To apply to any of the below courses, you need to apply directly to the University, using our Student Application Form.

  • Level 2 Diploma in Visual Arts 
  • Access to Art & Design
  • Extended Diploma in Art & Design 
  • Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Applications for 2017 entry are now closed)

International applicants (from outside the UK/EU), please see here for futher information.

Please follow the instructions on the application form carefully, and be sure to provide all the information requested so we can deal with your application promptly. An academic reference should also be included with your application. If this isn’t possible it can be sent under separate cover, or emailed to by your referee. For mature students, who are no longer in education, a reference from your employer would be an acceptable alternative.

Student Application Form PDF 

To download the form right click on the link and choose save.

The Notes to Assist You also outline what happens next, so it is important that you read this document.

When to apply

Foundation Diploma


Due to the high number of applications, we request that applications are submitted ideally by 15 December.

In order to guarantee that your application will be considered for interview it must reach the Admissions Department by 15 January.

Applications received after 15 January will be progressed to interview on a first come first served basis according to availability.

Extended Diploma, Access to Higher Education and Level 2 Diploma in Visual Arts 

Whilst there is no formal deadline for applications for these courses, we recommend submitting as soon as possible as demand is very high. 

Before returning the form to us, check that you have:

  • Stated which course you’re applying for
  • Filled in all the details about yourself and your qualifications and/or experience
  • Attached a passport-sized photograph of yourself
  • Obtained a school reference, if appropriate.

Alternatively, students who live in Leeds and wish to apply for the Extended Diploma can do so online from the Leeds Pathways website. Your school or University will be able to give you a username and password.


For more information about the application and interview process please see our Foundation Diploma Interview Guide and Extended Diploma Survival Guide.

Click here to see our Admissions Appeal and Complaint Policy and Procedures