Pre Degree Courses

Applying for a pre-degree course

Before you choose an undergraduate degree course you may want or need to undertake a pre-degree course.

Our pre-degree courses, sometimes referred to as Further Education courses (FE) give you the opportunity to explore a wide range of subject areas before you choose a specialism for undergraduate-level study. The application process for pre-degree study varies depending on the course you’ve chosen, and whether you’re a Home/EU or international student (your tuition fee status).

The video below will help you understand the application and selection process. Below, you can find further information about how to apply, including key dates, to each type of FE course that we offer.

When to apply

Home/EU applicants and international applicants may submit an application to our pre-degree courses for 2017/18 entry from November 2016 onwards.

How to apply:

Foundation Diploma Art & Design

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course is a common route into practice-based undergraduate study at UAL. We offer this qualification at Camberwell College of Arts and Central Saint Martins. Applications to study the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course must be made through our online application system.

Step 1

Submit an online application

All applicants for the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course must apply through the online application system.  

Please read our Online Application Guide before starting your application. This will explain how to complete the application form:

When you’re ready, you can find a link to the online application form on your chosen course’s webpage:

Please note: The ‘Overseas Representative Details’ field in the Address Details screen should be left blank unless you are an international applicant applying through an official UAL representative in country, in which case this code will be provided to you.

Step 2

Provide additional work and documents

Once you have entered your personal details into the online application form and agreed to our Terms and Conditions, you will receive an email asking you to complete and submit your personal statement,and to choose a pathway. This email might take up to one working day to arrive - please check your spam and junk email folders regularly.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is very important. It’s your opportunity to tell us why you have chosen this course, and about your relevant skills and experience. Your statement should be no longer than 500 words.

Pathway choice

You will be asked to choose either a ‘diagnostic’ or ‘specialist’ pathway.

The diagnostic pathway allows you to study a variety of art and design disciplines before deciding on the area you wish to specialise in during the second part of the course. You will make the decision about specialising in consultation with the course team and your tutor. Please note, in some cases we may offer you a place on a different pathway to the one you requested, depending on our assessment of your skills and abilities.

The specialist pathway choices for the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design based at Camberwell College of Arts or Central Saint Martins are different. Please check the relevant course page for further details. 

Application advice: Home/EU students

If you are a Home/EU student, you can only apply for one Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course at UAL, and you must apply via the online form.

The deadline to make your application for 2017/18 entry is 12 midday GMT on Friday 31 January 2017.

Here is a full list of application dates:

Application Deadline

 

Final date by which your application must reach us. You may send your form in at any time before this date

31/01/2017

12pm

Estimated Response Timeline 

(Based on applications made by 31/01/2017)

 

If your application is received complete, by the deadline, the date by which the College will send you an email inviting you for a portfolio review.

21/02/2017
You should contact your chosen college if you have not received an invitation email by this date28/02/2017
Date by which all portfolio reviews will be completed22/03/2017

Date by which you should have received an email from your chosen college informing you of the result of your application

12/04/2017
You should contact us if you have not received a notification of result email by this date19/04/2017

If UAL makes you an offer, you must provide us with scanned copies of your qualifications by 21 August 2017. We will provide instructions on how to do this.

Reference

The online application will request all applicants to provide contact details of someone who has agreed to provide a reference for you – a teacher or adviser who knows you academically.

An email will be sent to your referee asking them to send a reference once your online application has been completed, so please make sure you include their email address correctly on the online application form. 

Referees are expected to provide a reference within 5 days. Please note, we may not be able to consider your application if you have not completed all the relevant fields in the online form and provided a personal statement and reference. It is important that you follow all the instructions and check your spam and junk email folders regularly for correspondence from UAL.

Application advice: international students

If you are an international student, you can apply to more than one Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course at UAL.

There is no fixed deadline, but we advise you to apply as early as possible.Applications must be made via the online form. Visit our dedicated application advice for international students pages to find out how we can support you through the application process.

Foundation Studies in Performance - Drama Centre London

Foundation Studies in Performance is a one-year, full-time FE course offered at Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martins. The course accepts Home/EU and International students -  visit the Foundation Studies in Performance page for detailed application information.

Pre-degree courses for international students

Two of our Colleges offer pre-degree courses designed specifically for international students, each of which provides English language support and academic writing guidance throughout.

Step 1

Submit an online application

All applicants must apply through the online application system.  

Please read our Online Application Guide before starting your application. This will explain how to complete the application form:

When you’re ready to apply, you can find a link to the online application form on your chosen course’s webpage:

Please note: The Overseas Representative Details field in the Address Details screen should be left blank unless you are applying through an official UAL representative in which case the code will be provided to you.

Step 2

Provide additional work and documents

Once you have entered your personal details into the online application form and agreed to our Terms and Conditions, you will receive an email asking you to complete and submit your personal statement and to choose a pathway, if required. This email might take up to 1 working day to arrive - please check your spam and junk email folders regularly.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is very important. It’s your opportunity to tell us why you have chosen this course, and about your relevant skills and experience. Your statement should be no longer than 500 words.

Additional Documents

The online application will request direct International applicants to provide:

  • Academic Transcripts officially translated into English in PDF format
  • Immigration History Form (attached to email) to be filled in, scanned and returned to UAL in PDF format 
  • Evidence of English Language abilities, for instance an IELTS Test Report Form scan in PDF format 
  • One Academic Reference on headed paper with the signature of the referee

International applicants applying via an official UAL Representative will be instructed on what to provide by their Representative 

Please note, we may not be able to consider your application if you have not completed all the relevant fields in the online form and provided all the additional documents requested. 

It is important that you follow all the instructions and check your spam and junk email folders regularly for correspondence from UAL.