Be inspired and explore your creativity with Fine Art!

We offer a wide range of exciting and challenging fine art courses run by an energetic and enthusiastic team of lecturers who are practicing artists and freelance commercial designers and photographers. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist, you’ll be able to extend your technical skills and build confidence in your creative ability. You can choose a course from many Art and Photography areas, and study either by day or evening. You will be encouraged to explore materials, approaches and techniques in an extensive range of both certificated and non-certificated art and design courses.

Our Fine Art qualification courses provide a unique opportunity for those who wish to begin their artistic careers with a challenging and rewarding period of study.

Course Overview

This level 3 Fine Art course is designed to help you build upon and develop your interests, skills and understanding of art and design. It has consistently provided learners with the opportunity to develop their art and design portfolios for progression onto further and higher education courses and careers in art and design. The course is project based with an encouragement to develop personal ideas and a commitment to the development of drawing skills as a tool for the communication of ideas. The UAL qualification seeks to ensure that students develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence required to work independently and to direct their own learning. The course consists of 9 units which cover an introduction to: visual language, research skills, critical and contextual awareness, materials, processes and technical skills, using drawing, painting, 3D sculpture, printmaking and photography. Further units develop and integrate knowledge and skills with the culmination of a personal project and an exhibition. Completing the course will enable students to develop fundamental skills towards a career in art and design including: visual communication, graphics, illustration, interior design and architecture, fine art and related careers, fashion and textiles. Previous students have progressed onto courses at some of the best Colleges and Universities in the UK and subsequently careers in art and design.

What background and qualifications do you need to join? (Entry Requirements)

From experience, applications are received from a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities, and ages, with both UK or equivalent qualifications and experiences. UAL is a vocational qualification, widely recognised by further and higher education Art & Design courses as an alternative to the A’ level route, students can access the course after GCSE, AS or A2. All applicants must have a portfolio of artwork; a minimum of GCSE, in Art, English and Maths grade A-C, or the equivalent, ICT and Design Technology would be an advantage. You may be an applicant with advanced qualifications and/or work experience, 19+ planning a career change or wanting to fulfil an ambition to study art but need to develop a stronger portfolio for a Foundation course place and university. Applicants without any formal academic qualifications but with an outstanding portfolio of artwork should apply. If accepted they will enrol on either a GCSE or Functional Skills, English and Maths and work towards gaining a level 2 qualification, the minimum for university entrance.

What are the progression routes after the course?

The progression routes for learners are generally:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • National Diploma
  • HNC
  • BTEC / UAL Extended Diploma
  • FdA Higher Education
  • BA

Example of previous students progression pathways:

  • Foundation Art & Design (Fine Art), (Fashion), (Design)
  • Interior and Spatial Design
  • FdA Architecture and spatial design
  • BA Fine Art and Critical Studies
  • BA Animation and Illustration
  • BA Painting, Drawing, Printmaking
  • Graphic Design

Where will I study?

You will be based in the Carlyle Building next to the Chelsea Centre on Hortensia Road, SW10 OQS.

What are the facilities and equipment like?

The large dedicated Foundation Prep studio space is based in a Victorian school building with tall windows along two sides, providing lots of natural daylight, a warm and comfortable space in which to work. The art studio is a well equipped space with painting and drawing easels, drawing boards, plan chests for storage, lockers and a workbench and space for sculpture / 3D projects. We have specialist photography facilities including a darkroom, a dedicated print studio for printmaking workshops. Teaching and learning facilities include an interactive white board, computer, dedicated notice board, and a resources cupboard. There is a large exhibition space / lecture hall in the Chelsea building for lectures and a dedicated student restaurant/café. We have a well stocked library with computers for research and written work.

How much will I need to study outside class?

Approximately 10-15 hours per week of independent study, research, journal.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed throughout each term, formatively with tutors and peer feedback in response to the project outcomes. It is also assessed summatively in the form of 8 Units, Units 1 & 2 offer the UAL level 3 Award, Units 3-8 complete the qualification of UAL Diploma in Art & Design Level 3. Units 1-7 are graded as a pass, Unit 8 is graded as a Pass, Merit, or Distinction based upon the criteria and the evidence provided. To successfully complete the course all 8 units must be achieved.

Are any of the course materials on line?

Yes all course information can be seen online on the college intranet, moodle.

What books and equipment do I need?

Students will be required to purchase some equipment, including an A1 portfolio to hold flat artwork. The materials fee of £75 will provide a basic supply of materials for the course.

What else do I need to buy/ What extra costs are there?

There is an annual studio fee of £75 to cover the supply of a basic set of art materials in a clear plastic Art Bin, pencils, charcoal, sharpener, rubber, brushes, set of acrylic paints, craft knife, A1 cartridge paper, some studio paints, exhibition entries, and final exhibition costs. Repairs, renewals and replacement of equipment and tools.

What do I need to bring to the interview?

  1. A portfolio of recent art work eg. Sketchbook(s), A1 /A2 works on paper, paintings, photographs, projects, Design Technology work, photographs of 3D work, Fashion designs
  2. Certificates and / or evidence of qualifications
  3. Academic reference or contact details of an academic referee
  • Campus: Chelsea Centre
  • Times: Wed-Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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This course is Campus based
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35 weeks
8,500 GBP
19 Plus £3345; Non-EU Fee £8500
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