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The Foundation course is suitable for applicants who can meet the entry requirements that are detailed below, and who have an appetite to find and begin to explore their practice within an intensive studio-based teaching environment. For further information on how to apply and to download the Application form, please go to the Apply section on the Art School home page.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

All applicants have to meet the minimum entry requirements for admittance to the course,including the English Language Requirements (if English is not your first language), though there are three different ways of doing so:

1. Standard Educational
Applicants who have achieved, or are expected to achieve:
a) five GCSEs at grade A, B or C or the equivalent; OR
b) three GCSEs at grade C or above, plus one GCE ‘A’ Level or equivalent.
2. International educational
This educational level may also be demonstrated by possession of a combination of other qualifications, equivalent to our Standard educational requirement.
For example: International Baccalaureate – minimal of 26 IB points or above
For other equivalent qualification such as High School Diploma, please see the UCAS International Qualification Guide for your qualification.
3. Other experiential
Applicants who can demonstrate equivalent prior practice and experience, such as work in administration; or perhaps minimal GCSE qualifications plus a few 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.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

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 5.5 from the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): a minimum of 5.5 is required for each of listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

If you do not require a Tier 4 visa and wish to take The Cambridge English Exams, your score must be in the range of 162–168 or higher.

SELECTION CRITERIA

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 to, and enthusiasm for, art and/or design;
·           an ability to employ a variety of creative skills and creative problem solving;
·           an ability to gather and research visual and textual material to inform your ideas;
·           an ability to demonstrate an awareness of contemporary and historical culture related to your work;
·           an ability to explain ideas, be critical and evaluate your work.

The actual interview

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.

Interview questions for applicants

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.

Portfolio

If you are applying for our Foundation course or one of our Fine Art courses then you must provide a link to a Flickr portfolio when completing our application form. For all other courses you have the option to include a digital portfolio but this is not a requirement.

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.

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