Short courses


Progressing Painting: Ideas, Strategies and Solutions (Summer School Short Course)

  • 60 hours
  • 2 weeks


This intensive two-week course will help you develop and advance your painting practice in a dedicated studio environment with support from tutors specialising in painting.

The course aims to help you: 

  • develop your work through discussion with fellow students and tutors
  • expand your knowledge of artists and artworks
  • engage with a new artist community

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

At the start of the course you'll present an idea for a new body of work, which will evolve throughout the two weeks. You'll show your work in development at a group exhibition at the end of the course.

Each tutor will run a practical workshop outlining a strategy they use in their own practice, to help you develop your visual research. These workshops will cover the basics, such as colour and form, and the more experimental concepts of chance and collaboration.

You'll take part in one-to-one tutorials, group critiques and reading groups. These will run alongside visits to an artist's studio and a guided tour of a museum.

Who this course is for

This course is designed for those who have a pre-existing painting practice they wish to develop and advance.

It's for those who:

  • already have an existing practice that includes painting
  • need support developing their ideas
  • want to be part of a dialogue placed within a contemporary art context
  • are willing to contribute to critical analysis of fellow students' work, and receive constructive criticism of their own practice
  • have an open attitude that will enable experimental approaches which will produce unexpected results


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 two-week course costs £800.

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

Tutors: Rose Davey, Ross Taylor, and Sarah Kate Wilson.

Course information last modified: 29 Oct 2021, 11:28