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Preparation for BA

Preparation for BA

Camberwell College of Arts
Taught by
Nicola Ida


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
A conditional offer to study a full-time BA course at UAL.

  • If English isn’t your first language you will need an IELTS (or equivalent English language qualification) of level 5.0 or above with at least 4.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.  Please check our English language requirements.  You must take IELTS Academic Test for UKVI  if you want to study the Preparation for BA course on a Tier 4* visa.

*Tier 4 visa information: If you request to study under Tier 4 and you are eligible to do so, you will be issued with a CAS to cover study on Preparation for BA course only. After successful completion of Preparation for BA you will need to make a new visa application for your full-time BA course at UAL.

Alternatively, if you do not have an offer to a UAL BA course, you can make a direct application** by submitting the following documents to

  • A completed application form along with a digital portfolio of around 20 images of your work.  For more guidance on preparing a portfolio, please visit UAL’s Portfolio Preparation webpage
  • A personal statement (maximum 50 words) outlining your educational qualifications and reasons for applying to this course 
  • An IELTS (or equivalent English language qualification) of level 5.0 or above with at least 4.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Other certificates may be accepted.

**Submitting an application does not confirm you have booked a place. Please wait to receive an email confirmation that you have a place.
Regardless of your nationality, you MUST present your passport and valid visa/proof of entry clearance to the Short Course office before the start of your course.

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

Accommodation is available from 26 June to 25 August at Gardens House, adjacent to Camberwell College of Arts. Spaces are limited so we recommend to book as soon as possible. A discount code is available to students booked onto Preparation Courses.


Preparation for BA FAQ's (PDF 148KB)

Preparation for BA Booking Form (PDF 148KB)

Preparation for BA Handbook (PDF 180KB)

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