If you have not been educated in the UK, but want to learn postgraduate study here, then choosing the International Integrated Pre-Masters pathway will be ideal preparation.

Starting in either September or February and lasting 30 weeks, this stage of study is aimed at helping you get ready for a Master’s – where you will develop depth of thinking, critical analysis, creative problem solving and English language skills ready for postgraduate life.

You will be able to define your creative subject specialism and build an appropriate level portfolio of work, and have access to a broad range of studio and workshop-based resources, including industry standard facilities in Film and Media, Photography, 3D Design and Crafts, Textiles, Journalism, Graphic Design and Fine Art.

You will also be able to go on educational visits in the UK and mainland Europe. In the past, these have included trips to museums and galleries in London, Brighton, and Oxford as well as Amsterdam. These directly inform the research for a key project within Semester 1, help you bond as a group and experience European culture.

By selecting the Integrated International Pre-master’s pathway, we will offer you a two-year student visa. You will be supported by a personal development tutor during your study to define your specialist pathway. You can also choose to study pre-sessional English prior to starting, which will improve your IELTS score and prepare you to study a creative subject at UCA.

Integrated International Pre-Masters (One semester):

We will also be offering a one semester version of this course which will be 15 week long and is only available to those whose English is 6.0 overall with nothing below 5.5 in each band. 


Students with a creative practice-based focus: A recognised bachelor’s degree or 3-year diploma with a strong portfolio in a relevant subject.

Students with a management-based focus:  A recognised bachelor’s degree or 3-year diploma with a strong personal statement/work experiences in a relevant subject.

Your portfolio
Your portfolio of work should demonstrate your prior learning, creativity, and relevance for your subject area. You can either email your portfolio (ideally in PDF format) or upload your work to a file-sharing website (e.g., You Tube, Flickr, Drop Box). Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the process for submission of your work will be provided on the Applicant Portal.

Minimum English language requirements:
You need an overall IELTS score of 5.5 with 5.5 in each component or an equivalent UK Visas and Immigration recognised qualification. We offer various length of English Pre-sessional courses to support you with gaining the required English improvement.




To apply for the Integrated International Pre-Masters course you need to select your postgraduate degree course and apply directly to UCA using the application link on your selected course page.

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