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Fine Art MPhil/PhD

Focussing on Fine Art research, we aim to further candidates’ aspirations as practising artists, and to encourage verbal articulation of their research. Emphasising interdisciplinary connections, candidates network regularly with doctoral students across UCL and the London Arts & Humanities Partnership, gaining experience relevant to their careers as professional artists, writers, academics and researchers.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or its overseas equivalent and will normally be expected to have studied to UK Master’s level, or its overseas equivalent, in either Fine Art or in Art History/Theoretical Studies.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

Overview

In addition to the subject disciplines of painting, sculpture and fine art media, PhD students relate to the wider Slade research themes through their supervisory teams. Current themes include: Performance; Bronze Lab; Materials Research; Land Art and the Culture of Landscape; Pain and the Image; SCEMFA, Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art (SCEMFA); Word and Image; Transcultural Art.

Research areas

The UCL Slade School offers a choice between the following three options within the PhD programme:
  • Practice-led: a thesis of studio practice and a written report of 15,000–40,000 words
  • Practice-related: a written thesis of 60,000–80,000 words with studio practice
  • Written thesis only 80,000–100,000 words

Funding

The Slade is part of the AHRC funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). As well as funding for studentships and shared doctoral training, this will open up additional opportunities for interdisciplinary supervision for Slade students across these three leading research institutions. For further information, please see the LAHP website.

Home/EU Graduate Studentship

Value:
Tuition fees plus stipend
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective UK and EU students applying to an MA or MFA at Slade. All successful applicants will be considered for these scholarships. A separate application is not required.

Overseas Graduate Scholarship

Value:
Tuition fees plus stipend
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective overseas students applying to an MA or MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art. All successful applicants will be considered for these scholarships. A separate application is not required.

Euan Uglow Memorial Scholarship

Value:
£2,000 over duration
Duration:
Duration of programme

Herbert Seaborn Memorial Scholarship

Value:
£1,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibilty: Students entering their final year of study.

Nancy Balfour Trust Scholarship

Value:
£2,500 over duration
Duration:
Duration of programme

Duveen Travel Scholarship

Value:
£3,000 approx
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Current undergraduate and master's students at Slade.

Dolbey Travel Scholarship

Value:
£3,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Current Slade students in their final year of study.

Boise Travel Scholarship

Value:
£4,000–£9,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Eligibility open to students who have completed their studies and are normally resident in the UK.

Slade Bursary

Value:
£500
Duration:
Eligibility:
All current Slade students.

Thomas Scholarship

Value:
£5,000 spread over length of programme
Duration:
Duration of programme
Eligibility:
Prospective undergraduate and Master's students at the Slade.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Students graduating from the Slade doctoral research programme have, in the last three years, gone on to establish international careers as professional artists, progressed to academic careers nationally and internationally and have established profiles in a range of related fields including art writing and criticism, and curation in galleries, museums and project spaces.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Postdoctoral Early Career Research Fellow, UCL (2013)
  • Artist and Lecturer, University of Pretoria (2014)
  • Head of Fine Art, Ozafin Akademija likovnih umjetnosti, Zagreb (2013)
  • Artist, Curator and Lecturer, Nanyang and Lassalle College of the Arts, Singapore (2014)
  • Artist, Author and Editor, C-Lab (2011)

Employability

The Slade doctoral programme aims to develop student's individual potential and most graduates go on to become 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 initiatives worldwide. Others have taken on roles in related careers including curation, museum and gallery management, teaching and many other crucial roles within the creative industries both in the UK and overseas. News and achievements of alumni including recent graduates are detailed on the Slade School website.

Networking

Final year PhD students take part in the UCL Slade School Graduate Degree Shows, which are very well attended by gallerists, curators, critics and art collectors and provide an excellent public exhibition forum for graduates to showcase their work. Partnerships outside of UCL include: Junction: A North London Cultural Consortium, comprising the Slade, Camden Arts Centre, Central Saint Martins, UAL, Cubitt, The Place, UCLH Arts, and the Wellcome Collection. We are also a member of EARN, the European Art Research Network, of Fine Art doctoral programmes

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Slade PhD students are part of a vibrant, international art school at the centre of UCL. In addition to a dedicated team of Slade supervisors, we offer interdisciplinary supervision across a wide range of subjects at UCL and the LAHP Consortium.

All students have access to the Slade's technical facilities in print, bookbinding, electronic media, sculpture, photography, film, video and sound. Our programme includes a bi-weekly forum of doctoral research presentations, an annual research week at the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square and Creative Thesis, our innovative series of workshops and seminars.

We also offer opportunities to apply for Fine Art BA/BFA teaching experience.

Student / staff ratios › 37 staff › 105 taught students › 16 research students

Department: Slade School of Fine Art

Degree reviews

Staff review

"Through teaching, I am concerned with the ways in which the contemporary painter considers, believes or understands that knowledge of methods and materials is relevant to the creative process."

Ms Jo Volley

Subject: Fine Art MPhil/PhD, Fine Art MA, Fine Art MFA

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

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Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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