UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)



If you wish to apply for the these degrees during the UPC, you will also need to submit the following.

Once we have processed your complete application, we will email you with details of how to submit the above.

Students aiming for an architecture related degree

If you wish to apply for an architecture related degree during the UPC (i.e. Architecture BSc/MSci, Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies BSc or Engineering and Architectural Design MEng), you should apply for UPC for Architecture and submit a portfolio.

We will assess your portfolio, and if it is considered to be of suitable standard, we will progress your application to the next stage.

In your portfolio, you need to demonstrate your art and design, and your drawing skills. Here are some guidelines:

Freehand observational drawings

Please provide six freehand observational drawings.

Your drawings should be based on looking at real three-dimensional objects, places or people. Do not draw from photos/reproductions/other two-dimensional sources.

You should time your drawings, noting the drawing time on each piece. Please provide: 

  • 3 x 5-minute drawings
  • 1 x 15-minute drawing
  • 1 x 60-minute drawing
  • 1 x 90-minute drawing

Other examples of work

To show how you develop visual ideas and engage with different media, send us a minimum of 12 examples of your work.

Your work can come from your everyday life and experiences of space, place and daily activities, it does not need to be architecture-related.

We are particularly interested to see how you progress an idea from an initial sketch/photo etc. into a more developed piece of work. Show us the stages in your creative process.

At least three of the examples should be of three-dimensional work in any media e.g. model/sculpture.

In addition, choose at least two more media from the list below.

  •  drawing
  •  painting
  •  collage
  •  photography
  •  film
  •  3D (any media)

After we receive your portfolio, we might ask you to provide further examples of your work.

Before the UPC, we recommend students aiming for an architecture related degree take one of the summer courses run by The Bartlett Summer School or The Slade Summer School.

Students aiming for UCL Media BA

If you wish to apply for UCL Media BA during the UPC, you should apply for the UPCH and submit a showreel and supporting portfolio.

We will assess your showreel and supporting portfolio, and if it is considered to be of suitable standard, we will progress your application to the next stage.

Your showreel should be a short video (maximum of three minutes) showcasing clips from your moving image work e.g. film/animation.

Your supporting portfolio should contain at least three media from the following list and show us how you develop your ideas:

  • storyboard
  • illustrations
  • photographs
  • creative writing
  • script
  • sketches
  • drawings
  • 3D work

What are we looking for? 

  • Your individual approach to creating.  
  • Your skills and ability to work with a range of different techniques and materials.
  • How you research and develop your work, from an initial idea through various stages to your final piece.