We’re looking for students with the best potential to succeed—irrespective of their background. That’s why we welcome a wide range of qualifications and experience.

Entry Requirements




You’ll need to show us a portfolio of relevant practical work, demonstrating your ability and enthusiasm for the course you’re applying for. We will also want to see level 3 qualification/s in an art and design related subject (see below).




You’ll need to have passed GCSE English Language or English Literature at grade C or above, or Functional Skills in English or Key Skills Communications at Level 2. For mature students, an Access to Higher Education qualification in art and design will also be acceptable to demonstrate English language ability. For mature students who are unable to provide formal evidence of an appropriate standard of English, the University may request completion of its own English proficiency test.


Doing a Foundation Diploma?


If you’re studying an accredited Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, you’ll need a minimum of 260 UCAS tariff points**.  This is collated from the Foundation Diploma plus your AS and A2 or Extended Diploma results.  You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above).


Doing an Extended Diploma?


You’ll need a minimum of 3 Merits (MMM) from an Extended Diploma in a relevant subject or an overall Merit from a UAL Extended Diploma. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above).


Doing AS and A2?


You’ll need 260 tariff points** from your AS and A2 studies. Two of your qualifications must be at A2 level, one of which should be in an art and design or related subject. You’ll also need a GCSE grade A*-C in English Language, English Literature or equivalent (see above).


Mature student Access to Higher Education?


You’ll need a recognised Access to Higher Education course specialising in art and design.


Doing any other qualification?


We accept a number of other qualifications. For full details, please refer to our course entry requirements on the UCAS website and the UCAS tariff points tables at www.ucas.ac.uk


**Tariff points gained at AS level will only count towards the overall tariff score if the same subject has not been taken at A2 level. A guide to tariff points may be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com/students/ucas_tariff

Further Education

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design


You should be at least 18 years old with a minimum of one A level or equivalent qualifications plus three GCSE passes at grade C or above including Maths and English. You should also be able to present a portfolio of work which demonstrates your interests and ability in art and design.


Extended Diploma in Art & Design


You should be at least 16 years old, have a minimum of four GCSE passes at Grade C or above, including Maths and English, or an Intermediate GNVQ or Level 2 BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design at merit or above plus GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above. You should also be able to present a portfolio of work which shows your interest and ability in art design and/or technology.


Level 2 Diploma in Visual Arts and Access to Higher Education in Art & Design


There are no formal entry qualifications for this course*, but you will be required to show us examples of work which demonstrate your creative side or skills such as drawings, paintings, models, garments or photographs. Students with sufficient experience in art and design may progress directly to the Access to Higher Education course.


*If English isn’t your first language you will be required to have met, or have the potential to meet, minimum entry requirements as follows:


  • For Diploma in Visual Arts: IELTS 5 in all components.
  • For Access to HE in Art & Design: IELTS 5.5, with no component below 5.

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

Applicants must have either at least a second class upper division honours degree of a British University or CNAA; or a degree of a comparable standard from a university or recognised degree awarding body in another country; or a relevant professional qualification at an equivalent level.


Candidates holding other academic qualifications may also be considered for admission provided that they have substantial relevant professional experience.


Leeds Arts University will accept IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum overall score of 6.5, with no individual component below 6.0 as being the minimum acceptable level for English Language proficiency. Comparable English Language Tests may also be considered and further information is available on the Home Office website.


You must also supply two references to support your application, one should be an academic reference and the other from a creative practitioner.


Applicants who meet the entry requirements above will be required to submit a proposal outlining their intentions for MA study. The programme leader and specialist practice based staff will evaluate the proposal to determine its feasibility in the context of the resources required and the availability of specialist staff to support their chosen area of study.


For further information about entry requirements for the Masters Programme please email our Admissions Team at -mastersapplications@leeds-art.ac.uk

Mature Students

If you’re older than the typical University entrant and don’t have traditional qualifications, we will consider your relevant experience as well as your educational background.


Your application form should provide as much information as possible for consideration by admissions staff and, if we consider it to be relevant, we’ll explore it further with you at interview.