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Home or EU students starting a full time undergraduate course in September 2014, who are intending to apply for funding from Student Finance England can now do so online. Please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance for further information.

How to apply

Here you can find general information about applying to a course at one of our colleges

We recommend that you also refer to our course pages for further information on how to apply as the entry requirements and application process may vary from course to course. Please be aware that if English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence of your proficiency at the level stated on each course page.

All of our courses (other than short courses) can be found by using the course finder at the top of the page.

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


Further Education applications

Applications to our Further Education courses such as Foundation Diploma in Art and Design courses should be made by completing an application form and sending it to the relevant College's administration office.

The application form and further information is available on each Further Education course page. A list of all our FE programmes can be found here.

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Undergraduate applications

Here you can find information about applying through UCAS and additional information for International applicants.

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 15 January 2014 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 applicants by 31 March where possible.

If you apply after the 15 January 2014, you will be classed as a late applicant and your application will not be considered until after those that did meet the 15 January deadline. Your application is automatically sent to the institutions to which you have applied, so you do not need to check with them.

Similarity in Personal Statements

UCAS submits all personal statements to their Similarity Detection software (CopyCatch) 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. When a personal statement is detected as having over 10% similarity to one of these sources, UCAS provides us with a report highlighting the similarity and an indication of the original source of the highlighted text.

Once we are notified that an application contains text which is similar to text found elsewhere, the application will be placed on hold and an investigation conducted.

Each applicant whose personal statement has been reported as having 40%+ similarity by the UCAS Similarity Detection Service will be contacted by the Admissions and Enrolment Team, offering the opportunity to explain how the similarity occurred.

We will then use information from UCAS and from the applicant to determine the seriousness of the similarity found in the personal statement and will then make a decision which is communicated to applicants via email.

Applications reported as having 10-39% similarity by the UCAS Similarity Detection Service will be reviewed and will be investigated further if the similarity is judged to be of significance.

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.

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.

Apply through UCAS or find out more information visit the UCAS website.

UCAS Extra

UCAS Extra lets you make an additional course choice through UCAS from April 2014 onwards 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 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 2014.

You can only receive an offer through Clearing if you already have your results. 

Additional information for International applicants

International applicants can also make a direct application to their chosen course at University of the Arts London or apply through one of the University's official representatives in their country, if this University is the only one they wish to apply to in the UK.

If you are an International applicant and wish to make applications to multiple institutions in the UK you will need to apply through UCAS

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Postgraduate applications

Application forms for UK/EU students can be downloaded from course pages under the 'Apply' tab on the college course pages.

If you are an international student from outside the European Economic area (EEA), you can apply through one of UAL’s official representatives in your country or directly to the International Office at the College of the course for which you are applying.

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Selection Process

An academic will review your application and you may be called to 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.

In all cases the decision of the course team is final.

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Deferred entry applications

A deferred application is when you apply for a university place one year before the course starts. This applies to undergraduate courses only.

Many courses at UAL do not accept deferred entry applications.

If you are considering applying for deferred entry, please contact the relevant College for details about your chosen course before you submit your application.

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