Chelsea College Of Art And Design

Chelsea offers specialist, student-centred courses that range from foundation to research degrees. The College's reputation for excellence in teaching and learning attracts students, staff and visitors from all over the world. This generates a lively community in which specialist and professional skills and knowledge are imparted and shared, encouraging enquiry and debate into how and why the arts shape our contemporary environment.

In a time when many certainties are now questioned, students must be given opportunities to investigate a broad range of possibilities which will help to challenge and re-define professional practice in the creative industries.


United Kingdom

16 John Islip Street
Phone: + 44 (0) 20 7514 7751
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7514 7778

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Our Aims

Chelsea's aim is to bring out the best in all students, enabling individuals to work together and to discover how best to develop their potential towards an original and rewarding career.  

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Location and Getting there

Chelsea College of Art and Design recently moved to a single site campus on Millbank, opposite the world renowned Tate Britain museum.

How to get to Chelsea:

By tube
Chelsea is 5 minutes from Pimlico tube station or 10 minutes from Vauxhall, both are on the Victoria line.

By Bus
2, C10, 36, 77A, 88, 185, 436 all pass near the College.

By Train
Nearest mainline train stations are Vauxhall and Victoria, either walk from Vauxhall or get the tube or bus to the Pimlico area.

For further details of how to get to Chelsea please visit the Transport for London website or use the Journey Planner for a full travel itinary:
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There is no parking available on the Millbank site however there is limited car parking in streets alongside the College on Atterbury St and John Islip St: metered Mon-Fri 8.30am-6.30pm (Pay and Display £1.50 per hour, 2 hours max), free 6.30pm onwards, weekends and Bank Holidays.

Department and information about the department

Broadly speaking, Chelsea's interests and expertise lie in the following areas of contemporary practice:

fine art (new digital media, painting, sculpture, installation, performance, work for galleries and for specific sites);
graphic design communication (a contemporary approach to graphics, including interactive web design);
interior and spatial design (new architectural concepts, furniture and installations re-defining living spaces, refurbishment of existing buildings);
textile design (for fashion, furnishings and new functional and environmental applications);
research into the history and theory of visual and multimedia cultures (modernity, identity, materiality, the production and status of the arts, cultures of collecting, consumption of style, performativity, narratives of space and place, environmental and ethical agendas of making art and design).

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Academic Staff and Description

Many of our staff are practicing artists and designers, ensuring that you are learning from contemporaries at the cutting-edge of their field. We also have a number of theoreticians to ensure that we deliver the best in academic theory to our course areas, creating an important blend of academic rigour with the latest in practicing techniques.  

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News and Events

Chelsea College of Art and Design hosts a public arts programme, with exhibitions held at our gallery spaces Chelsea Space and Future Space, as well as a number of events, artists in residendce and talks held at the College. You can find out more about these as well as our annual student end-of-year exhibitions at:  

Information For  Undergraduates

We offer a wide range of courses at Foundation, BA Honours and Gradute Diploma level, including the following:
Foundation Studies in Art & Design
Foundation Degree (FdA) Interior Design
BA Honours Fine Art
BA Honours Graphic Design Communication
BA Honours Interior Spatial Design
BA Honours Textile Design
Graduate Diploma Motion Graphics*
Graduate Diploma Interior Design

* Subject to validation

For more information on our undergraduate courses please visit our website here for a full description and a downloadable course leaflet with student gallery:  

Information For  Postgraduates

We offer a wide range of opportunities within both Postgraduate taught courses as well as research opportunities, including the following:

Postgraduate Diploma Fine Art
MA Critical Writing and Curatorial Practice
MA Fine Art
MA Graphic Design Communication
MA Interior Spatial Design
MA Textile Design
MPhil & PhD research opportunities

For more information please visit our website at:  

Information For  International Students

Support for overseas students at Chelsea has a long tradition - going back to the 1890s - of developing international links. Students from many different countries throughout the world come to London to take our courses.

The International Office is able to advise you on all aspects of your application and studying at Chelsea - including visas, English language classes, accommodation and overseas fees. You can contact Chelsea's International Student Co-ordinator through any of the following routes:



Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 7931
Fax: +44 (0)20 7514 7919


Chelsea College of Art and Design trained a number of world famous artists including Turner Prize winners Anish Kapoor, Chris Ofili, Gillian Wearing, Steve McQueen and Richard Deacon, as well as Gavin Turk, Rebecca Warren and Mark Wallinger. Our alumni also include hollywood actors Ralph Fiennes and Alan Rickman, illustrator Quentin Blake, and founders of the couture fashion label Marchesa.  

Student Facilities

Moving to the Millbank site along with winning money from a government sponsored fund in teaching and learning the College has been able to invest in purpose-built, state-of-the-art facilities. We offer superb workshop facilities within wood work, metal work, ceramics, textiles and model making. We also have extensive digital workshops in photography, printing, fabric printing, graphics and new media.

Expert technicians in all of these areas are on-hand to offer guidance and support, many of whom are also practicing artists or designers, as well as taking teaching qualifications.  

Student Support

Student support is offered both centrally by the University of the Arts London, along with a part-time advisor being based at the Chelsea campus. They providing advice and guidance to home and international students about money matters, immigration, careers, disability, health, counselling and childcare, as well as a chaplaincy service.  

Student Life

Being based in the centre of London enables Chelsea students to enjoy a vibrant lifestyle catered to all tastes. There is an active students' union at the Millbank site, who represent you at College level for support in your studies, offer part-time jobs and voluntary placements, give advice and counselling, organise events and exhibitions across the University, run the clubs and societies and of course the infamous Chelsea bar! For more information please visit their website:  


Advice on Halls of residece and renting accommodation privately is given by the University of the Arts London's Housing Services team. You can find out more information by clicking here:  

How To Apply

Chelsea welcomes applications from UK, EU and International students.

UK/EU Students
Depending on the level of course you are interested in, there are a number of different ways in which to apply to Chelsea College of Art and Design. Please visit our website and select the appropriate links for specific advice on applying to the course of relevance to you:

International Students
International students should apply directly to the College's International Office for courses at Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. You can download an application form from the University's central International Office website or by contacting the International Administrator at Chelsea College of Art and Design. You can also apply through UCAS (the University and Colleges Application System see below for more information) for BA (Hons) Degree Courses.

For more information please visit our website here:

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Visit us (open days)

For further information on our open days please visit the website at:  

Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)

Request a prospectus by contacting:
Tel: 020 7514 7751