A visit to the college is key to help establish what type of course and environment you would like to study in.  Ideally a college’s end of year Foundation exhibition is a good show case of the specific characteristics of each institution. These shows are usually in the Spring or Summer term and may provide an opportunity to talk to both tutors and students. Alternatively if you are unable to visit the show, each college will publish open day dates which will hopefully offer another opportunity to visit the studios and talk to the staff and students. Below is a suggested guide to the timings of activities and dates to watch for during the academic year but each institution will have an individual schedule, therefore it is important to watch their web sites.

A crucial part of your application is your portfolio; some colleges require you submit this instead of having a verbal interview. It is essential that you continue to work on the contents of this very personal sample of evidence throughout the AS and A2 course.

6.1 (Lower Sixth)

Start to consider options in the visual arts sector and talk to Art staff to discuss choices/opportunities/recommendations.

February - April
Research a range of courses and institutions; establish when the open days are.

May – June
Book and attend open days.

July – September
Explore opportunities at regional summer schools, skills related courses, or courses at institutions you are interested in – start to build up evidence for portfolio.

6.2 (Upper Sixth)

Research application deadline for each individual college you are interested in, find out entry routine. Attend open days if these have been scheduled for later in the year. Build on portfolio evidence through coursework units.

Write statement of intent. Continue to build on portfolio evidence through coursework and externally completed artwork.

November - December
Prepare application form and continue to build on portfolio evidence.

Wait for confirmation of receipt of application – focus clearly on portfolio evidence.
Mark in diary dates of interviews, spend time preparing and organising portfolio.

February - March
Continue finessing all coursework units – add to portfolio.

April - May
Exam, exhibition and acceptances of places.

June - September
Complete paperwork for college.

Collect coursework from school.