International FAQs

Where is Leeds College of Art?

The College is located in the City of Leeds in two buildings situated less than 15 minutes’ walk from each other.

The City Centre building (Vernon Street, LS2 8PH) is where the Extended Diploma and Foundation Diploma in Art and Design are based.

The Blenheim Walk building (LS2 9AQ) is situated in Blenheim Walk, at the top of Woodhouse Lane, opposite the Parkinson Tower of the University of Leeds and is home to all our undergraduate and postgraduate students. For maps and visitor guides go to our contact us page.

Can I visit the College before I start my course?

Yes you can. We have open days over the course of the year where you will be able to view our facilities and visit accommodation a well as having the opportunity to speak to academic staff and students.

Read more about open days here.

Where are you placed in the University rankings?

We have been offering high quality further and higher art and design education for many years and officially became a UK government recognised Higher Education Institution in 2011. We are currently in the process of applying for our own taught degree awarding powers and hope to become a full university soon after.

According to the Guardian University Guide 2014 we are the highest ranking independent art college in the UK.

In the Art and Design subject rankings we are eighth overall out of 83 Universities and specialist institutions

Specialist institution table
Art and Design table

Who accredits your diplomas and degrees?

We are currently in the process of applying for our own taught degree awarding powers and hope to become a full university soon after.

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and Extended Diploma in Art and Design are validated by University of Arts, London.

Our degree and postgraduate provision is validated by the Open University, which is recognised worldwide for their rigour and academic quality.

What should my portfolio include?

Please read the interview guidance provided alongside each course description carefully. This will explain how your portfolio or samples of work contribute to meeting the entry criteria.

You can also read some useful hints and tips for putting together a great portfolio here.

Where can I find an application form?

Please read the full information about application procedures for international students here.

For Applications to

  • Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
  • Extended Diploma in Art & Design

Please read the FE Entry Requirements and the course descriptions in the prospectus or online, to ensure you are applying for the right course. To apply for any of the above courses, you need to complete a College application form, which you can download here.


Undergraduate BA (Hons) International students please apply to the University through UCAS.

Postgraduate applicants need to apply directly to the College, using our Masters Application form. For full information click here

We have a growing network of approved in-country representatives who can support you through the application process. Please find your local representative on our country pages.

Am I an international student?

We warmly welcome students from throughout the world but use the term international student to refer to students and applicants from outside the UK and European Union.

There are different fees and regulations for international students and you may require a little extra help. Our Student Advice Team offers information, advice, support and guidance on a variety of issues, including:

  • Immigration procedures
  • Travelling to the UK
  • Accommodation in Leeds
  • Financial matters
  • Police registration
  • Health and insurance
  • Working in the UK

Please also look at the link to the UK Visas and Immigration website which gives in depth information on how to apply for your visa.

Do you offer scholarships for international students?

The Leeds College of Art International Scholarship is available to all international (non UK/EU) students continuing from either the Leeds College of Art Extended Diploma in Art & Design or Foundation Diploma in Art & Design to a degree course at the College, or a Leeds College of Art degree course to the MA in Creative Practice.

We also offer 3 £1000 scholarships for international postgraduate students. 

Please see here for further information. 


How do you interview international students?

An interview helps to get to know you better and gives you the opportunity to present and talk about your work. It also helps us check out your English Language and general communication skills.

In most cases though it is not practical to carry out a face to face interview with a prospective international students, therefore Skype is our preferred alternative. 

How long will it take to receive my offer?

We will acknowledge your applicaiton within 24 hours of receiving it. We then assess your qualifications against our entry criteria and invite shortlisted candidates to attend an interview.

Following your interview, we aim to let you know the decision within 24 hours. 

Can I make an application if i'm awaiting evidence of my academic qualifications?

You can still apply even if you haven't yet received all of your academic results. You will receive a conditional offer outlining what qualifications and grades you will need to achieve in order to meet our entry requirements. 

Is there an incentive for early payment of fees?

We offer an early payment discount of 2% of the first year's fees if full payment is made before 1 August in the year of entry.

Please read the Tuition fees section.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

We require a non-refundable deposit of £2,021 before we can confirm your offer of a place for study.

This includes £2,000 towards tuition fees, plus a £21 charge for a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies Certificate (CAS). You will need a CAS to apply for your T4 (General) study visa.

If you do not require a visa for study, we ask for a £2000 deposit.

Can I work whilst studying?

Students entering the UK on a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study at degree level are permitted to work a maximum 20 hours per week during term time and full time during vacations. 

If you are studying on a course below degree level, which includes our Foundation Diploma, you are permitted to work a maximum of 10 hours per week.

If you have entered the UK on a Student Visitor Visa you are not permitted to work. 

Can I remain in the UK to work following graduation?

There are various categories under which a student can apply to remain in the UK to work after their studies.

Please see the Home Office website for further details.

How do I apply for accommodation?

Most Leeds College of Art of our first year students choose to live in our recommended student accommodation: 

For more information and to see pictures, visit our accommodation section.

What are the English Language requirements for international students?

Full details of the English language requirements for each course are here

We ask for IELTS (or another test from an approved provider) as it is a requirement for getting a Tier 4 (General) student visa. However, there are some exceptions – you do not need an IELTS if you:

  • are from a majority English-speaking country; or
  • have completed an academic qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelor degree which was taught in a majority English-speaking country; or
  • have successfully completed a course as a Tier 4 (Child) student which was at least six months in length

You can see the full guidance document here.