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Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

The UCL Slade School has a number of small scholarships. For details please visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slade/degrees/ma-mfa#scholarships-bursaries-prizes.php.

Applicants who wish to apply for a Studentship under the Block Grant Partnership scheme for Home and EU students should indicate this on their application.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Fine Art MA

The Fine Art MA combines studio work with a theory-based programme of lectures and seminars. Students are admitted into painting, sculpture or fine art media (which includes electronic media, photography, print, film and video). The programme is research-centred and applicants are required to submit a portfolio and research proposal.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme provides an intellectual and creative environment in which talented fine art graduates develop their individual potential as professional artists and pursue independent research. The history and theory of art component enables students to develop in depth the relation between theory and practice in their own work.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Slade School of Fine Art is one of the UK's leading university departments for research in Fine Art, and approaches the study and practice of art in an enquiring, investigative, experimental and research-minded way.

All UCL Slade School staff are actively involved in research as well as teaching and between them have a broad and diverse range of interests and expertise. Students benefit from excellent studio space and facilities, including a large research centre and project space in the Woburn Square studios.

The Slade's central location enables easy access to a wide range of unparalleled learning resources including many important galleries, museums, libraries, cultural institutions and theatres.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 2 calendar years

The Fine Art MA is an integrated degree programme and does not have a modular structure. The programme consists of studio work (75%) and History and Theory of Art (25%).


  • There are no core modules for this programme.


  • There are no optional modules for this programme


All students undertake an individual research project in their second year as a component of the History and Theory of Art course, which culminates in a substantial report.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is studio-based and students develop their own work with tutorial and technical assistance according to their needs. The taught component is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, but primarily demands a considerable degree of investigation and experimentation. The second year prioritises individual research (conducted under supervision), building on and consolidating the learning and experimentation of the first year. Assessment is by a final examination of studio work in the form of an exhibition, and history and theory coursework including a 10,000-word dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

MA applicants are required to hold a first degree in Fine Art at second-class Bachelor's level or above, or its overseas equivalent, and are required to satisfy the school that they have an appropriate level of academic achievement. Exceptionally, an applicant with a first degree in a related subject (such as Art History) will be considered, but evidence of a high level of achievement in the chosen studio discipline will also be required.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

Please apply online; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The application deadline for all applicants is 1 January. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances. All candidates are required to submit a portfolio for inspection and shortlisted candidates are normally invited for interview.

Who can apply?

Having received good preparation in art or a related field at undergraduate level, the emphasis for graduate students is on advanced personal research, as a thorough preparation for professional practice and/or further doctoral study in the field.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Fine Art at graduate level
  • why you want to study Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL
  • how you will use the programme, staff and resources to develop your work
  • how your academic and/or professional background has prepared you for the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with your portfolio and essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to demonstrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The programme aims to develop student's individual potential and most graduates of the course go on to careers as professional artists. It also provides an excellent foundation for further doctoral research.

Other first career destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Central St Martin's: Associate Lecturer
  • Self-employed: Artist
  • Cubitt Gallery and Studios: Artist Educator
  • Matt's Gallery, London: Gallery Manager

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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