• CollegeChelsea
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW104

BA (Hons) Fine Art

Applications closed 2018/19
Applications for 2018/19 entry to this course have now closed. You can apply for this course via the ‘How to apply’ section on this page. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2018/19 entry, visit the Clearing page.

BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts invites students to work alongside our internationally respected team of artists and writers, providing a critically creative environment where they can develop their own practice.

We encourage open and exploratory thinking while equipping our students with the confidence, experience and skills needed to play an effective role as professional artists on an international stage.

Student video work

Carmen Vinuela Martin and Maria Luisa Gonzalez Ramirez

Omer Even-Paz

Course detail

Content: what students can expect

  • A studio-based and practice-led course that brings together a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, film and video, digital media, sound, print, performance and drawing
  • Practice and theory are integrated, helping students understand the contexts and conditions that shape and frame contemporary art practice
  • To be allocated a tutor group that they’ll meet on a regular basis to discuss each other’s work
  • Significant control over what they learn, the pace they do this at and how they might demonstrate this. Students will be helped in these decisions through on-going dialogue with their tutors as well as fellow students
  • To receive inductions into the processes and facilities available in the college’s studios and workshops, with specialist technicians on hand to offer support
  • To have access to Chelsea's shared workshops including ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, metalwork, woodwork and audio visual editing suite. View the Chelsea facilities section


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.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Essay and dissertation tutorials 
  • Exhibitions on and off campus
  • External and internal negotiated events
  • Gallery and museum visits
  • Independent study
  • Individual and group tutorials, discussions, crits and seminars
  • Interim and mid-year review
  • Lectures and seminars
  • One to one tutorial support for dissertations
  • Online learning
  • Student presentations
  • Studio organisation
  • Technical orientations, demonstrations and inductions to workshops

Assessment methods

  • Blog
  • Essays, reports and final dissertation
  • Final show examination
  • Peer assessments
  • Presentations
  • Student self-evaluations
  • Tutorials and mid-year interim reviews




Visiting Staff

  • Rosa Nogues
  • Paul O’Kane
  • Jennie Savage
  • Georgina Starr
  • Gladstone Thompson
  • Virginia Veran

How to apply

Home / EU applicants

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

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 or Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.

International applicants

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

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.

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 Pass, 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.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19 fees).

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).

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

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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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.