The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course and should be used as a general guide. We operate a flexible admissions policy – this means that you could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences.
We are looking for highly motivated and creative students. We will primarily be interested in your portfolio and will select via a personal interview. If your predicted grades fall below these requirements but you can demonstrate a high-quality portfolio, you are still encouraged to apply. We will consider you on an individual basis.
A foundation diploma is not a requirement for entry – it is just one of a range of qualifications (for example, BTEC or Access Diploma etc.) that is accepted for admission to this course.
For those applying with A-levels only, grades ABB are expected, supported by a strong portfolio.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 60 credits overall. Art and design diploma preferred. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 24 credits at merit or above.
GCSE (minimum grade C)
A good profile.
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.
- Art and design foundation diploma
- Interview and portfolio review
Note that we do not defer places on the course for first year entry or accept direct entry/transfer to level six (third year) of the course. Transfer/direct entry into level five may be possible if there is space, but is considered on an individual basis.
Once we have received your application we ask to see a digital portfolio of your photographic work on a Tumblr website. This should show the current stage of development of your creative photographic work, your influences and artistic and photographic interests. We are primarily interested in seeing coherent project work that explores your ideas. Therefore, portfolio images are expected to demonstrate appropriate consideration and organisation. We are not interested at this stage in work that only demonstrates technique – we can teach that upon successful entry to the course. A critical essay on the work of a photographer or a photographic genre should be submitted with the portfolio.
If invited for interview, please be prepared to demonstrate:
- your knowledge of the course and its context
- enthusiasm, commitment, awareness of current art and photographic practices
- ability to discuss your work and its development
- a willingness to engage with photography in a scholarly way through independent study and written work
- enthusiasm for working in groups and independently
The interview will involve discussion of your work. Please bring a portfolio box, book or case of printed work to enable this discussion. We expect the print portfolio to be a considered collection of photographic work:
- coherently organised into projects
- exploring and visualising ideas
- between 20 and 30 images