The Slade welcomes students from all over the world to its degree programmes. It also provides opportunities for international students at all levels to study at the Slade for shorter periods of time as affiliate students. For undergraduates the Slade has exchange agreements with a number of schools internationally providing the opportunity for Slade BA and BFA students to study abroad.
All undergraduates are eligible to apply for study abroad for one term. These international exchanges normally take place in the first term of the third year for BA students and the first term of the second year for BFA students. The Slade currently has exchange agreements for 2020/21 with schools in the United States, Europe, Israel and China. Exchanges are offered subject to Covid regulations and restrictions on travel. Some exchanges may not be available in future years.
Academy of Fine Arts, Städelschule, Frankfurt
Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York
École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris
Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China
Malmö Art Academy
New York Studio School
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Independent Studio Programme
The Slade offers a small number of places to undergraduate affiliate students of proven ability and commitment to study on the full-time independent art programme, specialising in painting, sculpture or fine art media. Affiliate students follow the same practice programme as students studying on the BA2 and BFA2 in Fine Art. Students are assigned to a tutorial group which meets regularly. They are expected to be highly motivated and, under the guidance of their personal tutor, able to generate and sustain their own programme of work. Members of the teaching staff of the undergraduate school are available for tutorials and students are expected to participate fully in crit and seminar programmes.
All BA students at the Slade attend courses in the history and theory of art and affiliate students may select a course according to their needs, in consultation with the head of taught courses in history and theory of art. They are expected to complete the assessed work for the course. Exchange students may elect to take History and Theory courses, subject to availability.
The Slade also organises a series of Contemporary Art Lectures featuring distinguished speakers from both the UK and overseas, which is open to all students.
There are three terms in the academic year and students may enrol on the affiliate programme for
- the whole year commencing in September
- for the autumn term only
- for the spring and summer terms
Formal teaching takes place in the first two terms, autumn and spring. The summer term is reserved for revision and assessment. The programme provides 32 US credits/60 ECTS for the full year or 16 US credits/30 ECTS for either autumn or spring/summer terms respectively.
Application procedure for Undergraduate Affiliate Study
Applicants for the Undergraduate Independent Studio Programme must discuss their course selection with their academic adviser in their home university to ensure that the Independent Studio Programme will provide them with an appropriate credit load and course content. For details of how to apply, see the Application and Study pages in the UCL Study Abroad Guide. Applicants must also send a portfolio of art work to the Slade. Send a digital portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org via email or UCL Dropbox with up to twenty images (each not more than 1mb) as a PowerPoint presentation. Notes should be included for each image including the title of the work, size, date and materials. Applicants with time-based or performance elements to their work may include a showreel with a maximum duration time of five minutes in QuickTime, no bigger than 2Gb. The showreel should be uploaded as a separate file. It must not be embedded in the PowerPoint presentation.
The application form must be completed online. The deadline for applications for study commencing in September is 31 March. Please note that we are not accepting further applications for affiliate study in the spring/summer terms 2021 due to the ongoing uncertainty of the Covid pandemic.
The Slade offers students of outstanding quality, registered for research degrees in other institutions, the opportunity to study in the School for three months to one year a Visiting Research Student. Usually such applications are from students resident overseas for whom a period of study in London is an integral part of their research. Programmes and supervision are arranged on an entirely individual basis.