We consider all applications on an individual basis and welcome applications from those with non-standard qualifications and from a variety of backgrounds. If you are returning to education, you’re committed to studying and are determined to succeed, we want to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to contact us.
The IDI Admissions Process
The first step is to complete an application form. You will then have an online discussion with an IDI Admissions Advisor who will be able to give you further information about your chosen course, answer any questions you have about studying with IDI and advise you about fees and payment options. Your advisor will ask you to provide evidence of your previous qualifications and experience and to show us some examples of creative work. All of this takes place in a secure Admissions area within IDI-Study. Applying is free of charge and you are under no obligation to enrol or pay fees.
All applicants – creative work
We like to see evidence of previous study within art and design or visual evidence of art and design experience. Here is some advice about the kind of creative work that you could show us in support of your application.
If you need further information don’t hesitate to contact our admissions team.
Postgraduate Programme Entry Requirements
To be eligible to enter a Postgraduate Programme in Art and Design, you would normally have an honours degree (2:2 or above) in a field relevant to the award you want to study. If you do not have a degree, you will need to show you have appropriate professional experience and skills to benefit from the course.
We may also be able to take into account Accredited Prior Learning (APL). If your degree is in a different field, you will need appropriate knowledge, skills or experience in the field you wish to study, or be able to show that you are prepared for intensive new learning.
In all cases you will need to demonstrate, through a portfolio and personal statement, your preparedness for study at postgraduate level. Once you apply, you will have access to our online Admissions area, where a member of the Admissions team will advise and guide you through the application process. Applying is free of charge and after applying, you are not committed to enrolling on the Postgraduate Programme or paying any fees.
For those whose first language is not English, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. Contact us for further details.
This programme is subject to the university's Principles, Policies, Regulations and Procedures for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes and will take account of university policy and guidelines for assessing the two types of APL - Accredited Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
BA Hons entry requirements
You will normally require between 240 and 260 points from GCE A Levels (or equivalent) including a qualification in an art related subject, plus GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above - key skills are accepted as equivalent.
You will normally have completed either a pre-degree course in visual arts, which may be a Foundation or equivalent course leading to a BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent international qualification.
All applicants from non-majority English speaking countries need to provide proof of English language proficiency. One of the following qualifications (or equivalent) is required:
-GCSE English Language grade A-C
-IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)
Contact us for more details.
If you have prior higher education or equivalent work experience, it may be possible for this to be taken into account in your application. It may also enable advanced entry to your chosen programme. You may also be awarded credit for relevant prior learning such as previous courses studied, industrial, or professional experience. Ask your Admissions Advisor if you think this applies to you.
Entry is possible at Level 5 or Level 6 through Credit Accumulation and Transfer from other higher education experiences that are roughly equivalent to the earlier levels of the programme (APCL), or through APEL where appropriate. This means that if you have an HND or equivalent qualification and professional experience, you may be able to study part-time to 'top-up' to an honours degree in as little as two years, or within one year if you are able to study on a full-time basis.
This programme is subject to the university's Principles, Policies, Regulations and Procedures for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes and will take account of university policy and guidelines for assessing Accredited Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art, Design and Media) entry requirements
We like to see evidence of previous study within art and design or visual evidence of art and design experience. Here is some advice about the kind of creative work that you could show us in support of your application. If you need further information don’t hesitate to contact our admissions team.
UK applicants normally require three GCSE passes at grade C or above, and at least one GCE A2 Level at grade E or above.
International applicants would normally have completed 12 years of school education and have a Certificate of Secondary Education or equivalent from a vocational school or college.
For those whose first language is not English, IELTS 5.5 or equivalent is required. Contact us for further details.