What will I learn?

This four-year programme comprises three areas of practice: painting, fine art media and sculpture, with an integrated history and theory of art component. All of our practice-based staff are practising artists and scholars with significant exhibition and public profiles. Our students also benefit from the vast cultural resources that London offers.

The programme comprises three practice areas: painting, fine art media and sculpture. The programme is practice-based and you are expected to develop your own work with tutorial and technical assistance from a specialist team of academic and technical staff. Seminars and tutorial groups ensure that the three practice areas have a forum for the exchange of ideas. You will also benefit from a programme of visiting artists, gallery visits (when possible) and other events that aim to develop exciting and rigorous debate. Areas are mixed together in the studio spaces (subject to Covid regulations) providing a lively cross-fertilisation of ideas and practice.

Degree benefits

  • Each student is allocated their own studio space each year. This can be accessed in line with the current Covid guidelines. First-year students explore each area on rotation during the first year.

  • All undergraduates may apply for international exchanges. The Slade has exchange agreements with art schools in China, Europe, Israel and the United States, which are offered on a competitive basis. Please note that exchanges may be limited by Covid travel restrictions.

  • The Slade's location, close to many important galleries, museums, libraries and theatres, provides opportunities to access a wide range of learning resources and research.

Your learning

The BA is practice-based, with an emphasis on self-initiated work. This is supported by one-to-one and group tutorials, across-school events, critiques, contemporary art lectures and the History and Theory of Art courses. Technical inductions, workshops and one-to-one technical instruction are provided according to each student's academic needs.


You will be assessed through tutorial reports, annual assessment of your practice-based work, and coursework in History and Theory of Art. Your final assessment will be based on a combination of your History and Theory of Art coursework results and a final exam.


The programme aims to:

  • develop the individual intelligence, research interests and skills you bring with you to the school
  • develop your critical awareness and understanding of fine art and its contexts
  • provide the intellectual and practical resources to enable you to realise your creative potential as a professional artist.

Most Slade graduates become professional artists but you will leave UCL with a range of skills to branch out into a variety of careers in the creative professions and beyond. You will have built up practical, transferable and academic skills and these, alongside any experience you may have gained outside your degree, will widen your career options.

Which department am I in?

Slade School of Fine Art

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£31,200.00 (US$ 42,287) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2022


Main Site


Gower Street,



WC1E 6BT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

No specific subjects required. Contextual Offers: please visit the course webpage for further details about our Access UCL scheme.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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