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.
Slade facilities and infrastructure for research support the discourse around painting, sculpture and fine art media. In the recent 2008 RAE, 70% of the department’s research activity was recognised as being in the top two categories of 4* world leading or 3* — internationally excellent. This result confirms the Slade as one of England’s leading university departments for research in Fine Art.
Studio space and facilities have been expanded and enhanced in recent years and a large research centre and project space has been established in the Woburn Square studios. The Slade offers two undergraduate programmes, the BA and the BFA in Fine Art; two Masters programmes, the MA and MFA in Fine Art; the MPhil/PhD in Fine Art, plus affiliate student programmes at all levels. Each taught programme is studio-based and students develop their own work with tutorial and technical assistance according to their individual needs. The Slade also provides a range of short courses and an annual Summer School.
The Slade’s foundation in 1871 was the result of a bequest from Felix Slade who envisaged a school where fine art would be studied within a liberal arts university. UCL is one of the leading research universities in the world and increasingly provides opportunities for students and staff to develop collaborative projects and interdisciplinary research initiatives. In addition to UCL’s extensive academic facilities, the Slade’s location in the centre of London enables easy access to a wide range of unparalleled learning resources including many important galleries, museums, libraries, cultural institutions and theatres.