The MFA Fine Art is a practice-based, research-centred programme with a critical studies component, supported by seminars arising from the creative and critical interests of students and staff. Students are admitted into one of three subject areas: Painting, Sculpture or Fine Art Media, which includes electronic media, photography, print, film and video.
Modes and duration
The MFA is taught over two academic years (18 months; September-June in each year).
Tuition fees (2021/22)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
MFA applicants should normally be of graduate standing with evidence of a high level of achievement in the chosen studio discipline also being required. Exceptionally, an applicant may be considered whose previous education and professional experience are deemed by UCL to be equivalent to graduate level.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
The MFA programme provides an intellectual and creative environment in which talented fine art graduates may develop their individual potential as professional artists and researchers in their chosen studio area; whilst developing a critical awareness of the broadening intellectual and cultural contexts of fine art.
The Fine Art MFA (240 Credits) is an integrated degree programme and does not have a modular structure.
The programme consists of practice-based work (100%) in the student's chosen subject area, and critical studies which are assessed on a pass/fail basis.
Upon successful completion of 240 credits, you will be awarded a MFA in Fine Art.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
There are no core modules for this programme.
- Years 1 and 2 Practice-based work in your chosen specialism
- Year 2 Critical Studies Presentation and Text
There are no optional modules for this programme.
Assessment is by submission of the critical study text and an oral presentation, and final examination of practice-based work.
Teaching and learning
A practice-based programme, students develop their work with tutorial and technical assistance according to individual need. The taught component is delivered through lectures, seminars, critiques, tutorials and workshops, but primarily demands individual investigation. Year two prioritises supervised individual research.
The Slade has a media store where media equipment can be borrowed. You will need to supply your own materials, including for the final exam. You will also need to pay for entry to any galleries or shows.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
The UCL Slade School of Fine Art has numerous departmental prizes, awards and scholarships available to graduate students.
Please see the UCL Slade website for further information.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
The programme aims to develop students' individual potential in the field of fine art. It also provides an excellent foundation for further doctoral research. Recent graduates have established international careers as professional artists, receiving important commissions, gaining gallery representation, winning major prizes and residencies, as well as developing new artist-led initiatives. Others have roles in related careers, for instance, curation, museum and gallery management and education, worldwide.
News and achievements of alumni including recent graduates are detailed on the news section of the Slade School website.
Outside of UCL the Slade has an established partnership and networks working with organisations and professionals in the field of art. In addition, there are several studio residency awards to help launch graduate students, which have included the Red Mansion Art Prize of a residency in China and an annual competition for residencies at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, China, which are offered subject to travel restrictions.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Slade School of Fine Art at UCL is one of the UK's leading university departments for research in Fine Art, approaching the study and practice of art in an enquiring, investigative, creative and experimental way.
All academic studio staff are artists, actively involved in research as well as teaching, and have a diverse range of interests and expertise.
The UCL Slade School's London location enables easy access to unparalleled learning resources including major galleries, museums, libraries, cultural institutions and theatres.
Department: Slade School of Fine Art
What our students and staff say
"Through teaching, I am concerned with the ways in which the contemporary painter considers, believes or understands that knowledge of methods and materials is relevant to the creative process."
Ms Jo VolleyFine Art MPhil/PhD, Fine Art MA, Fine Art MFA
Application and next steps
Please note that due to the competition for places, applications will not be accepted after the deadline. You must also submit a portfolio. Details for portfolio submission will be sent to you once you have submitted your UCL application. Applicants will be considered for Slade scholarships as part of the admissions process.
This programme only requires one reference in support of your application. Your reference should be academic unless you have been out of university education for more than four years. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
There is an application processing fee for Slade School of Fine Art programmes of £35 for online applications and £60 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
Having received a good grounding in art or a related field at undergraduate level, the emphasis for graduate students is on advanced personal research as a thorough preparation for professional practice and/or further doctoral study in the field.
- All applicants
- 5 January 2021
Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances. All candidates are required to submit a portfolio for inspection with shortlisted candidates being invited for interview at the Slade.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Fine Art at graduate level
- why you want to study Fine Art at the UCL Slade School of Fine Art
- how you will use the programme, staff and resources to develop your work
- how your academic and/or professional background has prepared you for the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with your portfolio and essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to demonstrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
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