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Academic Entry Requirements

To be successful in the admissions process to one of our Bachelor of Arts Validated programmes Validated and awarded by University of Bedfordshire, links below,  a candidate must satisfy the Academy’s entry requirements.

All international equivalent qualifications will be assessed and guidance will be taken from the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC).

  • For applicants who do not fulfil the academic Entrance Requirements, we will require them to complete our Intensive Foundation Course – Entrance Exam.


In the event a student possesses a proven outstanding artistic talent, has documented work experience for an extended period of time or has completed another education of minimum 2 years of duration, a discretionary exception from the above rules can be made.

All students must be a minimum age of 17 years old at the commencement of the 3-year programmes. There is no upper age limit. Please note that we have both a January and September intake.

Foundation Course – Entrance Exam. In the event that the student does not meet the above requirements he/she is required to take the 12 week Foundation Course (87 days) – Entrance Exam, starting 2 times per year in June or September. A passed Foundation Course – Entrance Exam gives direct access to enter one of our 3-year Bachelor of Arts Validated programmes.

English IELTS Test*

As part of the entry requirements to the Bachelor of Arts Validated programmes offered by Marbella Design Academy all students who do not have English as a first language, or who have not received a high school education in English, are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency at level 6 IELTS.

Students from English speaking international schools do not need this qualification.

Further information of the IELTS test can be found on their website here:

Included on the website are test sample questions for you to see, as well as details of where and when the test can be taken in venues around the world, including Marbella.

Please note that there are two test available, ‘academic’ and ‘general’. You will be required to take the ‘academic’ test.


The IELTS level 6 qualification must be passed by the end of the first term to be able to proceed to the second term. Should candidates fail to reach level 6 of the IELTS exam, the exam may be repeated. Upon successfully passing level 6 IELTS, students can proceed to the second term, which begins twice per year.

Student transfers

Students enrolled in other universities can transfer their credits and be accepted at Marbella Design Academy in the 2nd or 3rd academic year at the applicable level. The Diploma Supplement/official transcript together with 3 to 5 pieces of work, from the students previous education to be scanned and emailed to the Enrolment Department for further evaluation.

Foundation Course & Summer Courses

There are no Academic Requirements for those courses.

Interviews & Contact

Our Course Director – Frank Ortega can be contacted at: