(Original post by James2009)
Thanks, Matisse. There are a few questions that I would like answering, please?
How advanced in your art do they expect you to be? i.e how could do you need to be at drawing? ( I could show you my work so u can see if you think I am of the necessary standard?!)
What would you suggest I put in my portfolio, i.e, any hot hot tips??
Will the course put me in contact with places other than UCL to exhibit my work and be recognised?
Not a problem, I'm glad to help.
It's difficult to determine how "advanced" you need to be, since every applicant's portfolio of work will vary. The admission tutor(s) aren't looking for a specific 'standard', per se, but they will be looking for an aesthetic awareness and level of technical proficiency. In other words, it's important to demonstrate, through an accompanying sketchbook, what has 'informed' and 'inspired' the work you have produced. However, unlike the other art schools, the Slade did place an emphasis on the finished piece, whereas comparatively, the other art schools I applied to were more 'ideas' orientated. To put it simply, they will expect your work to be of a reasonable merit, what that 'merit' is, I can't say definitively. That is solely dependent on the admission tutor(s) that view your work.
If you haven't already, after looking on the Slade website, here is a brief description of what they require:
All applicants are required to submit a portfolio for inspection by the entrance examiners and when we receive your application from UCAS, we will send you full details of the portfolio inspection which will take place in early February.
Applicants living in the UK — should send one portfolio, maximum size A1, maximum weight 12kg. (No portfolio will be accepted which exceeds the weight or size limit.) The portfolio should comprise a selection of current and recent work which may include drawings, photographs, paintings on paper or board (but not stretched canvases), sketchbooks and notebooks. Larger paintings or 3D works should be shown as photographic prints. Videos or films should be in QuickTime on DVD. A showreel of five minutes duration is recommended. Each piece of work should be named and dated and where work is reproduced the dimensions of the original should be provided. Download a portfolio label.
I would suggest possibly booking, if you haven't already, an Open Day. These type of questions are obviously best answered by the admission staff involved.
I also created a thread regarding 'portfolio advice' in the Creative Arts forum, which you can view here:
I'll be more than happy to view your work. Feel free to send me a private message on this forum (if you would prefer to not post your work publicly).
I haven't read the course description, but when I applied, like all art schools, the Slade/UCL will offer the opportunity to exhibit at galleries in and out of London, including a final year exhibit where industry figures will be invited to view your work.
I hope this has helped.