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Academic Administrator

Email: slade.enquiries@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2313

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

The Slade School has a number of small scholarships. For further details please visit: 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 Slade School

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

70% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Fine Art MFA

The Fine Art MFA is a studio-based, research-centred programme with a critical studies component, supported by studio-led seminars arising from the creative and critical interests of students and staff. Students are admitted into painting, sculpture or fine art media (which includes electronic media, photography, print, film and video).

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme provides an intellectual and creative environment in which talented fine art graduates may develop their individual potential as professional artists and researchers in their chosen studio area; whilst developing a critical awareness of the broadening intellectual and cultural contexts of fine art.

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 MFA is an integrated degree programme and does not have a modular structure. The programme consists of studio work (100%) in the student's chosen subject area, and Critical Studies (pass/fail).

Core Modules

  • There are no core modules for this programme.


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


Assessment is by final examination of studio work in the form of an exhibition and submission of the Critical Study.

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 final examination of studio work in the form of an exhibition and submission of the Critical Study.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

MFA applicants should normally be of graduate standing. Exceptionally, an applicant may be considered whose previous education and professional experience are deemed by UCL to be equivalent to graduate level.

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 UCL Slade School of Fine Art
  • 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 go on to freelance careers as professional artists. It also provides an excellent foundation for further doctoral research.

Other first career destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Self-employed: Artist
  • West Dean College: Artist-in-Residence
  • The Mall Galleries: Technician
  • Central St Martin's School of Art and Design: Associate Lecturer
  • Art Gallery of Ontario: Customer Service Co-ordinator
  • Moore Gallery: Technician

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

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