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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 2014. 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:

  1. An electronic Transcript from your undergraduate degree programme. If you have also taken a Master's programme, you should upload a second transcript.
  2. Your CV.
  3. Those students whose education has not been conducted in the English language should upload their most recent English Language Test Certificate.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).

References

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.

Entrance Examination

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 fifteen 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 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 CD case. Do not attach labels to the disk.

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 fifteen 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 bigger than 2Gb. (Time-permitting, shortlisted candidates may be able to play longer pieces at interview.) 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 CD case. Do not attach labels to the disk.

Fine Art Media applicants living outside the UK should send one portfolio on CD-R or DVD only. Up to fifteen 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 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 CD case. Do not attach labels to the disk.

Portfolio delivery instructions

  1. Postal deliveries should be sent to the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT to arrive between Friday 17 January and Wednesday 22 January inclusive. They must arrive no later than Wednesday 22 January.
  2. Hand deliveries will be accepted at the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB between 10am and 4pm on Friday 24 January and Saturday 25 January.
  3. Hard copy portfolios (fine art media applicants only) sent by post within the UK must not weigh more than 12kg.
  4. Hard copy portfolios (fine art media applicants only) sent by post from outside the UK must not weigh more than 2kg.
  5. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Hard copy portfolios (fine art media applicants only) should be collected in person from the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square on  Saturday 1 February or Monday 3 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 2014 these will take place in the week beginning 24 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.

Handling fee

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.

Entrance Requirements

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.

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