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MPhil/PhD Fine Art

 Course Level
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

17190 GBP
4770 GBP
24410 GBP

Application fee

International 75 GBP
National 75 GBP
Arts and Humanities
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)92

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About this course


Focusing on fine art research, we aim to help fulfil students’ aspirations as practising artists and writers. We place emphasis on interdisciplinary connections, and students network regularly with doctoral students across UCL and the London Arts & Humanities Partnership, gaining experience relevant to their careers as professional artists, writers, academics and researchers.

In addition to the subject disciplines of painting, sculpture and fine art media, PhD students relate to the wider Slade research themes through their supervisory teams. Current themes include: Performance; Bronze Lab; Materials Research; Land Art and the Culture of Landscape; Pain and the Image; SCEMFA, Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art (SCEMFA); Word and Image; Transcultural Art.

Students graduating from the UCL Slade School doctoral research programme have, in the last three years, gone on to establish international careers as professional artists, progressed to academic careers nationally and internationally and have established profiles in a range of related fields including art writing and criticism, and curating in galleries, museums and project spaces.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Postdoctoral Early Career Research Fellow, UCL
  • Artist and Lecturer, University of Pretoria
  • Head of Fine Art, Ozafin Akademija likovnih umjetnosti, Zagreb
  • Artist, Curator and Lecturer, Nanyang and Lassalle College of the Arts, Singapore
  • Artistic Engagement Director, C-Lab
  • Senior Lecturer, University of the Arts London

The UCL Slade School doctoral programme aims to develop students' individual potential and most graduates go on to become professional artists, receiving important public and private commissions, gaining gallery representation, winning major prizes and international artist residencies, as well as developing new artist-led initiatives worldwide. Others have taken on roles in related careers including curating, museum and gallery management, teaching and many other crucial roles within the creative industries both in the UK and overseas. News and achievements of alumni including recent graduates are detailed on the UCL Slade School website.

Final-year PhD students take part in the UCL Slade School Graduate Degree Shows, which are very well attended by gallerists, curators, critics and art collectors and provide an excellent public exhibition forum for graduates to showcase their work. Partnerships outside of UCL include: Junction: A North London Cultural Consortium, comprising the Slade, Camden Arts Centre, Central Saint Martins, UAL, Cubitt, The Place, UCLH Arts, and the Wellcome Collection. We are also a member of EARN, the European Art Research Network of Fine Art doctoral programmes

Why study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Slade School provides excellent workshop and research facilities. Primary supervisors are drawn from school staff, all of whom are practising artists or scholars in the history and theory of art, with national and international profiles. Secondary supervision is also available from renowned scholars and specialist throughout UCL, including the sciences where appropriate.

MPhil/PhD students have strong links to taught programmes at the UCL Slade School. Students also have access to the school-wide lecture and visiting artists programme and can attend MA/MFA studio seminars with the painting, sculpture and fine art media areas.

We offer postgraduate teaching assistantships on BA and BFA programmes for PhD students. Teaching assistantships are supported by training and mentoring.

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Eligibility Criteria

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must hold an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or its overseas equivalent and will normally be expected to have studied to UK Master’s level, or its overseas equivalent, in either fine art or in art history/theoretical studies.

English Language Requirements

  • If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
  • The English language level for this programme is: Good

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Course Modules

Research areas

The UCL Slade School offers a choice between the following three options within the PhD programme:

  • Practice-led: a thesis of studio practice and a written report of 15,000–40,000 words
  • Practice-related: a written thesis of 60,000–80,000 words with studio practice
  • Written thesis only 80,000–100,000 words

Our focus is on subject areas with the UCL Slade School (painting, sculpture and fine art media) and on interdisciplinary research between fine art and other disciplines. Students are encouraged to explore a diversity of research outputs including the visual and verbal, exhibitions, events, performances, collaborations, publications and conferences and to share their work with research institutions and the wider public at both national and international level.

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How to Apply

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