This section includes all the information you need on how to apply, how your application is considered and what happens next.
There are 2 ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course:
Read our immigration and visa information to find out if you need a visa to study at UAL.
You can only apply to the same course once per year. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn. Read the UAL international application advice for further information on how to apply.
Deferring your place
This course accepts requests from offer holders to defer their place for one academic year. Deferral requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis until all deferral places are filled, or a deadline has been reached, whichever is sooner. Read our Admissions Policy for details, including how to request a deferral and by when.
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:
Some key points to consider:
- Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you.
- Why you want to study the course you are applying to.
- 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).
We’d like you to submit a 2-3 minute video to help us learn more about you:
- Please speak clearly in English and face the camera.
- Your video task is submitted along with your portfolio.
- Read our guidance for how to submit your video task and which file types we accept.
As part of your video task, please respond to the following direction:
We would like you to tell us about why you have applied to the PG Cert Fashion: Buying and Merchandising, what your main interests are within this field and how you feel you will use what you learn in your future career.
What happens next
Immigration History Check
After you have applied, you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to identify whether you are eligible to study at UAL. Do be aware, if you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application.
Initial application check
All application forms, personal statements and relevant documents are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry requirements and Selection Criteria sections. The course team will select applicants to attend an interview. Prior to the interview, applicants will be asked to complete a basic numeracy test, and answer questions on an article under a time constraint – if an applicant does not complete these tests successfully, the interview will not take place. Upon successful completion of the tests, the interview will take place. These will take place online using Teams from Microsoft – please ensure that you download this software prior to the interview date; this is available as a free download from the Microsoft website. We will send you further details at a later point about how we will connect with you for your interview.
If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Please note that applicants are not guaranteed an interview.
Please note that if you are unable to attend, the College may not be able to re-schedule.
How we notify you of the outcome of your application
The result of your application will be communicated to you through your UAL Portal. If your application has been successful, you will receive a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.
Applications for this course can only be accepted for this year of entry. Applications for deferred entry cannot be accepted.
For January 2023 entry, we encourage you to apply for this course by 26 October 2022. All applications received at this point will be considered equally. If there are places available after this date, the course will remain open to applications until places have been filled.
For postgraduate courses at UAL there are 2 rounds of applications. This is to ensure equal consideration and fairness for all of our applicants. You must apply for 19 December 2022 for Round 1 or by 3 April 2023 for Round 2 for equal consideration.
If there are places available after 3 April, the course will remain open to applications until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible to allow the Admissions team to resolve any initial queries about your application as quickly as possible.
When you'll hear from us
Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. Find out more about what happens after you apply.