University of the Arts London (UAL) is ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design (2020 QS World University Rankings ®). Our 6 world-renowned Colleges offer a wide range of art, design, fashion, communication, media, screen and performing arts courses at pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We offer a range of support for students from South Africa including local representatives who can provide specialist advice and in-country events giving you the chance to learn more about UAL.
If you haven’t applied yet, you should apply as soon as you can and submit any queries you have about studying at UAL through our enquiry form. Our application process is not affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. If you have already applied and need to ask us a question, you can contact us using your UAL Portal.
You can also get in touch with your local Global Education office, our representatives in South Africa, for their advice.
Talk to our representatives
If you’re thinking about applying to UAL, our South African representatives can help. They’ll support you locally and in your language through every stage of the application process, free of charge. This includes providing information and specialist advice about UAL and the courses we offer, your application and portfolio, visas and immigration, arranging interviews with our academic staff and help with travel to the UK. You can also contact your local British Council office or register your interest with us for more information and updates.
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Register your interest
Fill out this form to receive information and updates about studying at UAL and our future visits to South Africa.
Your local British Council office can also offer you advice about studying in the UK. Visit the British Council website for more details.
Read our blog post on Global Education's website for invaluable advice on preparing your portfolio.
Meet us in South Africa
Our academic staff travel to South Africa every year to attend exhibitions, hold workshops and give presentations at schools and colleges. These events give you an opportunity to meet us, find out about studying at UAL, get portfolio advice and discuss your application in person. We'll be attending Global Education Fairs in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria in March 2020.
Full details will be available here once they're confirmed. Get in touch with your local representative using the contact details above if you have any questions about our events, visits or interview schedule.
Applying to UAL through our South African representative, Global Education, is the only way to have a face-to-face interview in South Africa. Our academics regularly visit to conduct interviews and dates will be published here as soon as they’re available.
Students who apply directly to one of our Colleges are interviewed in London or by telephone.
Always check your chosen course’s webpage for specific entry requirements. If English isn’t your first language, visit our English language entry requirements information page for details on required IELTS scores. Some courses require a portfolio as part of the application process so take a look at our portfolio advice page before applying. Entry onto some courses may also depend on the outcome of an interview at the application stage. Get in touch with our local representative if you have any questions.
Application to an undergraduate course (you may know this as a bachelor's degree) usually requires South African students to have an Upper Secondary School Diploma and, where needed, a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or relevant pre-degree qualification, and a portfolio of work.
Application to a postgraduate course usually requires South African students to have an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree in a subject related to the proposed area of study, a personal statement and, where needed, a study proposal and references. Many of our courses also ask for a portfolio and some also require work experience.
Our students are at the heart of everything we do. We want to tell their stories and showcase their work at every opportunity. The image at the top of the page features the work of Memunatu Barrie, a BA (Hons) Textile Design student at Central Saint Martins. Hear from more of our students from across the globe and the experiences they've had while studying with us.
Browse our wide range of courses across pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Take a look at our application advice and next steps, including supporting documents and portfolio tips.
Students from South Africa need a visa to study in the UK. See our advice about visas and immigration.
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