Creative Arts

Art and Design Foundation Studies

Entry requirements

GCSE and A/AS-Levels

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes, grade 4/C or above, including English Language grade 4/C and if aged under 19 on 31 August in the year of entry, Maths grade 4/C.

Two passes at A-Level grade C minimum (excluding General Studies). It is preferred that one of your A-Level subjects is art- or design-related but this is not mandatory.

Please note that applicants with AS qualifications only will not be considered.

International Baccalaureate

Pass the Diploma with 28 points overall, including SL English Language A (4) or SL English Language B (6).

Alternative qualifications

Applicants studying for other UK, European or international qualifications should contact the Admissions Co-ordinator for advice: or 01509 228922.


All applicants must provide a portfolio of recent artwork.

Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Requirements

All UK/EU applicants under 19 years old on the 31 August of their chosen year of entry need to have achieved GCSE C grades in English Language and Maths or qualifications which have been deemed as equivalent for this purpose. Successful applicants who do not have one or either of these qualifications will be expected to study for them in parallel to the Foundation course. The University will support this and can suggest local colleges and online options.

English language qualifications for International Students

A list of English Language qualifications can be found at international webpages.

Please note that the UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design – Foundation Studies is classified as a non-degree course. To obtain a Tier 4 visa, international applicants must have a UKVI IELTS SELT issued by an approved IELTS test centre. A list of these centres can be viewed on the UKVI website.  This is irrespective of whether you hold any other English Language qualification.  This must be an IELTS SELT (Academic) as an ordinary IELTS test will not be accepted by UKVI for visa applications.