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Pre Degree Courses

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 (FE) courses, 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).

Applying for a pre-degree course

These are the pre-degree courses currently available at UAL:

The video below will help you understand what we are looking for in a FAD student and advice about what to include in your portfolio. Read our advice on How to prepare a portfolio.

When to apply

Home/EU applicants and international applicants may submit an application to our pre-degree courses for 2019/20 entry from October 2018 onwards.

Application advice

For all our pre degree courses you will be asked provide a personal statement as part of the application process.

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.

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Foundation Diploma 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 Central Saint Martins and Camberwell College of Arts. Applications to study the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course must be made through the online application form that you can find on the course pages:

As well as a personal statement, 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. You can find out more by checking the relevant course page for further details.

You may also be asked to provide a digital portfolio via our Online Portfolio Submission Tool (PebblePad) as part of the selection process. You will only be asked to provide this once you have submitted your application.

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.

Application deadline

The deadline to make your application for 2019/20 entry is 13:00 midday GMT on Thursday 31 January 2019.

Next steps

If UAL makes you an offer, you must provide us with scanned copies of your qualifications by 19 August 2019. You can upload these to your UAL Portal.

Reference

This course does not require a reference.

International students

International applicants may apply through one of these two routes:

See our application guidance for international students.

Application deadline

The deadline to make your application for 2019/20 entry is 13:00 midday GMT on Thursday 31 January 2019.

Next Steps

If UAL makes you an offer, you must provide us with scanned copies of your qualifications by 19 August 2019. You can upload these to your UAL Portal.

Foundation Studies in Performance - Drama Centre London

Foundation Studies in Performance is a 1-year, full-time FE course offered at Drama Centre London, Central Saint Martins. The course accepts Home/EU and International students - check 'How to Apply' for Foundation Studies in Performance.

We strongly recommend you apply before 30 April 2019. We cannot guarantee your application will be considered if it received after this date.

Home/EU students

If you are a home/EU student, you must apply via the online form on the course page.

International students

International applicants may apply through one of these two routes:

See our application guidance for international students.

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.

Applications to our pre-degree courses for international students should be made through the online application form located on the course pages. Please click on the relevant link above.

International applicants

International applicants may apply through one of the following two routes:

See our application guidance for international students.