UCL-IoE merger

UCL and the Institute of Education merged on December 2, 2014. Learn about the study options available to you.


Academic Administrator

Ms Julie Black

Email: slade.enquiries@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2313

More Information

Subject area:

Fine Art

Faculty overview:

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Department website:

Slade School of Fine Art

Key Facts

Research Assessment Exercise

70% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
(What is the RAE?)

Fine Art BA

UCAS code: W100

This four-year programme is structured around three studio areas: Painting, Fine Art Media and Sculpture, with an integrated History and Theory of Art component. All of our staff are practising artists and scholars with significant exhibition and public profiles. Our students also benefit from the vast cultural resources that London offers.

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.

Other qualifications

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

Selected entry requirements will appear here

International applicants

International qualifications

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

Select country above, equivalent grades appear here.

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: 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.

Degree benefits

  • A £1.5 million enhancement of Slade's 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 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.

History and Theory of Art courses are integral to the programme and help you contextualise your studio work and negotiate the relationships between making art and the ways in which art is interpreted, displayed and understood.

You will take an additional course from another UCL department for one term. This will be entirely your own choice and can either be related to studio work or to develop a further interest.

Your learning

The BA is studio-based, with an emphasis on self-initiated work. This is supported by one-to-one and group tutorials, cross-area seminars and area seminars, contemporary art lectures and the History and Theory of Art courses. 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, annual assessment of your studio work, and coursework in History of Theory of Art. Your final assessment will be based on a combination of your History of Theory of Art coursework results and a final degree show in the form of an exhibition.

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).

Year One

Studio work in chosen specialism
History and Theory of Art

Year Two

Studio work in chosen specialism
History and Theory of Art
Additional subject

Year Three

Studio work in chosen specialism
History and Theory of Art
Study abroad in Autumn Term (optional)

Final Year

Studio work in chosen specialism

Further details on department website: Fine Art BA


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.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme and related programmes at the UCL Slade School include:

  • Artist, Self-employed (2012)
  • Full-time student, MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art (2012)
  • Education Assistant, Orleans House Gallery (2011)
  • 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 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.


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.

Video: applying to UCL through UCAS

Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£20,100 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Specific funding notes

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.

Playlist: funding for UK/EU and overseas students

Undergraduate playlist

Video channels

Page last modified on 26 feb 14 08:05