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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

Graduate Diploma

Subject areas

Fine Art

Course type


Course Summary

Graduate Diploma in Fine Art is aimed at students who wish to progress to MA level or pursue a career within the field of fine art.

What to expect

  • A studio-based and practice-led course that brings together a wide range of media. They include film, video, digital media, sound, print, performance, drawing, painting and sculpture
  • At Chelsea practice and theory are integrated. 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 show this. You will be helped in these decisions through on-going dialogue with your tutors and fellow students
  • To develop an independent art practice enabling you to progress onto MA level
  • A framework to help you develop a critical body of work enabling you to locate your ideas and practice in relation to contemporary art and debates on cultural and theoretical issues
  • To produce a portfolio of practical work, write proposals for MA applications and to articulate your ideas in relation to other appropriate practices and theories, both in writing and in the form of verbal presentations
  • To get inductions into the processes and facilities available in the college’s studios and workshops. Chelsea has 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.


The course is aimed at preparing students for further study at Masters level or pursuing a career in the field of fine art. This could include art practice, art writing, curation, arts administration, art consultancy, collaborative practice and community arts.


In this unit you will develop your work further producing an appropriate portfolio of work that can be used within a professional context or in order to apply for an MA.

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Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are: BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications; Evidence of ability in art or design; 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.

University information

University of the Arts London (UAL) is one of the world’s leading and most prestigious arts universities, maintaining an internationally renowned list of alumni. Being located in London, it is an ideal place to study a postgraduate qualification and get connected to a thriving creative sector. With modern campus sites spread across London, UAL offers over 100 taught postgraduate degree courses at the university’s six specialist colleges and...more

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