Applications to Arts Foundation Courses are generally made direct to the colleges and not via UCAS. It is best to apply to at least four institutions if you want to maximise your chances of getting a place. This means filling in four separate forms and can involve uploading photographs of your work. Most deadlines are at the end of January.
Foundation Courses are not eligible for Maintenance Grant / Student Loans. Some funding can be sought through Professional and Career Development Loans (Gov.uk) and other financial funds and support.
Foundation Courses carry 80 to 112 UCAS points. Most institutions offer places on degree courses to those that complete their foundation courses.
Visit the relevant website to see the latest online application forms. The Portfolio The most important part of your application is the portfolio of work. This is usually A1 in size and contains approximately 15 to 25 single sided A1 presentation sheets displaying your best work + on average 2 sketchbooks. Increasingly, institutions are asking for portfolios to be submitted online. Photographs of work therefore must be lit and composed well. It is also important that there is a sense of development in the work because you will showing them how you think. More detailed specifications for 2018/19 can be found here.
The Statement This is between 400 and 500 words depending on the institution. It plays an important in getting a portfolio inspection or interview. It also helps students to think through and articulate the ideas in their work. There is no strict template but a good starting point is to produce four paragraphs about four key projects that you have undertaken. This usually means writing about work that has been completed during the sixth form but you will need to demonstrate that you have been self directed and developed your work independently. Above all be very specific, for example, 'I am passionate about Picasso' is clearly a very different statement to 'When I went to the Courtauld Gallery to see how Picasso had painted the cup in Woman with Child 1907, I decided to explore the relationship between light and movement in three short animations that I screened in a local gallery.' For some examples of statements click here