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) that is accepted for admission to the course.
A-levels or BTEC
Entry requirements are in the range of A-level BBC–CCC (112–96 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.
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.
May enable you to start the course in year 2.
Direct entry to year 3: foundation degree or DipHE in related subject, or practical experience.
For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.
Applying through Clearing (2017)
If you are applying through Clearing and hoping to start in September 2017, please read the information on our create an online portfolio page.
Applying for a place in 2018?
Before we can consider your application, you will be asked to send an online portfolio to show us your work. We would like to see:
- examples of work that demonstrates how you develop ideas. The work can be in any medium or combination of media, for example drawing, interactive, typography, collage, photography, performance, video
- evidence of personal work, drawing, use of type, collage, photography, and other mediums. What are your interests in the world?
- your ability to develop an idea from concept, to a finished project
- a range of sketchbooks showing how you experiment and explore different techniques and media
- any completed moving image, animation, interactive work or gifs (show on Vimeo)
- several examples of finished outcomes in either 2-D or animation or moving image
- your potential to experiment and explore ideas, use different techniques and media
- a passion for graphic design illustration.
We recommend using Flickr or Tumblr to create a simple portfolio / blog and Vimeo or YouTube for embedding video. Please note that it is not a strict requirement to have previous film and video work at interview stage – we welcome a creative portfolio and an interest in exploring moving image in future works.
- Aim to arrive with time to spare.
- The interview will normally be between yourself, two members of staff and one current student and lasts 30 minutes.
- Show awareness and interest in contemporary art, design, and culture i.e. books, film, music, exhibitions, etc.
- The interview is a two-way process, a conversation that is designed to be friendly and open, so please think of some questions to ask us.