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Important information about studying on campus

Short courses: what to expect on your first day

Before your first day

Please ensure you have checked your course material list and the location of your course. This information is available on your course page. If you are unsure of where to find this information contact our Customer Service team as soon as possible at ualshortcourses@arts.ac.uk.

Important information for Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication and London College of Fashion short course students

Ensure you have checked the location of your short course. Although courses will always be in a UAL building, short courses won’t necessarily take place in the college they are associated to. The correct location of your course can be found on the course webpage.

If you are unsure email our Customer Service Team or call +44 (0) 207 514 7015

On your first day

On the first day of your course please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled course start time. UAL Short Course staff will be on hand to support and direct students.

Check your journey before you travel and ensure you arrive 15 minutes before your short course start time.

You must wear a face covering (unless medically exempt) whilst studying with us regardless of any changes to UK Government guidelines. This also applies to students aged under 18.

Short course student and staff member wearing face coverings at reception.
Short course student and staff member wearing face coverings at reception.

Presenting your passport to our VISA team

If you are a national from a country outside the UK or Ireland, you will need an immigration permission to study short courses with us. This applies to European students as well as international students.

Please visit our frequently asked questions for any questions you may have. For instructions on how to apply for a Standard visitor visa and everything you need to know before and after receiving your visa please visit UAL website.

You must present your passport and valid visa/proof of entry clearance to the Short Courses Office before the start of your course. Your immigration documents will be checked and providing these are valid for study, you will be able to start your course.

If, however, you are already in the UK and have an immigration permission that allows you to study your short course please send your passport and your UK visa to the Short Courses Immigration Compliance by emailing to ShortCoursesCompliance@arts.ac.uk.

Important information for EU, EEA or Swiss nationals: If you hold settled, pre-settled or other digital immigration status that allows you to study the course you booked you must obtain a share code here prove immigration status and send it to us together with a copy of your passport to shortcoursescompliance@arts.ac.uk . Please read our Student Guide - View and Prove Immigration Digital Status (962KB) for instructions.

Currently, we do not expect to do physical passport checks in person for students who have sent their digital immigration documents by email or for European students whose immigration permission were checked online. Should there be any changes in regulations where we will need to verify your documents in person we will contact you.

Please note we cannot allow you to start your course if you do not have the correct immigration permission.

Sign saying 'Stay safe, keep your distance'
Image courtesy of UAL, Stay safe, keep your distance. Signage by UAL.

Important information for students aged under 18

It is UAL policy that everyone on site must wear face coverings (unless exempt) this applies to students aged under 18.

The following applies dependent on which age bracket your course falls into.

Courses for 11 to 13 year olds 

Look out for a designated meeting area, where UAL Short Course staff will be waiting to register students and escort them safely to classrooms. For those aged under 16 it is the parent/guardian's responsibility to arrange safe travel for the student, to and from the site.

Access to the building will be managed by the course tutor and assistant.

At lunch, students will be accompanied to the canteen, remaining on site / within the grounds of the campus. Therefore, students will be required to bring a packed lunch and refreshments.

At the end of each day a short course tutor will wait with students until they are collected in the designated collection zone.

Courses for 13 to 16 year olds

Look out for a designated meeting area, where UAL Short Course staff will be waiting to register students and escort them safely to classrooms. For those aged under 16 it is the parent/guardian's responsibility to arrange safe travel for the student, to and from the site.

At registration on the first day students will be issued with short course ID cards

At lunch, students will be accompanied to the canteen; remaining on site / within the grounds of the campus. Therefore, students will be required to bring a packed lunch and refreshments.

At the end of each day a short course tutor will ensure students are able to find their way out of the building safely.

Courses 16 to 18 year olds

Look out for a designated meeting area, where UAL Short Course staff will be waiting to register students and escort them safely to classrooms.

At registration on the first day students will be issued with short course ID cards

Students are permitted to leave the building during lunch breaks.

At the end of each day a short course tutor will ensure students are able to find their way out of the building safely.