The Foundation Year Applications

Applications are currently closed.

Applications for The Foundation Year 2019-20 open on Monday 8th October 2018.

How do I apply to The Foundation Year?

The first step is to complete the online application and digital portfolio submission by the deadline of Sunday 17 February 2019, midnight (GMT). There is an application fee of £10.00. 

In addition to the submission of a digital portfolio of your work, applicants are required to complete a drawing exercise set by the Foundation Year Course Leaders which should be posted to the School. Details of this exercise and the address to post it to will be emailed to you once we have received your online application.

Digital Portfolio Submission

In your digital portfolio you will need to upload 20 high resolution JPG or PNG photographs of your work. The works will include:

·      10 drawings in dry media (e.g. graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastel, Conté)

·       10 additional works in other media (e.g. painting, photography, sculpture, animation*, print)


Images should be saved as JPG or PNG files, no larger than 200dpi / 4MB per image. These works must have been created within the past three years.

*Animators may submit 2 short video files included within their additional works. Please limit each video file to 2 minutes.

Images files must be labelled in the following way:

Title of Work_Dimensions_Medium.jpeg 

i.e. Untitled_25x25_CharcoalOnPaper.jpeg (dimensions should be calculated in centimetres)

Please be prepared to bring these works along with further sketchbooks to the interview if you are shortlisted.


Shortlisted Applicants

Applicants will be shortlisted by our assessment panel and selected candidates will be invited to attend an interview in London in March. They will bring a portfolio of their work (including the images from the digital submission) and sketchbooks. We understand that some international candidates might not be able to attend an interview in person, in which case we are able to offer Skype interviews. We are unable to offer a place to any candidate who does not attend an interview on the designated interview dates.

Application Deadlines:

Online application form and digital portfolio to be completed by: Sunday 17 February 2019, midnight (GMT)

Submission of drawing exercise by post: To arrive by Wednesday 20 February 2019

Shortlisted candidates interviewed: Monday 25, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 March 2019


Entry Requirements

Students applying to The Foundation Year from outside of the UK must be able to fulfil the following requirements:

  • The Foundation Year accepts students from outside of the UK providing they have a Tier 4 (General) visa (or in some cases a Tier 1 visa) that allows them to study in the UK. You can read more about the visa application progress under Immigration & Visas.
  • Applicants who do not speak English as their first language will be required to provide evidence of achieving a score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum of 5.0 in all four areas of the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS).
  • Applicants should be 18 or over on 1st September of the year that they will begin the course.