As soon as we receive your application from UCAS we will email you requesting you send us a portfolio. Each year we ask that portfolios are sent to us in January. We do accept portfolios after January, but it may take us a little longer to get back to you.

See below for advice on putting together and sending us your portfolio. You can also contact us for help and advice by emailing fineartadmissions@ncl.ac.uk.

After looking at your portfolio, we will decide whether to invite you for an interview either online or in person. Invitations will be sent by email. See below for advice and information on interviews.

If you don’t receive a portfolio request email soon after applying check your junk mailbox to make sure it hasn’t ended up there. If not, contact us straight away by emailing fineartadmissions@ncl.ac.uk.

Writing your Personal Statement

Our top tips for writing your Fine Art BA personal statement:

  1. Connect your statement to your portfolio
  2. Use simple and clear language
  3. Make a list of the points you want to make, then expand on them
  4. Don’t worry about word length at first

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What happens next

Once we receive your application, we will email you to ask you to send us a digital portfolio. Our inspection of your work is a very important part of the selection process.

Candidates who are unsuccessful at the portfolio stage are notified through UCAS. If we are interested in your work and feel that you would be suited to our programme, we will invite you to an interview. Usually interviews are face-to-face in the Art School, but they may be online.

We will let you know our decision as soon as possible after your interview.

Portfolio

The portfolio should include coursework of any format, but also – very importantly – work you have initiated yourself.

We are looking for work that demonstrates:

  • creativity, enthusiasm, commitment and excitement about making art
  • ability to study through looking – e.g. drawings or paintings made from observation 
  • sustained development and exploration of ideas or themes using different approaches and media

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Interviews

If you are successful at the portfolio stage we will email to invite you to interview. These are usually held in the Art School and include a tour of the department, but they may be online.

You will be able to choose your interview slot from a range of dates and times. The majority of interviews take place by the end of March, but we do add additional later interviews, if necessary. If for any reason you’re not able to make any of the dates offered, please email us so we can make alternative arrangements. 

You can send us additional work made after you first sent us your portfolio. You can email us an additional PDF of images, or you can send us an updated PDF of your portfolio.

If you have been inspired by recent visits to galleries or exhibitions you may wish to include material that will prompt discussion.

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If you have any questions about applying to Fine Art BA Honours please email us at fineartadmissions@ncl.ac.uk.