School of Arts and Cultures

How to Apply

How to Apply

You have to apply online through UCAS, and you also have to submit a portfolio of your work. You'll have an interview to discuss your work.

Read the course prospectus for full details on your portfolio and interview.

Your portfolio

We want to recruit creative, enquiring, engaged and resourceful individuals on to our Fine Art degree course. A very important part of our selection process is our inspection of a portfolio of your work.

What are we looking for?

The portfolio should include coursework, for example from A/A1 Level and/or Foundation but also – very importantly – should include self-initiated work (in any format) that you have made for yourself or in addition to your coursework.

We are not just looking for ‘finished’ work’. We are interested in seeing how your ideas are generated and how they develop. We expect to see work in progress, notebooks, sketchbooks and working drawings and details of work alongside more resolved drawings, paintings, sculptures, videos or any other relevant work.

Do not worry too much about presentation or making your portfolio look ‘professional’. We are only interested in the work and seeing what you are interested in; a simple label beneath each work showing medium and size is enough.

We are looking for work that demonstrates:

  • Creativity, enthusiasm, commitment and excitement about making art
  • Ability to study through looking – eg drawings or paintings made from observation 
  • Sustained development and exploration of ideas or themes using different approaches and media

Digital Portfolios should include 30 - 50 images of work. They can be in the form of a Powerpoint, or a Pdf, or individual files.

Full details on the application procedure are here.

The interview

Once we've looked at your portfolio, we'll decide if we'd like to invite you for an interview.

We interview students if we're interested in your work and feel you would be suited to our programme.

The interview lasts approximately 20 minutes. It gives you a chance to discuss your work and interests with two members of Fine Art staff.

Recognition of prior learning

We also accept applications on the basis of credit transfer and prior learning.

For more information, download our Prior Learning Statement (PDF: 293 KB).

To apply, you have to complete the recognition of prior learning Prior Learning Application Form (Word: 41 KB).