How to apply
International students can apply to UAL courses through 1 of the following ways:
As part of the application process, we usually require the following:
- Personal statement
- A copy of your academic transcripts (officially translated into English)
- A copy of your English language certificate, if English is not your first language
- A copy of your passport and any current UK visa
- Immigration history form
- A portfolio of relevant work for practice-based courses
Check the page of your course for specific details of supporting documents and entry requirements.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need to prove your language level with a qualification like the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Find out more about English language Requirements and accepted qualifications.
You can still apply to a course with a different qualification. However, if you don't qualify for a testing exemption, you will need to have a valid English language qualification for both UAL and UKVI purposes.
If you're not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you will need a Tier 4 (General) visa to study in the UK.
The amount of time you can study in the UK is limited. You should plan your study carefully so you can complete all of your chosen courses.
Our Student Advice Service and our official representatives can help you with your visa application. Visit the Home Office and UK Council for International Student Affairs websites for official guidance.
Portfolio advice videos
Watch the first video in our portfolio playlist, 'What is a portfolio'.
Head over to our YouTube channel to explore the full series which covers everything you need to know about preparing a portfolio for UAL. Our videos include animations by Rosa Beiroa, graduate of MA Animation at London College of Communication.
Our videos cover the themes:
- what is a portfolio
- what to include in a portfolio
- how to structure your portfolio
- preparing a portfolio for foundation, undergraduate or postgraduate level
- interviewing with a portfolio.
The selection process
We process applications as soon as possible, but the time may vary depending on your course, College or how you applied.
If you applied through an official UAL representative
You can attend a face-to-face interview with 1 of our travelling academic staff. If you are not accepted on your chosen course, you may be offered a more suitable alternative at 1 of our other Colleges. This process applies to most Pre-degree and Undergraduate courses, and some Postgraduate courses.
If you applied through UCAS or directly to UAL
If you live outside the UK, you may be invited to a telephone interview. If you are already in the UK or you’re able to travel, we may invite you to face-to-face interview at your chosen College.
Find more about the selection process and what happens next.