General Application Information 2020-21

Thank you for your interest in University of the Arts London (UAL).

Please take the time to read the following information, as it will answer many questions about becoming a student at UAL including how to apply easily through the Canadian office.

The Canadian office provides a free advisory service to prospective applicants. We host information sessions in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, and through online webinars. We visit Canadian high schools, colleges and universities on request and we host admissions interviews in Canada for students who apply through the Canadian office.

The Canadian based staff is available to answer any questions you may have and to support you throughout the application and admissions process. We look forward to helping you decide if UAL is right for you.

UAL also participates in National Portfolio Day in Toronto and Vancouver.  This is a great opportunity to receive feedback on your portfolio.


The Canadian office provides a free advisory service – by phone, Skype, and in-person – to help students prepare for application. Book an advisory appointment online. This step in the application process is required before an interview can be offered.


There are 3 ways to apply to UAL:

  1. Through the Canadian office (no fee) – recommended.
  2. Direct to UAL (no fee) – no participation in Canadian interviews or support from the Canadian office.
  3. Through UCAS (fees apply). Note: UCAS does not offer the option to apply to first year (freshman-level) further education courses (Foundation, International Preparation and International Introduction courses).

IMPORTANT: The Canadian office does not provide support to students who apply direct to UAL or through UCAS. Only choose those options if you do not wish to interview in Canada and require no advice or support.


The Canadian office has a different application process and deadlines than the ‘apply online’ option on the UAL website so please follow the information below carefully.

  1. If you have not already done so, please submit an Application Registration. This information about yourself will help us guide you through the international student application process.
  2. After receiving your information, you will be asked to schedule a follow-up advisory to discuss course options, portfolio preparation, etc. This advisory is a mandatory step before an interview can be offered.
  3. After submitting your information, you’ll receive an email with a checklist and instructions about how to submit supporting/supplementary documentation.
  4. You may be invited to attend an admissions interview in Canada, or asked to submit a digital portfolio for review in London.

REMEMBER: If you’d like to apply through the Canadian office, do not submit a direct online application on the main UAL website or submit an application through UCAS. We cannot access your application, provide guidance, or schedule a Canadian interview if you apply through either of these routes.

Application Fees

There is no fee to apply through the Canadian office.

Application Deadlines

It is your responsibility to check individual course web pages for any course specific application deadlines. If you wish to participate in Canadian interviews we will advise you of any additional Canadian office deadlines.

Interviews in Canada

The Canadian office hosts admission interviews – offering immediate decision for most courses – in the fall and spring each year. Upcoming dates are:

Toronto: November 2019, February & April 2020
Montreal: November 2019 & February 2020
Vancouver: November 2019 & February 2020

Please email us for more information about locations and to register interest.

Digital Applications

Applicants who can’t attend an in-person interview can apply digitally through the Canadian office – please contact us for information. If needed, the Canadian office will arrange a formal telephone interview with admissions faculty during the review process.

Application Decisions

Admissions decisions for most digital applicants are made within 8-10 weeks of receipt of a complete application.


Application to all studio-based courses is by portfolio review. Students applying to a studio or practice-based course must submit an extensive portfolio of work. Generally, a portfolio should contain a broad selection of work from the past two years, and show experimentation with different media, as well as demonstrate technical skills and conceptual ability.

When assessing a portfolio, the processes (research) used to develop the work are as important as the work itself. It’s important to show completed work, but it is vital that you include sketchbooks, drawings, as well as any visual research and planning you did to develop your work as part of your portfolio. Remember, we are particularly interested in your most recent work even if it is unfinished.

It is not important that all work be finished. The course team examines portfolios to gain an idea of your imagination and approach to your creativity as well as your technical skills, and sketchbooks and diagrams can often provide evidence of potential as well as more finished work.

Some courses have specific portfolio requirements and/or supplementary written requirements; check course web pages for details.

Watch this Portfolio Video for advice about portfolio preparation and explore Portfolio UAL’s gallery of student work.


Planning your finances is a big part of the decision to apply and it is important that you consider how you will pay tuition and living expenses before making an application.

Annual tuition fees are due in full at the beginning of the academic year for all further education and undergraduate courses. Installment payment plans are only available to MA students.

In addition, the UK student visa application for international students has stringent financial regulations that require a student to provide documentation of how they will pay tuition fees and living expenses. It is important that you plan accordingly.

Tuition Fees

2020-21 international annual tuition fees are: 

Further Education: £18,300 (Foundation Diploma, International Prep and International Intro courses)
Undergraduate: £22,920* (includes FdA Degrees, BA/BSc Degrees)
Masters & Research: £20,110 – £32,900*

*Some courses have non-standard fees. Tuition fees can be found in the ‘Facts’ tab on the course web page.

Living Expenses

In addition to tuition fees, we estimate that you will need a minimum of £12,000 – 15,000 per year for living expenses including housing, food, and local travel. More information can be found here.

To calculate estimated tuition fees and living expenses in Canadian dollars, use the Oanda Currency Calculator

Scholarships and Need-Based Aid

The University does not offer need-based financial aid, scholarships, or merit awards to international further education or undergraduate level students. A small number of competitive scholarships are offered for select MA courses.

Outside Scholarships

Explore external scholarship opportunities at the Scholarships Canada.


The University offers 13 Halls of Residence located throughout the city. Students commute to college sites using London’s excellent public transportation. Accommodations are mainly private rooms in flats with shared kitchen and common areas. Meal plans are not offered.

Costs vary according to location and amenities. Accommodations at UAL


Who needs a visa?

Currently, any student who does not hold a UK or EU passport must apply for a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa to be able to study in the UK.

When can I apply for a student visa?

The earliest students can apply for the Tier 4 General visa is 90 days before the start of the course Students must hold a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Study) from the UAL before applying for the visa.

Find out more about the visa application process, visa application fees, and required documentation.


The British Council is a terrific resource for students considering studying in the UK.

Portfolio Preparation
Preparing for Interview
Canadian Student Story
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