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Application advice

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Colourful textile design with embroidered stitching details
Yan Feng, (2019) MA Textile Design, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL. Copyright holder: David Poultney

Explore our advice for international students on how to apply, what documents we’ll need from you and how to apply for a visa to study in the UK.

How to apply

International students can apply to UAL courses through 1 of the following ways:


Supporting documents

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.

English language

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.

UAL Language Centre offers a Presessional English programme to help you achieve the level required for your course without taking another English language test.


Depending on your nationality and UK immigration status, 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.

After you apply

We process applications as soon as possible, but the time may vary depending on your course, College and also how you applied.

Help and support

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    Jeff Chun Hee Luu., Degree show work by Jeff Chun-Hee Luu 2013

    Meet us in your country

    Find contacts for UAL representatives and events in your country

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    Image courtesy of UAL, Typography. Image courtesy of UAL.


    Find out more about visa requirements to live and study in the UK

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    Paintings by Jasmir Creed, Wimbledon 2013 Summer Show. Paintings by Jasmir Creed.

    International fees

    Find out about study costs for international students

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    Contact International

    Get in touch with the International Office at your College