School of the Arts, English and Drama

Undergraduate study

The application process

Fine Art

The application process

The School welcomes applicants with traditional and non-traditional qualifications and we interview all applicants who meet our entry requirements.

Generally, applicants have completed a post A-Level pre-degree course (BTEC Foundation Diploma or BTEC Extended Diploma - please see the Art and Design Foundation Studies section for more details) but direct A-Level entry is also considered. A typical offer for applicants without a pre-degree course is ABB from 3 A-Levels. Interviews are not guaranteed for applicants whose predicted grades fall significantly short of this minimum requirement.

Before you start on the steps, have a look at our general guide to applying to Loughborough University.

Step 1: Personal statement

Your personal statement should be precisely that – personal. We are not looking for standardised responses following a set pattern. We want to hear about your passion and interest for the subject of fine art, its practical and theoretical aspects. Your personal statement is important, both for us to read in advance alongside your application, and also because it is a great way for us to find out about your personal interests before we meet you at interview. We are looking for individuals, with a passion for the subject, and a wide interest in Art and Design in general and this can be reflected in your statement. For example, what excites you about contemporary fine art and what has led you to want to study on the course? How can we help you to achieve your longer term goals? What have you experienced so far that has influenced your decision to study fine art?

You can also tell us about things you do outside of your studies. We are interested in learning about your hobbies and achievements: for example, Duke of Edinburgh award work, community involvement, musical skills or charitable work.

Overall, we are looking for proactive students capable of independent thinking, a point of view and an individual perspective with the initiative to do well at University.

Step 2: Application

Apply through UCAS using the following codes:

  • Fine Art BA Hons - 3 years full-time - W100
  • Fine Art BA Hons - DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich - W101


The UCAS application deadline is 15 January.

Step 3: Prepare your portfolio

Your portfolio should include a diverse range of work including approximately 20 individual pieces plus sketch/drawing books. It is important that your portfolio has been edited to include the strongest pieces which highlight the key practice based skills that you possess. Drawing will be very important and we would hope to see a range of drawings that would be from observation and also experimental. Using a range of processes, materials and techniques would also be appropriate as this allows us to gauge your ability to undertake independent study.

The Fine Art course at Loughborough University is a broad course that can include painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, new media (film, video and IT) and sound-based practice, as appropriate. As a result we would like to see a portfolio that demonstrates that you can think independently, have an experimental approach to using materials and that the work is informed by contemporary and historical frameworks within art history and visual culture.

In brief:

  • Approximately 20 pieces of work of different sizes and using a range of materials which reflects your own practice.
  • If appropriate to your practice, a selection of paintings in either acrylic or oil paint (exploring materials, processes and techniques).
  • Documentation of any 3D work and installation.
  • Photographic supporting material as appropriate.
  • Video or audio work where appropriate.
  • Sketchbooks.
  • We would also like you to submit a recent essay, minimum 500 words (this can be on a topic of your choice and need not be restricted to the arts).

Step 4: Interview

Our Interview Week takes place in February each year. You will receive an invitation to an Interview Day by email, which will give you the opportunity to book a specific date and time slot via an online form.

Interview panels are made up of Fine Art staff and current students. They will ask you to talk about your practical projects, your motivations and interests both in terms of the history of art and contemporary practices. You will also be able to ask questions about the student experience of the Fine Art programme at Loughborough.

Step 5: Offer

If you are successful at interview, you will recieve a conditional or unconditional offer of a place on our course before 31 March.

Step 6: Decision

You will have until 6 May to respond to UCAS with your decision about which of your offers you want to select as your Firm and Insurance choices.

Step 7: Results

On A level results day, applicants will be able to log onto UCAS Track and view the decision made by their first choice University.