Looking to study at Escape Studios on one of our undergraduate VFX, Game Art or Animation programmes? We're looking for students with raw talent and the drive to succeed in industry; our admissions process is designed to reflect this and we’ve included all the information you’ll need below, to make the process as straightforward as possible for you. If at any point you have any questions, don’t hesitate to use the ‘Live Chat’ facility on our website, or give our friendly Admissions team a call on +44 (0) 203 441 1310, we're here to help!

Undergraduate admissions criteria and process

We give equal value to applicants of all backgrounds and experience. Applicants are normally expected to be predicted two passes at A-Level or equivalent in addition to GCSE English and Mathematics grade C or equivalent; however, we’re looking for passionate and committed students, and encourage applications from students with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Students are required to bring a portfolio of creative work along to a Creative Workshop at Escape Studios. We’re looking for students with lots of ability and a real passion for their subject. Our courses are designed with industry for trailblazers, not followers; so, if you have the drive and determination to succeed and you’d like to talk to us about your circumstances before submitting an application, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

How to apply


If you'd like to study at Escape Studios full-time, you'll need to apply through UCAS. Our institution code is P34 and you'll find the UCAS codes for each degree on the relevant course page of the website. Take a look at our full Escape Studios course list if you need to locate your course code and if you’re still not sure, just drop us a note via Live Chat on our website and one of our friendly team will locate it for you, we’re a helpful bunch!

Creative workshops

Once you've applied, to study at Escape Studios on a VFX, Game Art or Computer Animation undergraduate programme, you’ll be invited to a Creative Workshop. At the Creative Workshop, you’ll be set two tasks to help us assess your suitability for the course:

1. You’ll be asked to discuss some work from your portfolio with a member of the Escape team so we can understand how you work. Our workshops give you the opportunity to show off your portfolio as you’ll be able to talk us through your experience to date, so it really is your chance to shine! Here’s a few handy tips on how to make your creative portfolio stand out.

2. Working in groups you’ll be given a creative brief. This mirrors how you’ll learn during your degree and helps us see your ability to work with others, just as you will when working in industry. Your performance in these two tasks will be used to assess your application. We meet all of our students face-to-face as it gives us an opportunity to talk to you about your aspirations, find out more about you and identify your potential in different ways. The crucial thing for us is that you have the potential to succeed and thrive on your chosen course.

Unlike an Open Day, our Creative Workshops are specifically for applicants - you’ll be given loads of information about your course, get to take part in a fun team exercise and our academic team will be able to review your portfolio. We know it’s a little bit of a different experience from other institutions, but that’s because we are different, in a good way! You’ll have plenty of time to prepare and we’ll send you advice and tips beforehand. We genuinely want to find out more about you and your motivation for your chosen subject; we’re friendly and welcoming (we promise!) and our Creative Workshops are very much a two-way process. On the day, you’ll be able to ask us questions, chat to students, check out the work of some of our current students, take a look at our awesome industry-style facilities and you’ll also have the chance to speak to Student Support about fees, finance and accommodation too. We’ve got all bases covered!

Fee waiver

All applicants who pass the Creative Workshop will be offered a fee waiver. Currently for full-time applicants this fee waiver is set at £3,000 per annum taking the total payable annual tuition fee for full-time students to £6,000. This is because currently the government only offers loans of £6,000 per annum to full-time students studying with Alternative Providers and we are committed to ensuring that talented students with potential have the opportunity to succeed with one of our degrees. So, if you’ve got raw talent and big aspirations, we’re fully committed to ensuring you’re able to join one of our programmes.

Language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you may need to complete an English language test, such as a Pearson English language test (PTE Academic) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, to demonstrate you have the language skills needed to complete your degree. All our courses are taught in English. The details of the requirements are:



Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency

Internet-based TOEFL

6.5 IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading and Writing and 5.5 in Speaking and Listening)

62 including 60 in each subtest

176 (with a minimum of 169 in Reading and Writing and 162 in Speaking and Listening)

90 Overall including at least 22 in Reading,
21 in Writing, 21 in Listening and 23 in Speaking


If on the rare occasion an applicant experiences a problem with the admissions process they should normally first raise the matter with the Admissions Manager by emailing admissions@pearson.com. At the moment, we can't accept applications from non UK/EU students. We'll let you know as soon as this changes, so please keep an eye on our website for the latest news.


If an informal discussion does not resolve the situation satisfactorily, complaints should be put in writing to the Vice Principal (Academic Quality and Enhancement) at: admissionscomplaints@pearson.com.

If an applicant wishes to appeal against an application outcome they should complete this form.