International Foundation Programme

How to Apply

Applications for September 2021 entry are now open


Applications for the programme must come through the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS).

Apply via UCAS

Please note: We currently plan to deliver a mix of in-person and digital teaching for the academic year starting in September 2021. We are monitoring government guidance on Covid-19 prevention measures and we will adjust our 2021-22 plans in response to any relevant changes. Based on current information we expect some physical distancing measures are very likely to still apply when the academic year starts in September 2021.

Degrees in Art or Design

If you wish to progress to an undergraduate degree in the School of Art, Design or Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, you will be required to submit a mini-portfolio as evidence of your artistic aptitude and potential.

We will first review your UCAS applicants and will request a portfolio from you only if required. You must not submit a portfolio to us unless we request this. Your mini-portfolio will be assessed before a decision is made on your application.

Guidance on the content required in your portfolio can be found below:

Architecture and Landscape Portfolio Guidance

Art and Design Portfolio Guidance

What Happens Next

Our admissions team will email you if they require any further information before making a decision on your application. Please do not send documents to us unless they are requested as this will slow down our processing times. You should monitor your UCAS track, as this will be updated when a decision is made on your application.  This would usually be within four to six  weeks of receipt of your completed application.

If you are selected for an unconditional place on the programme, you will need to secure your offer by paying a deposit of £2,000. Our Admissions team will email you with instructions on submitting your deposit if and when this is required.

Applying for a Visa

You may need to apply for a student visa to enter the UK. You will not be able to apply for a visa until you have received an unconditional offer from our Admissions team.

Please read our guide on applying for a visa very carefully and always refer to the UK Visa and Immigration website for the most up-to-date information. 

Students with Support Needs

We welcome enquiries and applications from all students, including those with additional support needs such as disabilities, learning difficulties or health conditions which may affect their studies. If you have support needs we would encourage you to indicate this on your application form. We can then contact you to discuss your requirements and put any adjustments or further support arrangements in place.


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