Visit the Slade
Applicants for our undergraduate programmes are encouraged to visit the Slade during the autumn term on an organised tour where they can meet a member of academic staff and tour the studios and facilities with a current student. Alternatively, you can visit us during our Open Studios in December or the Degree Shows in the summer term.
Application Procedure for BA and BFA in Fine Art
All applications to the BA and BFA in Fine Art at the Slade must be made through UCAS by 15 January.
UCAS codes UCL: U80 / BA in Fine Art: W100 / BFA in Fine Art: W101
All applicants are required to submit one portfolio for inspection by the entrance examiners. Applicants must complete the Portfolio Label and follow the instructions below. Portfolios may be delivered by hand to the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB on weekdays only from 9 - 12 February between 9.00am and 10.30am. You can book a date and time online after you have submitted your UCAS form.
Portfolio Handling Fee
All applicants must pay a handling fee of £15. Payments should be made using the UCL Online Payment Service. Select ‘Miscellaneous Payments’ and then the option to pay the Slade portfolio handling fee. The £15 handling fee is not returnable.
Students living in the UK should submit one portfolio comprising 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. A showreel of five minutes’ duration is recommended for these. Each piece of work should be named and dated and where work is reproduced the dimensions of the original should be provided. The portfolio may include coursework, for example from A'level or Foundation, but should also include self-initiated work. The portfolio must not measure more than 40”x30” (100cm x 75cm) and must not weigh more than 12kg. Work will not be accepted unless packaged in a durable portfolio. Do not exceed the maximum size and weight. Complete the Portfolio Label and attach it to the outside of your portfolio. Do not stick it to the wrapping paper or the inside of the portfolio.
Portfolios may be delivered by hand to the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB on weekdays only from 9 - 12 February between 9.00am and 10.30am. You can book a date and time online. You will be given a receipt for your portfolio and asked to collect it between 4.00pm and 5.00pm the same day. Portfolios can be returned by post if you are unable to collect by hand on the same day. Indicate this on your Portfolio Label. Alternatively they can be collected by hand on Monday 16 February between 9.00am and 1.00pm.
Portfolios may be sent by post from the UK and should arrive at the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB on 10 or 11 February. After the Inspection portfolios returned by post can be expected to arrive by 25 February. Applicants collecting portfolios by hand from the Slade Research Centre may do so on Monday 16 February between 9.00am and 1.00pm.
Applicants living outside the UK should send one portfolio on CDRom (CD-R) or DVD with up to twenty images (each not more than 1mb) as a PowerPoint presentation. Notes should be included for each image including the title of the work, size, date and materials. Applicants with time-based or performance elements to their work may include a showreel with a maximum duration time of five minutes in QuickTime on DVD, no bigger than 2Gb. The showreel should be included on the same disc but must be uploaded as a separate file. It must not be embedded in the PowerPoint presentation. Write your name on the CD or DVD and attach the portfolio label to the case. Do not attach labels to the disk.
Portfolios posted from overseas should arrive at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT by the end of January. Portfolios on CD-R or DVD can not be returned and will be disposed of after the admissions process is complete so make sure you send duplicate material only.
If portfolios are not sent in the specified format, they will not be viewed and your application will be rejected. Portfolios will not be viewed without payment of the Portfolio Handling Fee. While all reasonable care is taken of work submitted at all stages of the selection process, work is accepted only on condition that neither UCL, nor its agents, undertake any responsibility for any loss or damage that may be incurred. The £15 handling fee is not returnable.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview at the Slade. If you are selected you will be notified by 4 March. Interviews will take place during the week of 9 March. You will be expected to bring further examples of your work, including larger pieces of work as well as your portfolio. Interview dates can not be rearranged. If you are shortlisted but unable to attend, you must ensure that your portfolio is at the Slade for the examiners to view again when they are making their final decisions. Interviews can not be conducted by telephone. Applicants who are not shortlisted at the Portfolio Inspection will be notified through UCAS that their application has been unsuccessful.
The BA and BFA programmes are of equal academic standing and have the same entrance requirements.
In order to be admitted to UCL students must normally be at least 17 years old by the start of the programme. Please list your previous qualifications clearly and completely on the UCAS application form, plus details of any courses you are currently taking. Your qualifications must satisfy the specific degree programme requirements as outlined below.
Normally, three GCE A levels at Grades A,B,B, plus a pass in an additional Advanced Subsidiary level subject will be required. AS level General Studies or Critical Thinking are not recognised for admissions purposes. A level General Studies or Critical Thinking are only acceptable as an alternative to the additional Advanced Subsidiary level subject that is required.
In addition candidates must possess GCSEs (or the equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or higher and show evidence of a broad general education.
A range of other UK as well as international qualifications is recognised and full details can be found in the application and entry section of the UCL website.
In exceptional circumstances, a candidate who does not satisfy the above requirements may be admitted to the programme on the recommendation of the Slade Director and the Dean of Students (Academic).
Applications from 'mature' candidates (aged 21 or over), who may not have a standard educational background, are welcome and are considered individually on their merits.
Applications for deferred entry are not normally considered.
Applicants for the Undergraduate Independent Studio Programme must discuss their course selection with their academic adviser in their home university to ensure that the Independent Studio Programme will provide them with an appropriate credit load and course content. For details of how to apply, see the Application and Study pages in the UCL Study Abroad Guide. Applicants must also send a portfolio of art work to the Slade. Send one portfolio on CDRom (CD-R) or DVD with up to twenty images (each not more than 1mb) as a PowerPoint presentation. Notes should be included for each image including the title of the work, size, date and materials. Applicants with time-based or performance elements to their work may include a showreel with a maximum duration time of five minutes in QuickTime on DVD, no bigger than 2Gb. The showreel should be included on the same disc but must be uploaded as a separate file. It must not be embedded in the PowerPoint presentation. Write your name on the CD or DVD. Send the portfolio to Affiliate Admissions, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT. The application form must be sent separately by email to the UCL Access & Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications for study commencing in September is 31 March. The deadline for application for study commencing in January is 30 September.
English Language Requirement
Any student applying for the BA, BFA or Affiliate Study whose education has not been conducted in the English language will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. This is to ensure that their academic progress is not hindered by language difficulties and that they are able to benefit fully from their time at UCL.
A list of all the qualifications accepted and the grades required can be found on the UCL website. The Slade requires the Standard level for the BA, BFA and Affiliate Study.