Departments_And_Information_About_The_Departments - Chelsea College of Art and Design
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).
You will also discover Chelsea through the successes of its students and staff - not only as acclaimed designers and artists, but creative individuals who are making a difference in other walks of life - whether as teachers, writers, performers or entrepreneurs.
Chelsea has a very powerful history on which its international reputation is built. The professional practice and research activities of the staff feed into all aspects of the challenging and inspiring programmes. It's all about talent, and the diversity of ideas and attitudes among students as well as staff. The College is very people oriented, friendly and inclusive. Learning happens through interaction - with your peer group, tutors, and external partners from the arts, industry, the media and the community.
A student centred approach to learning, and our location in the creative capital of the world, characterise all the courses on offer. Chelsea's friendliness and strong sense of community are enhanced by being located on a single campus at Millbank.
We enjoy the energising possibilities offered by our neighbour, Tate Britain, and the proximity of the Thames offers an enormously encouraging metaphor for change and flow. Art schools are restless places driven by questions and challenges, and I believe their restlessness is healthy, even essential. They are also purposefully informal, which means that students and staff work closely together without the barriers found in traditional academic structures. We know that these are the organisational characteristics that contribute to the creative culture that is 'Chelsea'.
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