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Art and Design Admissions Process

Date posted: 20/02/2008

The Delivery Partnership Steering Group, through its Art and Design Working Group, has been looking into how to simplify the current process of two routes for Art and Design applications. 

The Working Group is looking to make major changes to the current system to make it easier for both applicants and HEIs, and to provide a single admissions process for both Art and Design and other courses.  

The use of sequential and non-sequential applications, interviewing and deadlines have been discussed and the Group has been considering various solutions. 

Further information on the work of this Group can be obtained from the Universities UK website:
As part of the review, UCAS is running three workshops to involve practitioners in this process and test out the current ideas that are coming forward. The workshops are likely to be of most interest to colleagues currently operating Route B courses. 

You are therefore invited to send up to two practitioner representatives to participate in these workshops.  It is important that those attending have a strong understanding of the detail of Route A and Route B processes and should preferably be a mix of academic and administrative staff.  This will enable the workshops to explore all issues relating to interviewing, examining portfolios and making offers.

The workshops will be held at UCAS in Cheltenham on:

Monday 18 February between 10:30-15:30
Monday 25 February between 10:30-15:30 

A further workshop will also be held in Scotland and further details will be emailed to UCAS Correspondents shortly. Colleagues who are unable to attend the workshops in Cheltenham may be able to attend the Scottish workshop if numbers permit. 

Please inform Claire Williams by email:, who will be attending from your institution and on which date by 5pm on Friday, 13 February. They will then email you back individually to confirm your attendance at the workshop and provide you with further details and the agenda for the day.

They are keen for as many colleagues as possible to attend these workshops so that a large proportion of the sector is involved in any decisions made. Proposed changes will need to be made by May 2008 to enable UCAS to make technical changes if necessary for 2010 entry.