Home students apply by direct application.
This should be about 500 words long and include:
- Your reasons for choosing the course.
- Your current creative practice and how this course will help you achieve your future plans.
- Any relevant education and experience, especially if you do not have any formal academic qualifications.
- A maximum of 30 pages showing visual research including drawing, photography and collage.
- Clear documentation of large work.
- Self-initiated as well as project or course work.
- Evidence of research and development of ideas.
- Evidence of recent written work - where relevant to your practice.
For more support, please visit our Portfolio advice page and PebblePad advice page.
- 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 question:
We would like you to identify 1 project from your portfolio which challenged you and your understanding of sustainable Textile Design. Explain how this experience has inspired you to apply to Graduate Diploma Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts.
What happens next
Communicating with you
After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.
Initial application check and selection
We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. These will be reviewed by the academic team.
Following the review of the digital portfolio, a small number of applicants will progress to the interview stage. All interviews are held online and last 15 to 20 minutes. For support with your interview, visit our Interview tips page.
How we notify you of the outcome of your application
You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.
Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.
If you would like to request feedback please contact us through the UAL Portal using the Contact Us button in your My Application(s) tab.
Deferring your place
Read our Admissions Policy for details, and request your deferral by contacting us through the UAL Portal using the Contact Us button in your My Application(s) tab.
If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units and modules on your current graduate diploma course and wish to continue your studies at Chelsea College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Further information can be found in our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.
19 December 2022 and 3 April 2023
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.
The round 1 deadline has been changed to 19 December to give you more time to make your application.
When you'll hear from us
If this course requires a digital portfolio as part of the application process, you will be invited to submit this through UAL’s online submission tool, PebblePad. We will request this separately after initial processing of your application is complete. Once we request your portfolio, you will have 7 days to submit it.
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.