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University for the Creative Arts

Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone & Rochester View map
United Kingdom


At UCA, we’re devoted to your creative journey. We have a long history of nurturing unique communities of artists, designers, architects, writers, animators, filmmakers, illustrators, photographers, actors, creative business leaders and more, and are proud to say that 96.9% of our graduates are employed or in further study within six months.

Oscar and BAFTA-winning filmmakers and animators, world-renowned fashion designers, Turner Prize nominees, Stirling Prize winners and leading craft artists are just some of our high-profile alumni who’ve enriched the world with their talent.

With the creative industries currently employing almost two million people in the UK (DCMS, July 2017) – a number which is still growing – we know that all kinds of businesses are looking for talented, highly skilled graduates. That’s exactly what we do at UCA – help and support you every step of the way.

We pride ourselves on being 100% creative. We’ve provided students with unparalleled creative education for over 160 years, and we now have over 7,800 students studying on more than 120 courses. We’ve been named Modern University of the Year and are the highest ranked Specialist Arts Institution in the UK (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

We’ll support you throughout your studies, whether you come to us to study at pre-degree, undergraduate or postgraduate level. Our talented team of academics and technicians have a wealth of industry experience and contacts which will help prepare you for a career in the creative industries. Your wellbeing is just as important as your learning experience, so our specially trained staff are on hand to give advice and guidance throughout your journey, and our award-winning Students’ Union will help to make your time with us an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

Each campus offers its own uniquely inspiring surroundings. Our distinctive edge against larger multi-disciplinary universities comes from our complete focus on the business of creativity, which is not compromised by sharing facilities with other subjects. We offer cutting-edge equipment, a wealth of resources and inspiring environments to support your learning and fully prepare you for a successful career in the creative industries.

As a tight-knit and creative community, we value freedom of expression, experimentation, active collaboration across disciplines and backgrounds, rigour in our thinking and practices, and informed engagement with, and shaping of, the world around us.

Together we will create your future.

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