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The University for the Creative Arts is a specialist university that provides and awards undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in art, design, architecture, media and communication.
Formed through the union of The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College and the Kent Institute of Art & Design, we have an outstanding heritage spanning almost 150 years.
Location and Transport
If you choose to come and join us at UCA you will be in the unique position of studying in lively towns set in beautiful countryside but close enough to London to benefit from everything the capital offers. We have campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester.
For many of you, this might be your first time away from home and it's important to know that you will be living in a safe and peaceful environment. Our modern campuses are furnished with everything you need and all the shops, bars and restaurants are literally a stone's throw away. The great advantage of our campuses is that they are close to the centre of town, not miles away from anywhere.
We use a range of methods to assess students' suitability and courses vary in their particular approach. What is important is that you are well matched to your chosen area of study. Some courses like to interview applicants or use questionnaires as part of the selection process. For most courses, we require a portfolio of visual work to provide evidence of practical and visual ability appropriate to the course you are applying for.
For information regarding UCAS tariff points required for entry on to our courses please see University for the Creative Arts courses online.
The 5,080 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:
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Mode of study
The university's key strength lies in the breadth of specialist, academic disciplines that it offers. Providing students with a ladder of opportunity, the university enables talented individuals to progress from further education through to undergraduate and postgraduate study and on to employment or creative practice.
Many staff are creative practitioners as well as academics, and are actively involved in the cultural industries. In this way, they bring the workplace into the learning environment, enabling the university to drive forward research and to prepare its students for the real world of work.
Our reputation for specialist education and research is built on the quality of our teaching and on the importance we place on supporting our students through our facilities and services.
We have an on-going commitment to investing in equipment and resources. Whether you study fashion, architecture, fine art, graphic design, journalism, photography or one of our crafts subjects, you will find we provide the appropriate library, workshop, studio, computing and digital facilities to support your practice.
The Students' Union offers support in many aspects of academic and social life, with a wide range of clubs and societies and special events organised throughout the year. From the moment you arrive, you are made to feel part of the community and you'll find it hard not to join in. With a student bar on each campus providing the focus for many activities, you can take part in everything from Freshers' events to shows, comedy nights, dj events, karaoke, film nights, pool competitions, quizzes and sports challenges, to name a few. Clubs and societies have included rugby, dance, drama, football, film, animation, games, netball and many more.
Each campus is situated within close proximity to sports and leisure facilities.
One of the best ways to start meeting new people and to develop extra-curricular interests is to join various clubs or societies organised by the UCA Students' Union. Each campus has sporting teams that can be joined throughout the year.
Availability of Part-Time Work
Our Careers Service has regularly updated listings of full and part time job vacancies, work experience placements and volunteering opportunities.
Arnold Schwartzman OBE RDI (Thanet School of Art and Crafts and Canterbury College of Art (UCA), 1951–1955) – designer, director, illustrator, author, photographer, lecturer and external examiner.
Brian Webb (Canterbury College of Art) – graphic designer, director of Webb and Webb, visitor professor at the London Institute, external assessor for many design courses in the UK and overseas.
Emmanuel Cooper OBE (honorary degree, 2003) – potter with an international reputation, author, Visiting Professor in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art, board member of the Arts Council, London.
Humphrey Ocean (Canterbury College of Art, 1970–1973 and awarded an honorary fellowship in 2002) – portrait artist.
Jeff Banks CBE (honorary fellowship 2001) – designer, visiting lecturer and examiner.
Karen Millen OBE (BA in Fashion, and honorary fellowship 2002) – fashion designer.
Mehrdad Tafreshi (Design graduate) – in-house designer of Quist.