The Slade welcomes students from all over the world to its degree programmes. It also provides opportunities for international students at all levels to study at the Slade for shorter periods of time as affiliate students. For undergraduates the Slade has exchange agreements with a number of schools internationally providing the opportunity for Slade BA and BFA students to study abroad.
All undergraduates are eligible to apply for study abroad for one term. These international exchanges normally take place in the first term of the third year for BA students and the first term of the second year for BFA students. The Slade currently has exchange agreements with schools in the United States, Europe, Israel and China. The European exchanges are part of the European Union Erasmus Programme.
Academy of Fine Arts, Städelschule, Frankfurt
Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York
École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris
Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China
Malmö Art Academy
New York Studio School
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Independent Studio Programme
The Slade offers a small number of places to undergraduate affiliate students of proven ability and commitment to study on the full-time Independent Studio Programme, specialising in painting, sculpture or fine art media. Affiliate students follow the same studio programme as students studying on the BA and BFA in Fine Art. Students work in the studios and are assigned to a tutorial group which meets regularly. They are expected to be highly motivated and, under the guidance of their personal tutor, able to generate and sustain their own programme of work. Members of the teaching staff of the undergraduate school are available for tutorials and students are expected to participate fully in studio and seminar programmes. First-hand study of works of art in galleries and museums is an essential part of the course.
All BA students at the Slade attend courses in the history and theory of art and affiliate students may select a course according to their needs, in consultation with the head of taught courses in history and theory of art. They are expected to complete the assessed work for the course. Exchange students may elect to take History and Theory courses, subject to availability.
The Slade also organises a series of Contemporary Art Lectures featuring distinguished speakers from both the UK and overseas, which is open to all students.
There are three terms in the academic year and students may enrol on the affiliate programme for
- the whole year (24 weeks full-time + 3-6 weeks revision study/assessment), commencing in September
- for the autumn term only (12 weeks full-time)
- for the spring and summer terms (12 weeks full-time + 3-6 weeks revision study/assessment)
Formal teaching takes place in the first two terms, autumn and spring. The summer term is reserved for revision and assessment. The programme provides 32 US credits/60 ECTS for the full year or 16 US credits/30 ECTS for either autumn or spring/summer terms respectively.
Application procedure for Undergraduate Affiliate Study
Applicants for the Undergraduate Independent Studio Programme must discuss their course selection with their academic adviser in their home university to ensure that the Independent Studio Programme will provide them with an appropriate credit load and course content. For details of how to apply, see the Application and Study pages in the UCL Study Abroad Guide. Applicants must select the module SSFA0036 Independent Studio Programme in Fine Art. Applicants must also send a portfolio of art work to the Slade. Send a digital portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org via email or UCL Dropbox with up to twenty images (each not more than 1mb) as a PowerPoint presentation. Notes should be included for each image including the title of the work, size, date and materials. Applicants with time-based or performance elements to their work may include a showreel with a maximum duration time of five minutes in QuickTime, no bigger than 2Gb. The showreel should be uploaded as a separate file. It must not be embedded in the PowerPoint presentation.
The application form must be completed online. The deadline for applications for study commencing in September is 31 March. The deadline for application for study commencing in January is 30 September.
Students of degree standing may enrol full-time at the Slade to work alongside students studying for the MA and MFA. Students specialise in painting, sculpture or fine art media. (For further details see studio programmes in the MA and MFA in Fine Art.) All students are allocated studio space and a tutorial group and are expected to develop their own programme of work with tutorial guidance and technical support.
MA students at the Slade attend courses in history and theory of art and graduate affiliate students may select a course according to their needs, in consultation with history and theory of art staff. They are expected to complete the assessed work for the course chosen. Exchange students may elect to take History and Theory courses, subject to availability. If this is a requirement of your home institution, please indicate this in your application.
The Slade also offers a series of Contemporary Art Lectures which features distinguished speakers both from the UK and abroad, open to all students.
For application procedures, see Graduate Admissions.
The Slade offers students of outstanding quality, registered for research degrees in other institutions, the opportunity to study in the School for three months to one year a Visiting Research Student. Usually such applications are from students resident overseas for whom a period of study in London is an integral part of their research. Programmes and supervision are arranged on an entirely individual basis.