Undergraduate art, architecture and design applications

Already applied?

If you've already applied and need to book a place on one of our interview days or you require advice for portfolio preparation, please see our undergraduate interview booking and portfolio guide page.

Not yet applied?

Full-time students

If you're applying for a foundation or undergraduate degree starting in January/February, you should apply directly to the University by using the online application on your chosen course page.

If you're applying for a foundation or undergraduate degree starting in September, you should apply through UCAS. Your school or college can help you.

Each area of our School of Art, Architecture and Design also has a lead academic who can help with subject or course-specific queries.

Part-time students

If you're applying to study an undergraduate course part-time you will need to apply directly to the University via the online application on your chosen course page.

Portfolio interviews

For the majority of courses in our School of Art, Architecture and Design we interview applicants. The interview day is an opportunity to meet an academic tutor, talk to current students and explore the School. An interview will last between 15 and 20 minutes and it is essential that you bring a portfolio of your work.

During the interview we will ask you to explain your work, its process and the ideas. It is an informal meeting to discuss your work and your interests. We are interested in the individual applicant and what has inspired you to apply to one of our courses.

During the interview, the lecturer will evaluate your creativity, your commitment, knowledge and your technical skills. Whilst looking at your work we will ask you about:

  • your ideas and their importance to you
  • its background and context
  • your estimation of its strengths and weaknesses
  • your methods and procedures

Your ability to discuss your portfolio is as crucial as the work itself. After the interview you will not be told the decision. Our admissions team will inform you of the outcome.

If you are invited to interview, our admissions team will offer you a selection of dates to choose from by booking online.

Please note, failure to attend your interview will result in you being withdrawn as an applicant. We will only change your interview date in exceptional circumstances.

Portfolio advice

Read our guidance about what to include in your portfolio – if you still have questions, you can also contact the course leader for your chosen course or one of the following staff: