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University of the Arts London (UAL)

University of the Arts London (UAL) has an international reputation in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts, and close to 19,000 students from over 130 countries. UAL is made up of six colleges – Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts, with origins dating back to the mid 19th century.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Urban
Urban

In or close to the centre of a town

Suburban
Suburban

On the outskirts of a city or town

Collegiate
Collegiate

The university is composed of individual colleges

Specialist
Specialist

Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: U65

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 81%
  • Postgraduate 19%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 95%
  • Part Time 5%

Where students come from

  • UK 53%
  • EU 13%
  • Other 34%

Student gender

  • Male 25%
  • Female 75%

Student Services and Facilities

Library

  • UAL has six libraries, with over 470,000 titles, 15,000 journals and periodicals in subjects from art to web design, including 7,700 e-journals, 25,000 videos and DVDs, over 175 databases and 885 e-books.
  • The Learning Zone, based at Holborn, provides students with open access to computers, laptops and room hire for presentations and rehearsals.
  • Over 50 unique specialist collections enhance learning, creativity, and research, including the Diaghilev Costume Collection at Camberwell College of Arts, more than 800 paper dressmaking patterns at London College of Fashion, and the archive of Stanley Kubrick, one of the most important film archives in the world.

Student jobs

  • The Creative Opportunities jobs board at UAL helps graduates and students find job and internship opportunities, and connect with organisations and companies in the creative industries.
  • The university's in-house recruitment agency Arts Temps provides students and recent graduates with part-time work opportunities available within the university and Students' Union.

Careers advice

  • The UAL's careers and employability service support students and graduates as they embark on their professional futures in the creative industries, helping students and graduates find jobs, set up a business, and sell their work.
  • Events are run throughout the colleges on all aspects of the creative's career journey; while funding, mentoring and resources are provided to enable students and graduates gain the skills they need to succeed and innovate in the creative and cultural sectors.

Health services

  • The Health Advice Service provides advice and information to students at UAL on registering with a doctor (GP) in the UK, and about any other aspect of health and well-being.
  • Advice is available for students who have questions or concerns about lifestyle (including alcohol, drugs and smoking), healthy eating, physical health, infectious diseases, sexual health and mental health.

Counselling services

  • University of the Arts London offers free, one-to-one, confidential counselling to students at each college, as well as at the Student Centre in High Holborn. 
  • Counselling is an opportunity to talk, in private, to a trained professional from outside of one's day-to-day life.
  • Areas in which counselling can be helpful are course-related problems, low mood or depression, anxiety or stress, relationship issues, bereavement, loneliness, sexuality, gender identity, family issues and homesickness.

Disability support

  • The Disability Service arranges adjustments and provides support for students who are disabled, dyslexic or have another Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD).
  • Advice is available at any stage of the student journey, even before an application has been made.
  • Over 4,000 students (24% of the student population) at the university are in contact with the Disability Service. The range of students supported includes those with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia (or who think they might have dyslexia), sensory or physical impairments, long-term health or mental health conditions, and autistic spectrum disorders such as Asperger syndrome.

Other services and facilities

  • UAL has a wide range of multipurpose workshops, specialist studios and equipment, including: photography darkrooms, ceramic workshops, metal casting foundry, and printmaking studios for lithography, etching, screen printing and letterpress. Colleges have their own galleries, as does the central university Student Hub, and art shops with discounted materials are available across the university and colleges.
  • Other facilities include TV and broadcast studios and a working newsroom at London College of Communication; and theatres at Wimbledon College of Arts and Central Saint Martins where there are also rehearsal spaces.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union (Arts SU) provides democratic representation, support and advice to students across the university. The SU President holds a place on the university's governing board.
  • Arts SU prides itself on being 'An Arts Union for Arts Students'. Its creative opportunities programme enables students to stage solo exhibitions, gain experience of curation and work with high profile external arts organisations like the British Museum; while the Arts Active programme is perfect for students looking for fitness classes and sporting activities.
  • The Students' Union runs cafés and LCC's Darkroom Bar, providing inexpensive food and drinks for students. It also runs the UAL-wide Arts Activities programme – perfect for students looking for fitness classes and sporting activities.

Fascinating Fact

  • Since 1984, over half of all Turner Prize winners have been University of the Arts London alumni or current staff.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

Alumni of the six colleges include half of all Turner Prize winners, two thirds of the British Designer of the Year winners, and 48 combined Oscar and BAFTA winners, including:

  • Charles Saatchi − co-founder of advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi.
  • Jimmy Choo − co-founder of Jimmy Choo Ltd, known for its handmade women's shoes.
  • David Hockney − English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer.
  • Alexander McQueen − British fashion designer and couturier.
  • Raymond Briggs − illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist best known for his story The Snowman.
  • Sir Terry Frost − leading exponent of abstract art.

Address

272 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EY