Help applying

Find out why you should study a creative degree, where this might take you, and how much it will cost.

What can I do before applying?

Find some great ways to develop your skills ahead of applying to creative courses in higher education. Find links to cheap ways to watch performances, programmes for young people led by galleries and much more.

Develop your skills

Where to study?

It is important to think about what you would like to get out of your time in higher education as this will directly affect where and what you will want to study. It is best to have a good look at the courses and institutions before applying so you can get a feel for both the learning and living side

London Institutions

What to study?

Start by clicking on the subject you are currently studying, interested in studying, or even just enjoy, and find links to a selection of the many and varied creative higher education courses on offer.

Explore courses

Opportunities for Schools and Teachers

There are many opportunities and resources aimed at schools and teachers. Explore our list of visits, teaching resources and professional development opportunities.

Resources for teaching

Why study a creative course?

So, what are the benefits to studying a creative course? What’s the value of the arts at large? Why should you study a creative subject?

Creative study options

Where will a creative degree take you?

There’s no better source of information about creative careers than those already working in the sector. How did they get there? What challenges have they overcome? And what advice would they give to someone starting out? Learn where your degree could take you!

Advice from graduates

Can I afford it?

Where can you go for financial advice and support? Find out about some of the many bursaries and scholarships which are available and how you can apply for them.

Funding & support

Applying for creative courses through UCAS

The UCAS process covers most larger institutions and most non-conservatoire specialists. Most people will apply through UCAS and your teachers/advisers will discuss it at length.

UCAS applications

Applying for creative courses through UCAS Conservatoires

The UCAS Conservatoires process itself is very similar to the regular UCAS application process but with different deadlines and some key differences.

Conservatoire applications

Applying for creative courses through direct applications

Some institutions will take only direct applications. These often run to different deadlines and charge varying fees.

Direct applications

Portfolios and Showreels

Art and design courses will often ask to see a portfolio (or a showreel for film courses) of your work. The aim of this is to show your skill, enthusiasm and also your ability to carry out a project from concept to finished piece.

Showing your work


Interviews are a great time to shine – particularly for creative arts and design students- so it is best to be prepared.

Prep for interview


Most practice-based performing arts courses have auditions. Like just about everything else, auditions vary considerably by both course and institution.

All about auditions