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UCAS Personal Statement – help for art, design and architecture students

If you’re applying for almost any UK university or college, you need to go through UCAS (The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Applications are online, and include a mandatory Personal Statement of up to 4,000 characters.  For many students, deciding what to say is a challenging prospect, especially if your English language skills aren’t great.

What do you include? What do you leave out? How do you express yourself to real advantage? Above all, how do you stand out from the crowd?

If you are looking to study fine art or art-related subjects such as fashion, design, textiles, photography or architecture, London Art Portfolio can help. Just as importantly, we can also advise on your best choices of universities and colleges, and also individual courses.

What we do

Your personal statement is perhaps the most important section of all, and we will go to great lengths to make sure that it presents you in the best possible light. (While agents and language tutors can be useful, they lack the specific knowledge and skills of knowing just what to include and how to present it.)

Our first step is to advise on how to begin your first draft, sharing with you our guidelines; you then supply us with your first draft application to be developed into a final application.

Throughout this process we make sure that all the details are filled in correctly and are written in good English, helping with Art/Design/Architecture vocabulary and terminology. We will also make sure it reflects your Art, Design or Architecture personal portfolio development – essential for getting an interview, the next stage in the process. We will also ensure that you are applying for the right courses at the right places for you.

Please note: we will not write your personal statement from scratch or simply fill in your whole application for you. As well as being wrong, this is counter-productive in the long term. You must produce a draft personal statement first and the general impetus must come from you.

To help you boost your application, you may also want to consider enrolling in one of our portfolio preparation courses or arranging some one-to-one tuition. And for many applications, assembling a good digital portfolio is essential.

UCAS Application Process

One-One Tutorials can also be booked for support and advice on the whole online UCAS application process. This can include any or all of the following:

  • Which specialist field is best for you and your future career
  • Which University Art School in London or elsewhere the UK to apply to
  • Which of The Russell Group of Universities for Architecture, Film Studies and History of Art to apply to
  • Specialist art and design course choice support
  • Application mini project support and guidance (as specified by individual universities)
  • Online UCAS Application support
  • Personal Statement support (content and EFL support)
  • Support to meet each deadline of the UCAS application process
  • Interview Technique support
  • Confidence Building


Please remember to allow plenty of time for us to assist before the deadline for application. UCAS applications must be completed by 15 January for courses starting in the autumn, although some art and design courses do allow entries up to 24 March, to give time for portfolio completion.

If you want to apply to Oxford or Cambridge, applications must be even earlier – by 15 October of the preceding year.

Later applications are allowed, but may not receive the same consideration.

How to get started

We have an excellent record in helping students to get onto the course of their choice – some examples are in our recommendations section.

To find out how we can help with your UCAS application and personal statement, please call us on (+44) (0) 20 7403 6881, or email julia@londonartportfolio.com. Alternatively, you can complete our online enquiry form.

Please note that we also support applications to international universities in New York, Paris, Milan, Florence, Berlin, Antwerp and elsewhere. For details please see our main applications page.