How to Apply

All applications for our university level programmes are made online at Our UCAS code is C71. UCAS Customer Support 0371 468 0 468 (or +44 330 3330 230 if you are outside the UK)

When to apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply before the ‘on-time application’ deadline of 15th January 2018. The UCAS application cycle will still be open after this date, but will depend on programme availability and consideration will be given first to those who make ‘on-time applications’.

Taking a year out?

Applicants who are thinking of taking a gap year before starting a degree with us can still apply by selecting ‘deferred entry’ on the UCAS application form. Deferred applicants are still advised to apply before 15th January. If successful, an offer will be given to start the following year.

 Anyone considering applying to the College is advised to visit one of the open days scheduled throughout the year. Alternatively, a bespoke tour can be arranged for those who are unable to make any of the open days.

 Applying to Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Applications for our Foundation Diploma are made directly to the College. Applicants can apply on-line or by completing a paper form found in our Further Education prospectus. The course starts in September and applications are open throughout the year.

 Applicants within the EU

If you are applying outside the UK, as an EU National, we will contact you via email (where possible), therefore you should provide a valid email address on your UCAS application form. We acknowledge it may not be feasible to attend an interview at the College. In such cases we will accept a telephone or Skype interview after reviewing your portfolio.

Applicants outside the EU

Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from anyone outside the EU who has not been resident in the UK for 3 years or more.

 Entry Requirements

Applicants are typically required to have between 96-112 UCAS tariff points depending on the programme applied for:


BA (Hons) programmes 112 UCAS Tariff Points or more
FdA programmes 96 UCAS Tariff Points or more


Due to the creative nature of our programmes, we treat all applications on their own merit and welcome anyone who has the ability and aspirations to achieve at higher education. If you are predicted points below the stipulated range, or if you have any other qualifications or professional experience, please get in touch as we still may be able to consider you.

Usually the majority of applicants will have successfully completed one of the following routes:

  • BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma
  • Foundation Studies in Art & Design
  • Access to HE
  • AVCE
  • A-Levels
  • Level 0

It is expected that all applicants will have a Level Two qualification (or equivalent) in literacy and numeracy.

For mature applicants (i.e. 21+ years), emphasis will be placed on the portfolio review and interview session, which remains an important part of the selection procedure.

 UCAS Tariff Table

The UCAS website holds equivalency scores for all other qualifications aligned to the tariff system. Not all qualifications will have a defined tariff, in which case, applicants should contact the Admission Team for more information on eligibility.

Interview & Portfolio Advice

Your interview

After we receive your UCAS form, an interview will be arranged, which enables you to see the outstanding facilities, meet our staff and current students, and view the latest work. It provides us with an opportunity to discuss your portfolio, find out more about you and establish the best degree route for you.

Interview Preparation

This is your opportunity to evidence your visual and creative ability in the form of a portfolio of work. You are required to bring a portfolio for any programme applied for as part of the interview. Applicants applying for our BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen will follow a separate process, which is explained below.

To help you prepare for interview/audition, we send all applicants a useful guide with the interview confirmation letter. Your interview with us is intended to be relaxed and informal. You will be asked general questions regarding your application to us, some questions about yourself, your inspirations and aspirations. This may include information about artists or designers that you admire, and what it is about their work that inspires you.

The most important thing is to be yourself; the idea behind your interview is to show us the kind of things you are interested in and for us to see how passionately you talk about your work. It is also an opportunity for you to ask us questions, as we want to make sure you find the best degree route to suit you. Finally, dress as you would dress if you were a student here; we don’t expect you to come dressed for a job interview.

Portfolio Advice

A portfolio is individual to every student. Everyone will have their own individual styles and will have produced work in different ways, which we actively encourage. Your portfolio should be a visual representation of your creative identity and should include the following:

  1. Development of ideas and creative thinking i.e. sketchbook work, drawings, annotations, photography
  2. A range of appropriate skills and techniques you have previously developed
  3. Your approach to the creative process i.e. research, ideas developments, concept to final outcome
  4. Ability to experiment and take risks
  5. Evidence of written work

Examples of your work can be either complete or ‘work in progress’, as long as they demonstrate your skills, interests and key strengths.

More detailed advice is provided in our Undergraduate Application Guide. This is sent to all applicants when invited to interview.


Applying to BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen

Eligible applicants will be invited to an audition, where they will be asked to demonstrate their acting skills. For the audition you are required to prepare three contrasting monologues:

  • A Classical piece
  • A Contemporary piece
  • A piece from a Film or TV programme

You will be asked to perform two of these and they should last no longer than 2 minutes each.

Your performance may be recorded on video by a member of the panel so that it can be reviewed at a later stage. The actual interview and audition will take about 10-15 minutes.

There is no audition fee!

What we look for

We look for people who have some experience and knowledge of acting. This practical course is demanding and will appeal to individuals who are dedicated to pursuing acting careers for either stage or screen.

We look for people who have some experience and knowledge of acting. This practical course is demanding and will appeal to individuals who are dedicated to pursuing acting careers for either stage or screen.

When choosing your pieces, it would be beneficial to show a variety of abilities by contrasting the pieces appropriately. In preparing the speeches you should have read and be familiar with the play/TV/film from which they have been taken so that you understand the character and the context within which they find themselves. You may also be asked questions about your choices and the play/TV/film they come from in your interview.

We also expect you to articulate your views in many different forms and to have the ability to carry out academic research and writing.

Audition Guidelines

More advice and guidance on the interview and audition process is given in our guide below.

 What happens next?

If you are made an offer after your interview/audition, we will keep in touch with you throughout the rest of the year, we will keep you posted about accommodation options, enterprise news and any student support-related matters. We’ll also send you a special invitation to our applicant day and annual degree show.


For more information on the application or interview process please contact the Admissions Team at or 01429 422 000.



Cleveland College of Art & Design wholeheartedly supports the principle of equal opportunities in education and training and opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination against a person who wishes to access education or training at this institution on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, marital status, age, political or sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.

Awarding Body

All undergraduate programmes are validated by Arts University Bournemouth. Graduating students will be awarded with a certificate from the Arts University Bournemouth.