IFD Entry Requirements



IFD: IELTS minimum overall score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in each band. (reading, writing, speaking, listening)

IFD + English: IELTS minimum overall score of 5.0 with a minimum of 4.5 in each band (reading, writing, speaking, listening).  If your score is lower than this, please contact admissions@aub.ac.uk



You will need a Level 3 qualification or 12 years of education with good grades and a portfolio. Level 3 qualifications can be any of the below, or equivalent:

  • A minimum of two GCE A Level passes at Grade C or above. One of these should be in a relevant creative subject, but we are happy to consider applicants who have not studied a creative subject,
  • Two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/BTEC Extended Certificate at Merit, or a combination of BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/BTEC Extended Certificate and A Level qualifications.
  • An IB (International Baccalaureate) score of 24 or above. We will accept the equivalent in relevant individual IB certificates.
  • A BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma Merit.
  • A BTEC/OCR (Tech) Extended Diploma at Merit, Pass.



Austria – Successful completion of the Reifeprüfungzeugnis or Matura requirement is an overall average grade of 2.

Belgium – Successful completion of the Diploma van Secundair Onderweijs, with an overall result of 5/10 or 11/20.

Bulgaria – Pass Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with an overall average mark of at least 5.0.

China – Successful completion of the Chinese Senior Secondary School Certificate with a minimum overall pass mark of 65% OR Pass CAFA International Foundation Year with a minimum of 70%.

Cyprus – An overall score of at least 17 in Apolytirion of Eniaio Lykeio or Greek Cypriot Apolyterion.

Czech Republic – A score of 2.9 or higher in the Maturita.

Denmark – Successful completion of the Studentereksamen with an overall result of 6/12.

Estonia – Successful completion of Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus with an overall average result of 4.0 or above in all subjects, and Riigieksamid (National Exams) with average result of 70% in tests taken.

Finland – Successful completion of the Ylioppilastutkinto / Studentexamen with a result of 4/6 (Cum Laude).

France – A good pass (grade 10 or above) in the Baccalaureate. Baccalaureate à Option Internationale / Baccalaureate de l’Enseignement du Second Degré.

Germany – A minimum overall grade of 3.0 in the Abitur Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife / Zeugnis der Reife / Reifezeugnis. A minimum grade of 10 on the English component of the Abitur will meet minimum English Language requirements.

Ghana – Successful completion of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) with at least five subjects at grades A-C.

Greece – A minimum overall score of 17 in Apolytirion of Eniaio Lykeio or Greek Cypriot Apolyterion.

Hong Kong – 64 UCAS Tariff points from two subjects on the HKDSE in core or elective subjects, excluding liberal and general studies. This would normally be grades of 4 and 4.

Hungary – 3.0 or better in the Erettsegi.

Iceland – Successful completion of Iceland Studentsprof with minimum of 7 in English when taken as a compulsory language.

India – 55% on 12th standard + 55% on 10th standard (including maths) Accepted exam boards: CBSE, CISCE, Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu & West Bengal.

Ireland – Pass FETAC: 3 subjects with Merit. Or Irish Leaving Certificate (Irish Highers) grades H3, H3, H4 one of which must be in a relevant Art, Media or Design subject.

Italy – A minimum of 70 points in Diploma di Esame di Stato (formerly Diploma di Maturita).

Japan – Successful completion of the Japanese Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate with a minimum overall pass mark of 3 OR successful completion of JCFL Study Overseas Art and Design college program.

Latvia – Good grades (7 – 8) in the Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu, plus a grade 8 for English.

Lithuania – Brandos Atestatas overall grade 6 plus 50% overall grade at state examinations.

Malaysia – Successful completion of Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (Malaysia Higher School Certificate) with grades BBB.

Netherlands – Successful completion of the VWO Diploma with an overall results of 6/10.

Nigeria – Successful completion of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) with at least five subjects at grades A-C.

Norway – Vitnemal: den Videeregaende Skole Examen Artium (with 4 in key subjects including English).

Oman – General Education Diploma with a minimum 80% mark.

Poland – Successful completion of the Matura with an overall result of 60%.

Portugal – Diploma de Ensino Secundário / Certificado de fim de Estudios Secundários with an average score of 16.0 in all subjects.

Romania – Pass Romania- Diploma de Bacalaureat with grade 7 or above.

Russia – Successful completion of the Attestat with grade 3 overall.

Slovakia – Slovakia-Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej Skuske with a minimum of grade 2.0 (chvalitebny) in all subjects with the majority at grade 1.0 (vyborny).

South Africa – Successful completion of the South African National Senior Certificate with grades ABBBB/76666.

South Korea – Successful completion of the South Korean High School Diploma with grades above mi (70-79).

Spain – Pass Titulo de Bachillerato with an average mark of 5.5 or higher.

Sweden – minimum grade of 14 in the Avgångsbetyg / Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskola, plus VG/MVG in the ‘B’ course in English.

Switzerland – Pass Cantonal Maturity Certificate or a Federal Maturity Certificate, or a professional Maturity Certificate at grade 4.

Taiwan – Successful completion of the Taiwanese Senior High School Leaving Certificate with a minimum overall pass mark of 65%.

Turkey – Successful completion of the devlet Teknik LISE Diplomasi or Devlet Meslek LISE with grades of 3.5 or above.

USA – Successful completion of a High School Diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above.

Vietnam – Successful completion of and evidence of Tot Nghiep Pho Thong trung Hoc (Upper secondary School Graduation Certificate).