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Fine Art (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
London, United Kingdom
‘Thinking through making and making things happen’ is the ethos around which BA in Fine Art (Hons) at University of the Arts London (UAL) is structured. This studio-based course provides a critically creative environment where you can develop your own practice.
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Your experience is based around a series of events that include on and off-site exhibitions, performance, publications, presentations, symposia and screenings that are aimed to give you experience of real-world 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.

What to expect from the BA in Fine Art (Hons) at University of the Arts London (UAL)

  • A broad-based fine art course that brings together a wide range of specialised areas including film, video, digital media, sound, print, performance, painting, sculpture and drawing
  • To be encouraged to take risks, experiment and test your ideas through new ways of working
  • A programme of tutorials, seminars, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and live projects that will support you in developing your practice and gain an awareness of the discourses particular to it
  • To be part of a community of artists that will explore ideas through making work
  • To have significant control over what you learn, the pace at which you learn and how you might demonstrate what you have learnt
  • To be encouraged to explore how art can lead an interrogation of the role of class, race, gender, sexuality, disability, age, language or belief in the construction of society now and in the future. The course encourages students to take an ethical, inclusive and sustainable approach to working and exhibiting
  • An approach to theory that treats it as practice, bringing together intellectual frameworks from multiple approaches, perspectives and methodologies to help you understand and explore the context within which you are working
  • Inductions to the facilities in the college’s studios and workshops with 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.

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.

  • Zehra Arslan
  • Jon Baker
  • Lucy Beech
  • Jonny Briggs
  • James Capper
  • Nicholas Deshayes
  • Alice Evans
  • Mariko Mori
  • Chris Ofili
  • James Richards
  • Hannah Sawtell
  • Mark Wallinger
  • Rafal Zajko

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Fine Art
  • Studio practice
  • Thinking through making and making things happen
  • Positions
  • Collaborative and collective practices
  • Activation
  • Thinking, making, writing
  • Making public

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are one or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • 2 A Levels at grade C or above
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C)
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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22920 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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