Foundation & Preparation Courses

To be considered for a UAL undergraduate course, you usually need to have a strong portfolio and considerable knowledge of your subject. Our pre-degree and foundation courses enable you to develop the skills, experience and portfolio of work needed for further study.

Watch Christine's video above to hear about her experience of being a pre-degree student at UAL. See below for more information about our pre-degree courses.

  • UAL Image Library. Wimbledon: Fine Art studio © Alys Tomlinson
    © Alys Tomlinson

    Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FAD)

    FAD allows you to explore, experiment and build a portfolio in preparation for entry to an undergraduate course. Find out more about our FAD courses.

  • Wimbledon degree show 201. BA Design For Performance, student Buddug James Jones © Guy Archera
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    Foundation Studies in Performance

    This practical course, based at Drama Centre London: Central Saint Martins, helps prepare you for undergraduate-level drama and performance courses.

Portfolio preparation courses

A strong portfolio is a common entry requirement for our practice-based courses. Several of our Colleges offer courses to help you prepare your portfolio before applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course at UAL.

Portfolio preparation courses at London College of Fashion:

Preparation courses for international students

UAL offers 3 year-long degree preparation courses designed specifically for international students, each of whichprovides English language support and academic writing guidance throughout.

  • LCC: Foundation Studies in Art & Design students putting up end of year show. Photographer: Ana Escobar
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    International: Introduction to Design and Media Communication

    Based at London College of Communication, this course provides a thorough introduction to the areas of media, communication and design.

  • London College of Fashion case study, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear
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    International: Introduction to the Study of Fashion

    Based at London College of Fashion, this course helps prepare you for further study in a particular area of fashion by developing your skills, knowledge and portfolio.

  • Visitors viewing portfolio of Fashion Knitwear students at Summer Shows 2013: Central Saint Martins
    © Alys Tomlinson

    International Preparation for Fashion (Certificate in Higher Education)

    A one-year course based at London College of Fashion with successful completion resulting in a Certificate in Higher Education.

Several of UAL’s Colleges also offer a selection of short courses designed to help international students develop the skills, experience and knowledge required for entry to more advanced courses:

  • Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts offer 6 week Preparation Courses to international students applying to study a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, undergraduate degree course or postgraduate degree course at UAL.
  • Central Saint Martins also offers a 9 week Orientation to Art and Design course to help international students gain the skills, experience and knowledge required for entry to a foundation-level course.