolio 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

Following the review of the mini portfolio we select applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to an interview selection event.

Interview Selection Event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academics conducting the event. Please be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. We may not discuss all of these topics at the event.

More details about your interview selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen or been allocated your date.

Selection for Home/EU applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

  • In person at Chelsea College of Arts
  • By phone or Skype

If you choose phone or Skype your mini portfolio that you uploaded via UAL’s online portfolio review system will be used during the interview.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.

Please note that applications made to this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Applications will open shortly, please continue to check for updates

There are 2 ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at Chelsea College of Arts:

  • Through one of our official representatives in your country
  • By direct application

Read our immigration and visa information to find out if you need a visa to study at UAL.

Application deadline

International applicant period may stay open until midday Thursday 30 July 2020.

Although we advise you to apply sooner than this. Some courses are very popular and may close to applicants early.

Postgraduate transfers:

If you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current PG course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at Chelsea College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Deferred entry application:

This course will consider deferred entry applications. If you are interested in requesting a deferral, you can only request this if you are successful at application.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Mini portfolio

The portfolio 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

Following the review of the mini portfolio we select applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to an interview selection event.

Interview Selection Event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academic conducting the event. Please be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. We may not discuss all of these topics at the event.

More details about your interview selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen or been allocated your date.

Selection for international applications are available in a variety of different ways:

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made through one of our official representatives
  • In person at Chelsea College of Arts

If you choose phone or Skype your mini portfolio that you uploaded via UAL’s online portfolio review system will be used during the interview.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.

Please note that applications made to this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.


Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£12,280 (2020/21).

International fee

£25,880 (2020/21).

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Additional costs

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.

Accommodation

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Careers and alumni

The course develops 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.

Alumni

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.

Find out how careers and employability helps our students and graduates start their careers.

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