University of the Arts London (UAL)

  • Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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    313
  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    3.93 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.12 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.17 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    61.0 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    15.9
  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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    1,429
  • Facilities Spend
    Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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    226
  • Good Honours
    Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    64.2 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    86.9 / 100.0

University of the Arts London (UAL) is Europe’s largest specialist arts and design university, with 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 6 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.

Entry Requirements

  • Students are selected based on the quality of their applications, in particular their portfolio of work and personal statement. Please refer to the university website for further details.
  • A level and GCSE requirements vary dependent on course. 
  • Completing a 1-year foundation course is a common route into undergraduate-level study at UAL; the UAL's colleges offer several types of foundation course.

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.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • The UAL offers opportunities for students to study outside of the UK at a partner institution; its colleges have a programme of exchanges across the world.
  • Some courses at UAL give students the opportunity to undertake a work placement or traineeship during their degree. Please refer to the UAL website for details of courses offering work placements or traineeships.

Student Services and Facilities

  • 6 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, 175+ databases and 885 e-books.
  • The Learning Zone, based at Holborn, provides students with open access to computers and 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, 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. 
  • A wide range of multi-purpose workshops, specialist studios and equipment includes: 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.

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. The service encourages applicants to contact them as soon as possible to enable support, for example at Open Days or interviews. Please refer to the university's website for further details.

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.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Creative Careers is 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

  • 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.

Student Mix

Student population

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

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 81%
  • Postgraduate 19%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 95%
  • Part Time 5%

Where students come from

  • UK 54%
  • EU 13%
  • Other 34%

Student gender

  • Male 26%
  • Female 74%

History

  • Founded in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the 6 colleges that make up the university have international reputations in a range of creative fields.

Notable Alumni

Alumni of the 6 colleges include nearly half of all Turner Prize winners, 20 of the 31 British Designer’s of the Year, 12 Oscar winners and 38 BAFTA winners, including:
  • Charles Saatchi (LCC) − co-founder of advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi.
  • Jimmy Choo (LCF) − co-founder of Jimmy Choo Ltd, known for its handmade women's shoes.
  • David Hockney (Chelsea) − English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer.
  • Alexander McQueen (CSM) − British fashion designer and couturier.
  • Raymond Briggs (Wimbledon) − illustrator, cartoonist, graphic novelist best known for his story The Snowman.
  • Sir Terry Frost (Camberwell) − leading exponent of abstract art.

Further Details

Address 272 High Holborn London WC1V 7EY
UCAS Code U65