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Fine art:

artists create new ways of seeing the world around us. Develop your conceptual and critical voice and cultivate a practice around it. Drive new ideas into the limelight.

Student spotlight:

Emanuela

"Being a UAL student has taught me how to be more independent. I've found myself pushing to know more, do more and try more things. My advice to new students is to take risks - it's okay if things don't always work. You learn from experiences, the people around you and the conversations you have. My advice would be to make the most of it!"

Emanuela researched a lot of universities but decided on UAL because she found herself comparing all the other universities to UAL. The structure of the BA (Hons) Fine Art course and the space for independence and discovery at Chelsea College of Arts appealed to her.

“I felt it would be the best place for me to grow as an artist without the pressures of having to specialise and focus on one specific thing.”

A highlight of the course so far has been the end of term exhibition. Emanuela enjoyed seeing everyone else's work and getting the experience of helping to curate a show. The feedback she got from her peers about her work has helped her shape her practice, as well as think about how and why she creates.

"It wasn't just about me, but about seeing other students work and hearing their thoughts and ideas. It was truly valuable and I was able to gain inspiration from others."

One piece of work Emanuela is particularly proud of is a painting inspired by a photograph she took. The painting portrays a faceless girl with black hair and a yellow scarf around her neck. The colours are bright and hopeful but the painting shows an obscured view of the girl, as did her photograph.

“I want the viewers to have to get close to see the detail, to experience the whole painting.”

The best thing about studying at Chelsea College of Arts for Emanuela is the community of students and tutors. When she's lacking inspiration, she enjoys walking down the halls to see what other everyone is working on.

"Since the BA (Hons) Fine Art course is not specialised, it gives you room to really explore and bounce ideas back and forth with your peers."

Emanuela likes being a student in London because of how accessible everything is and because you are surrounded by creativity, from galleries and exhibitions to street art and pop-up shows. Studying at Chelsea, you are just a few steps away from the Tate Britain, Greengrassi and Beaconsfield Gallery, and only a few tube stops away from the Southbank and Peckham.

"London is a cultural hub where you can grow and develop as a creative person. You're surrounded by all things creative."

Since beginning her studies at UAL, Emanuala feels more independent and has found herself pushing to know more, do more and try more. Her advice is to be yourself and make the most of your time at UAL.

“Break out of your comfort zone and take risks. It’s okay if they don’t always work. You learn from experiences, the people around you and the conversations you have.”

Emanuela Ogunji
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts

Images © Alys Tomlinson