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Slade School of Fine Art

UCL Slade School of Fine Art
Established 1871
Director Professor Susan Alexis Collins[1]
Admin. staff 51[2]
Students 320[3][3]
Location Bloomsbury, London, United Kingdom
Campus Urban
Affiliations University College London

The UCL Slade School of Fine Art (informally The Slade) is the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.


  • History 1
  • Art collection 2
  • Rankings 3
  • Teaching 4
  • Notable alumni 5
    • In fiction 5.1
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Students at the Slade in 1905

The school traces its roots back to 1868 when lawyer and philanthropist 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.

Distinguished past teachers include Lucian Freud, Phyllida Barlow, John Hilliard, Bruce McLean, Alfred Gerrard.

Edward Allington is currently a Professor of Fine Art and Head of Graduate Sculpture.[7]

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.

Art collection

The Slade art collection was started when the yearly prizes awarded to top students was combined with a collection scheme in 1897 and the Summer Composition Prize and the Figure and Head Painting Prizes began to be kept by the school.[8] Works by students and staff of the Slade School of Fine Art form the basis of the UCL Art museum today.[8]


In a 2008 survey conducted by The Sunday Times the Slade recorded perfect scores.[4]

Faculty Rankings
The Guardian University Guide 1st[9]
The Complete University Guide 2nd[10]
The Times Good University Guide 2nd[11]


The faculty currently offers the following programs:

Undergraduate Studies

  • 3-year BFA in Fine Art
  • 4-year BA in Fine Art

Graduate Studies

  • 2-academic year (18 months) MFA in Fine Art
  • 2-calendar (24 months) MA in Fine Art
  • 1-term, 2-term, of 1-year Graduate Affiliate Study


  • MPhil or PhD in Fine Art

Notable alumni

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

In fiction

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ a b McCall, Alastair (19 September 2008). "Double first for Oxford". The Times (London). Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Art and design". The Guardian (London). 22 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Art and design". The Guardian (London). 17 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Slade School of Fine Art: Prof Edward Allington". 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b More about the UCL Art museum on the BBC Your Paintings website
  9. ^ "The Guardian University Guide". London. 12 May 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  10. ^ "The Complete University Guide". Retrieved 30 April 2009. 
  11. ^ Foster, Patrick. "The Good University Guide". The Times (London). Retrieved 20 February 2009. 
  12. ^ "(Christopher) Nicholas Roald LOGSDAIL". Debrett's. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Yolanda Sonnabend (1935-)". NPG. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 

External links

  • Slade Website
  • Slade Knowledge Base - extensive collection of studio teaching materials available online under Creative Commons
  • Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art
  • Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art Timeline of key events

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