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Coronavirus information for applicants

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Guidance for applicants during the Coronavirus pandemic.

We want to do everything we can to support our applicants during the Coronavirus pandemic. Read on for essential information about making your application, and what to expect along the way.

Making an application

If you’re hoping to study with us in 2021/22 and haven’t yet applied, you should make your application as soon as you can.

How and when to apply depends on the course(s) you’ve chosen and sometimes where you’re applying from. Our application process is unaffected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

If you’ve started an application, you should meet the deadlines given to you. If applicable, this includes submitting your digital portfolio using a tool called PebblePad.

If the Coronavirus pandemic means you might miss any submission deadlines, contact our Admissions Service using your UAL Portal as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Information for disabled applicants: Our Disability Service offers advice at any stage of the application process. Read our Disability and dyslexia: applying for a course and joining UAL guidance for details.

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design applicants

Applications are now closed for our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design courses offered at Camberwell College of Arts and Central Saint Martins.

Pre-degree applicants for London College of Communication

Pre-degree courses offered at London College of Communication are:

Applications are considered throughout the year until the course is full.

Pre-degree applicants for London College of Fashion

Applications are now closed for our pre-degree courses offered at London College of Fashion, namely:

Undergraduate course applicants

Application deadline:

  • The deadline for equal consideration was 6pm (UK time) Friday 29 January 2021.
  • Some of our undergraduate courses are  still accepting applications.Check the 'Making your application section' on the page for your chosen course for details.
  • If you're applying to us through UCAS the final deadline to apply (if the course remains open for applications) is Wednesday 30 June 2021.
  • Note: Now the deadline for equal consideration has passed, our undergraduate courses can close for new applications at any time. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible if you're interested in a course that's accepting applications.

Portfolio submission deadline: Varies by course and when you applied. Check the date given in your invitation to submit your digital portfolio using PebblePad.

If the Coronavirus pandemic means you might miss the portfolio submission deadline given to you, contact our Admissions Service using your UAL Portal as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Postgraduate course applicants

Application and portfolio submission deadlines vary by course. Check the ‘Making your application’ section on the page for your chosen course.

Getting a decision on your application

We are doing everything we can to make application decisions as quickly as possible. We know it’s not easy waiting to hear news. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, we now review applications entirely online. We will let you know the outcome of your application as soon as we can.

Responding to your study offer

You should respond to your study offer by the deadline given in your offer letter (sent by email). If the Coronavirus pandemic means you might miss the deadline, contact our Admissions Service using your UAL Portal as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Meeting the conditions of your study offer

If you have a conditional study offer, you must meet the conditions by the deadline given in your offer letter (sent by email). This includes providing any qualification results and/or certificates.

If because of disruption to your examinations and/or qualifications you are unable to meet any of your study offer conditions, you must contact our Admissions Service using your UAL Portal as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Deferring your place

If you’re thinking about deferring your place until 2022/23, you must first check your course allows deferral requests. Not all our courses do. Head over to the webpage for your course to find out.

Things you need to know before you ask to defer

  • You must have an offer to study with us in 2021/22.
  • Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. We will continue to accept deferral requests until all deferral places are filled, or up to 5pm (UK time) on Tuesday 31 August 2021, whichever is sooner.
  • If you’re a Home offer holder and your course allows deferral requests, you won’t be able to formally defer until you’ve met all the conditions of your offer.
  • If you’re an International offer holder and your course allows deferral requests, you can make your request before meeting all your offer conditions. To secure your deferral you’ll need to make a non-refundable £4,000 deposit payment towards your tuition fees.
  • If you defer, when you do take up your place, you’ll be charged the tuition fee for 2022/23 – which might be more than the fee for 2021/22.
  • You can only defer for one academic year.
  • If your deferral request is accepted but you change your mind – unfortunately we can’t guarantee we’ll be able to offer you back your 2021/22 place. It depends on if the course still has places available. If you do change your mind after your deferral has been accepted, you must contact us immediately to discuss your options.

Read our Admissions Policy for full details.

Information for offer holders who deferred in 2020/21

Because you deferred your offer from 2020/21 you can’t defer again. If you don’t take up your place in 2021/22, you’ll need to re-apply when applications open for 2022/23.

If you re-apply we'll take your past study offer into consideration. After academic review we'll either ask you to come to an interview (if applicable), or we'll give you an offer.

To be eligible:

  1. You must have deferred your offer from 2020/21 and not taken up your place in 2021/22.
  2. You must re-apply to the course you had an offer to study on.
  3. You must submit your 2022/23 application on or before Tuesday 30 November 2021.
  4. You must notify our Admissions Service you've re-applied to a course you once had an offer to study. Contact us using your UAL Portal as soon as you've submitted your application.
  5. We'll add a note to your application so our academic team know you've had an offer to study the course before.
  6. Our academic team will review your application and either ask you come to an interview or give you an offer.

How to make a deferral request

  1. Check your course accepts deferral requests.
  2. If your course accepts deferral requests, contact our Admissions Service using your UAL Portal. We aim to respond to your request within 5 working days, but it may take a little longer during busier times.

We recommend contacting us as soon as you’ve made the decision to defer. Places are granted on a first-come, first served basis.

Remember, if your deferral request is accepted and you change your mind – you must contact us immediately. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee there will still be a place for you in 2021/22.

Re-applying if we can’t accept your deferral request

If we’re unable to accept your deferral request because all our deferral places are filled, you’ll need to re-apply when applications open for 2022/23.

If you re-apply we'll take your past study offer into consideration. After academic review we'll either ask you to come to an interview (if applicable), or we'll give you an offer.

To be eligible:

  1. You must have had deferral request declined for your 2021/22 study offer.
  2. You must re-apply to the course you had an offer to study on.
  3. You must submit your 2022/23 application on or before Tuesday 30 November 2021.
  4. You must notify our Admissions Service you've re-applied to a course you once had an offer to study. Contact us using your UAL Portal as soon as you've submitted your application.
  5. We'll add a note to your application so our academic team know you've had an offer to study the course before.
  6. Our academic team will review your application and either ask you come to an interview or give you an offer.

Accommodation and halls of residence

If you need somewhere to live in London, our Accommodation Services team are on-hand to help you find a room in halls of residence, or provide advice on private accommodation.

Applications to live in halls are now open for offer holders. Find out how to apply for student accommodation.

Take a look at our Keeping you safe in halls video and visit Halls Life to learn more about what it’s like to live in halls.

If you have any questions about student accommodation, contact our Accommodation Services team using IM chat online or email accomodation@arts.ac.uk.

Contacting our Admissions Service

The best way to contact our Admissions Service is:

  1. Log in to your UAL Portal.
  2. Go to ‘my Applications’.
  3. Select ‘Contact us’.

Because we are following UK Government advice, everyone in our Admissions team is working from home. Please only contact us using your UAL Portal. Do not try to telephone.

It may take longer than usual to get back to you, but we will contact you as soon as we can.

Remember, if you have applied through one of our in-country representatives, you can also contact them for advice.