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MA Portfolio Preparation

MA Portfolio Preparation

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Theokritos Papadopoulos


MA Portfolio Preparation is an introduction to the fundamental components you'll need for MA study; your main focus on this course will examine either Fine Art, Graphic Design or Interior Design practice methodology.

Through tutorials and group discussions, you'll look at how key concepts in art and contemporary art theory can be applied to the way you practice as an artist. It's an exciting foundation which you can use to build your future approach to studio practice and theoretical development.

Topics Covered

  • Tate Britain visit
  • Politics of image.
  • Techniques, materials, methods, strategies and tactics artists use to produce work
  • How different methods and materials, influence the production of their artworks. 
  • Conceptual and Post- Conceptual.
  • Main Art and Design concepts, 20th and 21st Century.
  • Preparing a project.
  • Record and documenting work
  • Projects and Research
  • Relationship between work and cultural, philosophical, psychoanalytical, socio-political, historical or scientifically approaches.
  • Visual diaries
  • Historical and contemporary context in work.
  • Statement writing 
  • Information about applications
  • Critical theory
  • Speculative Realism theory, Object theories
  • Art, Philosophy , Psychoanalysis
  • Resilience and Resistance
  • Queer and Hybrid identities theories.

Course Outcomes
You'll understand the relationship between contemporary art theory and your own practice. And you'll appreciate the fundamental differences between BA and MA study requirements.

Who Should Attend
Anyone with a BA or equivalent in Art and Design who is considering studying Fine Art, Graphic Design or Interior Design at MA level; international students about to start MA study in the UK; or, artists or designers keen to develop theoretical knowledge that will inform their work.

Course Level

Student Reviews

'The course has given me a greater focus on and idea of not only what is required to submit for a Masters Application, but also what MA might entail. The tutor was amazing, very well prepared and gave us all us as much attention as we needed. They gave the right mix of information and allowed the class participants to lead and were very happy to follow up after. Dedicated....and great!' - Anon

Tutor Description

Kriton Papadopoulos is an artist and he also completed his PhD at Central Saint Martins looking at the development of the Avant-garde. He has organized various community art projects in collaboration with Kids Company, the Royal Festival Hall and Royal Academy. He has had solo exhibitions both in UK and Europe, including the Tate Modern and Serpentine Gallery. He also exhibits his work with aaart gallery, Athens. Kriton has been an Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts London since 2003.


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • Examples of your own work

  • Sketch book

  • Notebook and Pen

  • A digital camera and laptop if you can. Please note that these are not essential items.

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates