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Presentation: UK Higher Arts Education

Updated: Aug 13, 2023

This presentation aims to provide an introductory understanding of UK higher arts education and the diverse range of disciplines and degrees available. We offer suggestions on how to make informed decisions when pursuing a postgraduate degree in your chosen area including selecting the best-fit discipline and university and guidance on how to prepare for your application with supporting evidence, eg. portfolio.

UK Higher Arts Education is globally recognised for its excellence and diverse offerings. Universities in the UK offer a dynamic learning environment that blends academic rigour with practical experiences, fostering creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

To make informed decisions about studying for a postgraduate degree in the UK, please consider the following steps:

First, research disciplines: explore various disciplines combining arts, design, media and other non-arts disciplines (such as language), and determine which aligns with your interests, strengths and career goals. Evaluate the programme description, faculty expertise, industry connections and collaboration opportunities offered in each discipline.

Second, university exploration: visit university websites or their in-country staff if applicable, attend open days or events (both in person or virtual) and engage with current students and alumni to gather insights about different universities. Apart from ranking, consider a wide range of factors such as location, facilities, student support services, networks and the overall cultural and academic environment.

Third, seek guidance from academic advisors, mentors or professionals in your desired field who can provide guidance suitable to your aspirations.

Preparing for your application - plan ahead and early!

Academic Transcripts: Ensure you have accurate and up-to-date academic transcripts from previous educational institutions. If required, have them translated into English and authenticated.

Personal Statement: Craft a compelling personal statement that showcases your passion for the chosen discipline, relevant experiences, and future goals. Tailor it to each university and program, emphasising your fit and enthusiasm.

References or Letters of recommendation: Request these references from professors, mentors, or professionals who can speak to your academic abilities, work ethic, and potential for success in a postgraduate programme.

Portfolio or CV: Prepare a well-curated portfolio or provide samples of your work with that demonstrate your skills, creativity, and potential. Follow the specific guidelines provided by universities or programmes. It is very important to document your research journey with originality, technical skills, identity, arguments and an experimental mindset.

English Proficiency: f English is not your first language, meet the language proficiency requirements by taking an English language test such as IELTS or accepted equivalents and submitting the results with your application.

Application Form: Complete the application form accurately and thoroughly, paying attention to all sections and providing the required information.

Proofreading and feedback: Seek feedback from peers, academics, or mentors to ensure your application represents you effectively.

Interview: be your authentic and confident self! Try your best to articulate your work and ideas explicitly and enjoy the discussions with your interviewers, they are here to help! Sign up for our bespoke interview workshops.

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