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BA (Hons) Fine Art

Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code

Course summary

BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts invites you to work alongside our internationally respected team of artists and writers. The course provides a critically creative environment where you can develop your own 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.

Student work

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Omer Even-Paz.

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Course details

This course is subject to re-validation. Re-validation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During re-validation there maybe be some changes to course content and structure. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

What you can expect

  • A course that is studio-based and practice-led. The course brings together a wide range of media. These include painting, sculpture, digital media, sound, print, performance, drawing, film and video
  • Integrated practice and theory. 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 prove this. You will have help making these decisions by on-going dialogue with your tutors and fellow students
  • Inductions to the facilities in the college’s studios and workshops. Specialist technicians are 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

Course units

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Art practice - Exploration
  • Unit 2: Art practice - Exploration, part 2
  • Unit 3: Introduction to Fine Art
  • Unit 4: Induction to Theory

Year 2

  • Unit 5: Territories of practice
  • Unit 6: Practice in context - exhibition
  • Unit 7: Theoretical Contexts
  • Unit 8: Theoretical Contexts, part 2

Year 3

  • Unit 9: Studio practice 3 - Consolidation
  • Unit 10: Dissertation and research portfolio

Work experience and opportunities

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


  • Martin Newth - Course Leader
  • Gill Addison
  • Dave Beech
  • Jo Bruton
  • Dr Andrew Chesher - Year 1 Leader
  • Jeffery Dennis
  • Sarah Dobai
  • Bernice Donszelmann
  • Amanda Faulkner
  • Ben Fitton - Year 2 Leader
  • Lucy Gunning
  • Katrine Hjelde
  • David Musgrave
  • Elizabeth Peebles - Year 3 Leader
  • Dan Smith

Visiting Staff

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 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

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work, personal statements and reference.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • A Level - 2 A levels grade C or above
  • or Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • or Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • or Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • or Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • or Equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications. For example - International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 24 points or above
  • and 3 GCSE passes grade C or above

We will also consider other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements.

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:

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

At interview and portfolio review

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

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.

Selection criteria

Making your application

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

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W104

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.

Following your UCAS application to this course all home / EU applicants will be invited to choose a date for a selection event.

What is a selection event?

A selection event is similar to an interview. You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by course teams. The event will also give you a chance to meet current students, take a tour of the college and see the facilities.

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

Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative BA Fine Art course at Camberwell. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.

There are 3 ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Chelsea College of Arts:

Find out more information about applying through UCAS.

Interviews and portfolio reviews - international students can be interviewed in a number of different ways:

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts

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 & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19 fees). 2019/20 fees to be confirmed.

Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19 fees). 2019/20 fees to be confirmed.

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.


Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

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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.


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

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