UK Applications

UK applications to The Foundation Year are now closed. International students have until 1 May 2019 to complete their application. For more information about International Applications, click here

How do I apply to The Foundation Year?

The first step is to complete the online application and digital portfolio submission.

If you study in the boroughs of Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Havering, Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham or Waltham Forest you are exempt from the £10 application fee. 

In addition to the submission of a digital portfolio of your work, applicants are required to complete a drawing exercise set by the Foundation Year Course Leaders which should be posted to the School. 

Digital Portfolio Submission

In your digital portfolio you will need to upload 20 high resolution JPG or PNG photographs of your work. The works will include:

  • 10 drawings in dry media (e.g. graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastel, Conté)
  • 10 additional works in other media (e.g. painting, photography, sculpture, animation*, print)

Images should be saved as JPG or PNG files, no larger than 200dpi / 4MB per image. These works must have been created within the past three years.

*Animators may submit 2 short video files included within their additional works. Please limit each video file to 2 minutes / max 8MB per video.

Images files must be labelled in the following way:

Title of Work_Dimensions_Medium.jpeg 

i.e. Untitled_25x25_CharcoalOnPaper.jpeg (dimensions should be calculated in centimetres)

Please be prepared to bring these works along with further sketchbooks to the interview if you are shortlisted.

Drawing Exercise

Details of the drawing exercise will be emailed to applicants on Tuesday 19 February 2019 after applications have closed. This drawing exercise needs to be submitted by post to arrive no later than midday on Monday 25th February. If you are unsuccessful in your application, please be aware that we will not be able to post your drawing exercise back to you.

Shortlisted Applicants

Applicants will be shortlisted by our assessment panel and selected candidates will be invited to attend an interview in London on either Monday 25, Tuesday 26 or Wednesday 27 March 2019. They will bring a physical portfolio of their work including only the images from the digital submission, and sketchbooks. We understand that some international candidates might not be able to attend an interview in person, in which case we are able to offer Skype interviews. We are unable to offer a place to any candidate who does not attend an interview on the designated interview dates.

Application Deadlines:

Online application form to be completed by: Sunday 17 February 2019, midnight (GMT)

Details of drawing exercise to be sent to applicants: Tuesday 19 February 2019

Submission of drawing exercise by post: To arrive by midday on Monday 25 February 2019

Shortlisted candidates interviewed: Monday 25, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 March 2019