The Slade School of Fine Art is a world leading art school with a reputation for excellence. As part of UCL, London's Global University, the Slade provides an open and supportive environment for engagement with the process of art making at the highest level, attracting an international community of students. Students are supported to realize and strengthen their creative potential through experimentation, dialogue and fine art making in all its forms.
There are around 110 full-time graduate students at the Slade studying on either the MA in Fine Art or the MFA in Fine Art. The MA is a 24-month studio-based programme, which has a taught History and Theory of Art component. The MFA is an 18-month studio-based programme with a two part, written and oral, Critical Studies component. All students follow the same studio programme, working alongside each other in an open studio environment, electing to work in the Sculpture, Painting or Fine Art Media studios. There is lively cross over between all areas.
Throughout the year there are opportunities for students to explore their work within the extensive studios of the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, formerly the Courtauld Institute. There are travel awards and numerous commissions and opportunities to participate in exhibitions both inside and outside of UCL, as well as prizes and awards for final year students. As part of UCL there are opportunities to initiate collaborations with other departments within the university.
NEW FOR SEPTEMBER 2015 GRADUATE ENTRANTS
For 2015/16 entrants, we are delighted to be able to offer a range of both fully funded studentships and partial fee waivers for UK/EU and International students in addition to those offered by UCL. All eligible students will be considered for these at the point of admission. Full information on fees, funding, scholarships, bursaries and prizes can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/slade/degrees/ma-mfa#admissions.
Watch the video: Graduate students discuss their Slade experience.
The aims of the MA and MFA are:
- to provide an intellectual and creative environment in which talented fine art graduates may further develop their individual potential as professional artists;
- to enable students to continue independent research in their chosen studio area;
- to enable students to continue to develop a high degree of critical awareness of the broadening intellectual and cultural contexts of fine art;
- to provide teaching and tutoring and promote peer-group learning which are responsive, critical and challenging; and a forum for debate through which students become increasingly professional and articulate in their questioning;
- to provide practical and technical resources and guidance across a range of creative media;
- additionally for MA students, to develop further an ability to pursue independent research and articulate ideas in writing through a sound understanding of a range of historical, theoretical and philosophical approaches to art and an understanding of the relevance of these to their work.
Students on the MFA and MA follow the same studio course and are based in one studio discipline: painting, sculpture or fine art media (which includes electronic media, photography, print, performance, sound, film and video). Both programmes are research-centred. The main difference between the MFA and the MA lies in the distinction between the critical studies in the MFA and the history and theory of art in the MA.
The teaching takes place through individual tutorials, small cross-area group tutorials made up of both first and second year students from each subject area, studio critiques and critical studies seminars, where students present their research interests and contextualise their work to their peer group.
In addition there are opportunities to participate in research projects at the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square. These week-long projects provide an opportunity to explore ideas alongside students who are based across all three areas, and to make work on a larger scale. In addition, a programme of visiting artists is arranged throughout the year.
The first year incorporates a taught programme (delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops) to upgrade theoretical and technical skills, but primarily demands a considerable degree of investigation and experimentation.
The second year prioritizes individual research (conducted under supervision), building on and consolidating the learning and experimentation of the first year, leading to original results by graduate students capable of organising and implementing an independent programme at this level. The course offers several opportunities for the presentation of work to the wider public and culminates in the final graduate exhibition.
One of the Slade's great strengths is the wide range of facilities and expertise that it offers to students, regardless of their study area. In the School there is a strong commitment to the teaching of both traditional and emerging techniques, and analogue and digital technologies. These include film and video, analogue and digital photography, screen printing, etching, stone lithography and bookbinding, alongside continually updated digital resources supported by online tutorial learning.
There is a comprehensive workshop supporting woodwork, metal work, hot metal, ceramics, foundry work and casting, as well as access to laser cutting and CADCAM. The painting studios house a Methods Room for canvas and paint preparation and investigation into pigments supported by the Materials Research Project.
Preliminary inductions to all the workshops within the Slade take place at the beginning of the year and are mandatory in order to use the facilities. Further sessions are available to teach new skills or build on existing skills, for instance specialist workshops on black and white and colour photography, 16mm film-making, photographic lighting, video editing, chroma key and the sound studio.
Painting in the MA and MFA programmes
Lisa Milroy - Head of Graduate Painting
The Graduate Painting area celebrates painting in all its diverse contemporary forms, and in its long tradition in western art and art of other cultures. Students engage in the practice of painting through a range of approaches, including panels and stretched canvas, wall painting, installation-based painting and painting determined by architectural contexts. Painting is also developed through experimentation with other art forms such as printmaking, photography, film and video, sound, performance and object making.
Drawing is a fundamental concern. Students are encouraged to explore painting at a high level by focusing on the connections between thinking, feeling, looking and making. An inquisitive, enquiring approach to craft is essential to the enrichment of the students’ intellectual and emotional understanding of the medium. Analysis and actualisation of the pleasure and beauty of painting in all its complexity is at the heart of the area. Discussion and debate fuel and sharpen the students’ critical awareness of the nature of painting within a contemporary art context and their ability to question the position of painting today.
Graduate Painting leads two current research projects: the Material Research Project, since 2010, and the Discourse Project, since 2014, both situated in the Methods Room within the Graduate Painting studios.
Sculpture in the MA and MFA programmes
Professor Edward Allington - Head of Graduate Sculpture
The Graduate Sculpture area invites students working across a range of media to work within an environment of making, experimentation and ideas. It is a practical, studio based area investigating objects, placement, form, space and composite activities, seeking to explore what is distinctive about sculpture and finding out what is possible.
The ethos of the course is to embrace a broad range of sculptural practices - from transitory spatial interventions with light, sound or text to the most solid, obstructive forms, such as working with stone, bronze, plaster and clay. The studios are a productive, active environment - space is seen as a shared, flexible resource and the forum for critical attention, debate and imaginative experimentation. Students are expected to work independently within the framework of the graduate programme and wider criticality and awareness of contemporary and historical discourse.
Fine Art Media in the MA and MFA programmes
Jayne Parker - Head of Graduate Fine Art Media
Students in the Fine Art Media area pursue their creative ideas through a variety of media, which are supported by both academic and technical staff who hold a broad level of expertise. Currently there are students working with photography, film, video, performance, text, sound, installation, printmaking and all manner of object and image making.
There is no limit or expectation as to the media used in the Fine Art Media area. Although most graduate students in the School will have studied fine art, some may have come to fine art through studying other disciplines, for example music or literature. The wide range of creative activity and cultural experience of the students makes for a rich and diverse studio culture. The aim of the Fine Art Media area is to foster a strong sense of community and group responsibility within the studio, to create a vibrant and stimulating working atmosphere that is informed and critical yet supportive and to help students develop and trust their own judgement and creativity, encouraging independence of vision and thought.
The History and Theory of Art programme of the MA involves both coursework and individual research. The taught component comprises a series of weekly seminars in the autumn and spring terms of the first year.
In the taught component students are expected to:
- participate in discussions on a wide range of historical, theoretical and philosophical approaches to art which both add to their general understanding of contemporary debates and contribute to their approach to their research project;
- develop an ability to read a philosophical or theoretical text in depth and develop their ability to articulate their ideas in writing;
- consider the various possible relations between history, theory and practice, and develop the relation between their studio work and their research.
In the research component students are expected to:
- pursue independent research in depth;
- develop an individual perspective, supported by thorough research and argued with clarity and coherence;
- develop an ability to relate ideas to specific works and cultural phenomena with vividness and accuracy;
- achieve a high level of quality in presentation, including proper use of footnotes, bibliography and illustrations.
The taught course work is assessed by means of termly essays that are essential for the development of study and writing skills and must be passed. The Research Report and assessed course work contribute 25% to the final degree award (10% in Year 1, 15% in Year 2) and studio work contributes 75%. The Research Report is meant to stand independently from studio work and is assessed separately. There may, and indeed should, be a connection with studio work, but this may be indirect. The topic should in some way be related to art, art history, art theory, aesthetics, visual theory, cultural studies or curating.
During the first year students should attend a seminar programme extending over the course of the academic year which introduces them to a varied body of ideas and approaches, encourages them to consider the relations between theory and practice, and gives them the opportunity to gain extra experience in writing. It includes practical sessions on research and dissertation writing. These seminars provide students with the opportunity to participate in a stimulating and supportive environment for intellectual work. Students are expected to develop an approach to research and writing that is both inventive and rigorous. Students must pass this component of the programme on the basis of their attendance and essays.
In the first year MA students:
- write three essays with the second and third essays are worth 5% of the degree each;
- decide on their topic for independent research in consultation with course tutors and based upon the MA proposal submitted at interview stage.
During the second year MA students:
- participate in the MA research seminar in which they each make a presentation to their peers, based on their research project;
- participate in an all-graduate research forum with students on the MPhil/PhD programme;
- develop their independent research project in consultation with course tutors and their allocated supervisor;
- produce the MA Report (10,000 words) which comprises 15% of the degree.
The aim of Critical Studies is to develop the student's knowledge and understanding of the context of their studio work, their ability to articulate an informed critical position, and their ability to present their ideas coherently and imaginatively. Critical Studies in the MFA are seen as integral to the studio practice of the professional artist. Within each studio area: Fine Art Media, Painting and Sculpture, Critical Studies are developed through a programme of seminars particular to each area.
Critical Studies are assessed in two forms:
Part I: a written paper that should consist of 3000 words, or equivalent (but not exclusively visual materials).
- Students are required to submit an abstract of their intended study by the end of the summer term of the first year and a first draft on returning to the Slade for their second year in September. This will be a basis for discussion with the students' tutor or head of area. Tutorial support will guide the development of ideas, theory, research and the different forms of expression and presentation of the final study.
- Part I must be submitted at the end of the penultimate week of the autumn term of the second year. The study must be in a form that can be conveniently assessed by internal and external examiners and stored. (Any three-dimensional work must be documented.)
- A feedback session on the study will take place early in the spring term.
Part 2: an oral presentation of twenty minutes' duration to the internal assessors and the student's peer group, followed by five minutes for questions. Students are expected to present their research orally and visually placing their studio work in a critical context.
- Part 2 takes place in the penultimate week of the spring term.
Critical Studies are a key component of the MFA programe and students must pass both parts in order to be awarded the MFA in Fine Art. Both parts should demonstrate the student's ability to develop, contextualize and articulate their research critically in preparation for professional practice.
Each part is marked Pass/Fail. The evaluation of the Critical Studies Part I and 2 are subsumed into the final degree marking scheme.
Visit the Slade
Applicants can take a tour of the Slade during the autumn term which includes a talk by the head of area and a tour of the studios and facilities. Alternatively, you can visit us during our Open Studios in December or the Degree Shows in the summer term.
Application procedure for the MFA, MA and Graduate Affiliate Study in Fine Art
The deadline for applications is 1 January 2015. All applicants for the MA in Fine Art, the MFA in Fine Art and Graduate Affiliate Study should Apply Online. A detailed guide to completing the online application is available in PDF and Word format. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances.
The Online Application
Applicants must complete the online form and upload the following supporting documentation:
- An electronic Transcript from your undergraduate degree programme. If you have also taken a Master's programme, you should upload a second transcript.
- Your CV.
- Those students whose education has not been conducted in the English language should upload their most recent English Language Test Certificate.
- MA applicants only should upload a Research Proposal (2 A4 pages) containing a clear and succinct statement of your proposed area of theoretical research which includes a working title for your history and theory dissertation; the reason why you have chosen the subject; a summary of the knowledge you already have of the subject; the objectives for the research; what areas of study you think the research will involve; what methods you will employ in the research; what sources you will use for the research, i.e., libraries, museums etc, and a brief bibliography.
- MA applicants only must also upload a recent piece of written work 2,500 - 3,000 words in length (upload this as the Additional Document).
When you have completed the online form and entered contact emails for your referees, they will be contacted automatically giving them instructions on how to upload their references. All applications must include two references that must be uploaded by your referees. References are an important part of the application and it is your responsibility to ensure that your referees upload their references promptly so that the entrance examiners have them when they view your portfolio. It is recommended that you complete the online application in advance of the deadline to give your referees time to complete their references.
All applicants must submit a portfolio for consideration by the entrance examiners. The portfolio inspection takes place in late January.
Format of Portfolio
Painting and Sculpture
- All applicants should send one portfolio on CDRom (CD-R) or DVD.
- Up to twenty images should be submitted as a PowerPoint presentation with each image no larger than 1Mb. Titles should be included for each image including the date the work was made, size and materials.
- Painting and Sculpture 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 larger than 2Gb.
- The showreel should be included on the same disk but must be uploaded as a separate file. It must not be embedded in the PowerPoint presentation. Please write your name on the CD or DVD and attach the portfolio label to the CD case. Please do not attach labels to the disk itself.
Fine Art Media
- Fine Art Media applicants living in the UK should send one portfolio (max. size 100 x 70 x 10 cm, max. weight 12kg).
- The portfolio may include prints, drawings, books, photographs and a CD-R or DVD with up to twenty images.
- Images on CD-R or DVD should be submitted as a PowerPoint presentation with each image no larger than 1Mb.
- Text should be included for each image including the size of the work, date and materials.
- Applicants can also include a Quicktime movie/showreel of not more than five minutes' duration and no larger than 2Gb. (Time-permitting, shortlisted candidates may be able to play longer pieces at interview.)
- The showreel should be included on the same disk but must be uploaded as a separate file. It must not be embedded in the PowerPoint presentation.
- Please write your name on the CD or DVD and attach the portfolio label to the CD case. Please do not attach labels to the disk itself.
- Fine Art Media applicants living outside the UK should send one portfolio on CD-R or DVD only.
- Up to twenty images should be submitted as a PowerPoint presentation with each image no larger than 1Mb.
- Titles should be included for each image including the date the work was made, size and materials.
- Applicants can also include a Quicktime movie/showreel of not more than five minutes' duration and no bigger than 2Gb. (Time-permitting, shortlisted candidates may be able to play longer pieces at interview.)
- The showreel should be included on the same disk but must be uploaded as a separate file. It must not be embedded in the PowerPoint presentation.
- Please write your name on the CD or DVD and attach the portfolio label to the CD case. Please do not attach labels to the disk itself.
Portfolio delivery instructions
- Postal deliveries should be sent to the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT to arrive between Friday 16 January and Wednesday 21 January inclusive. They must arrive no later than Wednesday 21 January.
- Hand deliveries will be accepted at the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB between 10am and 4pm on Friday 23 January and Saturday 24 January.
- Hard copy portfolios (fine art media applicants only) sent by post within the UK must not weigh more than 12kg.
- Hard copy portfolios (fine art media applicants only) sent by post from outside the UK must not weigh more than 2kg.
- Applicants sending portfolios from outside the UK will be liable for any duty or taxes levied on their portfolio by customs and any charges must be paid in advance.
Return of portfolios
- Portfolios on CD-R or DVD only will not be returned and will be disposed of after the admissions process is complete. Send duplicate material only.
- Hard copy portfolios (fine art media applicants only) should be collected in person from the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square on Saturday 31 January or Monday 1 February between 10am and 4pm.
Applicants are informed of the results of the portfolio inspection in writing.
Interview of shortlisted candidates
It is our policy to invite all shortlisted applicants to interview and in 2015 these will take place in the week beginning 23 February. Interviews cannot be conducted at alternative times or by telephone or skype. If you are invited for interview but unable to attend, you must make sure your portfolio is at the Slade to be viewed by the examiners when final decisions are made. Indicate your availability for interview on the application form. Final decisions and offers of admission are made after the interview period is complete.
The application processing fee includes a non-returnable portfolio handling fee of £25. This fee is included in the UCL fee charged when you apply online. Your application will not be considered unless the application processing fee is paid.
MA in Fine Art
Applicants will be required to hold a first degree in Fine Art at second-class UK Honours level or above (or its overseas equivalent) and will be required to satisfy the School that they have an appropriate level of academic achievement. Exceptionally, an applicant with a first degree in a related subject (such as Art History) will be considered, but evidence of a high level of achievement in the chosen studio discipline will also be required.
MFA Fine Art
Applicants will normally be of graduate standing. Exceptionally, an applicant may be considered whose previous education and professional experience are deemed by UCL to be equivalent to graduate level.
Graduate Affiliate Study
Applicants will normally be of degree standing.
English Language Requirement
Students whose education has not been conducted in English must reach a satisfactory level of proficiency in English language before starting their studies at the Slade.
Various English language qualifications are acceptable. For the MA the Good level is required. For the MFA and Graduate Affiliate Study the Standard level is required.
UCL Centre for Languages and International Education offers a range of approved English language courses.
For all enquiries about either the MA or MFA programme, please email us on email@example.com.
The following Scholarships are awarded by the Slade on the basis of merit and nomination by the entrance examiners following the entrance interviews. Please note that all eligible applicants will be considered for all of these scholarships – no further application is required unless you are contacted by the Slade and specifically asked to do so.
Graduate Taught entrants: We are delighted to be able to offer a number of generous MA/MFA studentships for UK/EU students, and three Overseas Graduate Scholarships part-fee waivers for International (non-EU) students entering in September 2015.
The Irving Wernick Scholarship is a new award which is to be offered to an incoming Graduate student for the first time in September 2015. The gift is to be known as the Irving Wernick Scholarship in memory of a Slade alumnus, Irving Wernick. Born in 1923 in Brooklyn, New York U.S.A., Irving was spotted drawing portraits in Washington Square and won a scholarship to the Brooklyn High School of Music and Art, from which he gained a university entrance diploma. From 1941 to 1943 he studied at the Art School of the National Academy of Design in Brooklyn before joining the U.S. Navy in which he served from 1943-46. Following the war, he went on to Cornell University where he studied History of Greek, Roman and Renaissance Art. Travel to Florence to study at the Academy of Fine Arts followed and it was here that he met his wife, Doreen who was working there as a governess, having completed her own university education at Kings College London. They returned to London together to get married and Irving then studied at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1952-55 under Professor William Coldstream and John Aldridge A.R.A. A gift in his name will now be awarded to an incoming Graduate student working primarily in portraiture or figuratively on entry to the School.
The Sarabande Foundation Scholarship is a new award which offers one fully funded MA/MFA studentship for a UK/EU student and will be bestowed on the basis of artistic merit, combined with demonstrated financial need. Nominated candidates will be invited to apply specifically for this scholarship after the Entrance Examinations with successful applicants invited to a Sarabande Scholarship interview.
The Euan Uglow Memorial Scholarship is an entrance scholarship, open to any degree student. The value of the award is £2,000 and is payable in equal instalments at the beginning of each year of the programme.
The Herbert Seaborn Memorial Scholarship of £1,000 is awarded annually for achievement to an undergraduate or graduate student entering their final year of study.
The Nancy Balfour Trust Scholarship is open to any undergraduate or graduate student. The value of the award is £2,500 paid in equal instalments at the beginning of each year of the programme.
The Thomas Scholarship is open to any undergraduate or graduate student. The value of the award is £5,000 paid in equal instalments at the beginning of each year of the programme.
Each year the Slade Bursary Committee awards a large number of £500 Bursaries, funded by donations from the Friends of the Slade and other benefactors to students with particularly difficult financial circumstances. All students are eligible to apply.
The Boise Travel Scholarship is open to students who have completed their studies and are normally resident in the UK. The scholarship is usually worth between £4,000 and £9,000.
The Dolbey Travel Scholarship for £3,000 is awarded annually to a Slade student in his or her final year.
The Duveen Travel Scholarship is open to Slade students normally resident in the UK. The scholarship, for travel and research during the summer vacation, is for approximately £3,000.
The Adrian Carruthers Memorial Award provides a free ACME studio for one year plus a bursary of £6,000 to an outstanding completing graduate student, to be taken up in his/her first year after graduation.
The Anthony Dawson Prize and Award will be
gifted annually for the next five years in memoriam of Mr Anthony
Dawson. The two prizes will be awarded to students who exhibit
excellence in printmaking as follows:
- The £1,000 Anthony Dawson Print Award will be awarded to one continuing student, either undergraduate or graduate, at the end of their first year.
- The £1,500 Anthony Dawson Print Prize will be awarded to one final year student, either undergraduate or graduate, as a graduation prize.
The Barto Dos Santos Memorial Award of £5,000 is for outstanding achievement by a final year graduate student.
The Berenice Goodwin Prize of £500 is awarded annually to a graduating student for achievement in performance.
The Chadwell Award - graduating postgraduate students are to be offered the opportunity this year to apply to the Chadwell Award. This annual competition for final year Fine Art postgraduates aims to provide a bridge between art school and professional practice by giving a recent graduate a free studio in Bow, East London for one year together with a bursary of £5000. Different institutions are targeted each year and Slade students will benefit from the opportunity to be considered in 2015.
The Chelsea Arts Club Special Projects Award of £2,000 is made annually to a continuing MA or MFA student to help them with the cost of their studies and materials in their final year. The Award also includes one year's membership of the Chelsea Arts Club.
The Clare Winsten Memorial Award is for a Slade graduate or graduating female UK student to enable them to develop their creative talents. One or two awards of £10,000 are available each year.
The Jeremy Cubitt Prize of £500 is an annual award for excellence in painting, for a student preferably from the east end of London.
The Julia Wood Prize for Excellent Use of Space of £100 is awarded in recognition of excellence in articulating spatial constructs.
The Julian Sullivan Award of £500 is awarded annually in June for achievement in fine art media.
The Kenneth Armitage Sculpture Prize of £1,000 is awarded to a Slade student periodically by the Kenneth Armitage Foundation for achievement in sculpture. It is for a graduating sculpture student or a continuing graduate sculpture student.
The Land Securities Award provides a free studio space for one year and an exhibition to an outstanding completing graduate student, to be taken up in his/her first year after graduation.
The Peter and Betty McLean Prize of £1,000 is awarded anually to a final year graduate student.
The Slade is invited to nominate candidates for the annual Red Mansion Art Prize. The prize is a residency in China for a continuing graduate student.
The William Coldstream Prize of £1,000 is awarded annually in June as a purchase prize for outstanding achievement.
A number of small Sessional Prizes are awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Slade Professor. They include the Alfred W Rich Scholarship; the Henry Tonks Prize, the Prankerd-Jones Memorial Prize; the Slade Prize and the Steer Medal and Prize.
Yes, all applicants are encouraged to visit the Slade and there are a number of opportunities to do so.
Ideally, you should come on a Tour of the School during the autumn term; this is bookable online. These are held on a fortnightly basis on Wednesdays at 12.00 noon and you will have a talk by a member of academic staff and the opportunity to ask questions, followed by a tour.
In the last week of the autumn term (usually around early - mid-December there is an Open Studios event where you can meet academic staff, see the School and spend some time at the event, perhaps listening to a crit or talking to current students. For details, click here. Booking is not required.
If you miss the Tours and Open Studios, but you are shortlisted for interview, you will have an opportunity to meet a current graduate student and have a tour of the building on the day of your interview.
You can also visit the end of year Degree Shows in June.
Please note that the studios are private working spaces and ad hoc or unplanned visits can not be arranged.
We offer two graduate programmes, the two academic year MFA in Fine Art and the two calendar year MA in Fine Art. For information on programme content, please see above.
All applicants for the MA in Fine Art, the MFA in Fine Art and Graduate Affiliate Study should Apply Online by 1 January.
No, late applications will not be considered.
MFA applicants should include a study proposal in the Supplementary Personal Statement on the application form outlining the projected nature of their study and research on the programme. Describe your academic interests and reasons for applying. Outline the ways in which you will use the programme, resources and staff expertise at the Slade (and UCL) to develop your work and ideas. Include any relevant professional achievements. MFA applicants do not need to submit a separate Research Proposal or writing sample.
Yes, submit your study proposal in the Supplementary Personal Statement on the application form outlining the projected nature of your study and research on the programme, focusing in particular on your studio work. Describe your academic interests and reasons for applying. Outline the ways in which you will use the programme, resources and staff expertise at the Slade (and UCL) to develop your work and ideas. Include any relevant professional achievements. MA applicants should also upload a Research Proposal (two A4 pages) containing a clear and succinct statement of your proposed area of theoretical research which includes a working title for your history and theory dissertation; the reason why you have chosen the subject; a summary of the knowledge you already have of the subject; the objectives for the research; what areas of study you think the research will involve; what methods you will employ in the research; what sources you will use for the research, i.e., libraries, museums etc, and a brief bibliography. MA applicants must also upload a recent piece of written work 2,500 - 3,000 words in length (upload this as the Additional Document).
If English is not your first language you must provide recent evidence that your command of the English language is adequate for you to benefit fully from the programme at the Slade. This may be either substantial education (minimum twelve months) or work experience (minimum eighteen months) conducted in English and undertaken no more than three years prior to enrolment, or an acceptable English language qualification or test result awarded no more than three years prior to enrolment. For full details of the qualifications that are acceptable and the minimum levels required in them, please see UCL's English Language Proficiency Requirement.
The UCL Language Centre offers a one-year Diploma in English for Academic Purposes with Academic Research Skills and a range of shorter pre-sessional programmes. These are recognised for the purpose of satisfying UCL's English language proficiency requirement.
Yes, you can. You will need to demonstrate that your experience and portfolio are of comparable quality to applicants who have studied Fine Art at undergraduate level. Your previous degree may be in a related discipline, e.g. architecture or art history, or you may have graduated some time ago but built a career as a practising artist independently. The strength and appropriateness of your portfolio, study proposal and cv will be crucial in determining whether or not your application is suitable.
All applicants should Apply Online and submit a portfolio for consideration by the entrance examiners.
Information on format specifications for your portfolio can be found in Admissions.
Portfolios can be delivered by post or by hand, but they must arrive according to the times, dates and instructions in Admissions. If your portfolio is late, we can not guarantee that it will be considered.
Yes, but if you want someone else to collect your portfolio, you should give them a letter signed by you authorising this.
Applicants shortlisted at the Portfolio Inspection will receive a letter from the Slade (either by post or email) inviting them to interview. Unsuccessful applicants will receive an email from the UCL Admissions Office. All applicants will be able to check the progress of their application through the UCL Portal.
No. Applicants shortlisted at the Portfolio Inspection are invited to attend a personal interview at the Slade with their portfolio and further work.
If you are invited for interview and are unable to attend at the time you have been given, call or email the person who has sent you the letter giving details as soon as possible. Alternative dates and times can only be arranged during the scheduled interview week, where space is available.
All shortlisted applicants are invited for personal interview, regardless of where they live. We understand that not all candidates can attend if they live overseas, though you are encouraged to do so if possible. If you can not attend, you must make sure your portfolio is available for viewing by the entrance examiners during the interview week.
Successful applicants will receive an offer letter in the post from UCL Admissions Office. You will be able to view your offer letter via the UCL portal. You should respond to the offer through the UCL portal as soon as possible. Applicants who are unsuccessful at interview will receive an email from the UCL Admissions Office.
Offers may be 'unconditional', which means that you have already satisfied the entry requirements, or 'conditional' if they are subject to you completing a course you are currently taking, or passing any exams you may have pending, or on obtaining certain grades. Applicants with conditional offers should inform the UCL Admissions Office of their results as soon as they receive them.
Deferrals are granted only in the most exceptional circumstances. If you wish to defer your place, you must apply in writing (to the Co-ordinator of Academic Affairs at the Slade) outlining the reasons. In most cases, we prefer candidates to reapply. This enables the examiners to view your most recent work.
If you enrol on the MFA and then decide you would like to transfer to the MA, you should speak to the head of history and theory of art as soon as possible and arrange to sit in on the MA history and theory classes from the start of the autumn term. This will enable you to familiarise yourself with the programme before you make a final decision. You will be asked to hand in a sample of written work and an MA proposal and these will be considered by the history and theory of art staff and a decision will be made as to whether or not you can transfer before the end of the first term. Your head of studio area will also need to approve the application to transfer.
If you enrol on the MA and then decide you would like to transfer to the MFA you can do so with the approval of your head of studio area and the head of history and theory of art. This should be done as soon as possible within the first year of the programme.
Please note that if you are in receipt of a grant or scholarship, it may not be possible transfer.
If you are unclear about the differences between the two programmes, please see above.
We have a number of small scholarships. Recipients are nominated during
the summer by the Slade Scholarships and Prizes Committee. There is no
application procedure, all students who have confirmed their place are
considered and nominations are made primarily according to entrance
examination performance and academic merit. See Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes.
You are strongly advised to begin your search for funding opportunities as soon as possible as many deadlines are very early. In the past graduate students at the Slade have been successful in achieving funding from a range of organisations including the following: British Council, Association of Commonwealth Universities, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, IKY, Samstag Scholarship, SAAS, Pola Art Foundation, DAAD, Inlaks Foundation and Charles Wallace India Trust.
Please see UCL's Frequently Asked Questions about postgraduate admissions.