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MA Fine Art - Chelsea College of Arts

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Study mode

Full time


15 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Fine Art

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

MA Fine Art at Chelsea is designed to help enhance the making, criticality and articulation of your practice. It aims to expand your work’s audiences and contextual reach. Experimental studio practice and individual inquiry are activated in professional contexts. These challenge what art is or could be, how art is communicated, and how artists can develop their practices in forward-thinking and culturally progressive ways.

What to expect

  • To contextualise your work in relation to contemporary cultural practices and ideas
  • To independently produce critically aware work
  • To build your professional experience and portfolio through regular participation in public exhibitions, events and publications
  • Regular practice consultancies, discussions, group activities and workshops
  • To become an active member of an international arts community
  • To participate in discursive and collaborative practices with colleagues
  • To get involved in our partnerships network, through which we organise workshops, lectures, discussions, studio visits, field trips and exhibitions. These currently include Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the UAL Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN)


The course develops students’ potential to operate as professional practitioners within an international art community, or to progress to further academic research at PhD level.

Many students go on to set up their own studio practice, developing strong professional links with galleries, critics, and curators. Many Chelsea MA Fine Art alumni are practicing artists working at national and international level.

Due to the course’s interdisciplinary practical approach, many graduates have expanded or multi-platform careers in related fields such as curating, arts management, art dealing, arts advisory services, theatre, film, broadcasting, music, fashion, education, events management, online media, writing and publishing.


This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university. Inductions to learning resources at Chelsea To use the studios as a flexible space to produce work, foster dialogue and collaborate To be introduced to the concept of ?communities of practice?. This means that every practitioner is a participant within the arts community - at Chelsea, in London and globally Off-site activities including professional practice workshops and introductions to London?s emerging art scene To develop your own practice and ideas through participating in dialogue and knowledge sharing with your peers To work collaboratively on exhibitions and events with your peers To continually make work in a professional context for a public audience To take part in a group show that is open to the public. This will take place at the end of unit 1 in the studios at Chelsea To be assessed on your participation in the unit 1 exhibition and your contribution to the online course publication

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Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are: BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications; alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration; personal statement; and portfolio of work.

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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