How do you apply for a creative course? There are three main application routes for creative art and design courses: UCAS, UCAS Conservatoires and direct conservatoire application. These are explained in greater detail in the sections below but it is important to bear in mind you can apply for all three simultaneously! There is nothing stopping you from applying to an acting course through the regular UCAS route, through the UCAS Conservatoires route and then directly to other institutions. It will be time consuming and more expensive but it is possible.