Short courses


Generation Text: Generative Writing in Visual Culture (Summer School Short Course)

  • 18 hours
  • 3 days


The history of 20th and 21st century visual culture is entangled with the production of text of all kinds, both about art and as art. A key theme in this period is exploring ways in which creative decisions can be made by some kind of autonomous process, using strategies such as chance, appropriation, game-playing and algorithm design.

On this three-day course you'll develop your own work by tracing the history of key artists and writers in generative writing.

The course runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day. You'll also have the option of attending extra-curricular events such as talks and exhibitions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

This course is part of the annual summer school run by the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL.

Course content and structure

You'll explore the world of generative writing, from the Dadaists to contemporary practitioners using artificial intelligence, by trying out the textual techniques they used, such as:

  • drawing
  • collage
  • print
  • audio recording
  • performance
  • photography
  • video
  • computer programming
  • simply writing

In this way, you'll investigate how moments of authorship that occur when making any artwork can be situated, displaced or erased. Thereby scrutinising notions of authenticity, originality, meaning and the existence and character of the self.

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for all levels of experience. You don't need any prior experience.


You can request an attendance certificate after completing the course. These can only be supplied during the year you take the course and can't be produced retrospectively.


This workshop costs £240.

A 10% discount is available for UCL current students and staff. You'll be asked to enter your UPI number (available on your UCL ID card) when booking.

Course fees must be paid in full at the time of booking.

Only basic materials will be provided. Once you've been accepted onto the course you'll be sent details of the materials you'll need.

Slade Summer School

The Slade Summer School offers a unique opportunity for you to work within the studios and vibrant atmosphere of the Slade - a world-renowned school of fine art. 

You'll become part of a wider community of artists and will have a real sense of studying in an art school environment among Slade students and alumni. You'll test your abilities while learning new skills and different approaches to making art.

You can take part in a lively range of extra-curricular activities, including: 

  • art history lectures and artist talks introducing the varied contexts and histories of fine art
  • exhibition openings and talks by Slade undergraduate and postgraduate students about their work
  • a series of artists' projects run by Slade tutors, alumni and recently graduated student residents - you'll be invited into these studio spaces to discuss the works with the artists 

Evening events take place at 5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

Take an extended programme of multiple courses

Many different one, two and three-week courses are available. You can build a personalised programme of study by taking a series of short courses over the ten-week period. 

Please call the Summer School team if you'd like do this - they have detailed knowledge of the curriculum and can help you plan a programme.

All the Summer School courses available are listed on the Slade website.

Further information

Read more about this course and others on the Slade website, which provides information about booking and cancellations.

Course team

All tutors are practising artists

All tutors are practising artists

The tutor for this course is Patrick White.

Course information last modified: 29 Oct 2021, 09:01