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Undergraduate

BA (Hons) Fine Art

Chelsea College of Arts BA Fine Art Show.
Chelsea College of Arts BA Fine Art Show.
College
Chelsea College of Arts
Start date
September 2021
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W104

BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts brings together students and staff to examine what contemporary fine art practice is and to help forge its future.

Student work

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    Adrien Vouillot - BA Fine Art
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    Anna-Sofie Jesperson - BA Fine Art
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    Arthur Prior - BA Fine Art
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    Cedric Migroyan - BA Fine Art
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    Elizabeth Langton - BA Fine Art
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    Eva Kraljic and Tim Tokley - BA Fine Art
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    Harley Cope - BA Fine Art
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    Misbah Siddique - BA Fine Art
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    Sarah Finney - BA Fine Art

Carmen Vinuela Martin and Maria Luisa Gonzalez Ramirez

BA Fine Art Stories

Course overview

‘Thinking through making and making things happen’ is the ethos around which BA Fine Art at Chelsea is structured. The course provides a critically creative environment where you can develop your own practice. 

Your experience is based around a series of events that include on and off-site exhibitions, performance, publications, presentations, symposia and screenings that are aimed to give you experience of real-world practice. 

We encourage open and exploratory thinking. You will gain the confidence, experience and skills to play an effective role as a professional artist on an international stage. 

What to expect 

  • A broad-based fine art course that brings together a wide range of specialised areas including film, video, digital media, sound, print, performance, painting, sculpture and drawing 
  • To be encouraged to take risks, experiment and test your ideas through new ways of working 
  • A programme of tutorials, seminars, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and live projects that will support you in developing your practice and gain an awareness of the discourses particular to it 
  • To be part of a community of artists that will explore ideas through making work 
  • To have significant control over what you learn, the pace at which you learn and how you might demonstrate what you have learnt 
  • To be encouraged to explore how art can lead an interrogation of the role of class, race, gender, sexuality, disability, age, language or belief in the construction of society now and in the future
  • The course encourages students to take an ethical, inclusive and sustainable approach to working and exhibiting 
  • An approach to theory that treats it as practice, bringing together intellectual frameworks from multiple approaches, perspectives and methodologies to help you understand and explore the context within which you are working 
  • Facilities in the college’s studio spaces and workshops with 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 

Work experience and opportunities 

Opportunities to work with external partners have included projects and commissions with The Discovery Channel, Frontier Economics and Hitachi Consulting. 

Students can also study abroad in the second year of their degree as part of the college's Erasmus scheme. 

Mode of study

BA Fine Art is offered in full-time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage consists of 30 teaching weeks. You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study. 

Course units

Year 1 

Unit 1 - Introduction to BA Fine Art 

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

Unit 2 - Art practice 

The aim of this unit is to help you begin to define your own practice. What you can expect: 

  • Online lectures, seminars, crits, gallery visits will expand your subject knowledge 
  • To further develop your own critical and theoretical ideas 
  • To establish a self-directed, independent and exploratory practice 
  • To produce a body of work 
  • To present your work to your peers in group crit settings

Unit 3 - Thinking through making and making things happen 

The focus of this unit is an off-site group show. Working in student groups you will locate a space in London or online to test your work in an alternative environment. 

  • To produce a body of work 
  • Tutorials, crits and project sessions to enable discussion of both your own work and that of your peers 
  • To document the research of your work and off-site project in a self-evaluation  
  • Written work 

Unit 4 - Positions 1 

This unit is about exploring your position in relation to other artists. 

  • To consider how contemporary art relates to wider social and ethical considerations
  • To do a presentation about how different ways of working as an artist engage with broader questions of research, production, site and presentation 
  • To record knowledge and skills exchanged

Year 2 

Unit 5 - Positions 2 

This unit aims to reinforce your sense of how your work relates to the work of others, and its wider context. You will be asked:

  • To form collaborative groups loosely organised around research and practice interests  
  • To develop a presentation that positions your work and ideas in relation to a wider context.

Unit 6 - Collaborative and collective practices

This unit aims to introduce you to different ways in which collaborative working can focus and enhance your own creative strengths. This unit has 3 core purposes:   

  • To engage with fellow students with different practices and interests in a collaborative project towards a shared goal 
  • To engage with external audiences, participants or institutions to consider new contexts for your work 
  • To develop your creative attributes to enable you to take on future challenges in a variety of contexts 

Unit 7 - Activation 

This unit is about furthering your own practice and testing it in public. You will be expected:

  • To work with a group of your peers to stage an off-site (physical or online) exhibition or event and produce an accompanying publication
  • To work towards an exhibition which will help prepare you for your third year

Unit 8 - Positions 3

This unit asks you to undertake an in-depth investigation of ideas around your practice. You will be asked:

  • To produce a publication or video which explores a key aspect of your thinking 

Year 3 

Unit 9 - Thinking, making, writing 

The connection between theory and practice and its importance for the development of your work will be explored in this unit. There are 4 elements to this unit: 

Show and Crit cycles - you will present work for discussion thinking about the relationships between content and form, material, medium, context, discourse and meaning. 

Thought and Action - presentation of work that will be discussed in feedback tutorials and group critiques. This will inform your practice plan. Your practice plan is an online report that will outline new directions for the development of your work. It will assist your preparation of your essay and presentation of enquiry. 

Essay - through writing you will explore and reflect on your references and the concerns underlying your practice. 

Presentation of Enquiry - you will present and talk about your work to your peers. 

Unit 10 - Making public 

  • To write a report about your practice and your position in relation to site and audience
  • To present work in the college degree showcase
  • To produce a publication documenting your practice 

Optional Diploma between year 2 and 3

Between year 2 and 3 you can opt to undertake the Diploma in Professional Studies or the UAL Diploma in Creative Computing. Whilst these Diplomas are an optional aspect of the course, they are designed as an integrated and assessed part of your journey through the course. 

Learning and teaching methods

  • Artist-led workshops
  •  Exhibitions (at Chelsea, off campus and online)
  • External and internal negotiated events
  • Gallery visits
  • Group crits
  • Group or individual tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Interim Formative Review
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Mid-year review
  • One to one tutorial support with your dissertation
  • Online learning
  • Personal and group tutorials
  • Student presentations

Assessment methods

  • Assessment tutorial
  • Degree show
  • Digital submissions
  • Essay
  • Portfolio
  • Presentations
  • Reflective journal
  • Research portfolio
  • Self-evaluation
  • Studio work

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 one or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • 2 A Levels at grade C or above
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C)

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:

  • 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

Making your application

Portfolio advice

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

Please remember:

  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity
  • Where possible, large or 3D work should be photographed and scanned
  • To organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes

You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W104

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15 January for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

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.

Please add ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

Initial application check and selection

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. These will be reviewed by the academic team. This review and notification of the results of it may not take place until the end of January 2021.

Following the review of the digital portfolio we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to book an online interview selection event which will take place in February - March 2021.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through UCAS track.

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview.

If you would like to request feedback - please email ccw.ukeu@arts.ac.uk. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

There are 3 ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course:

If you are applying via UCAS you will need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W104

You can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via UCAS, UAL representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn. Read the UAL international application advice for further information on how to apply.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15 January for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

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.

Please add ccw.international@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates about your application to UAL.

Immigration history check

Whether you’re applying online via UCAS, through a UAL representative or by direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you don’t complete the check we won’t be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check and selection

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. These will be reviewed by the academic team.

Following the review of the digital portfolio we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to book a telephone interview selection event.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

  • If you applied through UCAS you will receive the final outcome of your application through UCAS track
  • If you applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL portal

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

This course receives a high number of applications. Unfortunately, we can’t provide feedback to everyone who is unsuccessful. We can only provide feedback after you’ve had an interview.

If you would like to request feedback - please email ccw.international@arts.ac.uk. We are only able to provide feedback to you directly, or to someone you have told us in writing can receive it on your behalf.

Deferring your place

This course allows offer holders to defer. If you have an offer of a place, but you would like to defer starting for a year, please contact our Admissions Service as soon as possible via your UAL Portal. Make sure you check our Admissions Policy before requesting a deferral.

Transfers

If you are currently studying somewhere else on a course in an equivalent subject area and would like to transfer to this course, you can transfer to:

  • Year 2, if you’ve completed 120 credits in Year 1
  • Year 3, if you’ve completely 240 credits in Years 1 and 2

Apply via UCAS and choose Year 2 or 3 for your POE (Point of Entry)

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and Year 1/Year 2 unit transcripts.

If you are an International applicant and studying outside the UK, please complete your direct application and then contact us via your UAL Portal to ask to be considered for Year 2/Year 3.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Study Abroad

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.


Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.

Home fees are currently charged to UK resident nationals . However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students.

International fee

£22,920 per year

This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course.

Students from countries outside of the UK are currently charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about our tuition fees.

From 2021/22 entry, most EU students will be charged the International tuition fee rate, depending on your individual circumstances. If you started your course in October 2020 or earlier, you’ll continue to pay Home (UK) fees for the duration of your course. Read more advice for EU students.

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Careers and alumni

Graduates from BA Fine Art at Chelsea are well placed to become independent practitioners in the international art scene. Others move onto postgraduate studies both in the UK and overseas. Many of our graduates have has success and won awards for their work in galleries, museums, the media and the wider creative environment. The college’s alumni include many Turner Prize winners and nominees.

Alumni

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