UAL Chelsea College of Arts
Fall Semester Integrated 2017
12 - 15 credits

Semester students at Chelsea have the option of enrolling in the integrated semester or study abroad semester program. Students in the integrated semester program follow a set curriculum and are fully integrated into the degree courses, studying alongside degree seeking students. Students select a program area from fine arts, fashion, graphic design, and interior design subjects, and are placed in year 1 or 2 based on experience. Students complete 12 credits of pre-determined full time coursework in that area of study. Students can also choose to add a 3 credit Art History or Creative Industries course for a total of 15 credits.

Application Deadline
June 1, 2017
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
One academic letter of recommendation
Digital portfolio (see Academics)
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)


  • Fully integrate into the degree course and student life
  • Practical learning environment in professional workshops and studios
  • Optional 3 week course add-on: European Art History (includes a trip to Berlin!)

Program Dates
September 22, 2017 – December 9, 2017
Note: optional add-on has alternate arrival date

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18

Academic Year: Sophomore (2nd year) or above

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Cumulative GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

English Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit IELTS: 6.5+, with at least 5.5 in each skill area, or proof of study within the US for at least a year.

Program overviews encompass full 3 year degree programs. Study abroad students are placed into year 1 or year 2 of the programs based on portfolio review. For course details please see here.

Fine Art
Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts invites students to work alongside our internationally respected team of artists and writers, providing a critically creative environment where they can develop their own practice. We encourage open and exploratory thinking while equipping our students with the confidence, experience and skills needed to play an effective role as professional artists on an international stage. While studying Fine Art at Chelsea students can expect:

  • A studio-based and practice-led course that brings together a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, film and video, digital media, sound, print, performance and drawing
  • Practice and theory are integrated, helping students understand the contexts and conditions that shape and frame contemporary art practice
  • To be allocated a Tutor Group that they’ll meet on a regular basis to discuss each other’s work
  • Significant control over what they learn, the pace they do this at and how they might demonstrate this. Students will be helped in these decisions through on-going dialogue with their tutors as well as fellow students
  • To receive inductions into the processes and facilities available in the College’s studios and workshops, with specialist technicians on hand to offer support
  • To have access to Chelsea’s shared workshops including ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, metalwork, woodwork and audio visual editing suite.

Program overviews encompass full 3 year degree programs. Study abroad students are placed into year 1 or year 2 of the programs based on portfolio review. For course details please see here.

Textile Design
Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts allows students to take an experimental and creative approach to textile design. Ideas and conceptual thinking are developed through fashion, sustainability, interior and exterior design projects. Students will gain colour, design and materials knowledge within textile print, knit, stitch or weave. The course actively encourages a studio culture to develop alongside specialist textile workshops. While studying Textile Design at Chelsea students can expect:

  • To develop their visual research skills and idea generation for design and technical skills, supported by leading practitioners in textile design
  • A bespoke critical theory programme that supports students considering their own design practice within broad, social cultural, environmental and historical contexts
  • The opportunity to explore a variety of textile areas including deisgn for digital print, dyeing, knit, screen print, stitch and mixed media textiles including digital embroidery and weave including digital Jacquard
  • To gain vital commercial experience through live projects. These vary each year, but in the past students have worked with Burberry, H&M, Indesign, Iberoamericano University (Mexico), Latitude Festival,, Marks & Spencer, Wallace Collection and trend forecasting company WGSN
  • To have access to course specific specialist facilities including a print and dye lab, digital print computer suite and workshops for stitch, digital embroidery, knit and weave.
  • To have access to Chelsea’s shared workshops including ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, metalwork and woodwork.

Program overviews encompass full 3 year degree programs. Study abroad students are placed into year 1 or year 2 of the programs based on portfolio review. For course details please see here.

Graphic Design Communication
Graphic Design Communication at Chelsea College of Arts examines the wide-ranging aspects of the graphic design process and contemporary communication. The course places a strong emphasis on exclusive live projects in collaboration with the creative industries, and the work students produce reflects their passion for new ideas as well as developing their digital and technical skills. While studying Graphic Design Communication at Chelsea students can expect:

  • The opportunity to explore: analogue and digital typography, design strategy, editorial design, digital and interactive design, fashion and music industry promotion, moving image and print media
  • To work on multiple creative briefs, learning how to manage a diverse workload with a variety of goals
  • To learn the key skills of their profession, supported by lead practitioners in their fields
  • To develop a sound understanding of the links between technology and the user, between creativity and the professional sector as well as between theory and practice
  • To have access to Chelsea’s shared workshops including laser cutting, photography, metalwork, woodwork and audio visual editing suite.

Program overviews encompass full 3 year degree programs. Study abroad students are placed into year 1 or year 2 of the programs based on portfolio review. For course details please see here.

Interior and Spatial Design
Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea College of Arts develops students skills in designing, creating and conceptualising new spatial situations. This course prepares our students for a wide variety of careers in the design industry, where they can focus on designing complex architectural spaces, multi-media installations or sensory environments. While studying Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea students can expect:

  • A lecture and seminar programme that helps students investigate the vocabulary of architecture and design.
  • Conversations around design that take place in the studio, lecture theatre, workshops and optional field trips
  • In year 2 students work within Design Research Studios. These are research-driven teaching and learning environments consisting of groups of staff and students working closely on a focused agenda framed through individual design briefs. These maximise the potential for peer learning and offer opportunities for cross-level projects, inter-studio critiques and reviews
  • To be taught professional practice and construction issues through analysis of buildings by photographic and drawing surveys. Instruction is also given into how briefs for building programmes are assessed, developed and interpreted
  • Access to our suite of digital facilities, including a custom-designed file sharing database and website, Wi-Fi enabled studios, laser-cutting machinery and a Black Box Media Space that enables students to display audio-visual work and drawings in a digital gallery space
  • To have access to Chelsea’s shared workshops including ceramics, casting, laser cutting, photography, metalwork and woodwork.

Students enrolled in Integrated Programs can choose to enroll in an additional 3 week 3 credit course that takes place prior to the start of their program. This optional add-on alters the arrival date, and carries an additional fee. Students can choose from the following two courses; for course details please view the program syllabi.

Add-on Course: European Art History (3 credits)
The add-on European Art History course is based at Chelsea College of Arts. The 3 week course offers a varied and stimulating introduction to art and design as it has developed in Europe since the Renaissance. Through focusing on specific themes and artifacts, ranging from architecture to photography and from the Sublime to Surrealism, it equips students with a basis of knowledge and enthusiasm for study and practice in a European context. A four day / three night trip to Berlin is included in the European Art History course. The Berlin trip includes: flights to Berlin, shared accommodation, breakfast and all entrance fees. The course offers an excellent opportunity to study alongside students from a wide variety of backgrounds and artistic disciplines.

Add-on Course: Creative Industries London (3 credits)
The add-on Creative Industries London course is based at London College of Communication. The 3 week course is designed to give students a solid foundation in theory and introduction to disruptive design, media and screen practices. Students take workshops in blogging, photography and video while learning in seminars about the networks of cultural power. The course includes visits to East London, creative cooperatives, the Bussey Building and Museum of Brands. This course offers an excellent opportunity to develop skills of contemporary communication practices.

Portfolio Requirements
20-24 image digital portfolio. Portfolios should demonstrate art and design development, whether in a college project or in your personal work. It should have originated from your own experience and visual research, and have progressed through stages to a finished piece. It is important that the work you include reflects and demonstrates your creative thinking, initiative and personal commitment to a particular project, in addition to showing a breadth of work. You must also include a sketchbook showing the origin of ideas displayed in your portfolio in notes and pictorial form, and helping demonstrate your research and creative process. Please ensure that images have been sized down appropriately (for example, jpegs should not exceed 20 MB, multi page PDFs should not exceed 50MB).

Courses & Schedule
Since the study of art and design is different in Europe, study abroad students at Chelsea find they are working more independently than at their home schools. Professors offer guidance and support to visiting students in order to help them fit seamlessly into their program of choice, but students should be keenly motivated and comfortable working with less supervision. Upon acceptance, students are placed in either Year 1 or Year 2 of the integrated semester program, depending on the student’s portfolio. Courses are predetermined as part of the overall degree program; information can be seen in syllabi. Courses offered in the overall degree program begin and end at different points throughout the year, therefore, some courses may or may not span the entire semester. Students receive their specific program’s schedules with days and times at academic orientation.

Pre-Departure Calendar
June 1 2017
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
May 1 2017
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the date of acceptance.
June 15 2017
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
July 1 2017
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until student loan disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
July 1 2017
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
August 1 2017
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
September 22 2017*
Regular Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into any London airport, most common: Heathrow (LHR) or Gatwick (LGW). Airport pick-up is provided between 10am and 6pm. Apartment check-in begins at 2pm.
September 23 2017
SAI Orientation & Welcome Dinner
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture. Following orientation, students are welcomed with a great meal!
September 25 2017
Academic Orientation & Welcome Day
Mandatory academic orientation and welcome day, which includes lunch and a walking tour.
September 26 2017
Classes Begin
December 8 2017
Classes End
December 9 2017
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to pursue independent travel or return home between terms.

* If participating in one of the 3 week add-on courses, the arrival date is September 1, 2017.

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Add-On Course: European Art History
This 3 week 3 credit course can be added to any integrated program and includes a trip to Berlin.
Optional Add-On Course: Creative Industries London
This 3 week 3 credit course can be added to any integrated program.
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom; limited supply.
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement: Add-on Course
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom during add-on course.
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.

*prices are subject to change

Please note: students from some affiliate universities have different payment arrangements that may require students to pay different deposits to SAI and some fees directly to the affiliate university instead of SAI. Please contact your study abroad office or the SAI business department for further details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from London
$900 $1,200
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$300 / term $500 / term
Includes groceries and eating out.
$500 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $250 / month $350 / month
Transportation within London
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $250 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Signature Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Cell phone rental with free incoming calls and texts while in host country
  • Staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • Orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI weekend excursion
  • Frequent cultural activities and day trips
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers activities, at no extra cost, for students to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Event
Students are welcomed to their new city over a delicious dinner to mingle and get to know each other.

London Walking Tour
Students visit the Western part of the city accompanied by one of the finest local guides. The tour covers major sights such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Trafalgar Square, but also takes students through quaint back streets to experience the true spirit of London.

Pub History Tour
Through old alleyways and amongst other famous sights of the city, students explore 2,000 years of London’s best pubs and inns, tabernas, alehouses and coaching inns frequented by famous poets and writers such as Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens.

An Evening in London’s West End
London’s West End is the world’s premier home of English language theatre—a fact that even the most avid Broadway addict will (quietly and begrudgingly) admit. Students get to enjoy a top rated West End musical or play to experience what all the hype is about.

Weekend Trip to Bath, Somerset and Stonehenge
Students enjoy a weekend trip that begins in Bath with a traditional English pub lunch, followed by guided tours of the Fashion Museum and the Roman Baths. Students also take a whirlwind tour of some of the most famous historical sites in Wiltshire, including Lacock village, Castle Combe, the Avebury Stone Circles, and of course, Stonehenge.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Students spend an evening together with a traditional American Thanksgiving Dinner at one of London’s top American restaurants. The evening provides delicious food and great company, for a little home comfort.

Farewell Event
Students celebrate the end of a great term and say their goodbyes over a pint!

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Apartments are within a 30 minute walk/tube ride of all London campuses. Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless internet. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Alternate Housing: Independent
Students seeking independent housing can do so, for a reduction in the SAI program fee. Please contact SAI for details.

Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from the UK.

Student Visas
European Union citizens attending any SAI London school for an academic term do not require a student visa. United States citizens attending any London school for one academic term (6 months or less) do not require a student visa prior to arrival. All others should check with the British Embassy to determine if a visa is required and the process for obtaining one.

Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students requiring a visa; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

About SAI

SAI Programs is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.