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.


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.


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.


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.



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