Slade school of 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 Slade School of Fine Art (informally "The Slade") is a world-renowned[4] art school in London, United Kingdom, and a department of University College London. It consistently ranks as the UK's top Art and Design educational institution.[5][6]


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 Henry Tonks, Wilson Steer, Randolph Schwabe, William Coldstream, Andrew Forge, 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.


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

Faculty Rankings
The Guardian University Guide 1st[8]
The Complete University Guide 2nd[9]
The Times Good University Guide 2nd[10]


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


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

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

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