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Art colleges you can get into without any A-Levels?

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    I dropped out of school half way through my last year and so don't have any A-Levels, but i really want to go to art college next year (sept 2017), after I've taken a year out. I have decent AS levels in creative subjects and I have a portfolio, but every art college site I've been on says I need at least a couple A-Levels. Would I still have a chance of getting into one that says you do need A-Levels without them if I have a good enough portfolio/interview, or will they not consider me at all because of my qualifications?
    If there's no chance of getting into one without A-Levels, I'd really appreciate if anyone could tell me some art colleges they know of that don't need A-Levels to get in! Thank you!!

    Hi maxwellfox

    We're a creative specialist university and have some good news. Our admissions policy is designed to be fair and accessible for the most talented individuals. Our priority is always to see your work and, ideally, we'd love to meet you. This means that if you apply by the UCAS deadline of 15 January, we would guarantee you an interview. This is when you would bring your portfolio and discuss your practice and creative process with us.

    We would need you to show us that you have the right level of maturity, attitude and creative and academic ability; and this is usually done through your academic achievements in conjunction with your portfolio and interview. My advice to you is to embrace as much of your practice as possible, gain experiences that shows you have the right skills and attitude (through independent projects, work experience, volunteer work, etc) and look at the academic portion of the application (we ask every candidate to submit a piece of written work). Even though all of our courses are practice-based, we want to support you in being as successful as possible, so it means ensuring that you are able to meet the academic standards of an undergraduate degree.

    Sorry for the wordiness but I hope that helps. Go and visit Open Days, go and see as much work as you can, go and work on your own projects, ideas and ambitions; that should help you convince other universities to consider your application too. If you have any further questions or want to find out more - get in touch!

    All the very best,

    Recruitment and Outreach
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