University for the Creative Arts
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 4.08 / 5.00
- 2.72 / 4.00
- 0.10 / 1.00
- 51.7 / 100.0
- 63.4 / 100.0
- 84.9 / 100.0
- With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, we are Europe’s second largest specialist arts university.
- Formed through the merger of The Surrey Institute of Art & Design and the Kent Institute of Art & Design, we have campuses in Farnham, Epsom, Canterbury and Rochester. We were awarded full university status by the Privy Council in 2008.
- Dame Zandra Rhodes was installed as our first Chancellor in 2010.
- In 2015 we will move into the performing arts for the first time in collaboration with Farnham Maltings.
Location and Transport
- Our four campuses in Farnham, Epsom, Rochester and Canterbury are located within easy reach of London and the South East via road and rail.
- Additional courses run at Hampton Court Palace’s Royal School of Needlework and Maidstone TV Studios.
The 4,805 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 93%
- Postgraduate 7%
Mode of study
- Full Time 96%
- Part Time 4%
- UK 86%
- EU 7%
- Other 7%
- Male 30%
- Female 70%
- We offer a pre-degree courses in Art and Design across all four campuses.
- Year-0 option on a number of our degree courses including fashion, illustration, film production and photography.
- Our Internal Progression Scheme for those moving from pre-degree to undergraduate within UCA includes up to £1,000 in bursaries.
- We offer a study abroad option as a full accredited part of our degree courses.
- We have links with over 80 partner institutions across Europe and further afield including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea and the USA.
- A variety of our courses are professionally accredited, including Journalism (BJTC), Film Production (BKSTS) and Architecture (ARB/RIBA).
- Our academic staff, sessional lecturers, and technicians are recruited with wide ranging professional experience in their fields.
- Academics continue to practice in their fields, ensuring up to date industry knowledge.
- Internationally recognised for creative arts research practice with particular strengths in Fine Art and Photography.
- We are home to The Anglo-Japanese Textiles Research Centre, The Crafts Study Centre, and The Centre for Sustainable Design, with our students given complete access to the full range of archives.
- 63% of REF submissions regarded as world-leading, with 93% recognised for its quality internationally.
- We specialise in subjects across the creative arts, with courses covering fashion, film, photography and animation being particularly well recognised both nationally and internationally.
- World-class academic facilities across all courses include film and television studios, 3D printing and laser cutting, digital and analogue photography suites, traditional crafts facilities and a bronze foundry.
- Student amenities include onsite art-shops, galleries, bars, cafés and libraries.
- Free Wi-Fi available across all four campuses.
- Our Disability and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Team offer advice and coordinate support in for students with disabilities and specific learning differences.
- Specific support is available for a number of diagnosed conditions including dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger’s Syndrome, mental health difficulties, mobility difficulties, visual impairment, and deafness or hard of hearing.
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- The Students’ Union operates across all four campuses and offers support in many aspects of academic and social life, with a wide range of clubs, societies, and special events organised throughout the year.
- Students’ Union activities include Freshers’ events, comedy nights, club nights, pool competitions, karaoke, quizzes and sports challenges.
- Clubs and societies cover a wide range of creative, sporting, cultural and religious activities.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- Campus’ in-town locations offer excellent access to part-time work with local businesses.
- Our Careers Team proactively update their website with the latest part-time roles, internships and placements opportunities.
- Workshops and presentations on professional development.
- One-to-one confidential guidance service at every UCA campus.
- Dedicated careers library at every University Library.
- Up-to-date careers information, graduate vacancies, residencies, competitions and events on our website.
- Practical business advice and guidance to support new creative enterprises.
- On-going support to graduates for up to three years.
Recent/Prospective New Builds
- Recent campus improvements include a £1.2 million revamp of UCA Farnham’s Elaine Thomas Library and the new Linear Gallery space.
- Proposed improvements include wide-ranging renovation at UCA’s Rochester campus.
- Arnold Schwartzman OBE RDI – Oscar-winning filmmaker and designer
- Tracey Emin RA – Artist
- Gareth Edwards – Hollywood film director
- Karen Millen OBE – Fashion designer
- Dame Zandra Rhodes CBE RDI – Fashion designer
- Stephen Webster MBE – Jewellery designer
- Dominic Mitchell – BAFTA-winning television writer
- PJ Ligouri- YouTube star
- Hong Khaou – BAFTA-nominated film director
- Marcus Armitage – BAFTA-nominated animator
- Daniel Greaves – Oscar-winning animator
We have four campuses spread across different towns in Kent and Surrey. For details of other UCA locations, click on Map tab at top of page.