All applications for our university level programmes are made online at Our UCAS code is C71. For any queries relating to your UCAS application, contact: UCAS Customer Support 0371 468 0 468 (or +44 330 3330 230 if you are outside the UK)

When to apply

Applications for 2017 Entry

Good News! We are still taking applications for our degree programmes. If you are considering applying to CCAD, we encourage you to visit one of our open days. If you are unable to attend an open day, but would still like to visit, we can arrange for a bespoke tour at any time within term times.

Application Advice Guide

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.

What happens next?

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 annual degree shows, which always attract a huge amount of visitors.

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

We treat all applications on their own merit and welcome anyone who has the ability and aspirations to achieve at higher education. Therefore, we take into account all aspects of an application and not just an applicant’s academic profile. Applicants are typically required to have the equivalent of 96 UCAS tariff points (Under the new tariff structure for 2017 entry) or more to meet the entry criteria.

To calculate how many UCAS points you will have, please click here:

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

* BTEC Extended Diploma

* Foundation Studies in Art & Design

* Access to HE


* A Levels

* Level 0

* Other comparable level qualifications

CCAD also welcomes applications from a wide selection of qualification backgrounds and/or those with relevant experience. For mature applicants, emphasis will be placed on their portfolio and interview, which remains an important part of the selection procedure.

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

Applicants will be required to provide evidence of their written ability at interview stage. Where appropriate, a conditional offer of a place will be made in terms of a tariff score.

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. To help you prepare for this, we send all applicants a useful guide with the interview confirmation letter. At interview 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. If in doubt, you can tell us about artists you have studied at college.

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; therefore, it is difficult to tell you exactly what it should consist of. Everyone will have their own individual styles and will have produced work in different ways, which we actively encourage. Examples of your work can be either complete or ‘work in progress– as long as they demonstrate your skills, interests and key strengths


For more information on the application or interview process please contact 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