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Fine Art MFA

The MFA in Fine Art 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).

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 2 academic years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£9,020 (FT)
£23,020 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 1 January 2016

Entry Requirements

MFA applicants should normally be of graduate standing with evidence of a high level of achievement in the chosen studio discipline also being required. Exceptionally, an applicant may be considered whose previous education and professional experience are deemed by UCL to be equivalent to graduate level.

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: Standard

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.

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Degree Information

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.

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 which are assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Core Modules

  • There are no core modules for this programme.


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


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

Teaching and Learning

A studio-based programme, students develop their work with tutorial/technical assistance according to individual need. The taught component is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, but primarily demands individual investigation. Year 2 prioritises supervised individual research.

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


The UCL Slade School of Fine Art 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.

Please see the UCL Slade website for further information.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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

£4,000-£9,000 (1 year)
UK students

Dolbey Travel Scholarship

£3,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students

Duveen Travel Scholarship

£3,000 approx (1 year)
UK students

Euan Uglow Memorial Scholarship

£666.66/yr (3 years)
UK, EU, Overseas students

Herbert Seaborn Memorial Scholarship

£1,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Home/EU Graduate Studentship

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

Irving Wernick Scholarship

UK, EU, Overseas students

Nancy Balfour Trust Scholarship

£2,500 over duration (Duration of programme)
UK, EU, Overseas students

Overseas Graduate Scholarship

Tuition fees plus stipend (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Slade Bursary

UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on financial need

Thomas Scholarship - NOW CLOSED FOR 2016/17

£1,666.66/yr (3 years)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


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 taken on 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

  • Self-employed, Freelance Artist
  • Self-employed, Freelance Director and Photographer
  • Art Handler, Zoe Schoenherr Art
  • Lecturer, Incheon Catholic University
  • Self-employed, Freelance Record Mixer


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 broad and diverse range of interests and expertise. Students benefit from excellent studio space and facilities, including a large research centre in Woburn Square.

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

Student / staff ratios › 45 staff including 1 postdocs › 102 taught students › 25 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

Fine Art MPhil/PhD, Fine Art MA, Fine Art MFA
Senior Lecturer

Application and next steps


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 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
1 January 2016
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
  • 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.

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