The Slade School

The Slade School of Fine Art is concerned with contemporary art and the practice, history and theories that inform it. It approaches the study and practice of art in an enquiring, investigative, experimental and research-minded way, consciously contributing to the lively discourses of contemporary art, nationally and internationally. All Slade staff are actively involved in research as well as teaching and between them have a broad and diverse range of interests and expertise.

2005/6 saw the completion of a £1.5m enhancement of Slade facilities and infrastructure for research, including an additional fully equipped digital studio, new studios and refurbished workshop spaces for print and sculpture. There are currently 260 students registered for taught undergraduate and graduate programmes and around a dozen PhD students. There are staff, studios and technical facilities supporting the discourse around painting, sculpture and fine art media. Each taught programme is studio-based and students develop their own work with tutorial and technical assistance according to their individual needs.

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United Kingdom

UCL, Gower Street
Phone: +44 (020) 7679 2313
Fax: +44 (020) 7679 7801

College Photos (2)

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Sample Student Art Work (15)

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Location and Getting there

The Slade is located on the left hand side of the main UCL quad on Gower Street. For maps, see and for public transport links see

Degree Shows
  • Graduate Degree Show 2007 (07-06-2007)

  • Undergraduate Degree Show 2007 (19-05-2007)

  • BA Fine Art Degree Show 2006 (20-05-2006)

  • Academic Staff and Description

    John Aiken Slade Professor, Director
    His research has two parallel strands; each informs the development of the other. The first explores new ways of creating autonomous objects using established and new industrial processes linked to the aesthetic capacity of exotic granites. The second involves large-scale public projects, which respond to architectural space and urban environments. Both aspects involve collaborations with a wide range of researchers and disciplines. Recent solo exhibitions include Form and Enigma, Savage Gallery, Portland, Oregon, Orchard Gallery, Derry and Hockey Gallery, Surrey Institute Farnham. Group exhibitions include No Object, No Subject, No Matter, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and Scultura Internazionale a la Mandria, Turin. Recent large-scale commissions include Temple Quay, Bristol, Curzon Square, London and UCL Hospital.

    Edward Allington Reader, Head of Graduate Sculpture
    Usually identified with the British object sculptors of the 1980s. Allington's practice is based on drawing and the assimilation of the abhorrent through the use of contemporary artificial objects and classical imagery. S...  [ Read All ]

    News and Events

    Tutors' Exhibitions, News and Events

    Eva Rothschild is featuring in How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco from November 28, 2006 - March 24, 2007. See

    AHRC Research Fellow, Janice Kerbel is showing a new commission and publication Deadstar at Stephenson's Works, 20 South Street, Newcastle upon Tyne from 25 January - 3 February. For details, see

    Lecturer, Tim Head will feature in The Future of Sound 2007, a nationwide tour of immersive performances and creative and participatory presentations by artists, musicians, sound-designers and researchers touring to Millennium Galleries, Sheffield 18th Jan; Sage, Gateshead 25th Jan; Arts Centre, Norwich 7th Feb; Goldsmiths, London 1st Mar; Royal College of Art, London 15th Mar and QMUL, London 12 April. See

    AHRC Research Fellow Janice Kerbel is featuring in Habitat at Ontario College of Art and Design until January 27t...  [ Read All ]

    Information For  Undergraduates

    BA in Fine Art:
    The four-year Undergraduate Fine Art course is structured around three studio subject areas: painting, fine art media and sculpture. At the end of the first term of the first year students choose one of the subject areas in which to work. The three subject areas each provide a focused environment in which students can address the practice and theory of that subject. Each subject area has a specialist team of academic and technical staff. Workshops are organised to offer students the opportunity to develop their skills and technical abilities in response to and to assist with, the development of their work. Each subject area runs a programme of visiting tutors, gallery visits and other events pertinent to students' interests and the development of exciting and challenging debate.

    The aims of the programme are to:

    develop the individual visual intelligence each student brings with them to the School;

    develop in each student a critical awareness and understanding of fine art and its contexts;

    provide the intellectual and practical resources to enable each student to realise his or her creative potential as...  [ Read All ]

    Information For  Postgraduates

    MFA, MA in Fine Art
    In 2007/8 there will be around 120 full-time graduate students at the Slade, following Master's programmes. Graduate students at the Slade are part of a large graduate community at UCL with departments covering a wide range of disciplines, including arts and humanities, social and historical sciences, laws, the built environment, engineering, mathematical and physical sciences, life sciences and clinical sciences.

    The Slade offers two taught Master's programmes, the MFA (Master of Fine Art) in Fine Art and the MA (Master of Arts) in Fine Art. In each programme students are admitted into one studio discipline: painting, sculpture or fine art media (which includes electronic media, photography, print, film and video). Students on the MFA and MA follow the same studio programme. The main difference between the MFA and the MA lies in the distinction between the critical studies in the MFA and the history and theory of art in the MA.

    MPhil/PhD in Fine Art
    The Slade is an outstanding centre for research and has been offering the MPhil/PhD in Fine Art since 1994. Registration is normally for the MPhil in the f...  [ Read All ]

    How To Apply

    Application Procedure for BA in Fine Art
    All applications must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applicants still at school or college will be advised on procedures for online application by their institution. Applicants who are resident overseas should contact their nearest British Council office. Other applicants may apply direct at or should contact UCAS, Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ, tel +44 (0)870 112 2211.

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    Visit us (open days)

    Tours of the School for prospective undergraduates take place at 2.00pm every Tuesday from mid-October to the end of the autumn term. Tours for prospective graduate students are arranged by studio area during the second half of the autumn term. These provide an opportunity to see the studios and meet a member of academic staff for general information and questions. To book a date and time, please email or call +44 (0)20 7679 2313.  

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