International Applications & Entry requirements

From September 2020, The Foundation Year will be welcoming all international students to join the course.* Applications for The Foundation Year 2020-21 will open in September 2019.

International Application - Overview

  • Step 1 / Fill in the online application form and submit digital portfolio by the application deadline.
  • Step 2 / Submit a drawing exercise by post
  • Step 3 / Shortlisted candidates are interviewed via video call
  • Step 4 / If a place is offered and accepted, students pay full fees of £19,950, within 10 days of the offer (including a non-refundable administration fee of £500)
  • Step 5 / Provide the School with the necessary documentation to receive your CAS number
  • Step 6 / Apply for Tier 4 (General) student visa, issued by the UK Home Office (and pay relevant visa application fees)
  • Step 7 / Liaise with School about arrival dates, accommodation and arrangement of airport collection

Entry Requirements

International students applying to The Foundation Year from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA)* 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) student visa** that allows them to study in the UK. You can read more about the visa application progress on the Immigration, Visas & Fees page.

  • Applicants must provide proof of their English language proficiency to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa. This means passing a secure English language test (SELT). You can read more about the visa application progress on the Immigration, Visas & Fees page.

  • Applicants should be 18 or over on 1st September of the year that they will begin the course. The Foundation Year is tailored to school leavers however, on occasion, we are also able to accept mature students.

How do I apply to The Foundation Year?

Online application
The first step is to complete the online application which includes a digital portfolio submission and a personal statement, written in English, about why you would like to study on this course.

Applications are currently closed. Applications for The Foundation year 2020-21 will open in September 2019.

Digital portfolio submission

In your digital portfolio you will need to upload 20 high resolution photographs of your work. Images should be saved as JPG or PNG files, no larger than 200 dpi / 4MB per image file. These works must have been created within the past three years.

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, print, animation* )

*Animators may submit 2 short video files included within their additional works. Please limit each video file to 2 minutes / max 8MB per video.

Images files must be labelled in the following way:

Title of Work_Dimensions_Medium.jpeg 

Untitled_25x25_CharcoalOnPaper.jpeg (dimensions should be calculated in centimetres)

Q. What should I submit in my portfolio?
The portfolio should display a sense of personal investigation through a range of drawing and painting media. Your work should include examples of:

  • Drawings that express a curiosity for looking at the world around you, these should be made directly from observation as well as drawings made from photography.
  • Pieces that demonstrate an ability to work across a range of materials, media and sizes. Please include photographic evidence of any 3D work, installations or larger pieces where applicable.

If selected for video call interview, as well as the work submitted in your digital portfolio, you should show sketchbooks demonstrating your personal artistic ideas and direction as well as exhibition/gallery responses and inspiration from artists.

Drawing exercise
Details of the short drawing exercise, the address to post it to and the deadline for submissions will be emailed to you once your online application has been received.

Shortlisted applicants
Applicants will be shortlisted by our assessment panel and selected candidates will be invited to interview over video call. These interviews will be organised on a case-by-case basis at the convenience of both the candidate and the School and should last approximately half an hour. Students should be able to present and discuss their portfolio of work and their sketchbooks.

*Subject to change due to ongoing political negotiations. Please return to this page for the most up to date information on the visa status of EU/EEA citizens applying to study in the UK.

**Subject to UKVI approval