BA Fine Art

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The BA (Hons) Fine Art course is suitable for applicants who can meet the entry requirements that are detailed below, and have an appetite to develop their fine art practice within an intensive studio-based teaching environment.


All applicants have to meet the minimum entry requirements for admittance to the course, including the English Language Requirements (If you do not speak English as a first language) though there are three different ways of doing so:

1. Standard Educational
Applicants who have achieved, or are expected to achieve, the equivalent of 112 UCAS points, for example:
a) three GCE ‘A’ Level passes with one at grade A; OR
b) two GCE ‘A’ Level passes, plus a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at pass or above.
2. International educational
Applicants who have achieved, or are expected to achieve, the equivalent of 112 UCAS points with a combination of other qualifications including, though not exclusively, the International Baccalaureate or High School Diploma.

Please check UCAS guidance for the various International Qualifications.

3. Other experiential
Applicants who can demonstrate equivalent prior practice and experience, such as extensive work in administration; or perhaps minimal GCSE qualifications plus a number of years working in an arts context.

Using a process called Recognition /Accreditation of Prior Learning (R/APL), Art School Admissions Tutors consider how various work-life and (in)formal educational experiences meet the educational level of the entry requirements.

Please see our Recognition/ Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy here.


All applicants who do not speak English as a first language are required to provide evidence of their English language skills. The Art School cannot accept any applicant who scores lower than the equivalent of Level 6.0 from the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), with a minimum of 5.5 for listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

If you do not require a Tier 4 visa and wish to take The Cambridge English Exams, your score requires to be in the range of 169–175 or higher.


To distinguish between all the applicants that meet our entry requirements we select those that we believe have the current ability and potential to:

·           demonstrate commitment and motivation for the subject and the course;
·           explore, articulate and develop their ideas as visual and material outcomes;
·           creatively research information and visual material to support the development of their ideas;
·           demonstrate a range of skills and technical abilities appropriate to their developing art practice;
·           communicate ideas visually, verbally and in writing;
·           self-direct and evaluate their own work.


We interview all applicants who reach our minimum entrance requirements. For further details on the interview process please consult the Course page that you are interested in. All tutors involved are trained in the fair and equitable conduct of interviews and are fully conversant in the Art School’s Admissions Policy.

We encourage you to inform us in advance if the arrangements for your interview require adjustment due to an existing condition or disability. For example if you might require more time or specific access arrangements or other support. Our aim is to ensure that all eligible applicants are given a fair opportunity to demonstrate their potential to study on the course.


The interview will be relatively informal and we want you to feel comfortable and confident. To ensure fairness and to help you prepare we have agreed upon a set of key questions that all applicants for their designated course will be asked at interview and these are set out below:

Please remember that the purpose of the interview is to enable you to demonstrate, and help us to see, your potential to study on the course. You should also use your interview visit as an opportunity to get a good idea about the Art School: our values and ethos, the course, and what studying here would be like and we encourage you to ask questions and see the interview as a two-way process.


If you are applying for our Fine Art courses you must provide a link to a Flickr portfolio when completing our application form.

For the digital portfolio, we recommend that you display 15-20 images. You should choose what you consider to be your strongest work undertaken within the last two years, representing the range of your interests and practice. We are not only interested in seeing finished work, so please include work in progress.


We operate application cycles throughout the year so you can plan when to apply and know when you will hear if you’ve been offered a place.

Details of those cycles will be published soon, but we will be accepting applications from November and we recommend applying as early as possible since as the year progresses fewer places will be available.

Applicants wishing to transfer to the 2nd year of the BA Fine Art course

For 2023/24, it may be possible to transfer to the 2nd year of our BA Fine Art after completing the first year of a BA Fine Art course at another education provider.

To be able to transfer to the Fine Art course at the Art School, you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

– you must meet all of the entry requirements for BA Fine Art at 1st year entry level

– the 1st-year content on your current course should be similar to the 1st-year syllabus on our BA Fine Art course

– to join the 2nd year in October 2023 you will need to have successfully passed all of your 1st year units/modules and achieved 120 credits

– you will need to be able to demonstrate through your portfolio and at interview that you have the appetite, knowledge and ability to thrive on the course

If you’d like to find out more about Fine Art at the Art School, you are advised to attend an online open day – you can book your place here.

To apply to transfer to the 2nd year of our BA Fine Art course (2023/24), you will need to email a completed application form, with your digital portfolio, and ask your referee to send a completed academic reference form to Please explain in the email that you wish to transfer to the 2nd year of BA Fine Art for 2023/24.

For more information and to discuss the application process with our Admissions Team, please email



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