We currently have around 400 students from the US together with students from over 130 other countries shaping our internationally-diverse creative community. Discover how you can join them.
University of the Arts London (UAL) is ranked 2nd in the world for Art and Design (2019 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 the US including a local representative who can provide specialist advice and in-country events giving you the chance to learn more about UAL.
Talk to our representative
If you’re thinking about applying to UAL, our US representative can help. They’ll support you 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, as well as arranging interviews with our academic staff. You can also register your interest with us for more information and updates.
Meet us in the US
We attend education fairs, give presentations and hold interviews, information sessions and seminars for students throughout the year. These events give you an opportunity to meet us, find out about studying at UAL, get portfolio preparation tips and discuss your application in person. If you have a question about any of our events, visits or interview schedule, email Josephine Haft at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NPDA Portfolio Days
UAL academics attend several National Portfolio Day (NPD) events across the US, Canada and Europe.
We were pleased to attend several events in 2019, including the NPD events in New York, San Diego and Los Angeles, and will be returning to events in Fall 2020.
Meet Josephine Haft, our US representative, and learn more about UAL at an information session or MA Seminar.
Future sessions will be posted here when confirmed.
Applying to UAL through Josephine Haft, our US representative, is the only way to have an in-person interview in the US. Our academic staff visit regularly to conduct interviews and will be in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles in December 2019:
- New York, 6-7 December 2019
- Chicago, 9 December 2019
- Los Angeles, 12-13 December 2019
To find out more about having an in-person interview in the US in December email Josephine on email@example.com.
Students who apply directly to one of our Colleges may be interviewed in London or by telephone/Skype.
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 US student Danielle Tartaro studying International Preparation for Fashion at London College of Fashion. Below you can hear about the experiences of some our American students and their advice to anyone thinking about applying to UAL.
Hear Megan's story
Press play to meet Megan from Florida, currently studying BA (Hons) Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Arts.
Read our interview with Kai
Take a look at our interview with Kai Kalb from New York in the US who studied MA Media, Communications and Critical Practice at London College of Communication.
Read our interview with Stacy
Hear from Stacy Stube from Baltimore in the US who studied MA Fashion Entrepreneurship at London College of Fashion.
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. Many of our 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 US representative if you have any questions.
Application to an undergraduate course (you may know this as a bachelor's degree) usually requires US students to have a High School Diploma plus one AP subject at Grade 3 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 US 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 require work experience.
Fees and funding
Students with International fee status are charged different tuition fee amounts and have different funding options than students with Home/EU fee status.
Standard international tuition fees apply for most of our courses but there are some that may vary. Visit our tuition fees page for more details on standard and non-standard fees. Use Oanda’s currency converter to see the fees in USD. Check your chosen courses webpage to see if a non-standard fee applies to your course.
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 the US need a visa to study in the UK. See our advice about visas and immigration.
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