University for the Creative Arts


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Why Study at UCA?

We are situated in the South East of England with four campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, and Rochester, as well as specialist courses at The Maidstone Television Studios and the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace.

Now the second largest specialist creative arts university in Europe, we have a 160 year track record of educating creative practitioners who go on to lead in their chosen field. Notable alumni include fashion designers Karen Millen and Zandra Rhodes, jewellery designer Stephen Webster, fine artist Tracey Emin and the Oscar winners Arnold Schwartzman, Daniel Greaves, Michael Dudock de Witt and Suzie Templeton.

We pride ourselves on offering a rich practice-based and industry focussed learning experience. You’ll be taught by academics who are active practitioners in their field, ensuring that each of our disciplines remains relevant to the sectors they serve and ensuring our students have opportunities to build connections with the working world whilst at university.

Our campuses are 100% creative, meaning that your learning will take place in a vibrant community of artists, designers, scholars and creative arts professionals, all of whom will provide the support and inspiration you’ll need to create extraordinary and innovative work.

World-class facilities

We are committed to investing in the very latest facilities and industry-standard equipment, giving you the chance to gain the valuable hands-on experience that you can utilise in your professional career. 

Our students have access to extensive resources, including:

  • Industry-standard pattern cutting centre, Gerber suite and Computer-Aided Manufacturing studios
  • Digital textiles printing resources
  • High-end computers loaded with the latest software for animation, architecture and digital design
  • Extensive photography facilities including darkrooms, studios and a range of film and digital equipment
  • Workshops for ceramics, glass, wood and metals
  • Studio spaces and workshops for painting, sculpture, fashion and film making
  • Dedicated teams of subject-specific technicians
  • Journalism and broadcasting facilities including a TV journalism room with live news feed, a TV studio with viewing gallery and radio suites
  • Campus galleries and exhibitions.

Careers and industry links

91.9% of our graduates are employed or in further study within six months after they graduate. Part of the reason for our graduate success is that we ensure we maintain strong links with world-class organisations who are leaders in their industries. 

All of our courses are infused with genuine industry insight, here are just a few of the many companies associated with our courses:

  • Alexander McQueen
  • Apple
  • BBC
  • Comme Des Garcons
  • EA Games
  • Elle Magazine, UK
  • Gucci
  • iLoveDust
  • Magnum Photo Agency, LondonUCA_overview 02
  • Mulberry
  • Nike
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Ridley Scott Associates
  • Royal Opera House
  • Sony
  • Super Massive Games
  • Tate Modern
  • The Goldsmiths' Company, UK
  • The Times, UK
  • The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers, UK
  • Tiger Aspect
  • V&A Museum, London
  • Versace
  • Virgin
  • Vogue, UK.

What to expect at our Open Days

If you’d like to find out more about our courses and our uniquely creative communities, why not visit us on an Open Day? You can meet academic staff and students, attend subject talks, get expert portfolio advice, and take a tour of the campuses, facilities and accommodation.. Whichever of our four campuses you choose, our open days will give you the opportunity to experience just what it’s like to be a student here.