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  • Start date: September 2016

Fine Art BFA

This three-year programme is structured around three studio areas: painting, fine art media, and sculpture, with an integrated critical studies component. All studio and history and theory of art staff are practising artists and scholars with significant exhibition and public profiles. Our students also benefit from London's vast cultural resources.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Fine Art BFA
UCAS code
W101
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Fine Art
Total intake
40 (2016 entry)
Applications per place
26 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
79% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
ABB
Subjects
No specific subjects, but a portfolio of work is required.
AS Levels
For UK-based students 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

IB Diploma

Points
34
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.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), or Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (NQF) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.

D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. A portfolio of work is required.

ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). A portfolio of work is required.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades AB. A portfolio of work is required.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The Undergraduate 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: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • 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 USA.
  • 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.

Degree structure

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).

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.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Studio work in chosen specialism
Critical Studies

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Studio work in chosen specialism
Critical Studies
Study abroad in Autumn Term (optional)

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Studio work in chosen specialism

Your learning

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.

Assessment

You will be assessed through tutorial reports, annual assessment of your studio work, and critical studies component. Your final assessment will be based on a final degree show in the form of an exhibition or other type of presentation such as a screening or performance.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Fine Art BFA.

Careers

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.

Destinations

First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme and related programmes at the UCL Slade School include:

  • Artist, Self-employed (2013)
  • Full-time student, MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London (2013)
  • Workshop Facilitator, Protégé (2013)
  • Sculptor, BALTIC 39 (2013)
  • Exhibition Builder, Self-employed (2013)

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding

Fees

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2015/16)
Overseas fee
£20,700 (2015/16)

Funding

Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding

The Slade School has a number of scholarships, prizes, awards and bursaries which are awarded by nomination annually. All incoming students are considered for any awards for which they are eligible.

Scholarships

Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Boise Travel Scholarship

Value
4,000-9,000
Eligibility
UK
Criteria

Dolbey Travel Scholarship

Value
3,000
Eligibility
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria

Duveen Travel Scholarship

Value
3,000 approx
Eligibility
UK
Criteria

Euan Uglow Memorial Scholarship

Value
2,000 over duration
Eligibility
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria

Grocers' Company Queen's Golden Jubilee Scholarship

Value
c.2,000
Eligibility
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria

Herbert Seaborn Memorial Scholarship

Value
1,000
Eligibility
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria
Based on academic merit

James Lewis Foundation Scholarship

Value
4,500
Eligibility
UK
Criteria
Based on both academic merit and financial needs

Nancy Balfour Trust Scholarship

Value
2,500 over duration
Eligibility
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria

Painters? Company Scholarship

Value
5,000
Eligibility
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria

Slade Bursary

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

Sue Jamieson Memorial Award

Value
2,000
Eligibility
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria
Based on both academic merit and financial needs

Thomas Scholarship

Value
5,000 spread over length of programme
Eligibility
UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria
Based on academic merit

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

Your application

You must submit a portfolio for inspection including a selection of current work demonstrating your skills/interests e.g. drawings, photographs, paintings on paper or board (not stretched canvases), sketchbooks and/or notebooks. Larger paintings/3D works should be photographic prints. Videos/films should be in QuickTime on DVD as a showreel of less than five minutes' duration. International students should send a digital format portfolio.

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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016



Selection

After you submit your UCAS application, you should follow the instructions on the Slade website (www.ucl.ac.uk/slade) for the portfolio inspections which take 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 and this may include larger works that could only be represented by slides or photographs at portfolio inspection. Interviews take place in March.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students