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Join our global student community to learn creative skills from industry experts in one of the world's leading creative economies.

If you're looking for a degree course to help you build a career in the creative industries, the UK is an exciting place to study. Its creative sector is one of the fastest-growing areas of the economy, employing 3.2million people and making £101.5billion a year. Meanwhile, the city of London is known throughout the world as a driving force in the global creative economy.

 

Application information

Application information

Academic requirements:

For our International Foundation in Art, Design and Media, we usually require that you have one of the following:

  • US High School Diploma with GPA 2.4 or better.
    OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) Programme.

 

For our Bachelor's courses, we usually require that you have one of the following:

AMENDMENT FOR 2021 - due to SAT, ACT, and AP centre closures affecting students studying this year, UCA will accept the US High School Graduation Diploma with GPA 2.8 or better, on its own, for February and September 2021 starters.

For 2022:

  • US High School Diploma with GPA 2.8 or better, plus SAT scores (if taken in 2016 or later) of 1050 or better.
    OR
  • US High School Diploma with GPA 2.8 or better, plus SAT scores (if taken before 2016) of 1600 or better.
    OR
  • US High School Diploma with GPA 2.8 or better, plus two or three Advanced Placement tests with scores of 3 or better.
    OR
  • US High School Diploma with GPA 2.8 or better, plus ACT scores of 24 or better.
    OR
  • A transcript showing successful completion of one year of a Bachelor's degree from a recognised American university with GPA 2.0.

For advanced entry, we usually require that you have: 

  • Associate Degree/ 60 Community College credits with a minimum GPA of 2.5 out of 4
  • OR, 
  • 2 years of university study with a minimum GPA of 2.5 out of 4. 

For our Master's courses, we usually require that you have:

  • Successful completion of your Bachelor's degree from a recognised university

For the Master of Architecture (MArch), we require the equivalent of a UK 2:1 Honours degree in Architecture. The exact grade required will be confirmed at the time of application

English Language requirements:

  • Undergraduate: The US High School Diploma, from a US accredited institution plus at least 2 years of study in a US accredited institution or institution accredited by a recognised body from majority English speaking country as defined by the UKVI or,

  • Undergraduate: SAT (2016 onwards): Evidence based Reading/Writing 610, plus at least 2 years of study in a US accredited institution or institution accredited by a recognised body from majority English speaking country as defined by the UKVI or,
    ACT: 24 composite score, with a minimum 24 in English and Reading, plus at least 2 years of study in a US accredited institution or institution accredited by a recognised body from majority English speaking country as defined by the UKVI or,

  • Undergraduate: Advanced Placement English: Grade 3, plus at least 2 years of study in a US accredited institution or institution accredited by a recognised body from majority English speaking country as defined by the UKVI

  • Postgraduate: Most students who have studied at a recognised US institution will be exempt from further English language tests. See here for details. 

UCA works with a number of overseas representatives who can help you make an application to UCA. 

Overseas Representatives Contact email Website
Across the Pond - Study in Britain https://www.studyacrossthepond.com/enquire https://www.studyacrossthepond.com/

Financial information for students from the USA

1. Scholarships & Financial Aid

Universities in the UK do not offer financial aid in the same way as US institutions.

Financial need is not considered at the point of application & offers/acceptance letters do not usually include a ‘financial aid package’ as you would receive from a US institution. Universities have a set tuition fee prices (see UCA’s here), which can be reduced by applying for available scholarships (see UCA’s here). Very few universities in the UK will take financial need into consideration when offering international students scholarships.

Any scholarships received will reflect in the Cost of Attendance (COA). Some institutions may offer automatic discounts/scholarships based on location. If the institution offers such discounts/scholarships they usually notify the student in their offer/acceptance letter.

The only program that a foreign school may participate in is the Title IV Direct Loan programme. This means that PELL and TEACH loans cannot be taken if you are studying with UCA.

Please notify us of any third-party scholarships or funding as soon as possible.

(Please note: This is a general guide and should be clarified with each university)

2. Deposit & Visas

UCA requires students from the USA to pay a tuition fee deposit of £2500. This is a requirement for the CAS number (Confirmation of Acceptance of Study number – you need this number from UCA to apply for your visa). However, if you are using loans to cover your tuition, we will waive this requirement upon notification that you have applied for a loan.

Please note: if you choose to live in university halls of residence, you will be required to pay the accommodation deposit of £300. This will not be waived.

You can use the hardcopy notification of your student loan for visa purposes as part of your application for your UK student visa. This certificate is issued specifically for visa application purposes and is an acceptable form of evidence of your student loan for your Student Route visa application so that you meet the requirement to prove you have sufficient funds. This is part of an arrangement between UK universities and UK Visas and Immigration.

3. Federal Direct Loans

Students commencing in the fall of 2021, should note that the earliest they can expect notification of their loan entitlement for the academic year 2021/22 is 1st June 2021.

The only program that a foreign school may participate in is the Title IV Direct Loan programme. This means that PELL and TEACH loans cannot be taken if you are studying with UCA. There are three types of Federal Loans available:

  • Direct Subsidised loans
  • Direct Unsubsidised loans
  • Direct PLUS loans (Graduate and Parent PLUS)

The Direct Subsidised Loan and Direct Unsubsidised loan usually only amount to $5500. To borrow a larger amount (up to $52,000 per year according to the 2021 CoA), you must also apply for the Parent Plus Loan. 

3.1 Eligibility

To be eligible to receive US Direct Loans you must:

  • Be a US Citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Have a valid US Social Security Number
  • Be registered on a full-time or part-time (at least half-time) course with us
  • Be living in the UK while studying
  • Have not borrowed over your federal loan limits or defaulted on repaying previous loans
  • If you are a male under the age of 26, have signed up for selective service or have been officially exempted from selective service
  • Not have any outstanding convictions for drug-related offences
  • If you are a current student at UCA have been assessed to have made satisfactory academic progress to continue your studies with us
  • Not be studying a course that involves any study in the US or at another institution that is not eligible to process Federal Student Aid

The University will use the information you have provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to assess your eligibility for US Direct Loans.

Further information on the different types of Title IV Direct Loans can be found on the Student Aid website.

3.2 How much can I borrow?

The maximum amount that you can borrow in each academic year (depending on your eligibility and loan limits) is determined by your estimated Cost of Attendance (COA); an assessment of how much it will cost you to study for one academic year. The amount you can borrow through Direct Loans is determined by your COA and the borrowing limits set by the US Department of Education.

3.3 Calculating your Cost of Attendance
Calculate your estimated COA by completing the COA form we send to you. Your COA is calculated to include the following:
  • Tuition fees (we will deduct any scholarships that you will receive from this)
  • A set monthly amount for living expenses, including books and supplies. These are reviewed on a yearly basis
  • One return flight home
  • Any fees or charges associated with taking a Direct Loan (usually charged when the loan is paid to you)
  • Deductions representing your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  • Any other Estimated Financial Aid (EFA) that you will be receiving 

4. Applying for your Direct Federal Loan

4.1 Submit your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Apply online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

You will need the University for the Creative Arts school code for your application – it is G23389. If you are continuing at UCA you should complete a new FAFSA each year. 

4.2 Apply for the Parent Plus Loan

Apply online at: https://studentaid.gov/plus-app/parent/landing

4.3 Check your Student Aid Report

Once the US Department of Education has processed your FAFSA, you will receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) by email. Please review it to check it is accurate, and ensure that it includes an EFC (estimated family contribution) and the details of any previous loans. If there are issues highlighted in the ‘Comments about your information’ section at the end of the SAR, you must solve these. When your SAR is finalised, please email us at americanloans@uca.ac.uk quoting your student and social security numbers to confirm and we will download and check your SAR. The US Department of Education will tell you that your school has been notified of your FAFSA but this does not actually happen for institutions outside the US.

We usually begin assessing the SARs from April. We will check that you meet all of the eligibility requirements and we will contact you as soon as possible if there is any problem.

4.4 Selective Service

If you are male you need to have signed up to Selective Service before you were 26. If you have not done this, you can do so at https://www.sss.gov/Home/Registration. If you are over 26 you will need to provide us with details of your citizenship status or proof of exemption.

4.5 Complete your Cost of Attendance

From May 2021, we will begin sending a calculated cost of attendance spread sheet. Please review and amend this to show how much you wish to borrow, and then email it back to us. The yellow boxes are the only parts you need to amend, and please note that you MUST complete this in Microsoft Excel.

4.6 Complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN)

You must complete a new Direct Loan Master Promissory Note and this is required every year. Please email this to us at americanloans@uca.ac.uk. You will need to complete an MPN for the Stafford loan and, if applicable, a separate MPN for your Plus Loan. This can be done at www.studentloans.gov

4.7 PLUS Loan Credit Check

PLUS loans are subject to credit check. This is not automatically sent to us, despite the loan application stating it is. Please make sure to send this to us or complete our credit check form.

4.8 Complete Entrance Counselling

Complete the Entrance Counselling at www.studentloans.gov and email us evidence it has been completed – such as a screen print or the certificate as an attachment.

4.9 Disbursements

When we have all the required documents from you, we will originate your Federal Student Aid disbursements using the US Department of Education’s online system. When this has been approved by the Department of Education, we will send you a letter with the loan amount to be available when you have enrolled, and the disbursement dates. You will be able to use this letter as part of your visa application.

We will contact you in advance of your first disbursement to check whether you wish to change or refuse it, and to find out how much of it you wish to put to tuition fees and how much you want to be transferred to your bank account. Once you have enrolled on your course, you must inform us if you have any plans to withdraw or interrupt your studies. We will be able to advise you on how this will affect your Federal Aid payments, and what you need to do. The first disbursement cannot be made until you have completed your registration, this includes online registration and your visa checkpoint.

You can only receive your second or third disbursement once it has been confirmed by your academic department you are making Satisfactory Academic Progress.

5. Private Loans from Sallie Mae

Private Loans are provided by individual lenders and not the US Government, a private loan application will need to be made directly to the lender. The application needs to be made for each academic year like Title IV Direct Loans. The StudentAid website has some information on the differences between Federal and private loans. 

If you intend to apply for a private Sallie Mae loan, we will also administer this for you. You can find more information at www.salliemae.com. Please contact us at americanloans@uca.ac.uk to let us know when you have submitted your application so that we can check and certify it for you. 

6. VA Benefits

If you have served on active duty for at least 90 days, either consecutively or over several shorter periods, since 10th September 2001 you may be eligible to receive funding through the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

We have a number of fee discounts, also known as scholarships, available to new students from international countries who would like study with us from September 2022. These discounts are available to new International students and International alumni who graduated within the last three years.

An additional 4% discount (applied post scholarship) is offered to students who pay their full tuition fees before the end of the enrolment period. This discount can be combined with all scholarships & discounts.  

See below for information about the different scholarships available: 

Name

Value

Course(s)

Eligibility

Criteria

Early-bird reduction

£1,200 fee deduction for first year

All full-time courses including PhD

All international students

Deposit paid in full by last day of April (September start date) or October (February start date) AND first year tuition fees paid in full by the end of the enrolment period or in two instalments. Please see our fee regulations for additional payment options and conditions.

International Future Leaders of the Creative Industries Scholarships 

£3,000 fee deduction for the first year 

All full-time courses including PhD 

All international students 

Academic and creative excellence, meet the English language requirements for direct entry to your course, deposit paid in full by last day of July (September start date) or November (February start dates)  AND first year tuition fees paid in full by the end of the enrolment period or in two instalments. Please see our fee regulations for additional payment options and conditions

UCA Creative Development Scholarships

£3,000 fee deduction for the first year  All full-time courses including PhD All applicants who are residents of specific countries, see list in criteria 

All applicants who are residents of India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Iran, Nigeria, Ghana, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, Pakistan,Kazakhstan, Russia or Iraq AND first year tuition fees paid in full by the deadline of second instalment. Please see our fee regulations for additional payment options and conditions 

The scholarship will automatically be awarded to applicants if they meet the eligibility criteria.

UCA Crafts Scholarships

£6,000 each year

BA (Hons) Ceramics & Glass

MA Ceramics

MA Glass 

All international offer holders 

Academic and creative excellence, deposit paid in full by last day of July (September start date) or November (February start dates) AND first year tuition fees paid in full by the end of the enrolment period or in two instalments. Please see our fee regulations for additional payment options and conditions.

UCA Impact Scholarships 

£2,000 each year 

BA (Hons) Fashion Design

BA (Hons) Fashion Atelier & Tailoring

BA (Hons) Fashion Branding & Communication

BA (Hons) Fashion Image & Styling

BA (Hons) Make-up & Hair Design

BA (Hons) Textiles

All international offer holders

Essay on impact of course on creative industries in their country, deposit paid in full by last day of July (September start date) or November (February start dates) AND first year tuition fees paid in full by the end of the enrolment period or in two instalments. Please see our fee regulations for additional payment options and conditions

Terms and conditions

Eligibility

  • Applicable for 2022-23 entry.
  • The scholarship cannot be combined with any other UCA scholarship.
  • Successful applicants will be expected to get involved in promotional activities.
  • There are a limited number of each scholarship available and they are awarded on a first come first serve basis so long as you meet the eligibility criteria and you have been nominated by an academic.

How to apply

The early-bird scholarship will be automatically awarded if you meet all the eligibility criteria.

For all other scholarships if you are not nominated by an academic member of staff at your interview you can apply directly using the International Scholarship Application Form.

Once you have submitted your application you will receive an automated email confirming your form submission.

Get in touch

Please let the country manager know if you have any questions or need help with your application!

Trudy Li

Trudy Li

Regional Recruitment Manager

Email: trudy.li@uca.ac.uk

Mobile/WhatsApp: +44 (0)7972 677 186

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