Preparation for HE

How to apply

All applications should be made direct to AUB using the online application form.

Each course has its own specific application form and you can find links to these on the Applying for a course page.

When to apply – home/EU students

Preparation for HE courses are very popular. We receive the majority of applications between December and March so we recommend that you submit your application by the deadline of 31st March.

We will continue to accept applications after this date but places on courses may be very limited and cannot be guaranteed.

When to apply – international students

We will accept applications throughout the year. We encourage you to apply by 31st March to allow you enough time to arrange accommodation, if required, and you must ensure you have enough time to arrange your visa before you enrol onto a course.

We realise that it may not be possible for some EU or International applicants to attend an interview. EU and International applicants will be required to submit  a portfolio of work.

Full instructions on where and how to submit a portfolio will be sent to you via the applicant portal (after your application has been received). Please do not submit a portfolio unless requested by Admissions.

What happens next?

Once we have received your application, we will send you an email with your login details for the applicant portal (MyApplication). By logging in, you will be able to monitor the progress of your application.

If you meet our entry criteria, we will provide you with an interview date via MyApplication. You will be able to view information about the interview and accept the invitation.

We usually give at least two weeks notice of interview dates – if you cannot attend the interview you can request a reschedule via MyApplication.

Please refer to MyApplication for interview and portfolio information as it is important that you prepare as well as possible for your interview.

Entry requirements

All applications to courses are assessed against the course entry requirements and criteria. We require a portfolio of visual work to provide evidence of practical and visual ability appropriate to the course you are applying for.

Applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis and by their ability and readiness for university study. If you are an international student, our minimum language requirement is an IELTS score of 5.5 and we would advise you to continue to develop your language skills to this level and above.

Your interview

Your interview will last around 20 minutes and will be your opportunity to present your portfolio and to discuss your ideas, interests and aspirations with a course tutor.

We will talk about your influences in arts, design media and performance, your portfolio and other cultural interests such as cinema, theatre or literature. Discussion will largely revolve around your portfolio of creative work.

It is important that you bring a broad range of work so that we can assess your potential. We would advise that you seek guidance about the content of your portfolio from your art, design and media teachers.

Normal entry to a Foundation Diploma follows two years of sixth form study or equivalent. Work for your portfolio could be selected from the following subject areas:

Design Technology, Graphic Products, Product Design, Ceramics, Craft, Graphic Design, Textile Design, Fashion, Costume, Theatre, Art & Design, Fine Art, Media Studies, Film Studies or Photography.

If you are studying more than one creative subject area (for example Art and Photography) then you should bring work from both areas.

What happens after your interview?

You will receive written confirmation of the outcome in writing, usually within ten working days. A conditional offer means that we are offering you a place on certain conditions, usually that you achieve certain grades in your examinations.

The conditions of the offer will be detailed in your offer letter. You can view and accept the offer on MyApplication.

We strongly advise that you respond to any offer as soon as possible and we will expect a reply before the end of summer term. If you change your mind please contact

When you have been sent details of your grades or have successfully completed your current course, you will need to send evidence of this to Admissions (a photocopy of your results is fine).

We will then be in touch with you with further information via My Application or email and we will send a Welcome Pack in August.

Who to contact with queries

If you have any queries regarding the admissions process or an application that you have made, please contact or phone Admissions on 01202 363228.