At the Slade School of Fine Art we approach the practice of contemporary art and the history and theories that inform it in an experimental, research-oriented and imaginative way. An art school with a world leading reputation, the Slade makes a significant contribution to the field of contemporary art both nationally and internationally.
The Slade has a lively and dynamic studio-led research culture. All studio staff are practising artists with significant exhibition profiles, actively involved in research as well as teaching. Expertise covers a broad spectrum of interests with individual, collaborative and interdisciplinary research taking many forms. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 70% of the department's research activity was recognised as being in the top two categories of 4* ('world leading') or 3* ('internationally excellent') confirming the Slade as one of the country’s leading university departments for research in Fine Art.
Studio space and facilities have been expanded and enhanced in recent years and a large research centre and project space has been established in the Woburn Square studios. We offer two undergraduate programmes, the BA and the BFA in Fine Art; two Masters programmes, the MA and MFA in Fine Art; the MPhil/PhD in Fine Art, plus affiliate student programmes at all levels. We have around 260 students registered for taught programmes, spread equally between the undergraduate BA and BFA in Fine Art and the Graduate MA and MFA in Fine Art plus around a dozen MPhil/PhD students. Each taught programme is studio-based and students develop their own work with tutorial and technical assistance according to their individual needs. There are staff, studios and technical facilities for painting, sculpture and fine art media (which includes electronic media, photography, print, film and video and sound). The Slade also provides a range of Short Courses and an annual Summer School.
As part of UCL, London’s Global University and one of the leading research universities in the world, there are many opportunities for Slade students and staff to develop collaborative projects and interdisciplinary research initiatives both within UCL and beyond.
We have links to art institutions and organisations nationally and internationally. As well as UCL’s own museum collections (including the UCL Art Museum whose collection includes work by a number of distinguished Slade students), our location in the centre of London and London’s art world, enables easy access to a wide range of unparalleled learning resources including many important galleries, museums, libraries, cultural institutions and theatres.
The Slade's foundation in 1871 was the result of a bequest from Felix Slade who envisaged a school where fine art would be studied within a liberal arts university and since its inception the Slade has been at the forefront of developments in the field of contemporary art and welcomed students from all over the world.
Slade alumni go on to achieve a high level of international recognition and success and account for many leading figures in the international art world including a large number of Turner Prize winners and nominees. Slade alumni are also responsible for developing a wide range of artist-led initiatives world-wide. Some have become leading academics and researchers in universities throughout the world as well as taking on roles in other related aspects of art research such as curation and museum and gallery management, while others have made significant impact in roles within the creative industries both nationally and internationally.