University of the Arts London

2016 League Table Ranking 80
2016 Overall Score 594
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Student-Staff Ratio 16.5 Help
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Research Quality 3.12 Help
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Academic Services Spend 1,478 Help
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Student Satisfaction 3.85 Help
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Facilities Spend 279 Help
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Graduate Prospects 54.5 Help
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Degree Completion 85.6 Help
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  • Founded in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the six colleges that make up the University: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, and Wimbledon College of Arts, have international reputations in a range of creative fields.

Location and Transport

  • The University has 14 sites across London, and all are well served by the tube and rail network with stations forming hubs that are fully integrated with the capital's efficient bus and rail system.

Entry Standards

  • Much of the University's recruitment is through one-year foundation courses or portfolio work
  • A-Level and GCSE requirements vary – the entry requirements are course specific, visit the University website for details.

Student Mix

The 17,135 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

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Mode of study
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Teaching Standards

  • The Quality Assurance Agency's (QAA) review of the University in January 2013 found that the University meets expectations in the four key areas examined – academic standards, the quality of student learning opportunities, information about learning opportunities and the enhancement of student learning opportunities.
  • QAA's report of the review is published on the QAA website.

Research Standards

  • UAL has been placed in the overall top 30 UK research institutions for the quality of research submitted in the REF 2014. It is a top 5 research university in its broader peer group and first in the power ranking in the Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory category.
  • At University of the Arts London, practice and theory-based research enriches our creative environment and positively impacts the work of UAL students and staff, demonstrating our leading global status in the arts, design and communication sectors.

Academic Strengths

  • The University has earned a global reputation for outstanding work, launching the careers of many creative and cultural leaders, including: more than half of all Turner Prize nominees, over half of the designers named British Designer of the Year, more than a third of the 40 artists named in the Catlin Guide’s most promising graduate artists and 12 winners of the Jerwood Photography Awards.
  • UAL is the largest postgraduate arts and design community in Europe, with 2,745 postgraduate and research students.
  • The University is the leading provider of short courses on creative subjects with around 20,000 students across the academic year, from 159 countries, aged 10–82.
  • UAL is home to world-class collections including the Jocelyn Herbert archive and the Kubrick archive.

Student Facilities

  • Six libraries, with 470,000+ titles, 15,000 journals and periodicals (art to web design), including 7,700 e-journals, 25,000 videos and DVDs, 175+ databases and 885 electronic books.
  • Over 50 unique collections are preserved by the University to enhance learning, creativity and research, including the Diaghilev Costume Collection at Camberwell College of Arts and 800+ paper dressmaking patterns housed at London College of Fashion. Students also enjoy unique access to one of the most important and comprehensive film archives in the world, the archive of Stanley Kubrick.
  • The University’s students have access to a wide range of multi-purpose workshops, specialist studios and equipment. Facilities include photography darkrooms, ceramic workshops, foundrys for metal casting, and printmaking studios with access to traditional methods of printmaking such as lithography, etching, screen printing and letterpress. London College of Communication is home to TV and broadcast studios as well as a working newsroom; Wimbledon College of Arts has one of the few theatres in the UK built specifically for shows in the round and Central Saint Martins boasts a 350 seat public facing theatre as well as rehearsal spaces;
  • The central University Student Hub provides a venue for student focused services. Facilities include: an art gallery showcasing work by recent graduates, a student gallery, café and bar and an activities studio. In addition, the Colleges have their own gallerys showcasing student work as well as their canteens and cafes.
  • Art shops across the University and Colleges sell a wide range of discounted art and design materials.
  • The Learning Zone, based at the central University site in Holborn, offers an informal space designed for both collaborative and private study and, provides students with open access to computers and laptops and room hire for presentations and rehearsals.

Disability Services

  • The University currently supports over 2,000 dyslexic and disabled students. Students can access confidential advice and support from the Disability Service at any stage (from before they apply to the University through to their graduation). We encourage applicants to make contact as early as possible to help us anticipate their needs and prepare support. This is particularly important if an applicant is likely to need additional support at Open Days or interviews. For more information, please visit the Disability Service website.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union provides democratic representation, support and advice to students across the University. The Students' Union President holds a place on the University's governing board.
  • The Students’ Union prides itself on being 'An Arts Union for Arts Students'. Its UAL Platform programme provides opportunities for students to stage solo exhibitions, gain experience of curation and work with high profile external arts organisations like the British Museum.


  • Although the University does not own any sports facilities, its central London location provides students with a wide range of sports and recreational facilities, many of which offer reduced rates for students.
  • Facilities from netball and basketball courts to football, rugby and hockey and pitches are hired. There is an activities studio at the student hub for dance, yoga and exercise classes.
  • The Students' Union offer a range of sporting opportunities for students from basketball and kickboxing to skiing and capoeira.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Central Saint Martins’ £200m campus, completed in 2011, brings together more than 4,000 students and 1,000 staff, creating a 21st century art school fit for the future. Based in a Grade II listed Granary Building, the state of the art campus is at the heart of the 67 acre redevelopment of King’s Cross. Designed by architects Stanton Williams, the new campus houses the College’s existing Schools of Art, Fashion & Textiles and Graphic & Industrial Design, plus a newly created School of Performing Arts underpinned by a 350 seat public theatre, studios and rehearsal spaces. Other facilities include four levels of multi-purpose workshops, specialist studios and lecture theatres and gallery and exhibition space, plus facilities and social and learning space open to students from across the University.
  • UAL’s new campus for London College of Fashion will soon go into full planning, as part of a planned world class education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. The new development will bring together outstanding organisations to showcase exceptional art, dance, history, craft, science, technology and cutting edge design.
  • The Parade Ground at Chelsea College of Art and Design was transformed into London’s largest open air gallery in 2008. Next door to Tate Britain, the space hosts annual student degree shows as well as exhibitions and events ranging from film screenings to large scale installation.
  • University of the Arts London students enjoy unique access to the archive of Stanley Kubrick, one of the most important and comprehensive film archives in the world. Made up of film, costumes, scripts, photography, set designs and sound recordings, the archive is an invaluable and exceptional learning resource for students from across all of the University’s disciplines. The Archive was donated to the University by the Kubrick family and is housed in a state of the art, purpose built facility at London College of Communication. The University’s student hub, which provides a central place for students across the University to work, socialise and share ideas, moved to a brand new building in 2010.  The centrally located site includes a café bar, galleries exhibiting both student and alumni work, open access computing, an activity zone, a learning zone for informal study and a new purpose built lecture theatre and teaching rooms.  It brings together Student Services, such as housing and careers, and is home to the Students’ Union. The site is close to Holborn tube station for transport links, is next door to Lincoln’s Inn Fields for outdoor space and the area is packed with museums, galleries, cafes, shops and bars for entertainment.
  • A concentration of resources supporting student development including a library, research and innovation centres, and gallery and performance spaces.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Creative Careers the largest art and design specialist careers information centre in the country, with information on part-time work and all aspects of the creative industries.
  • The University’s in-house recruitment agency Arts Temps provides students and recent graduates with part-time work opportunities is available within the university and Students' Union.

Careers Guidance

  • Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) is the University's dedicated careers and enterprise service. They support students and graduates embark on their professional futures in the creative industries.
  • SEE helps UAL students and graduates find jobs, set up a business, and sell their work. They run events throughout the Colleges on all aspects of the career journey. They also nurture creative practice and enterprise through funding, mentoring and resources. Their aim is to help students and graduates gain the skills they need to succeed and innovate in the creative and cultural sectors.

Notable Alumni

  • 13 out of 28 Turner prize winners and 33 out of 99 nominees.
  • 10 out of 17 fashion designers named British Designer of the Year.
  • 11 out the 40 artists named in the Caitlin Guide 2012 as the most promising graduate artists.
  • 12 out of 30 winners of the Jerwood Photography prize.
  • Three BP Portrait prize winners.
  • Seven winners of the Prince Philip Designers prize.
  • Oscars/BAFTAs.
  • First solo photography exhibition at the National Gallery – Tom Hunter, LCC alumnus and staff member.
  • Charles Saatchi (LCC)
  • Rankin (LCC)
  • Dylan Jones (CSM)
  • James Dyson (CSM)
  • Christopher Oram (Wimbledon)
  • Jimmy Choo (LCF)
  • Stella McCartney (CSM)
  • Hussein Chalayan (CSM)
  • Alexander McQueen (CSM)
  • Sarah Burton (CSM)
  • Georgina Chapman (Wimbledon)
  • Terry Frost (Camberwell)
  • Maggi Hambling (Camberwell)
  • Lucian Freud (CSM)
  • Gilbert and George (CSM)
  • Anthony Gormley (CSM)
  • Steve McQueen (Chelsea)
  • Quentin Blake (Chelsea)
  • David Hockney (Chelsea)
  • Anish Kapoor (Chelsea)
  • Raymond Briggs (Wimbledon)
  • Florence Welch (Camberwell)
  • Jarvis Cocker (CSM)
  • Jeff Beck (Wimbledon)
  • Mike Leigh (Camberwell)
  • Tim Roth (Camberwell)
  • Joe Wright (Camberwell)
  • Colin Firth (CSM)
  • Pierce Brosnan (CSM)
  • Paul Bettany (CSM)
  • Tara Fitzgerald (CSM)
  • Ralph Fiennes (Chelsea)


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