How to apply

At University of the Arts London (UAL) we offer different levels of study including Further Education, Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses.

Here you will find information about, how to apply to a course at UAL, how to prepare a portfolio and frequently asked questions (FAQs). As well as this page you can also find additional apply information on the links below.

Course Pages

Application forms, entry requirements, English language requirements, deadlines, course content, structure and location details, term dates, tuition fees and career information can be found on each of our course pages. You can find out which courses we offer by using the course finder or visiting our college pages.

Study at UAL

We also recommend that you visit our Study at UAL page which provides information on a range of subjects such as scholarships, bursaries, loans, accommodation and student support.

Guide 2015/16

For an introduction to the courses available at UAL and how to choose one download a copy of our UAL Guide:

Did you know?

The Disability Service offer advice at any stage of the application process, even if you haven’t yet made a formal application. 

After you have applied

You may find our already applied FAQs helpful.

Further Education (FE) applications

These courses are intended to help you prepare for undergraduate level courses.
FE courses offered at UAL include:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
  • Foundation Studies in Performance (Drama Centre London).
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma.
  • International: Introduction to the Study of Design and Media Communication (international students only).
  • International: Introduction to the Study of Fashion (international students only).

If you would like to apply to one of our FE courses you should follow the instructions on the course page.

Please note that you can only apply to one Foundation Diploma at UAL.

To access the Online application system for Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, please use the links below:

We recommend that you consult the FAD Online Application Guide for students ‌beforebeginningyour application:

FAD Online Application Guide for students

Undergraduate (UG) applications

Our Undergraduate courses are also known as Higher Education (HE) courses.
These include:

  • Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE)
  • Foundation Degrees (e.g. FdA, FdSc)
  • Honours Degrees (e.g. BA Hons, BSc Hons, BA Hons Top up)
  • Integrated Masters (e.g. MDes, MSc) these are undergraduate courses that have a Degree exit point or a Masters exit point if you continue study.

We also offer Graduate Diploma courses in some subjects. For more information about these visit our postgraduate course section on this page.

How to apply
Home/EU Applicants should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

International students should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) if they would like to apply to multiple courses in the UK.

If you are an International applicant from outside the European Economic area (EEA) and UAL is the only university you want to apply to in the UK, you can make a direct application to your chosen course at UAL using the application form on our course pages. You can also apply through one of UAL’s official representatives in your country. 

If you choose to make a direct application our international teams will then process your application and assist you further. There is no deadline to make a direct application; however, we recommend that you apply early to avoid your chosen course becoming full and also to ensure that you have enough time to prepare for joining your course.

Applying through UCAS
When you apply through UCAS you are allowed up to five course choices across the UK. You should ensure that your application reaches UCAS by the 15th January 2015 in order to receive ‘equal consideration’. This means that your application will be considered alongside other applicants who have also met the deadline. You can then follow the progress of your applications through UCAS Track.

We aim to make decisions on all on time applications by the 31st March 2015. This is not always possible if the course attracts a large number of applicants. If you apply after the 15th January 2015, you will be considered as a late applicant and your application will not be reviewed until after those that did meet the 15th January deadline. Your application is automatically sent to the institutions to which you have applied, so you do not need to check with them.

Personal Statements
We operate a fair and transparent admissions process and as such would want to ensure that all information provided to us is honest and accurate.

UCAS submits all personal statements to their Similarity Detection software in order to ensure that an applicant's work does not contain the same or similar text to websites, another applicant's personal statement, or other documents. More information regarding the similarity detection process can be found on the UCAS website.

If you have submitted an application to us and you have been notified that UCAS has detected similarity in your personal statement, you can contact us directly to explain the similarity by emailing ucas.enquiries@arts.ac.uk.

If you are applying through UCAS and need help preparing your personal statement visit the UCAS website.

UCAS Extra
UCAS Extra lets you make an additional course choice from February 2015 onwards, but only if you have used all five choices and you are not holding any offers. If you are eligible for UCAS Extra then UCAS will automatically send you information regarding this process.

Clearing
Clearing is the final opportunity for applicants not holding a place to apply for a course. Not all courses will have vacancies and those that do will be advertised on our website and on the UCAS website from August 2015. You can only receive an offer through Clearing if you already have your results.

Postgraduate (PG) Applications

To apply to a postgraduate course you should follow the instructions on the course page.
Our postgraduate courses at UAL include:

  • Masters courses (e.g. MA, MFA, MDes, MRes, MSc)
  • Our Executive MBA (EMBA)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

If you are interested in our PhD or MPhil courses at UAL you should visit our research degrees section for advice on how to apply.

Sometimes our postgraduate courses ask for additional work such as study proposals or essays, therefore please make sure that you read the application guidance on each of our course pages before submitting your application.

If you are an international student from outside the European Economic area (EEA), you can also apply through one of UAL’s official representatives in your country or send an application directly to your chosen college at UAL.

Short Courses and Study Abroad

UAL offers a number of short courses. For more information including cost, duration and location visit our Short Courses section.

If you are interested in our integrated study abroad, semester study abroad or summer school programmes visit our Study Abroad section.

Transferring to UAL

If you would like to transfer to year two or three of a course at UAL we recommend that you contact the Student Administration or International team at your chosen college to check that they will accept transfer applications.

Please note that not all of our courses are able to accept transfer applications. Many of our courses will not accept transfers into year three.

Transferring to UAL may also have an impact on your tuition fees or funding options. For more advice visit our Previous Study financial advice page.

Deferred Entry

A deferred application is when you apply for a university place one year before the course starts.

Many courses at UAL do not accept deferred entry applications. Please check this will be acceptable with the relevant College before you submit your application.

English Language Requirements

As part of your offer of a place to study with us you may be asked to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.
English language requirements vary for each of our courses, therefore we recommend that you check the requirements for your chosen course on our course pages. Further information regarding accepted evidence and exemptions can be found on our English language requirements page.

For information about English language courses offered at UAL visit our language centre section online.

Tuition Fees and Fee Assessment

We assess your fee status before we make you an offer. Sometimes we need additional information and may ask you to complete a fee assessment form.

If you are not sure which fee rate you should pay, visit our Tuition Fees page for guidance. Alternatively, you can complete a fee assessment form, found below, and send this in with your application. Please note that once your fee status has been determined you will remain on this status for the full duration of your course.

You can find out how much your tuition fees will be on each of our course pages or by visiting our Student Fees & Funding page. 

The Selection Process and Portfolios

As part of the Selection process an academic will review your application and you may be invited to an interview.

Selection is based on academic qualifications and/or previous experience, your reference, personal statement and portfolio. Depending on the course to which you’ve applied, you may be asked to upload a mini portfolio on Flickr and/or bring a portfolio of work with you to interview or to take a short test. Please note Flickr is an externally hosted website.

If your application is successful your offer may be conditional on passing required examinations.

Portfolio advice
Specific information explaining what we look for can be found on each course page, so we recommend that you read this carefully before applying. General advice on portfolios can be found on the UAL YouTube channel.

Additional information

You may also find the following helpful throughout the admissions process.