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New BA (Hons) Fine Art Top-Up Gives Kensington And Chelsea College The Competitive Edge

New BA (Hons) Fine Art Top-Up

Kensington and Chelsea College has launched its first ever degree top-up programme, offering a competitively priced opportunity to gain a full degree qualification.

Students who have finished a HND or Foundation Degree programme in Fine Art, or a related discipline, can now apply to move on to the top-up programme at the College to gain a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.

The course is not only cheaper than many of its university counterparts, but offers students the chance to study in a location close to many world class arts organisations and museums, many of which the College is already closely connected with.

The new one year programme allows aspiring artists to develop and refine their chosen specialist discipline in a studio setting.

The top-up programme provides an opportunity to study the critical and contextual dimensions of fine art practice supported with tutorials, lectures, seminars and workshops. Students are also encouraged to develop their thinking and understanding to become independent and critically aware practitioners.

As part of the course students will also participate in the College’s end of year degree show testing both the students’ own qualities as artists and their implementation of curatorial and presentational expertise.

After this course you can go on to study an MA qualification or enter employment as a self-employed practising artist, fine art photographer, professional printmaker; or become involved in curating, museum and gallery work, teaching, creative consultation, community arts work, arts management and administration; or other areas of the creative industries including advertising, film and video production, software design or self-employed designer. Employers from a range of industries, who are seeking flexible, self-motivated and creative individuals, seek out Fine Art graduates.

The course starts on the 22nd of September, 2014 and takes place at the College’s Chelsea Centre just off King’s Road.

To be accepted on to the BA Top-Up Programme you must pass an interview with the Curriculum Leader or Course Tutor. To arrange this please visit: or contact the College on 0207 573 5333.

There are still places available on courses for September 2014, but hurry, they are filling up fast! If you want to secure your spot on one of the College’s remaining September start courses head down to one of the enrolment sessions.


Discover Londons Thriving Photography Talent

Discover Londons Thriving Photography Talent

An exciting new exhibition showcasing a range of stunning images from some of London’s up and coming photographers will open in West London on Thursday July 17.

‘Hidden Rivers’ is FREE to attend, and is the debut exhibition of a group of talented photographers who honed their technical skills and creativity on Kensington and Chelsea College’s BTEC National Diploma in photography.

Their breathtaking images are taken from across the genres of fine art, fashion and documentary and embodies a range of photographic concepts, styles and techniques. These include processes dating back to the beginning of photography, right through to digitally generated images, and screen-based work.

‘Hidden Rivers’ runs from Friday July 18 until Thursday July 24. Guests also have the opportunity to meet the photographers during a Private View being held on Thursday July 17, from 6.30pm to 9.00pm.

The exhibition and private view will be held at the College’s Chelsea Centre Gallery on Hortensia Road, SW10 0QS. The exhibition is open weekdays only, from 10am – 4pm.

To view the exhibition catalogue please visit:

Many of the one-off pieces in the exhibition are also on sale, giving guests the chance to snap up exclusive prints produced by emerging new talent.

To attend the event please register on:

Among those exhibiting their work is Gokhan Tanriover – an NHS Doctor who gave up his medical career to purse his passion for photography.

“I still work really long hours as a photographer, but the difference is I now enjoy it because I’m finally doing something I love.” said Gokhan.

Speaking about his College course Gokhan added:

“The tutors on the course are really great. They’re not just teaching as they still work as photographers and their career achievements are amazing. I liked the fact we are taught by established photographers.”

“The course was also perfect for me as it ensured I was technically proficient, helped me explore the artistic side of photography, and taught me how to earn a living as photographer. I’ve learnt so much and can really see the improvement in the quality of my photos.”

“It’s a luxury to do what you love in life, so if you know what that is you should just go for it. I really think it’s important to pursue what makes you happy because you only get one life”

Kensington and Chelsea College has an outstanding photography department which gives students access to fully equipped studios and a state of the art digital suite, as well as a traditional darkroom, one of the few left In London.

Photography students at the college work on a range of projects including photo shoots with fashion graduates to photograph their end of year collections. The college’s innovative Photography Department was also widely featured in the national press after becoming the first in London to run a photography course for the iPhone called iPhoneography.

The College is running a range of short courses, including photography, as part of its popular summer school programme. For more information visit:

New Designers 14

New Designers

Meet The Next Generation Of Design Talent At New Designers 2014

Talented design students from Kensington and Chelsea College will be showcasing cutting edge work in one of the UK’s biggest shows for profiling the design industry’s rising stars.

‘New Designers 2014’ brings together the very best graduating designers from around the country and gives them a platform to showcase their work to industry employers, media and the design hungry public.

This year nine students from the College’s Professional Practice design course will be among the cream of the crop displaying their creative flair at the exhibition.

The works being profiled at New Designers by the College’s design students include stunning jewellery and glass pieces.

Deborah Belli, who is exhibiting her work at the show said:
“This is my first big exhibition. It’s going to be a great experience and the group I am with is brilliant.”

Deborah, who has a degree in Economics, previously worked in the financial sector but gave it up to pursue her love for designing and making jewellery.

“The course at the College is really good. The tutors are very experienced and experts in what they teach.” said Deborah.
“I really enjoy expressing things through my designs and experimenting with different techniques and processes. It’s definitely not a boring career!”

New Designers takes place at the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington, and runs from June 25-28 and July 2-5. Kensington and Chelsea College can be found on Stand Number CAA28 from June 25-28. For more information about New Designers 2014 visit:

Want to explore Art and Design at Kensington and Chelsea College? The College’s 2 week art and design summer school starts from July 14th and is perfect for extending and refining portfolios in preparation for further or higher courses. We are also running a range of short intensive summer school courses from 1 day to 2 weeks in a variety of subjects from Music to Languages. It’s the perfect opportunity to get creative and learn a new income generating skill. To find out more, or enrol visit:

Discover Londons Newest Artistic Talent

Discover Londons Newest Artistic Talent

Art lovers are in for a treat as two new exhibitions open in West London offering the chance to discover talented, up and coming artists.

The two exhibitions – ‘Becoming’ and ‘Maelstrom’ – will run alongside each other for just one week only at the Chelsea Centre Gallery, Kensington and Chelsea College, Hortensia Road.

Both exhibitions are free to attend and guests will have an exclusive opportunity to discover London’s finest emerging artists as well as purchase some of the cutting edge artwork on display.

‘Maelstrom’ will be showcasing the work of artists graduating from Kensington and Chelsea College’s Fine Art courses, and will include a mix of painting, sculpture, video and installation.

‘Becoming’ brings together a stunning collection of Paintings, sculpture, Installations, 3D Design, Fashion, Graphic Design and Photography work produced by artists from the College’s Foundation Art & Design courses.

Both exhibitions run from Friday June 27 until Friday July 4, at the College’s Chelsea Centre, Hortensia Road SW10 0QS. The Gallery is open weekdays 10am – 9pm Monday to Thursday and Friday 9am – 5pm.

To attend the exhibitions and to stay up to date on future exhibitions please register at:

A special Private View will also be taking place on Thursday June 26 for both exhibitions from 6pm – 9pm. On the night special guest Susan Sluglett, one the College’s Fine Art Alumni and a Jerwood Painting Fellow, will also present the College’s Peter Stanley Memorial Award in recognition of outstanding work.

Kensington & Chelsea College is now offering the opportunity to gain a Fine Art BA with London South Bank University in the College’s inspiring Chelsea studios. This top-up degree programme has been designed for students who have successfully completed an HND, Foundation degree or equivalent in Fine Art or a related subject and now wish to convert their existing qualification into a full Fine Art BA honours qualification. With highly commended studios, facilities and teaching staff, this is a unique opportunity to complete a Fine Art degree at a fraction of the price of a degree elsewhere.

The College enjoys a high-profile reputation for excellence in Creative Arts, and has a successful student alumni, which includes Turner prize nominee Marvyn Gaye Chetwynd. The College’s Fine Art Department has a strong track record of producing skilled artists, many of whom progress to postgraduate and undergraduate study at leading institutions including Goldsmith’s College and Camberwell School of Art.