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Portfolio Programmes

An application and submission of images is required for the Portfolio Preparation Course. Applications for entry in September 2022 will open in February 2022 and the online application form will be made available here. 

The course is not registered through UCAS and does not have any formal entry requirements, however we expect students to possess the relevant qualifications for their intended onward study. 

Please note this course is not suitable for non-EU students as they would not be able to obtain an appropriate Visa to enter the UK.

The Open Studio department also runs short courses in portfolio building - see the Open Studio website for details.

International Foundation

To be eligible to apply for the International Foundation you must:

  • Be an International Applicant (i.e. from a Country outside the EU and EEA)
  • Have achieved a minimum IELTS score of 5.0 (no less than 5.0 in each component) at a UKVI approved test centre (full list of approved centres can be found here.)
  • Have passed or be about to pass a year 12 equivalent High School qualification 

Your application to the International Foundation at the GSA is in two parts:

When you submit your UCAS application, you will receive an e-mail confirming that GSA has received your application and instructing you how to upload your Digital Portfolio and Personal Statement. You can upload as soon as you receive the confirmation e-mail from GSA, and no later than the deadline communicated to you in the e-mail you receive.

Guidelines on what to include in your e-folio and statement are included in the Guide to Applying to International Foundation.

International Summer School

Students applying for the International Summer School should complete the application form here. Students applying for:

Stage 1 -Students would normally be studying (or be about to study) at college or university, and have an interest in Art & Design. The Stage 1 programme is particularly suited to Liberal Arts students wishing to fulfil a studio art requirement.

Stage 2 -Students should normally have taken at least 12 credits of studio art classes for admission to the Stage 2 programme. In addition students will be required to submit a portfolio containing about 10 pieces of work (usually in digital format) as part of their application.

Students who are not native English speakers should provide evidence of English language ability (IELTS 6.0) at a UKVI approved test centre (full list of approved centres can be found here.)