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Fees and Funding
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General Funding Notes
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
Specific Funding Notes
The Slade has a number of small scholarships, awarded by nomination each year. You cannot apply for these, but all incoming students are considered for any awards for which they are eligible.
Ms Julie Black
Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2313
Fine Art BFA
UCAS Code: W101
This three-year programme is structured around three studio areas: painting, fine art media and sculpture. Students benefit from the vast cultural resources that London has to offer, and our expert studio staff are practising artists engaged with a diverse range of research.
|Subjects||No specific subjects, but a portfolio of work is required.|
|AS Levels||A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.|
|GCSEs||English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs|
|Subjects||A score of 16 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5, plus a portfolio. The academic requirements may be relaxed in exceptional circumstances.|
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
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In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
University Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- A £1.5 million enhancement of Slade facilities has provided new studios, an additional fully equipped digital studio and refurbished workshop spaces.
- All undergraduates are eligible for selection for international exchanges. The Slade has exchange agreements with art schools in China, Europe, Israel and the United States.
- The Slade's location in central London, close to many important galleries, museums, libraries and theatres, provides excellent opportunities for students to access a wide range of learning resources and research opportunities.
- Distinguished alumni include Lucien Freud, Paula Rego, Derek Jarman, Antony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread, Tacita Dean, Cecily Brown, Martin Creed and Mona Hatoum.
The programme is structured around three studio areas: painting, fine art media and sculpture. The programme is studio-based and you are expected to develop your own work with tutorial and technical assistance from a specialist team of academic and technical staff. Cross-area seminars and tutorial groups ensure that the three studio areas have a forum for the exchange of ideas. You will also benefit from a programme of visiting artists, gallery visits and other events that aim to develop exciting and rigorous debate. Year groups are mixed together in the studio spaces providing a lively cross-fertilisation of ideas and practice.
The BFA includes a critical studies component, designed to provide you with the ability to reference your work within a broad cultural context and enable you to develop verbal and writing skills to articulate the development of your work within a critical context.
The BFA is studio-based, with an emphasis on a self-initiated programme of work. This is supported by one-to-one and group tutorials, cross-area seminars and area seminars, contemporary art lectures and the critical studies programme. Technical inductions, workshops and one-to-one technical instruction are provided according to each student's academic needs.
You will be assessed through tutorial reports, an annual assessment of your studio work and critical studies. Your final assessment will be in the form of an exhibition or another type of presentation, such as a screening or performance.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Further details available on degree page of subject website:
The programme aims to: develop the individual visual intelligence you bring with you to the school; develop your critical awareness and understanding of fine art and its contexts; and provide the intellectual and practical resources to enable you to realise your creative potential as a professional artist.
Most Slade graduates become professional artists but you will leave UCL with a range of skills to branch out into a variety of careers. You will have built up practical, transferable and academic skills and these, alongside any experience you may have gained outside your degree, will widen your career options.
The first cohort of students on this programme will graduate in 2012, so career information for them is not yet available. First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of the Fine Art BA include:
- Artist, Self-employed (2011)
- Education Assistant, Orleans House Gallery (2011)
- Full-time student, MA in Fine Art Sculpture at the Royal College of Art (2009)
- Artist's Assistant, Hauser & Wirth Gallery (2010)
- Full-time student, MFA in Fine Art at UCL (2010)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
Your portfolio should demonstrate a range of your skills, talents and interests. It should be a selection of current and recent work which may include drawings, photographs, paintings on paper or board (but not stretched canvases), sketchbooks and notebooks. Larger paintings or 3D works should be shown as photographic prints. Videos or films should be in QuickTime on DVD as a showreel of no more than five minutes' duration. Students living overseas should send a portfolio in digital format.
How to Apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
After you submit your UCAS application, you should follow the instructions on the Slade website for the portfolio inspection which takes place in February. Your portfolio should comprise a selection of current and recent work including self-initiated work.
If you are shortlisted at this stage you will be invited to attend an interview to discuss your work, including larger works that could only be represented by slides or photographs at portfolio inspection. Interviews take place in March.