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Pre-degree courses

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Pre-degree and foundation courses help you develop the skills, experience and portfolio of work you need for further study.

You need a strong portfolio and considerable knowledge of your subject when you apply to one of our undergraduate courses. Our pre-degree and foundation courses help you get there. Some of our Colleges also offer short courses designed to help international students:

  • Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts offer Preparation Courses. These are 6-week courses for international students applying to study at UAL.
  • Central Saint Martins offers Orientation to Art and Design, that helps you get ready for a foundation-level course over 9 weeks.

If you want to study at UAL as an international student, our international guide (PDF 9.4MB) is a good place to start. And if you are an EU, EEA or Swiss student, please also check our Brexit information for students.

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Pre-degree and foundation courses

Short courses

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    Full time folio courses

    Take your skills to the next level and develop a portfolio for professional use or applying to study.

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    Portfolio preparation

    Art and design short courses for creative teens held at Camberwell College of Arts.