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Application Advice

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Once you have chosen your course and are confident that you can satisfy the entry requirements, you can start preparing your application.

Helping you to apply

The application process will depend on the course you’ve chosen, and full details can be found in the ‘Apply’ section of each course page. You can also find general application information and advice in the Apply section of our website.

International students can apply for a UAL course through one of the following routes:

UAL’s official representatives

We have official UAL representatives based in many countries outside of the EU. Our representatives can help you through the whole application process for all of our courses, from enquiry to enrolment, free of charge.

They can advise you, often in your native language, on the differences between our Colleges and courses, how to prepare your portfolio and how to apply, and can arrange a face-to-face interview in your country.

There is no deadline for applications made via our official representatives, but as many courses fill up quickly, we advise you to apply as early as possible.


If you are applying for an undergraduate course, you may also apply through the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). This is particularly useful if you are applying to more than one university in the UK.

Take a look at our Applying Through UCAS page for more details, including application deadlines.

Directly to UAL

We receive and process applications directly from students who don’t have an official representative in their country, or who would prefer to apply independently.

Direct application forms for pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate courses can be found in the 'Apply' section of your chosen course's web page. Search for a course across all 6 of our Colleges.

Please note - undergraduate direct application forms need to be completed in writing and then mailed to our UAL International Admissions team. Pre-degree and postgraduate direct applications are made through our online application system.

Each of our Colleges also has an International Office providing advice on applying to their courses. They also coordinate interviews and the portfolio review process.

English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language and you don’t have an English language qualification that UAL accepts, you can still apply to a course at UAL. However, if your application is successful and you do not qualify for a testing exemption, you will be required to have a valid English language qualification for both UAL and UKVI purposes.

We accept several qualifications and tests as proof of English language level, including the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Visit the ‘English language tests’ section of our Language Requirements page to see if you already have recognised evidence of your English language level.

If you have a conditional offer for a course at UAL and need to improve your English to achieve the required level, you may be interested in the Presessional English programme run by our Language Centre. Passing Presessional English allows you to progress to your degree course without taking another English language test.

Visas to study in the UK

You will need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa to study in the UK, unless you hold an EEA or Swiss passport or have an immigration status that permits you to study at UAL.

It is important to note that there is a limit to the amount of time you can study in the UK on a Tier 4 (General) visa. You should therefore plan your study carefully to ensure you can complete all of your chosen courses.

Our Student Advice Service and our official representatives can help you with your visa application. You can also check the Home Office and UK Council for International Student Affairs websites for detailed visa information and application advice.

Supporting documents

When you apply to a practice-based course, you may be asked to submit a portfolio of relevant work. Check the 'How to Apply' section of your chosen course's web page to find out if a portfolio is required and how you should submit it.

As part of the application process, you will need to send us several other important documents. Full details of what to submit are shown on the relevant course page, but as a guide, 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.

The selection process

We process applications as quickly as possible, though the time this takes varies depending on your chosen course, College and how you applied.

If you applied via an official UAL representative or the Asia Branch Office:

You may be asked to attend a face-to-face interview with one of our travelling academic staff. In these interviews, our staff can make offers for courses at any of UAL's 6 Colleges. This means that if you are not accepted at your first choice course, you may be offered a more suitable course at one of our other Colleges. This process applies to most pre-degree and undergraduate courses, and some postgraduate courses.

If you applied directly to UAL:

If you applied directly to UAL and you live outside the UK, we may invite you to a telephone interview. If you are already in the UK, or you’re able to travel to the UK, we may invite you to a face-to-face interview at your chosen College.

You can find more information about the selection process and what happens next on our 'Already Applied' page.