UAL Chelsea College of Arts
Spring Semester Study Abroad 2018
12 - 16 credits

Semester students at Chelsea have the option of enrolling in the study abroad semester or integrated semester program. The study abroad program is designed for students seeking diverse course options, flexibility and a more traditional semester abroad. Students enroll in three mandatory courses for 7 credits, and then choose from several elective courses in their selected pathway for a total of 12 - 16 US credits. Pathways are offered in Contemporary Art Theory Curation & Management, Graphic Design Communication or Interior & Spatial Design.


Application Deadline
October 15, 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)

Highlights

  • Smaller class sizes & more support while studying alongside other visiting students
  • Practical learning environment with professional workshops and studios
  • Course highlight: European Art History (includes a trip to Berlin!)

Program Dates
January 5, 2018 – April 14, 2018


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+ (5.5+ in each skill area), or proof of study in the US for 1+ year.



Fine & Applied Arts
Graphic Design & Illustration
Interior & Spatial Design
Study Abroad

Fine & Applied Arts

3.0 Credits
Contemporary Art Theory, Curation & Management [Elective] | Course #: FA CA CC 304 | Open
This course will provide you with an introduction to the role of arts organisations and the different gallery models operating in London - the ways in which they operate and are funded and the programmes they run including arts education, community and outreach programmes. You will consider and discuss these models by looking at and presenting case studies and begin to understand how you might begin to plan, organise, develop and deliver a programme of arts events, exhibitions or workshops and the basics of building a business plan to support your ideas and different funding possibilities. An introduction to Communications, PR & Marketing will help you understand the use of social media to help promote events and create networks and strategic partnerships. As part of the course we will also visit different gallery models in London and hear about the curatorial ideas behind the exhibitions we see as well as studio visits to artists to hear about the processes behind their practice to help you give a wider understanding of the contemporary art scene in London and contemporary artistic practice. The course will also provide you with support and idea and will involve presentations, exercises, case studies and feedback. Between each class you will undertake a short task, involving research, which will help you to analyse and report on different arts organisations, whilst helping you understand more clearly your own personal interests that you may wish to pursue further.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Contemporary Art Theory, Curation & Management [Elective] | Course #: FA CA CC 305 | Open
From concept to completion this course will help you begin to develop a curatorial practice through contextual underpinning and case studies as well as outlining project management associated with organising an exhibition and its successful delivery. Considering themes, developing original curatorial ideas, researching artists as well as best practice working with artists, partners and stakeholders. Communication will also be covered-press releases and marketing to help raise the profile of your show, create networks and strategic partnerships. As part of the course we will also visit different gallery models in London and hear about the curatorial ideas behind the exhibitions we see as well as studio visits to artists to hear about the processes behind their practice to help you give a wider understanding of the contemporary art scene in London and contemporary artistic practice. Throughout the course you will start to collectively develop an exhibition that will be a live project, culminating in a real exhibition event hosted by Chelsea. As part of this project you will work collaboratively with your fellow students, with guidance from your tutor, and will work independently to meet the various practical and physical tasks that accompany the delivery of an exhibition; studio visits, contracts, consignment notices, marketing materials and the practical installation. The course will also provide you with support and idea and will involve presentations, exercises, case studies and feedback. Between each class you will undertake a short task, involving research, which will help you understand more clearly your own curatorial interests that you may wish to pursue and develop further.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Contemporary Art Theory, Curation & Management [Elective] | Course #: FA CA CC 306 | Open
The Art and Criticism seminars are designed to increase your awareness of historical and contemporary critical debates, and hone your independent interpretive skills. Approaching criticism as a practical tool for artists - for innovative thinking, practice related writing, and more focussed work production - this course will overview the shifts in critical ideas over the past century and focus on new modes of meaning, production and interpretation. This seminar series includes trips and visits and requires additional independent study within UAL's library and learning zones.
Contact Hours: 45

Graphic Design & Illustration

3.0 Credits
Graphic Design Communication [Elective] | Course #: GD EC CC 304 | Open
This module, which is available in both Semester One and Two, allows students to develop a critical and creative approach to contemporary typography through the study of theoretical, practical and contextual concerns that inform the discipline of its design. Students have the opportunity to explore and examine the demands of typography in the contemporary cultural context, taking into consideration modes of communication that determine how typography is generated, utilised and subsequently translated by the user. The unit offers the application of practical and technical skills used in typographic design, through the conception and construction of individual typefaces. Students will employ computer software, such as Font Lab and Fontographer, in response to a negotiated contemporary theme, and their font will then be tested through its presentation in the context of a graphic poster.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Graphic Design Communication [Elective] | Course #: GD EC CC 305 | Open
In this project we will develop the visual languages and research methodologies that we've explored to date through time based media. Since the birth of film and cinematography, designers have used moving image to explore and experiment. We will trace the ancestry of digital art in the abstract film movements of the 1920's, through to the present day, following practitioners as they use the technology of the day to develop their work in four dimensions. The proliferation of cheap, powerful and accessible personal computers, coupled with advances in memory capacity, software development and the global connectivity of the internet, has created new opportunities for artists and designers to create and distribute their work. Traditional filmmaking has now been subsumed into a fluid and dynamic environment of adaptability and mutability, which in itself has created what Lev Manovitch called a 'new hybrid visual language'.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Graphic Design Communication [Elective] | Course #: GD EC CC 306 | Open
The Graphic Design and Criticism seminars are designed to increase your awareness of historical and contemporary critical debates, and hone your independent interpretive skills. Approaching criticism as a practical tool for designers - for innovative thinking, practice related writing, and more focussed work production - this course will overview the shifts in critical ideas over the past century and focus on new modes of meaning, production and interpretation. This seminar series includes trips and visits and requires additional independent study within UAL's library and learning zones.
Contact Hours: 45

Interior & Spatial Design

3.0 Credits
Interior & Spatial Design [Elective] | Course #: ID EC CC 304 | Open
In this unit you will deepen your understanding of the theoretical context in which interior and spatial design operates. You will are required to research, develop, write and submit an essay of 1,500 words with full academic referencing and bibliography. Your individual experience of the sense of place conveyed by a spatial context will be explored through lectures and seminars in which various approaches to the analysis of space and interiority will be investigated.
***Lecture series change each semester examples are below***
In Fall 2016, the lecture series titled ‘Private Space’ will explore the following topics:
- Home
- Stairs
- Lounge
- Wash
- Attic
- Dining
- Bedroom
- Garden
In Spring 2016, the lecture series titled Public Perspectives presented on the following topics:
- Guest / Resident (Hotel);
- Visitor (Museum);
- Spectator / Patient (Theatre/Hospital);
- Reader / Witness (Library);
- Shopper / Consumer (Retail/Market);
- Traveller / Flaneur (Airport/Railway);
- Worker (Office);
- Corpse (Church/Cemetery)
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Interior & Spatial Design [Elective] | Course #: ID EC CC 305 | Open
These modules deal with the research, development and resolution of a spatial design project in response to an interior and spatial design brief. The brief will be concerned with an existing complex public and social site condition. The module will start with a series of spatial design exercises to explore the design brief. Following this, you will be expected to undertake a thorough analysis of a site and to develop an individual line of inquiry, building on ideas and interests developed throughout the year. There will be a focus on spatial organisation and how a planning strategy can organise a sequence of spaces. You will develop the notion of a design process in response to a design brief. The project will be developed using a variety of media - drawn, constructed and digital. You will explore spatiality through the use of orthographic drawing and develop knowledge in the use of computer skills for design, presentation and communication.
In the final phase you will focus on detailing a building fragment that is demonstrative of the design intent, through sectional models, orthographic drawings and diagrams. The project will conclude with each student having a portfolio that displays rigorous investigation and evidence of a well- considered and thorough proposition.
***Projects change each semester and are often in collaboration with industry. Specific projects may change***
Fall Project Example: "Floats - Mexican Day of the Dead"
As part of Chelsea College of Arts Mexican Day of the Dead celebration we have been asked to design and curate and install a float parade on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground. The parade will come at the end of a week of events, throughout CCW, in collaboration with the Mexican Embassy and visiting Mexican artists.
Spring Project Example: "Wallpaper"
Following in the footsteps of William Morris, you will design a wallpaper sample inspired by nature. The individual wallpaper samples will be collated into a wallpaper sample book that will be exhibited in the William Morris Gallery.
Collect (either physically or in photographs and sketches) a plant or a part of a plant;
Explore your collected plant through drawings (plans, elevations, sections) and models;
Design a wallpaper sample based on your drawings or models, using either photoshop, illustrator (tutorials available) or CAD. When designing your sample remember that although you are working in 2d, you are designing a skin for a space;
Print an A3 landscape format sample of your wall paper design (detailed specifications will be confirmed)
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Interior & Spatial Design [Elective] | Course #: ID EC CC 306 | Open
These modules deal with the research, development and resolution of a spatial design project in response to an interior and spatial design brief. The brief will be concerned with an existing complex public and social site condition. The module will start with a series of spatial design exercises to explore the design brief. Following this, you will be expected to undertake a thorough analysis of a site and to develop an individual line of inquiry, building on ideas and interests developed throughout the year. There will be a focus on spatial organisation and how a planning strategy can organise a sequence of spaces. You will develop the notion of a design process in response to a design brief. The project will be developed using a variety of media - drawn, constructed and digital. You will explore spatiality through the use of orthographic drawing and develop knowledge in the use of computer skills for design, presentation and communication. In the final phase you will focus on detailing a building fragment that is demonstrative of the design intent, through sectional models, orthographic drawings and diagrams. The project will conclude with each student having a portfolio that displays rigorous investigation and evidence of a well- considered and thorough proposition.
***Projects change each semester and are often in collaboration with industry. Specific projects may change***
Fall Project Example: "(Doll)houses - A Collaborative Project with the Foundling Museum"
The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UKs first childrens charity and first public art gallery. It was established in 1739 by Thomas Coram, as a home for babies that could not be cared for by their families. The artist William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel supported Coram, by encouraging artist to donate work and raise money for the charity. Their work set an example for the ways in which the arts can support charity. The Museum continues today to celebrate ways in which art and design can help improve childrens lives. Following in the footsteps of the artists and designers that have collaborated with the Museum, we will use the story of the Foundling, its collections and archives as a starting point to design and make (doll)houses. We will be working closely with museum staff, who on completion of the project will select a number of the projects to be exhibited in the museums main gallery.
Spring Project Example: "Plants, Colour, Action"
You will make a 30 second, short atmospheric film of indoor plants. The films will be edited to form a 30 minute reel that will be shown on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground this year and in the Royal Horticultural Society in November next year. The film could be of your potted plant at home, an indoor garden in a public building, such as the Barbican, an allotment, or in botanic garden, such as Kew Gardens. You will work on the film at the very start of the project as a way to expand the research on plants, you started in the William Morris project. You will then work on the films alongside your other work and submit your final 30 second film at the end of the term.
Contact Hours: 45
4.0 Credits
Interior & Spatial Design [Elective] | Course #: ID EC CC 307 | Open
These modules deal with the research, development and resolution of a spatial design project in response to an interior and spatial design brief. The brief will be concerned with an existing complex public and social site condition. The module will start with a series of spatial design exercises to explore the design brief. Following this, you will be expected to undertake a thorough analysis of a site and to develop an individual line of inquiry, building on ideas and interests developed throughout the year. There will be a focus on spatial organisation and how a planning strategy can organise a sequence of spaces. You will develop the notion of a design process in response to a design brief. The project will be developed using a variety of media - drawn, constructed and digital. You will explore spatiality through the use of orthographic drawing and develop knowledge in the use of computer skills for design, presentation and communication.
In the final phase you will focus on detailing a building fragment that is demonstrative of the design intent, through sectional models, orthographic drawings and diagrams. The project will conclude with each student having a portfolio that displays rigorous investigation and evidence of a well- considered and thorough proposition.
***Projects change each semester and are often in collaboration with industry. This specific project may change***
Project:
You will design an Urban Garden exhibition for Lindley Hall, the Royal Horticultural Societys London Venue. The show should be designed to engage with younger audiences, alongside the Royal Horticultural Societys traditional audience. This is a speculative project and, as such, you do not need to worry about budget, size, scale and technology. You are encouraged to be experimental and push the boundaries of the space and what an Urban Garden show could and should be.
Contact Hours: 60

Study Abroad

3.0 Credits
Mandatory Courses | Course #: SA MC CC 301 | Open
Through lectures, visits, discussion groups and studio based workshops, our European Art History Module offers you the opportunity to engage with the art, history, environment and culture of London and Europe. Course visits take in many of the finest art collections, museums and galleries in London, and will introduce you to the artistic and cultural context of the city and the diverse influences still at work today. Your learning will be enhanced by a four day trip to Berlin, accompanied by a member of academic staff who will guide you through the art and culture of one of Europe's most dynamic cities. The cost of the Berlin trip is included in your programme fees.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Mandatory Courses | Course #: SA MC CC 302 | Open
This module will take place outside College, in the city. Students will see great buildings, important interiors and unique treasures. Each visit will be recorded in a diary, as photographs and notes. Students will consider how the buildings they see were constructed with the technology of their time, as well as looking at the processes used in making furniture and smaller artifacts. Think of who used the buildings, who uses them now and why? How do you feel modern and ancient work together in each case? Express your own views.
Visits include:
City of Bath daytrip
British Museum
Westminster Abbey
Victoria and Albert Museum
National Gallery
Banqueting House
Greenwich
St Paul's Cathedral
Hampton Court Palace
Geffrye Museum
Whitechapel Art Gallery
Sir John Soanes Museum
Contact Hours: 45
1.0 Credits
Mandatory Courses | Course #: SA MC CC 303 | Open
This course is designed to develop an understanding of British culture today and the histories which inform this. Students will explore diverse areas of London, investigating and experiencing contemporary cultural life in the Capital.
Contact Hours: 15

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 & Registration
Students complete course registration during the SAI application process by selecting their elective course choices to be taken alongside 7 credits of mandatory courses. Final schedules with course days and times are provided at academic orientation.


Pre-Departure Calendar
October 15 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)
October 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.
October 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.
November 15 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.
December 1 2017
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
December 1 2017
SAI Pre-Departure Form Due

On-Site Calendar
January 5 2018
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.
January 6 2018
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!
January 8 2018
Academic Orientation & Welcome Day
Mandatory academic orientation and welcome day, which includes lunch and a walking tour.
January 8 2018
Classes Begin
Coming Soon
European Art History: Berlin Trip
European Art History course includes a 4 day trip to Berlin.
April 13 2018
Classes End
April 14 2018
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to pursue independent travel or return home between terms.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $100
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI Signature Services (see What’s Included).
$18,550
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$5,900
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$85

*prices are subject to change

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from London
$900 $1,200
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$300 / term $500 / term
Meals
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.

Tour of the Tate Modern
One of the best-kept secrets in London is the Tate Modern’s Friday “late viewing” period when visitors can roam the halls of the world famous museum practically undisturbed. On one such evening, students take a tour of the museum’s highlights with an audio guide.

Weekend Trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon & Warwickshire
Students travel to William Shakespeare’s birthplace, and talk to on-site historians to discover what life was like in Renaissance England. While there students experience some of the highest profile Shakespearean theatre in the world at the Royal Shakespeare Company, which has trained generations of famous British actors from Patrick Stewart and Dame Judi Dench to Jude Law and David Tennant. The group then travels to nearby Warwick, to experience the 1,000 year old Warwick Castle, described by some as England’s Ultimate Castle.

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
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.