Slade School of Fine Art



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 on Wednesday 13 December 2017 from 10am - 3pm 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 5 January 2018. All applicants for the MA in Fine Art, the MFA in Fine Art and Graduate Affiliate Study should Apply Online. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances.

The Online Application

Applicants must complete the online form. All applicants should use the Supplementary Personal Statement section on the online application form to submit a study proposal 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.

All applicants must also 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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Reference should be uploaded by 17th January 2018.

Entrance Examination

All applicants must submit a portfolio for consideration by the entrance examiners. The portfolio inspection takes place in late January. Once you have submitted your application, you will be sent the instructions and link to the Slideroom portfolio site. Please note that the deadline for portfolios to be submitted is 11.59pm (GMT) on Friday, 12th January 2018.

Format of Portfolio

Painting and Sculpture

Fine Art Media

Results of Portfolio Inspection

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 2018 these will take place in the week beginning 19 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.

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 Advanced 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

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