We are no longer accepting International applications for 2022/23 entry to this course.
This section includes all the information you need on how to apply and how your application is considered, and what happens next.
There are 2 ways international students can apply to a preparation 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 Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn.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.
We recommend you apply by 16 February 2022 for equal consideration. However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.
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.
Immigration History Check
Whether you are applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or direct application 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
With your application you will need to submit a portfolio of work via our portfolio collection tool, PebblePad, to help us understand your experience and level. A portfolio is a collection of work to communicate your creative skills and knowledge. This should include a variety of your work (i.e. more than one project) and represent your interests, investigation, explorations and final conclusion(s). You will be asked to provide up to 45 images – think of this as 45 pages in a physical portfolio. You can also provide some text to accompany each image. All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry Requirements and Selection Criteria sections. Further information on how to upload your portfolio will be shared when you apply.
Fashion Business orientated applicants should present:
- Fashion Influences: for example research, exhibitions, books, designers.
- Examples of your interest / experience of fashion: i.e. written work, reports, articles, blogs, images, website.
- You may wish to communicate ideas around marketing, visual merchandising, planning, analysis of designers, trend forecasting.
Fashion Media orientated applicants should present:
- Research book(s) / Sketchbook(s) / Folders – showing your interest and ideas in fashion media and communication.
- Visual / written work exploring areas in relation to fashion media and communication – e.g. creative imagery / photo shoots / styling / magazine articles
- Websites / blogs.
Fashion Design orientated applicants should present:
- Research and development work (i.e. sketchbook(s) / notebooks / journals). This could be thematic and could be drawings, design ideas, samples, photos and experimentation in relation to fashion ideas.
- Design development showing your ideas (as above).
- 3D work – this could be through photographs / observational drawings.
This course receives a high volume of applications. We need to make sure that we give all applications equal consideration so the International team will review them after the application deadline date; this means you won’t hear from us about any next steps until after this date. Once applications are reviewed, you may be invited to attend an interview with an International Academic. We will look at your portfolio and ask you questions to establish your suitability for the course.
If you are selected for interview, 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. Applicants are not guaranteed to be asked to upload work, nor are they guaranteed an interview.
Please note that if you are unable to attend interview, we may not be able to re-schedule.
How we notify you of the outcome of your application
You will receive the final outcome of your application through your portal. You will only receive further communication directly from LCF if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.