Art and design diploma. A foundation diploma is not a requirement for entry – it is just one of a range of qualifications (for example, A-level, BTEC or Access Diploma etc) that is accepted for admission to the course.
A-levels or BTEC
Entry requirements are in the range of A-level BBB–CCC (120–96 UCAS Tariff points), or BTEC Extended Diploma DDM–MMM. You will be considered if your predicted grades fall within this range, but any offer will be made based on assessment of portfolio/interview.
26 points, with three subjects at Higher level.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 24 credits at merit or above.
GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)
At least English language and maths.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. Find out more about the other English qualifications that we accept.
Note that we do not defer places on the course for first year entry or accept direct entry or transfer to year 3 of the course. Transfer or direct entry into year 2 may be possible if there is space, but is considered on an individual basis.
Once we have received your application we will ask you to share a digital portfolio of your photographic work with us via your website or blog. This should show:
- the current stage of development of your creative photographic work
- your influences and artistic and photographic interests
- a critical essay on the work of a photographer or a photographic genre.
Portfolio images are expected to demonstrate appropriate consideration and organisation. We want to see images in your portfolio that show consideration and organisation. We are primarily interested in project work that explores your ideas. We are not interested in work that only demonstrates command of technique – we can teach that upon successful entry to - it’s our job to help you develop that once you are on the course.
Interviews normally take place in person but temporarily from March 2020, all interviews will be replaced by an online portfolio submission.
If invited for an interview, be prepared to demonstrate:
- your knowledge of the course and its context
- an engagement with current art and photographic practices
- an ability to discuss your work and its development
- a willingness to engage with photography in a scholarly way through independent study and written work
- an enthusiasm for working in groups and independently.
The interview will involve a discussion of your work. Please be prepared to talk about your work at the interview and bring a portfolio box, book or case of printed work and a critical essay on the work of a photographer or a photographic genre to enable this discussion. We expect the print portfolio be a considered collection of photographic work of between 20 and 30 images that:
- is organised into projects
- demonstrates an exploration of ideas.