Run by the National Portfolio Day Association, these events help you before you apply. National Portfolio Days are a chance to get advice about improving your portfolio. Academic representatives meet with you to discuss your work and post-secondary plans. You can also learn more from academics about their college or university.
Take a look at our advice on preparing for the events. A list of dates we will be attending will be posted on this page once confirmed. In the meantime, get in touch with our local US and Canadian Country Managers for specialist advice.
Please note that no admission decisions will be made at National Portfolio Days.
Our top tips for virtual events
- Prepare a digital portfolio to share with reviewers. You can upload this at the time of registration or any time before attending the event
- Make sure your digital portfolio includes your best and most recent work. Also include work in progress sketches and tear sheets. This can be up to 15 pieces of work in one or two PDF files with a max size of 50mb each
- Be prepared to explain how you develop your ideas and where you want to go with them. Sharing your process work can be as valuable as presenting the finished piece
- Discuss your work with as many colleges/universities as possible. You will hear different opinions that reflect the admission requirements of each school
- You can still attend even if you're not ready to show a portfolio. Take the opportunity gather information from college/university academic representatives.
National Portfolio Day events
UAL academics will attend several of the virtual National Portfolio Day (NPD) events. Be ready to get feedback on your digital portfolio and and learn more about studying at UAL. You will need to register for events that you wish to attend. All events will be virtual, so make sure to familiarise yourself with how these events will run.
All NPD events are 4 hours long and held from 4pm – 8pm BST. In North America, they'll be from 11am – 3pm Eastern, 10am – 2pm Central, 9am – 1pm Mountain, and 8am – 12pm Pacific. Don't see your time zone? Use this global time zone converter to make sure you're on time.
Talk to our Country Managers
Get advice from our Canadian and US Country Managers. They offer support throughout the application and admissions process. From selecting a course or College to preparing your portfolio. Or get an on-the-spot admissions decision when they host events across North America.
Contact our Country Managers to find out more about NPD events in Canada and the US and register your interest. Visit our Canada, USA or EU page to see the full list of UAL events taking place in your country. If you live in the UK, browse our list of upcoming UK university fairs and UCAS events.
Our Canadian Country Manager
2 Bloor Street East
T: 1-855-580-ARTS (2787)
Our US Country Manager
Follow these steps to begin the application process:
- Explore our course options
- Attend an online information session, explore our UK university fairs and UCAS events, our events in the USA, and our Canadian events
- Prepare your application documentation and portfolio
- Contact our US or Canadian Country Manager
- Submit your application to your Country Manager. They will send information about portfolio submission and possible interview
Applying to UAL through our Country Managers is the only way to have an in-person interview in the US or Canada. Our academic staff visit often to conduct interviews.
If you apply directly to one of our Colleges, you might get interviewed in London or by telephone/Skype. We know that interviews can be a daunting prospect. Watch our interview tips to hear advice from our academic staff and students.
Fees and funding
Students with international fee status are charged different tuition fee amounts and have different funding options to students with Home/EU fee status.
International tuition fees
Find out more about our tuition fees and access the most up-to-date fee information. Some courses, including preparatory short courses and postgraduate courses, have non-standard fees that you can find detailed on the course page.
Use Oanda’s currency converter to see the fees in your local currency.
- Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and pre-degree courses: £18,300*
- Foundation Studies in Performance: £14,620*
- Undergraduate degree courses: £22,920*
- Postgraduate courses: £20,110 – £32,900*
*Fees are correct for 2020/21 entry. Some courses may have additional costs for registration, exams, materials and field trips.
Find out about funding and other money issues relating to International students at UAL, including options about working part-time whilst you study.
Provincial governments in Canada provide loans for Canadian students and the 5 major Canadian banks offer international study loans. Find more information on International Student Loans.
UAL administers US Federal Loans through FAFSA as well as private loans through Sallie Mae. Find more details on US Student Loans including information about how to apply as well as links to information on scholarships and funding. Merit and need-based scholarships are not offered.