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You can visit the Slade Degree Shows, which take place in May and June 2024. Please note that the studios are private working spaces and ad hoc or unplanned visits can not be arranged.

Application procedure for the MFA and MA Fine Art

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 8 January 2024. The deadline for portfolio upload is 5pm, 9 January 2024. All applicants for the MA and the MFA Fine Art 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.

MA applicants only should also upload:

  • 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.
  • A recent piece of written work 2,500 - 3,000 words in length (upload this as the Additional Document).

Please combine these into one file and upload as a single additional document.


When you have completed the online form and entered contact emails for your referee, they will be contacted automatically giving them instructions on how to upload their reference. All applications must include one reference that must be uploaded by your referee. The reference is an important part of the application and it is your responsibility to ensure that your referee uploads their reference promptly so that the entrance examiners have it when they view your portfolio. It is recommended that you complete the online application in advance of the deadline to give your referee time to complete their reference and, as courtesy, give your referee plenty of notice that you intend to apply.

The reference should be uploaded by 5pm, 9 January.

Entrance Examination

All applicants are required to submit one portfolio for inspection by the Slade admissions tutors. 

Once you have submitted the application, you will receive an email from UCL inviting you to submit your portfolio. Please allow up to a week for this email to arrive.

Applicants submitting the digital portfolio should submit up to twenty images with each image no larger than 5MB. Titles should be included for each image including the date the work was made, size and materials. Applicants with time-based or performance elements to their work may include a showreel with a maximum duration time of five minutes, no larger than 450MB. We also encourage applicants to upload a short video featuring pages from sketchbooks, up to 450MB.

Once you receive the portfolio submission request:

  1. Complete the first Microsoft Form. This will trigger a OneDrive folder to be created for you.
  2. You will receive an email with the link to your unique folder. Please read the instructions within the folder carefully and submit your portfolio.
  3. Complete the second Microsoft Form. This will close your folder and submit the portfolio to the Slade.

If portfolios are not sent in the specified format, they will not be viewed and your application will be rejected. See the Portfolio upload video for help.

Results of Portfolio Inspection

Applicants are informed of the results of the portfolio inspection through the UCL application system.

Interview of shortlisted candidates

We expect interviews to take place in the week of 19-22 February 2024.

If you are selected for interview, you will be sent a date and time. Interviews are planned to take place using Microsoft Teams.

Entrance Requirements

Details of entrance requirements, including grades for international qualifications and English language requirements can be found in the UCL Prospectus.


For all enquiries about either the MA or MFA programme, please email us on