Creative Arts

Art and Design Foundation Studies

Frequently answered questions

Below are answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you can't find the information you need, please contact us.

Entry requirements

I am a mature student. What entry qualifications do I need?

It is preferred that mature applicants meet the minimum entry requirements as outlined above. However, applicants who do not meet this requirement are encouraged to contact the Admissions Co-ordinator for further advice: or +44 (0)1509 228922.

Applying, interviews and portfolio assessment

What is the closing date for applications?

Applications to this programme are made online and will be accepted from 30 September 2019, and the application portal will remain open until the course is full.  However, it is recommended that applications are submitted by 31 January 2020 at the latest. Applicants who submit an application after this date will not be guaranteed a portfolio assessment.

Do you interview all applicants?

All suitably qualified applicants who apply on or before the application deadline date will be invited to attend for portfolio assessment.

What happens at the portfolio assessment?

Your portfolio will be assessed by a member of the Foundation staff without you being present. In some cases, where clarification is required on either the work you have presented or information provided on your application form, you may be required to attend a short interview.

Whilst your portfolio is being assessed you will be given a guided tour of the programme area and a brief talk from a member of staff.

What do I need to bring with me?

Your portfolio which should contain examples of current work and you should select and highlight pieces which you feel reflect the following:

  • colour skills
  • drawing skills
  • development of ideas and/or processes
  • sketchbook work

You will also be required to bring all examination certificates for verification.

When will I receive the result of my application?

We endeavour to inform applicants of the outcome of their application within 14 working days. However, at busy periods this may take longer.

I am taking a gap year/living abroad and am unable to attend interview - what should I do?

In the first instance you should submit a completed application form. This will be checked and, if satisfactory, we will write to you with information on submitting a digital portfolio.

Can I defer my place?

Yes – but please note the potential fee impact due to changes in age.

Fees and finance

What are the fees?

The fees charged to UK/EU students are established according to national funding agency guidelines, which are dependent on your age on the 31 August in the year that your study starts. These fees are confirmed by the funding agencies in the Easter of the preceding academic year. 

The fees charged for the current 2019/20 are given below.

  • UK/EU applicants aged 18 years and under on 31 August in the year of entry

You will be exempt from the payment of tuition fees. The University will claim these on your behalf directly from the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

  • UK/EU applicants aged 19 years or over on 31 August in the year of entry

A tuition fee of £5,421 applies.

  • Channel Island applicants irrespective of age

A tuition fee of £5,421 applies.

The UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design – Foundation Studies is classified as Further Education (FE) and Student Loans are reserved for students studying on Higher Education (HE) programmes only.

  • International applicants

A tuition fee of £12,300 applies.


What financial support is offered?

For all students:

All UK Further Education (FE) students with a household income below £25,000 can make an application for a Loughborough University FE Bursary (a grant) of up to £700 at the start of their programme.

Application forms will be available for collection from the School or Loughborough's Students Advice and Support Service. As the number of bursaries is limited, Loughborough University cannot commit itself to making a payment to every applicant who satisfies the eligibility criteria.

FE students are also eligible to apply for the Hardship Fund administered by the University, from which loans and grants are made throughout the year. More details are available from the Student Advice and Support Service but it should be noted that only a small amount of cash is available from this fund so the number of awards are limited.

Free meals for disadvantaged students on FE courses

FE-funded institutions are required by the Education Act 1996 to provide a meal a day to disadvantaged students who are aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August (in the year of entry). Students who turn 19 during their study programme will remain eligible for a meal a day until the end of the academic year. Please contact the School for more information on the eligibility criteria for this support.

Can I apply for a Student Loan?

The UAL Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design – Foundation Studies is classified as Further Education (FE) and Student Loans are reserved for students studying on Higher Education (HE) programmes only.

Can I get assistance with travel costs?

If you live in Leicester or Leicestershire and are a full-time student travelling daily to the University, assistance with the cost of transport may be available from your Local Authority. This is dependent on the distance travelled (it must be more than three miles from home to University), age (you must be under 19 on 31 August in the year of entry) and whether the same course can be taken at a college or university nearer to your home.

For transport requests, applications and entitlement please contact the following councils:

Leicestershire County Council: +44(0)116 3050002

Leicester City Council: +44(0)116 2527802

Rutland County Council: +44(0)1572 722577

How much should I budget for materials?

Approximately £250 spread over the year. However, this will depend on how much equipment you already have and in what area you finally specialise.


Can I have accommodation in halls of residence?

Art and Design Foundation students have the opportunity to apply for a place in University halls of residence - please see the accommodation website for more details.

Student support and facilities

I have dyslexia/dyspraxia - is there any support?

The Foundation programme area has a dedicated member of staff, available for 2.5 days per week, to help students with dyslexia/dyspraxia. Loughborough University also has a Counselling and Disability Service for students.

Can I bring my car?

Due to restricted parking spaces on campus, parking permits are not normally granted. More information is available online.