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Preparation for BA

Preparation for BA

Wimbledon College of Arts
Taught by
Nicola Ida, Tutor to be confirmed


Preparation to BA is designed to prepare International Students applying for a UAL undergraduate course. Students will familiarise themselves with life in London during the six week course, participating in studio based projects and research trips to some of the capital's world famous museums and galleries. Regular group discussions and tutorials will build on communication skills and will support and prepare students for study in further education in art and design.

Course Objectives:

  • To build upon an applicants’ technical skills through developing their contextual understanding of their chosen degree

  • To analyse the critical factors and key ideas influencing contemporary art, design and communication

  • To focus on visual strategies and approaches to research to improve creative, imaginative visual thinking and capitalise on London as a learning resource

  • Introduce self-reflection and a critical analysis as an integral part of the creative learning experience

  • To build upon an applicants’ skills in communicating ideas, verbal and written

Additional Features:

  • Tuition from the University of Arts London tutors

  • Research visits to London's major galleries and museums

  • Regular tutorials and feedback on portfolio progression

Entry Requirements
An offer to a UAL Undergraduate BA Course in Art or Design. Alternatively, if you are thinking of making an application or have an offer from another institution, you can make a direct application, by submitting a completed application form along with a digital portfolio of around 20 images of your work and a personal statement (maximum 50 words) outlining your educational qualifications and reasons for applying to this course, to
If you are from OUTSIDE the European Economic Area (EEA) you MUST present your passport and valid visa/proof of entry clearance to the Short Course office before the start of your course. Please note you will NOT be allowed to study, if do not present a valid visa/proof of entry clearance on the first day of the course. To obtain a Student Visitor Visa, IELTS level 5.0 or above if English isn’t an applicant’s first language, with at least 4.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking please check our English Language requirements:
You can find more information about the UAL English Language Course offer here:

If you wish to apply to a UAL BA course please note that a separate application must be made. For further details please visit the UAL Undergraduate course page


Preparation for BA FAQ's (PDF 148KB)

Preparation for BA Booking Form (PDF 148KB)

Preparation for BA Handbook - 2019 (PDF 168KB)

Tutor Description

Nikki Ida studied a BA in Metalwork followed by an MA at the RCA in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery. The result of this experience sent her on a whirlwind tour of exhibiting her work in an applied art context, setting up her own design company and then pursuing a career in advertising. Nikki’s work rests very firmly in a conceptual context, not held to any discipline. Currently Nikki is teaching Foundation students at UAL which has been an infinitely rewarding experience.


On the first day you will need to bring in some examples of your work; just a few examples will be required, either in a digital or a physical format.   

Please also bring:

  • A selection of drawing materials, including pencils (2H - 8B), pastels and crayons

  • A camera (if you have one)

Available dates