How to apply

The following pages will explain the application process for International students (Non-EU) applying for a pre-degree, degree or postgraduate course.

We will guide you through the requirements for admission, how to apply and what happens after your application.

Please select the level of course you wish to apply for:

Pre-degree (Diploma Courses)
Undergraduate Degree (BA Courses)
Postgraduate Course (MA, March, PHD Courses) 

Before you apply you may wish to consider the following:


All full-time courses have set entry requirements and these can be seen in the entry requirements section. We appreciate that International students do not always follow the same education system as the UK and for this reason we consider comparable international qualifications.

If you have different qualifications to those listed you can contact NARIC, who provide a service for International and European students seeking information on comparability between International/European and UK qualifications.

Alternatively you can contact the International Office for advice, by emailing

English Language

It is also important that you have the correct English Language skills as well as artistic and creative skills as all our courses have a strong academic component.

You can find out more about our English language requirement and how you can improve your English on our English Support page.


As well as assessing your application on your qualifications the university is interested in how you translate ideas visually for others.

For this reason, we require applicants to submit a Portfolio of Artwork for most of our courses. The exceptions are BA (Hons) Architecture, BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design, BA (Hons) Creative Events Management, BA (Hons) Creative Writing and BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design, which are assessed on your application.

BA (Hons) Acting and Dance are based on an audition.

You can view portfolio guidelines for all our pre-degree and undergraduate courses and further advice on preparing and submitting a portfolio is available here.

Visas and Immigration

You may also wish to take into consideration the UK’s visa and immigration requirements. Once you have been accepted on a course, many international students require visas to come and study in the UK.

We strongly recommend starting your visa application early in case there are any delays, as this may result in you missing the start of your course.