The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:
- An Honours degree at 2.1 or above in footwear design and/or production. Applicants with a degree in another subject may be considered, depending on the strength of the application;
- OR Equivalent qualifications;
APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning)
Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:
- Related academic or work experience (minimum of three years)
- The quality of the personal statement
- A strong academic or other professional reference
- OR a combination of these factors
Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.
English Language Requirements
IELTS level 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English Language Requirements .
Extra information required for applications to this course
When you are submitting your application form, you will also need to provide the following pieces of documentation in support of your application:
You will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) in support of your application. This should include your full education and employment history.
The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study.
Some key points to consider:
- Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you.
- Demonstrate your interest in design and specifically why you want to do a course in footwear design.
- Try to link your skills and experience required to the course.
- Demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the course and link these with your personality.
- Make sure it is organised and literate (grammar, spelling, punctuation check).
Your study proposal should be titled and no more than 900 words (excluding research sources, bibliography and appendices).
- describe the context of the proposal;
- determine the precise area of study you intend to examine;
- be self-critical and analyse your studio practice;
- state the aspiration for the realisation of the study proposal; this could be a minimum collection of 8 fully working pairs of shoes, a site specific installation, performance, a film screening.
Your study proposal should have the following structure:
Introduce your work. Briefly outline recent developments prior to application. Describe the anticipated programme of study in detail, demonstrating your knowledge of the historical and contemporary context of your area of study. Focus on specific areas or issues that underpin and frame the proposal.
Programme of study
Outline the sequence of practical, theoretical and research that you intend to follow. This will be vital to your programme of study in the development stage in which the Study Proposal will progress and take shape. For example, describe in detail the methodologies that you follow and their significance for the design process. (Advice and support will be offered by tutors on the course). Any supporting material should appear in the Appendices at the end of the proposal.
Evaluate your work to date. Draw any conclusions you are able to make.
Give details of libraries, exhibitions, museums, galleries and special archives that you have visited as part of your research towards the proposal.
Keep a full record of all original and documentary material consulted. List appropriate material using the Harvard Referencing System.
Insert any additional material that you consider relevant but not part of the core of the study proposal. This could include links to notes, drawings and additional research material.
You will be required to submit a digital portfolio with a maximum of 30 images that you consider would help support your application. Submit your portfolio via the university’s digital portfolio tool, PebblePad. More details will be sent to you after you have submitted your application. Label and present any visual work with care, including dates and captions.
The course seeks to recruit students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and welcomes applications from mature students.
The course seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:
- a strong commitment and motivation towards a career in an aspect of the fashion industry;
- awareness and relevant experience of fashion;
- appropriate knowledge and skills commensurate with planned entry into the defined course, including the ability to design and manufacture footwear.
How we assess your application
Your application form is reviewed when you apply to the University. If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will invite you to submit a portfolio. The portfolio is assessed by the course team who will select applicants to attend an interview. Interviews may be conducted in person, via telephone or via Skype. Please note that not all applicants are invited to attend interview. When you have attended your interview we will advise you of your outcome through your UAL portal.