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!
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!
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.
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
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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
APPEALS AND COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
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: email@example.com.
If an applicant wishes to appeal against an application outcome they should complete this form.
At Escape Studios, our entry requirements are not like other institutions. On our short courses, we take into account more than just a student’s grades.
However, our general entry requirements across all courses are:
- You must be over 18
- If English isn’t your first language, it’s essential you have a good understanding of written and spoken English, ideally to International English Language Testing System (IELTS) level 6.0.
- You should also feel comfortable using a computer, and if you’re applying for one of our creative courses, a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop would be an advantage.
Other entry requirements may vary from course to course. To find out more information about a course's requirements, visit the 'Entry Requirements' section of the relevant course page.
Overseas students are welcome to apply for a place on our creative courses at Escape Studios, and students from all over the world play an important part in our exciting and vibrant learning environment.
Please note: At the moment, we can only accept applications from EU students for our full-time courses. If you want to study one of our classroom-based courses and you’re coming from outside the EU, you’ll need to apply for a Student Visitor visa. We’ll be happy to help you with your visa application and provide standard letters of invitation, once you’ve registered with us and paid the deposit for your chosen course.
Your Student Visitor visa will only allow you to stay in the UK for a maximum of six months and is strictly for studying purposes only. You will not be allowed to work with this visa and must apply for a separate work visa, if you want to work in the UK after completing your studies.
Find out more
A great way to discuss entry requirements and how they affect your application is with a Taster Day - available online or based at our studios in London.
You'll get the chance to try out what a day at Escape Studios is like and discuss your options with our Admissions Team.
If you're International student and want to enrol on one of our taster days before applying for a full-time course, please check with the UK Visa Service first, to see if you need a visa or not.
Please note: All visas must be processed three to four months before the start of your course. Find out more on the UK Visa Service website.
Get in touch
You can always get in touch with the Escape Studios Admissions Team directly, to discuss entry requirements and course options.
Call: +44 (0) 20 7348 1920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Try before you buy
Taster days at Escape Studios
We offer a number of one-day, classroom-based Taster Days at Escape Studios in London, so you can get a real feel for what it’s like to study here and ‘try before you buy’. You’ll get a full day's tuition including a comprehensive introduction to key industry software and techniques, plus careers advice and training guidance from our tutors. You'll also get the chance to work on a hands-on creative project, from start to finish. Best of all, you’ll get an insight into what it’s like to work as a creative professional, and how our programmes can give you the skills you need to kick-start your career.
The day will include lunch with our Admissions Team, so you can find out more about us and the programmes we offer, plus free coffee and refreshments all day.
We're looking for students with raw talent and big aspirations and our admissions process is designed to reflect this. We'll assess your potential to succeed and thrive on your chosen postgraduate programme and we'll guide you through your application from start to finish.
How to apply
To apply for a place on a postgraduate programme, you’ll need to complete and submit an application form. You can download the form here and post it or email it back to us.
There’s no formal application deadline for the majority of our postgraduate programmes, but it’s best to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
If we think you have the potential to succeed on your chosen programme, we’ll email you shortly after you apply with details of your interview. If you’ve applied for a place on one of our creative programmes, we’ll also let you know how to submit your creative portfolio.
You’ll find our typical entry requirements for each postgraduate programme on the relevant course entry page of the website. We usually ask for a relevant undergraduate honours degree, but we’re also happy to consider applicants without a degree, if you have significant industry experience in a relevant field. Either way, we’ll ask you to attend an interview, and if you’ve applied for a place on one of our creative programmes, we’ll also ask you to submit your creative portfolio.
We’re looking for postgraduate students with lots of ability and a real passion for your chosen subject. We consider every application on its individual merits and we’re happy to consider a wide range of academic, vocational and professional qualifications as well as work and life experience. So, if you don’t have traditional entry qualifications, don’t be deterred from applying.
If you'd like to talk to us about your circumstances, before submitting your application, you're welcome to call our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 203 441 1310 or email email@example.com.
Once you've applied, we'll invite you to an Creative Workshop. These are tailored specifically to the postgraduate programme you're interested in, so they're a great opportunity to find out more. They're also a chance for us to get to know you better and talk to you about your aims and aspirations and what you want to gain from studying here.
What to expect
Unlike an Open Day, a Creative Workshop is just for applicants, which means you'll get in-depth, relevant information about your chosen postgraduate programme. The day will also include your interview.
You'll find Pearson College London friendly and welcoming and your Creative Workshop is very much for you too. You'll be able to ask us questions, chat to our students, see where you'll be studying and talk to us about fees, finance, accommodation and everything in between.
Why do we interview our postgraduate students?
We interview all our postgraduate students because we genuinely want to find out more about you, and your motivation for your chosen subject. The important thing for us is your potential, and that you have what it takes to succeed and thrive on your course.
If English isn’t your first language, you may need to complete an English language test, such as a Pearson PTE test or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, to demonstrate you have the language skills needed to complete your postgraduate programme. All our courses are taught in English.
We’re applying for Highly Trusted Status from the UK Border Agency, which will allow us to recruit international students onto all our postgraduate programmes, so you can study here in London. However, 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.