Chelsea College of Art and Design, London:
Chelsea College of Art & Design is located in Millbank, in Central London, in the City of Westminster. We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree progams in subjects including Interior Design, Textile Design, Graphic Design and Fine Arts among many others. Situated in an inspiring location alongside Tate Britain, you will be studying at the centre of one of the world's great cultural capitals. At Chelsea you can study from Foundation level right up to PhD and be part of an exhilarating community based in a long history of world class teaching and educational practices. You will find our emphasis on internationalism reflected in a student community that is a richly diverse multicultural mix of students from all around the world. This makes for an exciting and challenging global dialogue amongst our faculty of practitioners who are cutting edge artists and designers.
BA (Hons) Fine Art
BA (Hons) Fine Art at Chelsea encourages open, exploratory work and thinking about fine art. It equips you with the confidence, experience and skills needed to operate as a professional artist. We are amongst the few creative institutions that have taken the brave step to remove barriers between specialist areas. We have brought together a range of art practices including; painting, sculpture, film and video, photography, digital media, sound, print, performance, and drawing. You are free to explore any of these areas throughout your time on the course and work within an open framework that will challenge and open up many possibilities.
BA Graphic Design Communication
BA Graphic Design Communication encourages the development of a passion for high-level ideas generation, with innovative and directional concepts supported by the development of professional digital, technical and presentation skills. It offers a thorough grounding in design principles and critical awareness with the opportunity to specialise in design for print or multimedia.
BA Textile Design
The BA Textile Design course is one of the leading courses of its kind in the UK and Europe. The course promotes innovative, experimental and creative approaches to textile design. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach allows specialisation in areas of printed, woven, knitted, stitched and digital textiles. This represents an exceptional range and encourages diversity and flexibility in approach.
The proximity of workshops to studios is an indication of the emphasis placed on 'making' as part of Chelsea's identity. There is an opportunity for induction into the wood, metal and ceramics workshops in the second year of the course, enabling a wider range of materials to be included in practice.
Foundation Degree (FdA) Interior Design
A Foundation Degree, or 'FdA' for short, is a 2-year degree programme that gives you the experience to help start or further your career within industry. It is not just a vocational qualification; an FdA mixes academic study and practical experience, so graduates are prepared for the working world, or ready for promotion.
Building upon Chelsea's experience and achievements in interior design, the programme explores ways of designing and depicting interior schemes, either in response to live projects and competitions or through creative partnerships with industry. Technical skills are essential to the contemporary interior design discipline and the course concentrates on developing design ability that displays creative and intellectual capabilities applicable to problem solving. Graduates are encouraged to develop a professional attitude, initiative and self-motivation.
BA Interior and Spatial Design
The BA Interior and Spatial Design encourages you to engage critically with contemporary design through projects conducted in a studio environment, that promote the conceptual and practical skills required of interior design and spatial design professionals.
Working with existing buildings and spaces, you explore different possibilities for habitation and use. The course focuses on designing complex architectural spaces, discreet multi-media installations and sensory environments. Chelsea's vibrant art college context is vital in providing opportunities to uncover overlapping concerns between the different disciplines being taught within the College. We encourage experimental and creative design practice that is contextually and intellectually adventurous.
Graduate Diploma course in Interior Design
The Graduate Diploma course in Interior Design enables adaptable thinking in an interior design context and provides an opportunity to engage critically with contemporary design. Learning how to communicate designs, clarify ambition and develop a number of problem-solving and transferable skills are integral to the course. The course also offers a variety of ways in engaging with interior design, for example by designing, writing, visually communicating, researching etc.
MA Critical Writing and Curatorial Practice
In today's art world, the roles of artist, writer and curator are becoming less distinct. These territories are proving to be interdependent, not only in artist-led spaces but also in the commercial and professional arts sector.
This research-led course offers a challenging theoretical curriculum focusing on current cultural debates, sustained through an emphasis on practicebased critique, it develops a self-reflective analysis of your own practice, with understanding and debate of current cultural activities. A visiting lecturer programme, a series of contemporary aesthetics seminars as well as writing workshops, professional practice lectures and seminars all support the course.
Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art
The Postgraduate Diploma encourages you to challenge and expand your fine art practice through exploring a range of approaches and procedures within a context of group initiated shows and independent learning. By developing a range of learning skills the course encourages you to re-think your practice and develop your theoretical understanding through a lively and ongoing group dynamic that is central to the teaching methods and philosophy of this course.
Fine Art MA
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.
MA Graphic Design Communication
This course is aimed at applicants who are looking to be authors of their own practice: skilled practitioners who wish to explore, develop and define their practice in terms of critical content, context and form. Whilst this may challenge and redefine existing boundaries the primary concern of the course is to develop work that has integrity and autonomy. The course is studio based, practice led, and underpinned by a theoretical framework that aims to promote lively, autonomous and reflective learners who have their own creative position on contemporary debates and society.
MA Interior and Spatial Design
The MA Interior and Spatial Design programme investigates the design of interior/architectural spaces and architectural furniture. The course is committed to the notion of space-making as a distinct design activity, and addresses issues of occupation and inhabitation of architectural space. Outcomes can range from the functional design of built structures to fine art installation.
MA Textile Design
The MA Textile Design is a studio-based, practice-led course demanding a high level of commitment and motivation. Underpinned by a supportive theoretical framework and instruction in professional contemporarypractice, it allows for collaborative opportunities for developing pioneering work within the textile industry.
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