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 practising 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 leading level 4 UAL Foundation course at Kensington and Chelsea College will challenge and develop your interests, skills and understanding in art and design. The course is designed to encourage exploration, experimentation and risk-taking through project assignments, presentations and group critiques. This will enable you to develop the quality of your work and communication skills. It will provide you with the intensive preparation and portfolio development necessary for progression onto higher education courses in Art & Design.

The diagnostic nature of the foundation course helps you to discover and develop your strengths and choose your preferred area of specialisation. We offer pathways in Fine Art, Visual Communication, Fashion / Textiles and 3D Design. The course is unit based and has three clear stages; Exploratory, Pathway and Confirmatory. The course culminates with a Final Major Project, which generates a self-directed body of work for the end of course exhibition.

Contextual studies and Art History are integrated and you are required to produce two pieces of written work. The course allows you to develop individuality and experiment with new ways of creative and visual thinking. You will have the opportunity to explore the breadth of possibilities within art and design in two and three dimensions and pursue a sustained investigation into your chosen specialism. You will be provided with a designated studio space and consistently supported by our team of highly qualified specialists in their respective fields with a uniquely high staff to student ratio. Previous students have progressed onto courses at some of the best Art and Design Universities in the UK and subsequently to careers in art and design.

The course, which is unit based, is structured in 3 distinct stages.

Stage 1:

Exploratory Stage – is an introduction to drawing, making and experimenting a wide range of materials and processes. How to gather and develop visual research is covered and this stage introduces concepts within 2 dimensions and 3 dimensions. Contextual studies underpins studio practice throughout this stage.

Stage 2: Pathway Stage

During this stage you will increasingly focus on your chosen specialist pathway. The role of contextual and theoretical studies will become more focused in your work. What you have learnt and gained in Stage One will be the springboard for the development of your work and ideas, and you will be encouraged to increasingly explore your chosen pathway in more depth. There will be a written and illustrated piece of work, the topic of which will relate to your chosen specialism. You will need to understand and explain the influence of other artist/makers on your own work, and become more involved with the wider context of visual culture. At this stage you will begin research into your chosen specialism and the college courses you wish to apply for. We will help you to consolidate progression and future aims. Developing your personal statement for application and portfolio preparation are included in this stage.

Stage 3:

Confirmatory stage – is a period of in-depth study focusing on your preferred area of specialisation. The course culminates with a Final Major Project, which is a self-directed body of work that forms the end of course exhibition and final assessment. Contextual studies and Art History are integrated into the course and you are required to produce two pieces of written work.

What does the course lead to?

On successfully completing the course you will gain a nationally recognised UAL level 4 Diploma in Foundation Studies, which along with your portfolio, will help you gain entry to university to study various Art and Design courses at BA level (level 4). Students from our course have progressed onto a wide variety of art and design disciplines at Goldsmiths, Central St Martins, Chelsea, Camberwell, Wimbledon College of Art, University of Middlesex, University of Westminster and other prestigious colleges outside London such as Brighton, Falmouth, Glasgow, Newcastle and Bristol. Guidance about applications to degree courses is given in personal tutorials. Preparation for university interviews is also included in the course.

Where will I study?

You will be based in our studios in the Carlyle building next to the Chelsea Centre on Hortensia Road SW10 0QS, between the Kings Road and the Fulham Road.

What are the facilities and equipment like?

You will be provided with your own designated studio space within our Foundation studio. The studios are well lit with natural light and is a warm and comfortable space to work. The studio is equipped with your own table and wall area for working at and access to a computer suite, plan chests for storage of work and a sink. The college has specialist photography facilities including a darkroom, a dedicated print studio for printmaking workshops and studio spaces for life drawing. 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. You will be consistently supported and taught by our team of highly qualified specialists in their respective fields with a high staff to student ratio.

How much should I study outside class?

Some work outside of designated college hours is necessary to complete the course and work on your portfolio is important (approximately 10 hours per week). Students are recommended to use the studio for private study and to extend their work ready for interview within the second term. Access to the studio is available during the evening until 9 p.m.

How is the course assessed?

Each of the three stages of the course is assessed. The first two assessments are formative and un- graded in order to encourage students to experiment and take risks with their work during stage 1 and 2. These assessments require a pass to progress to the next stage of the course. The final summative assessment is of the Final Major Project at the end of the academic year. This assessment is graded and provides your final mark for the course. A UAL examiner externally moderates the Final Assessment for stage 3. These assessments follow the UAL guidelines and your grades and work will be discussed with you after each assessment. This gives you the chance to discuss your work and progress in an informal way. Regular attendance is essential to your success. Teaching methods include: tutorials, lectures, practical demonstrations, practice, seminars and visits to museums and galleries.

Are any course materials online?

Projects, timetables and notices will be put on to the intranet for students to access throughout the year. Examples of student work can be seen on our twitter and Instagram accounts.

What books and equipment do I need?

You will need to buy your own materials and equipment, estimated cost of around £60 – £80 per term. You will need to buy an A1 portfolio and a digital camera (£200 approx). A studio fee of £50 is to be paid at the start of the course.

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

The fee for the 36 week course for tuition, exam registration and a contribution to studio fees to be confirmed nearer the start date.

If you are 19+ and do not have a full level 3 qualification then you may be eligible for free tuition fees on this course. Concessions are for the tuition fee only. You will need to pay Examination and/or materials fees if required.

Supporting our learners

Being a student at Kensington and Chelsea College, means you can expect a caring, friendly and inclusive learning environment. We will support you throughout your studies with us.

Our students benefit from:

  • Tutorial Support
  • Information advice and Guidance
  • Counselling and personal support
  • Access to learner support services
  • Study centres at Chelsea & Kensington providing collections of books, journals, DVDs and access to PCs and on line learning materials

What background and qualifications do you need to join?

We are looking for interesting and engaged students with a passion for art and design and an interest in progressing onto higher education. You will need a portfolio of recent work including drawings, sketchbooks, 3D work, photography or any other design work. This portfolio should demonstrate the level of commitment and ability required to satisfactorily complete the foundation course. Students under 19 should have one A2 or advanced VCE supported by 3 grades GCSE A-C or equivalent, for example, a BTEC National Diploma. All applicants will be interviewed.

What do I need to bring to the interview?

You will be told what to bring with you in a letter when you are invited for interview.

Entry Requirements

All students are admitted to the College on the basis that they:

  • Agree to comply with the KCC student code of conduct
  • Provide original documentation that confirms entry qualifications.
  • Meet the course entry requirements
  • Provide information so that a school or college reference can be obtained if you are between 16-19 years old
  • Campus: Chelsea Centre
  • Times: Wed/Thu/Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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8,500 GBP
19 Plus £5421; Non-EU Fee £8500
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