London – Art

Slade School of Art (a department within University College London) through IFSA Butler or Arcadia

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Academic Program

Students who are admitted to Slade will have individual studio space to develop ideas and work independently. Regular meetings with a personal tutor are arranged to discuss the progress of their work.

  • Reviewed by: Professor Susan Rankaitis
  • Fields of study: Students choose from one of three mediums: painting, sculpture or fine art media (including print, film and video, photography and electronic media). Students are not able to cross register in other UCL academic departments
  • Eligibility: A highly competitive, independent studio program with a 10.0 cumulative GPA required. Students will submit a portfolio of 15-20 works in the medium of study for the program application.

Living Arrangements

Students have two options in housing managed by the university: in a student flat where they prepare their own meals in shared kitchen facilities, or in a residence hall, often with a mandatory meal plan. Scripps provides a stipend for meals. Students are integrated with UCL degree students (mostly first-year and international students) in locations scattered throughout London. Commutes may range up to 45 minutes by foot, bus or tube. Students should submit their housing requests to the program well before the housing deadline. Delaying this step may result in placement in alternative housing with additional fees that will be the responsibility of the student.

Term Dates

  • Fall: September to December
  • Spring: January through mid June
  • Full Term: Petition to COSA for full year by last Monday in October


  • Visa Information: Students on semester programs must obtain a student visitor visa. Year-long students must apply for a Tier 4 student visa. Click here for more information on student visas. Note students on a student visitor visa will not have permission to work, intern or volunteer unless the host university will sponsor you for a Tier 4 student visa. Not all universities will do so.
  • Budget Planning: London is continually ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world so it is important to budget carefully and take advantage of tips by previous participants on how to stretch your British pounds!
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