How to apply
If you live in the UK or EU, you should apply through the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply online through the UCAS website.
If you’re from outside the UK or EU and are applying to more than one university in the UK, you should apply via UCAS. If you are only applying to a course at UCA, you can:
- apply directly to us using the individual online application form for your chosen course (which you'll find on the specific course information page), or
- apply through your in-country representative.
When to apply - UK/EU students
You can submit your UCAS application from mid-September, the year before your course begins.
The UCAS equal consideration deadline for applications is 15 January each year for courses that begin the following September. We give equal consideration to all applications we receive by this deadline. We’ll accept applications after this deadline, but please be aware that places on some courses may be limited and some courses may close to new applications after 15 January.
When to apply - international students
We accept applications from international students throughout the year. There’s no set deadline but we encourage you to apply by 31 March so you have enough time to organise your student visa, if you need one and apply for a place in University accommodation.
Our institution code is C93.
What happens next?
If you apply through UCAS, they'll acknowledge your application and forward it to us. You can track the progress of your application through UCAS Track.
When we get your application (directly, or via UCAS), we’ll send you an email with your login details for the applicant portal. This is where you'll access all the information you'll need through your applicant journey.
The selection process
If you live in the UK, for most courses we'll invite you to an Applicant Day. These normally take place between December and March. This is a great opportunity for you to showcase your talent in a relaxed environment and to ask us any questions you have about your course. During the Applicant Day, you'll attend an interview with a member of the course team. The course team may also want to look at your portfolio of work, so please remember to bring this with you.
If you live outside of the UK, or are unable to attend your Applicant Day, we'll ask you to send us your portfolio of work. You can do this using the 'portfolio upload task' on the applicant portal.
You can discover more about the selection process and creating your portfolio on each individual course page. We’ll send you more details through the applicant portal after we've received your application.
UCAS makes background information available to us when they send us your application - this is called contextual data. We will not use this information when making a decision about whether or not to offer you a place at UCA.