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  • Objectives
    The course develops your potential to progress to further research and to operate professionally within an international community of artists.
  • Academic Title
    MA Fine Art
  • Course description


    The Chelsea Fine Art MA is one of the longest established postgraduate fine art courses in the UK. It is an intensive taught course providing a valuable bridge between studentship and professional practice.

    Underpinned by a challenging theoretical curriculum and instruction in approaches to research methodology and personal professional development, the course demands a high level of commitment to independent productive activity. Throughout the course a strong postgraduate community supports you.

    The course, its tutors, and your fellow students encourage you to intensify, challenge and contextualise your work, leading you to locate your work in relation to contemporary fine art practice and develop your potential to operate as professional artists and conduct further research.

    Course Highlights

    Alumni of the MA Fine Art at Chelsea include many Turner Prize winners and nominees such as: Anish Kapoor, Mike Nelson, Peter Doig, Stephen Pippin and Rebecca Warren; plus high profile contemporary artists such as Kimio Tsuchiya, Mariella Neudecker and Andreas Oelhert.


    The MA Fine Art course has three main phases:

    Phase 1: Analysis of Practice and Exploration of Methodologies

    Phase 2: Development and Consolidation

    Phase 3: Resolution

    These phases are set within a credit framework of three assessed units: Studio Practice, Advanced Studio Practice (which run sequentially), and Theoretical Studies, running throughout the course.

    Studio practice involves evolving and developing a personal programme of studio work and related research. Theoretical Studies provides a framework for you to develop a critical research paper, enabling you to locate your ideas and practice in relation to contemporary debate on cultural and theoretical issues.

    Throughout the course you participate in individual and group tutorials, develop skills through Personal Professional Development workshops and on-line resources while the postgraduate talks are organised to introduce youto a range of visiting artists and practitioners.

    Entry Requirements

    -An Honours degree or equivalent academic/professional qualifications
    -Applicants will also be asked to provide a written statement of intent and a selection of recent work
    -EU/International students must show proof of equivalent qualification and IELTS 6.5 in English on enrolment
    -The College takes into consideration prior learning, alternative qualifications and experience

    Applicants are called for interview if their work demonstrates:

    -Originality in relation to their peers
    -A high degree of engagement with fine art practice
    -The potential for development of their research to Master’s level

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