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After you apply

You've applied to UAL and now you're wondering, what happens next?

Find out more about how we’ll be in touch and the different responses you might get.

Coronavirus updates

Our application process is not significantly affected by the coronavirus outbreak. If you need to ask us a question after you've applied, you can contact us using your UAL Portal.

We'll contact you

We will stay in touch with you via:

  • your personal email address
  • the UAL Portal
  • UCAS Track (undergraduate only).

We may email to ask you to:

  • upload supporting documents
  • submit a portfolio or a video task
  • arrange an interview with us.

Please check your email regularly – including your junk and spam folders. If you have applied through one of our official representatives, they will be copied into all emails to you and will be able to support you throughout the application and interview process.

Zeynep Agirbas in the studio
Zeynep Agirbas (BA Textile Design, Central Saint Martins) in the studio. Image: Alys Tomlinson

Letting you know our decision

Once we’ve made a decision, we’ll contact you via UCAS (where applicable) or the UAL Portal.

These are the possible decisions:

  • We offer you a place
  • We are unable to offer you a place
  • We offer you an alternative place on a different course or at a different College.

Waiting to hear back?

We receive many applications and we give each one full consideration – this takes time.

Your application may take longer if:

  • we have received a large number of applications
  • you are applying for a popular course
  • you have to submit a portfolio or video task to support your application
  • we need more information from you (for example about your qualifications, immigration status, or fees).

Are you applying to a postgraduate course?

If you have applied to a postgraduate course during round 1 and you don’t hear from us, we will consider your application within round 2 and be in contact with you as soon as possible via your UAL Portal.

Successful applications

If your application is successful and we offer you a place, we will let you know the good news via email or UCAS (where applicable).

The outcome of your application will also be displayed in your UAL Portal under the ‘My Applications’ tab.

Your offer will be either conditional or unconditional.

  • If it's a conditional offer, you will have to meet certain requirements before you can start at UAL. We will tell you what these requirements are in your offer email or via UCAS.
  • If it's an unconditional offer, that means you have already met our academic requirements. You will still need to upload evidence of your qualifications and English Language test (if required) prior to enrolment. You may need to meet some non-academic requirements before you are able to enrol.

Please note: all offers must become unconditional before you can join us.

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    Babett Kurschner, BA Public Relations, London College of Communication. Image: Alys Tomlinson

    If you have a conditional offer

    Have we sent you a conditional offer? Find out what you need to do next as a Home/EU or international applicant.

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    Brandon Mosqueda Caidedo (BA Sound Arts and Design, London College of Communication) at work. Image: Alys Tomlinson

    Alternative offers

    In some cases, you may receive an offer from a different course or College.

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    Photographer Karl Grupe,

    Unsuccessful applications

    If you didn't get in, we know you'll be disappointed. Read about other ways to study with us.

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    © Alys Tomlinson, Lawrence Del Rosario working. BA (Hons) Architecture. Central Saint Martins. UAL.

    Interviewing at UAL

    You might be invited to an interview at UAL. Learn more about what to expect.

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    Tanikha (Renzo) Allen (BA Theatre Design, Wimbledon College of Art) showing her portfolio. Image: Alys Tomlinson

    How to upload your portfolio

    If we ask you to upload a portfolio or a video task, you'll need to use PebblePad, our online document submission tool.