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Pre-degree Courses

To be considered for a UAL undergraduate course, you usually need to have a strong portfolio and considerable knowledge of your subject. Our pre-degree and foundation courses enable you to develop the skills, experience and portfolio of work needed for further study.

Watch Christine's video to hear about her experience of being a pre-degree student at UAL. See below for more information about our pre-degree courses.

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Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (FAD)

FAD allows you to explore, experiment and build a portfolio in preparation for entry to an undergraduate course. Find out more about our FAD courses.

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Foundation Studies in Performance

This practical course, based at Drama Centre London: Central Saint Martins, helps prepare you for undergraduate-level drama and performance courses.

Portfolio preparation courses

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A paper collage showing the image of a woman

Full Time Folio Preparation

The courses will help take your skills to the next level and develop a portfolio for application to further studies, or directly into professional practice.

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Student creating work for her portfolio

Preparation for Full-time Study

A range of orientation and portfolio courses to prepare you for university admission at Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts, UAL

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Two laughing girls in a photography studio

Portfolio Preparation

Art and design short courses for teenagers. These courses offer something unique for creative teens and are held at Camberwell College of Art, UAL.

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International Introduction to the study of Design, Media and Screen

Based at London College of Communication, this course provides a thorough introduction to the areas of Design, Media and Screen.

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International: Introduction to the Study of Fashion

Based at London College of Fashion, this course helps prepare you for further study in a particular area of fashion by developing your skills, knowledge and portfolio.

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International Preparation for Fashion (Certificate in Higher Education)

A one-year course based at London College of Fashion with successful completion resulting in a Certificate in Higher Education.

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Certificate in Higher Education: Preparation for Design, Media and Screen

A one-year course based at London College of Communication with successful completion resulting in a Certificate in Higher Education.

Several of UAL’s Colleges also offer a selection of short courses designed to help international students develop the skills, experience and knowledge required for entry to more advanced courses:

  • Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts offer 6 week Preparation Courses to international students applying to study a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, undergraduate degree course or postgraduate degree course at UAL.
  • Central Saint Martins also offers a 9 week Orientation to Art and Design course to help international students gain the skills, experience and knowledge required for entry to a foundation-level course.