Entry requirements

Andy Valencia, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Camberwell College of Arts

Once you have decided upon a course of study, you will need to know its entry requirements in order to submit the correct documentation with your application.

Entry requirements vary depending on factors such as study-level and subject. For example, a practice-based course will usually require you to submit a portfolio showing how your skills and ideas have developed over a period of time.

Other courses focusing on areas such as journalism, public relations or business-related courses will also require you to submit work. This may be examples of your original blog articles or essays that are relevant to your application.

Specific entry requirements can be found on your chosen course page in the ‘Entry Requirements’ section, but the following are common requirements for courses of all levels:

  • A High School Diploma (evidenced by current transcript)
  • A personal statement
  • A portfolio (or other examples of work)
  • A High School Diploma
  • A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (or relevant pre-degree qualification)
  • A personal statement
  • A portfolio (or other examples of work)
  • An academic reference
  • An Undergraduate qualification in a relevant area
  • A personal statement
  • A portfolio (or other examples of work)
  • CV
  • References are now only required for the MBA and EMBA programs

Some of our masters courses also require you to provide a study proposal, essay or evidence of relevant work experience.

To learn more about what we look for in an MA application, come along to one of our MA seminars offered in various cities across Canada. Take a look at our UAL in Canada section to see if there are any seminars coming up near you.

What we ask for

We have created these handy guides to help you prepare your application. Take a look at our personal statement guide, our portfolio guide and how to prepare for an interview. More detail about the things you’ll encounter during the application process are below:

If you are applying to a course at any study level at UAL, you will need to submit an application registration form.

As you would expect, this form is used to provide us with information about you, such as your personal details and academic history.

Our Canadian representative can give you guidance on exactly how to complete your application form.

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and your suitability for the course that you intend to study.

Some key points to consider:

  • Make sure that personal statement is your own work and is about you.
  • Explain why you want to study the course you are applying to.
  • Try to link your skills and experience required to the course.
  • Demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the course and link these with your personality.
  • Make sure it is organised and literate (grammar, spelling, punctuation check).

For more information on how to write your personal statement please take a look at our guide and this video.

As part of your application we require a copy of the biographical page of your passport.

You may see terms such as ‘UCAS tariff points’, ‘A levels’ or ‘GCSEs’ in the entry requirements sections of our course pages. These all relate to exams in the UK which are often seen as key criteria when universities are deciding which students to accept.

There is no definitive equivalence between UK and Canadian academic grades, but generally speaking, when looking at applications from Canada, we normally expect students to have obtained a High School Diploma with B averages.

Although academic grades are important, your application will be judged on additional elements, such as your portfolio, which is useful in giving us an impression of you and your work.

If you are unsure whether you meet the requirements for your specific course choice, please get in touch with our Canadian representative.

Only our Level 4, BA, MBA and EMBA courses require you to submit a reference with your application. For the MBA and EMBA we require two references.

A reference can be a teacher, guidance counsellor or professional who knows you academically.

If you are a Canadian national and your academic instruction was in English, you won’t need to provide proof of your English language ability.

If your instruction was not in English, or you are from a country where English isn’t your first language you will have to provide evidence that your level of English is sufficient to succeed in your chosen course.

IELTS Academic for UKVI is the only language test that is accepted by both UAL and UK Visas and Immigration.

The exact requirements differ from course to course and can be found on your chosen course page. The table below gives a general indication of the IELTS scores required to study a UAL course:

If you need help to reach the required language level, UAL’s Language Centre offers a range of English courses and a presessional course for students with a conditional or unconditional offer.

Take a look at the Language Centre page on our UK site for more information.

You can register to take an IELTS test on the IELTS Canada website.

As a student from Canada, you will most likely need a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study with us. This is for students aged 16 years or over who are coming to UAL to study a full-time degree or degree-level course, a further education course, a pre-sessional course, a Study Abroad programme or an English language course.

If you need a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study at UAL, you will be asked to complete a UK Immigration History Form (IHF) after you have submitted your application. In your confirmation email we will provide you with login details for your Applicant Portal where you will need to log in to complete this. Further instructions on completing the IHF can be found here. UK Immigration History Form, and submit it with your application

When you apply to a course in a subject like fine art, graphic design, fashion design, and other hands-on disciplines at UAL, a portfolio is a very important part of your application.

A portfolio is a collection of your work, or a ‘visual diary’, showing how your skills and ideas have developed over time. It demonstrates your creativity, personality, abilities and commitment, and helps us to evaluate your potential.

For more information about portfolios, take a look at our UK site and review our portfolio guide.

Preparing a portfolio for foundation study

Preparing a portfolio for undergraduate study

Preparing a portfolio for postgraduate study

You will be asked to attend an interview as part of the application process to make sure you are a good fit for the course, and to give you a chance to find out more about us.

Our academics visit Canada regularly to interview prospective students face-to-face. They can offer you a place on a different course if they feel one is more suited to your skills and experience, but they will consult you about this beforehand. The only way to initiate one of these face-to-face interviews in Canada is to apply through our Canadian representative.

For more information about what to expect from our interviews, take a look at the Interview preparation video on our UK site and our guide.  In-person interviews will be held Canada on dates listed in our UAL in Canada section.

MA Applicants must submit a study proposal outlining the intentions of their research. Applicants are expected to include a description of the area of interest, field of study and the particular focus of the intended project, and an overview of how they intend to go about producing the project and the methodology.

If you have any questions about our courses, please get in touch with our Canadian representative Jess at jess@ualcanada.ca.