Research course

Fine Art

UCL - University College London · Slade School of Fine Art

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

The Slade PhD students are part of a vibrant, international art school at the centre of UCL. In addition to a dedicated team of Slade supervisors, we offer interdisciplinary supervision across a wide range of subjects at UCL and the LAHP Consortium. All students have access to the Slade's technical facilities in print, bookbinding, electronic media, sculpture, photography, film, video and sound. Our programme includes a bi-weekly forum of doctoral research presentations, an annual research week at the Slade Research Centre, Woburn Square and Creative Thesis, our innovative series of workshops and seminars. We also offer opportunities to apply for Fine Art BA/BFA teaching experience.

Department specialisms

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

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

The Slade is part of the AHRC funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). As well as funding for studentships and shared doctoral training, this will open up additional opportunities for interdisciplinary supervision for Slade students across these three leading research institutions. For further information, please see the LAHP website .

Funding opportunities available for students taking research programmes are available at:

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Ms Lou Adkin
+44 (0)20 7679 2313
020 7679 3001