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).
Mode of study
- Full-time 2 academic years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- All applicants: 1 January 2014
More details in Application section.
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.
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).
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:
The Slade School has a number of 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.
Scholarships available for this department
We are delighted to be able to offer six fully funded MA/MFA studentships for UK/EU students entering in 2014. All successful applicants will be considered for these scholarships. A separate application is not required.
We are delighted to be able to offer three fully funded MA/MFA studentships for overseas students entering in 2014. All successful applicants will be considered for these scholarships. A separate application is not required.
The Euan Uglow Memorial Scholarship is an entrance scholarship, open to any degree student.
The Herbert Seaborn Memorial Scholarship of £1,000 is awarded annually for achievement to an undergraduate or graduate student entering their final year of study.
The Nancy Balfour Trust Scholarship is open to any undergraduate or graduate student.
This scholarship is to assist students to travel and research during the summer vacation.
Each year the Slade Bursary Committee awards a large number of £500 Bursaries, funded by donations from the Friends of the Slade and other benefactors to students with particularly difficult financial circumstances
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
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English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The application deadline for all applicants is 1 January 2014. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances. All candidates are required to submit a portfolio for inspection with shortlisted candidates being 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
The programme aims to develop students' individual potential and most graduates go on to careers as professional artists. It also provides an excellent foundation for further doctoral research. The Graduate Degree Shows are very well attended by gallerists, curators and collectors and recent graduates have gone on to establish international careers as professional artists, receiving important public and private commissions, gaining gallery representation, winning major prizes and international artist residencies, as well as developing new artist-led initiative worldwide. Others have taken on roles in related careers including curation, museum and gallery management, teaching and many other crucial roles within the creative industies both in the UK and abroad.
News and achievements of alumni including recent graduates are detailed on the news section of the Slade School website.
Top career destinations for this programme
- National Theatre, Performer, 2011
- Winchester College, Art Teacher, 2011
- London Metropolitan University, Lecturer, 2011
- Deluxe Soho, Post Production Digital Media Worker, 2011
Opportunities for professional development are encouraged on the programme with recent competitions for graduate students including in 2011 a commission to design a nine-storey vinyl mural for the Engineering Faculty building, and in 2013 a commissioned artwork for the entrance to the newly refurbished UCL Grant Museum of Zoology.
Partnerships outside of UCL include Camden Arts Centre where student performances and screenings have taken place in recent years. We are also founder members of the Junction: North London Cultural Consortium, comprising UCL Slade School, Camden Arts Centre, Wellcome Collection, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, The Place, UCLH and Cubitt Artists' Studios.
Other opportunities include the annual Red Mansion Art Prize which awards a residency in China to a continuing graduate student, and two year-long studio residency awards for completing graduate students.
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