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UCL Slade School of Fine Art
Established 1871
Director John Aiken[1]
Staff 51[2]
Students 260[3][4]
Location Bloomsbury, Central London, England, UK
Campus Urban

Slade School of Fine Art is a world renowned[5] art school situated in Bloomsbury, Central London, and is one of the University College London's (UCL) most outstanding departments.[5] Slade consistently ranks as among the premier Art and Design institutions in the UK.



The school traces its roots back to 1868 when Felix Slade (1788-1868) bequeathed funds to establish three Chairs in Fine Art, to be based at Oxford University, Cambridge University and University College London, where six studentships were endowed. The Slade operates two studios, one for undergraduate students, the other for postgraduates only. Distinguished past teachers include Henry Tonks, Wilson Steer, Randolph Schwabe, William Coldstream, Lucian Freud, Reg Butler, Keith Vaughan, Robert Medley and Roger Fry. Two of its most important periods were immediately before, and immediately after, the turn of the twentieth century, described by Henry Tonks as its two 'crises of brilliance'. The first included the students Augustus John, William Orpen and Percy Wyndham Lewis; the second - which has been chronicled in David Boyd Haycock's A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War (Old Street Publishing, 2009) - included the students Dora Carrington, Mark Gertler, Paul Nash, C.R.W. Nevinson and Sir Stanley Spencer.

Present day

In the recent 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 70% of the Slade's research activity was recognised as being in the top two categories of 4* ('world leading') or 3* ('internationally excellent'), confirming Slade's reputation as one of England's leading university departments for research in Fine Art and design.[6] On a recent peer review survey conducted by the Sunday Times, Slade School of Fine Art, along with UCL's prestigious Law faculty, recorded perfect scores, confirming Slade's reputation as one of UCL's premier departments.[5]

2005/6 saw the completion of a £1.5m enhancement of Slade facilities and infrastructure for research, including an additional fully equipped digital studio, new studios and refurbished workshop spaces for print and sculpture.

Faculty Rankings
2010 2009
The Guardian University Guide 1st[7]
The Complete University Guide 2st[8]
The Good University Guide 2st[9]

The faculty currently offers the following programs:

  • Undergraduate Studies

- 3-year BFA in Fine Art

- 4-year BA in Fine Art

  • Graduate Studies

- 2-calendar year (18 months) MFA in Fine Art

- 2-academic year (24 months) MA in Fine Art

- 1-term, 2-term, of 1-year Graduate Affiliate Study

  • Research

-MPHIL or PHD in Fine Art

The Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art

The Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art (SCEMFA) opened in 1995 and has provided the opportunity to focus on research into Electronic Media and Fine Art, contributing to debate on a national and international level. In 1997 SCEMFA presented Collision, a public lecture series by artists, writers and curators working with interactivity, telematics and digital works, followed by Spontaneous Reaction, an Arts Council funded week-long seminar which took a critical look at interactivity with participants drawn from a variety of disciplines including psychology, architecture and computer science. Throughout 1998 SCEMFA collaborated with Channel to organise a monthly event called Cached which was held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Funded by the Arts Council, this series investigated the conceptual and practical issues of making work for the Internet through a series of artists presentations.

Notable alumni

Full list see Category:Alumni of the Slade School of Art

In fiction

See also


External links

Coordinates: 51°31′30″N 0°08′04″W / 51.52496°N 0.13440°W / 51.52496; -0.13440

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