December 4, 2017

Call for applications 2018: MA/MFA Fine Art

Slade School of Fine Art, University College London

View of Yarli Allison, Baby You Can Go Anywhere, Slade Graduate Degree Show 2017.

The Slade School of Fine Art is currently welcoming MA/MFA Fine Art applications for 2018 entry.

The Slade is a vibrant and dynamic art school at the forefront of education in contemporary Fine Art with an established history of excellence. Located at the heart of UCL, and in the centre of London, the Slade brings together students from countries throughout the world, offering a creative and stimulating environment in which to develop their individual practice.

The Slade offers two Masters degrees in Fine Art: an MA and an MFA. The MA is a two calendar year (24 month) studio based programme with a History and Theory of Art component. The MFA is a two academic year (18 month) studio based programme including a Critical Studies component.

For 2018/19 entrants, we are delighted to be able to offer a range of scholarships for UK/EU students and partial fee-waivers for Overseas students in addition to those offered by UCL. All eligible students will be considered for these at the point of admission. Full information on fees, funding, scholarships, bursaries and prizes can be found at

Students on the MA and MFA follow the same studio course and work alongside each other in their chosen studio discipline of Painting, Sculpture or Fine Art Media (which includes electronic media, photography, print, film, video, sound and performance). Both programmes provide an intellectual and creative environment in which to develop your individual potential as a professional artist, conducting independent research in your chosen area of study in an open, experimental and imaginative studio based environment.

The studio programme is delivered through studio critiques, tutorials, workshops and lectures. In the first year the emphasis is placed on investigation and experimentation, as well as developing theoretical and technical skills. The second year builds on and consolidates the learning and experimentation of the first year in readiness for the final degree show, and a career as a practicing artist.

All studio staff are practicing artists with significant exhibition profiles, and our History and Theory of Art staff are scholars with established public profiles. Artists contribute as Honorary Research Associates to our Research Projects and research culture. There is a lively programme of visiting artists as well as a Contemporary Art Lecture series. Recent visitors include Aaron Angell, Peter Doig, Alanna Heiss, Isaac Julien, William Kentridge, Eddie Peake, Amalia Pica, Hoor Al Qasimi, Daniel Richter, Prem Sahib, Bridget Smith, Sinta Tantra, and Luc Tuymans.

There are a number of professional practice opportunities including commission competitions and awards offered to Slade students on the course. Recent commissioned artworks include a site-specific painting for the entrance of UCL's Grant Museum and performance events at Camden Arts Centre. Awards include the Red Mansion Prize, which comprises a month residency in Beijing, China; a number of studio awards and artist residencies for graduating students, and generous travel awards including the prestigious Boise travel scholarship.

Our facilities include Slade workshops for print, 3-D print, bookbinding, electronic media, sculpture, painting, photography, film, video and sound. A range of research initiatives take place throughout the year at the Slade Research Centre in Woburn Square. Our students have access to a wide range of other facilities within UCL, including its many libraries, the UCL Art Museum and UCL’s Institute of Making—see Our location in the centre of London enables easy access to a wide range of unparalleled learning and cultural resources, including many galleries, museums, libraries, cultural institutions and theatres.

Application deadline and procedures
Graduate open studios: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 with application deadline for entry in September 2018: January 5, 2018.

For details of our admissions and portfolio inspection procedures, please see our website.

We welcome applications from UK/EU and International students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Candidates interested in PhD-level study should consult the Slade’s PhD page.

Please contact us on slade.enquiries [​at​] for all enquiries.

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