University of the Arts London2014 League Table Ranking 67
2014 Overall Score 599
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- First incorporated as the London Institute in 1989, University of the Arts London was formally inaugurated in May 2004.
- The six Colleges that make up the University – Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art – have origins dating back to the mid 19th century.
- Wimbledon School of Art merged with the University in 2006.
- Fourteen current Royal Academicians have studied and/or taught at UAL.
- Elight alumni and staff included in the 2013 Power List of Britain's most influential black people.
Location and transport
- On 14 sites across London, from Oxford Street in the heart of the West End, to Archway and Hackney in the north and east, and the leafy streets of Wimbledon and historic Southwark in the south of the capital. Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design moved to a state-of-the-art campus in King's Crossin 2011.
- All sites 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.
- 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.
- 18,000 students (54% from the UK, 14% from other EU countries; 32% from outside the EU).
- 5% of undergraduates from non state schools (2011–12).
- 72% women to 28% men (undergraduate 2011–12); 30% international students all levels (2011–12).
- University of the Arts London boasts students from 114 different countries (2011–12).
- Applications to places ratio, further education (full-time) 7,411 applications to 3,389 places (2011–12).
- Applications to places ratio, postgraduate (full-time) 5,190 applications to 1,5497 places (2011–12).
- Applications to places ratio, undergraduate (full-time) 36,673 applications to 5,114 places (2011–12).
- Applications to places ratio, overall (excluding part-time, further education) 49,274 applications to 9,180 places (2011–12).
- The most recent QAA was in 2008. See University of the Arts QAA results online.
- 1,000 academic, research and technical staff, plus 2,000 associate lectures.
- The largest postgraduate arts and design community in Europe, with 2,745 postgraduate and research students.
- Leading provider of short courses on creative subjects with around 20,000 students across the academic year, from 159 countries, aged 10–82.
- Disciplines cover fine art, photography, interior, spatial and product design (including architecture), media, graphics and communication, and performance arts.
- UAL awarding body is a leading force in designing, assessing and awarding pre-university arts and design qualifications, and validates more than half of the UK's foundation diplomas.
- Home to world-class collections including the Jocelyn Herbert archive and the Kubrick archive.
- 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
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 020 7514 6156.
- Visit the website for information about disability services at University of the Arts.
Student facilities, including library and computing
- 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.
- Seven libraries, with 460,000+ titles, 3,500 journals and periodicals (art to web design), including 1,000 e-journals, 20,000 videos and DVDs, 130+ databases adn 326 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. Housed at London College of Communication, the Archive is made up of film, costumes, scripts, photography, set designs and sound recordings and is an invaluable and exceptional learning resource for students from across all of the University’s disciplines.
- 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 Art 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.
- 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
- New University of the Arts London campus for Central Saint Martins at King’s Cross. Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design moved to a new purpose built campus in King’s Cross at the start of the 2011 academic year.
- The £200m campus 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 housesthe 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.
- The University is continuing to make improvements to all its facilities, and sites at London College of Communication and London College of Fashion are next in line for development.
- 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.
- Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design is moving to a new multi-million pound, state of the art home in the heart of King’s Cross in September 2011. The move will see Central Saint Martins focus its world leading expertise in art, design, communication and performance on one site, forming a powerhouse of creative energy in the heart of London. The new complex will provide students with: Flexible, purpose built workshops designed to meet the differing needs of disciplines that range from fashion and textile design to sculpture and product designSocial learning spaces created in recognition of the College’s tried and tested belief that lifelong learning is best embedded when students interact and learn from each otherConnection with the wider community via publicly accessible spaces integrated into the College design ensuring that the energy of the city is part of the College campus.
- 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 new Student Enterprise & Employability Service (SEE) supports the creative and commercial potential of the University’s students, graduates and alumni. It includes the largest art and design specialist careers information centre in the country, including information on full and part-time work. SEE offers services ranging from advice on self-employment, setting up a business and protecting creative intellectual property to help build relevant experience and professional networks through work placements and paid internships.The University’s in-house recruitment agency Arts Temps provides students and recent graduates withP part-time work opportunities is available within the uUniversity and Students' Union.
- 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 (all CSM).
- 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.
- 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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