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Fine Art MA

The MA in Fine Art combines studio work with a theory-based programme of lectures and seminars led by internationally renowned practising artists and history of art scholars respectively. A research-centred programme, students are admitted into painting, sculpture or fine art media (which includes electronic media, photography, print, film and video).

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 2 calendar years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 January 2015

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.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

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:

Degree Information

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 relationship between theory and practice in their own work.

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%).

Core

  • There are no core modules for this programme.

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme

Dissertation/report

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

A studio-based programme, students develop their work with tutorial/technical assistance according to need. The taught component is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, but primarily demands individual investigation. Year 2 prioritises supervised individual research. Assessment is by exhibition of final studio-work and history and theory coursework including a dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Fine Art MA

Funding

The UCL Slade School has numerous departmental prizes, awards and scholarships available to graduate students. These include six fully funded MA/MFA studentships for UK/EU students, and three partial fee waiver Overseas Graduate Scholarships for International (non-EU) students amongst others.

For further information please visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slade/degrees/ma-mfa#scholarships-bursaries-prizes.php.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Boise Travel Scholarship

Value:
£4,000–£9,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK students
Criteria:

Dolbey Travel Scholarship

Value:
£3,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:

Duveen Travel Scholarship

Value:
£3,000 approx (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK students
Criteria:

Euan Uglow Memorial Scholarship

Value:
£2,000 over duration (Duration of programme)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:

Herbert Seaborn Memorial Scholarship

Value:
£1,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Home/EU Graduate Studentship

Value:
Tuition fees plus stipend(1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Nancy Balfour Trust Scholarship

Value:
£2,500 over duration(Duration of programme)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:

Overseas Graduate Scholarship

Value:
Tuition fees plus stipend(1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Slade Bursary

Value:
£500
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on financial needs

Thomas Scholarship

Value:
£5,000 spread over length of programme(Duration of programme)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

The programme aims to develop students' individual potential; also providing an excellent foundation for further doctoral research. The Graduate Degree Shows are attended by gallerists, curators and collectors; providing a high-profile entrance to the professional art world. Recent graduates have established international careers as professional artists, receiving important commissions, gaining gallery representation, winning major prizes and residencies, as well as developing new artist-led initiatives. Others have roles in related careers including curation, museum and gallery management and teaching worldwide.
News and achievements of alumni including recent graduates are detailed on the news section of the Slade School website.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • 2012, Freelance Artist
  • Creative Consultant, Freelance Director and Photographer (2012)
  • Art Handler, Zoe Schoenherr Art (2012)
  • Lecturer, Incheon Catholic University (2012)
  • 2012, Freelance Record Mixer

Employability

Professional development opportunities are actively encouraged with recent competitions including commissions to design a nine-storey mural and another to produce an artwork for the entrance to the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology.

Partnerships outside of UCL include one with Camden Arts Centre whilst the Slade is a founder member of the Junction: North London Cultural Consortium; all of which offers students the opportunity to experience working with galleries and other professional art bodies. In addition, there are several studio residency awards to help launch completing graduate students including the annual Red Mansion Art Prize of a residency in China.

Why 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, approaching the study and practice of art in an enquiring, investigative, experimental and research-minded way.

All academic staff are practising artists, actively involved in research as well as teaching, and have a diverse range of interests and expertise. Students benefit from excellent studio space and facilities, including a large research centre in Woburn Square.

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

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.

Who can apply?

Having received a good grounding 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-01-01
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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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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, UCL
  • how you will use the programme, staff and resources to develop your practice
  • 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.

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