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If you are applying to undergraduate programmes at GSA, there are three distinct steps to the application process. Each step of the application process to GSA takes a lot of preparation. 

Step One - UCAS Application

An application to any Higher Education course must be made through UCAS. This is where you submit your personal details, all of your qualifications to date including those which are pending, a reference from a teacher and most importantly, your personal statement. The UCAS personal statement is where you can communicate why you have applied to your chosen courses and explain how you are suited to study these courses.

The deadline for applying to GSA through UCAS is 15 January every year. Applications submitted after this date are marked late and will not be considered so make sure you submit it on time. Have a look at the link below for help with constructing a strong UCAS Personal Statment.

Step Two - E-Folio and E-Folio Statement

When GSA receives your UCAS application, you will receive an e-mail asking you to upload an e-folio and e-folio statement. An e-folio is a selection of images of the visual artwork you have made. The e-folio statement is a piece of text you write to explain the visual artwork you have submitted in the e-folio. Below is a link which can help you pull together your e-folio submission.

You can click below to see examples of successful e-folios from our former students who are now studying degree level programmes at GSA or elsewhere. 

Applicants who are eligible for support from the Widening Participation programme can benefit from e-folio support. To receive this, you must email and let us know which programmes you are applying to. We will then work with you via a file sharing system to help you with image selection and layout. 

Step Three - Interview

If your application is successful at Step Two, you will receive an e-mail inviting you to come to GSA for an interview. Interviews are a chance for staff from the course to meet you, see your complete portfolio and sketchbooks and find out if you more about you. It is also a chance for you to get a clearer sense of the course, have a look at the facilities on offer and ask any questions that you may. Take a look at the link below which gives some advice for preparing for an interview. 

Eligible applicants will be invited to our Interview Support Workshop which takes place at the end of January each year. This is a three hour event where you will receive detailed information, advice and guidance from staff about how to best prepare your portfolio and yourself for intreviews. 

Applicants who are eligible and are shortlisted for interview at GSA can book a Mock Interview. At this appointment, staff will help you arrange your portfolio and then go through some questions that could be asked. We replicate as far as possible authentic GSA interview conditions and provide you with feedback. 


As an applciant to GSA it is only fair that you know how your application to the school is being assessed. The programme you are applying for has a set of assessment criteria which your application will be assessed against by way of a numerical score between 1-7 (7 being 'excellent evidence of' and 1 being 'unsatisfactory evidence of'). 

How your UCAS application and e-folio are assessed

The assessment criteria for each programme are contained within the guidelines which can be found by clicking on the programme you are applying to here. Ensuring that your UCAS application and e-folio are relevant to the assessment criteria is vital in securing a positive application outcome.