University for the Creative Arts

United Kingdom

About UCA

Oscar winning filmmakers, world renowned fashion designers, television presenters, celebrity jewellers and Turner Prize nominees are just some of the high-profile graduates from the University for the Creative Arts.

As a specialist creative arts university, UCA has created a unique community for its students, where like-minded people can share in the creative process and inspire one another. Collaboration between courses is encouraged, with fine artists studying with budding filmmakers and fashion designers working alongside architects. In this way, our students benefit from exposure to a range of disciplines.

UCA was named ‘Modern University of the Year’ in the 2019 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. The title was awarded for the ground-breaking work at the newly-established Business School for the Creative Industries, in addition to the excellent graduate employment record and levels of student satisfaction.


Based in a busy, historic student city, the Canterbury campus benefits from easy access to local exhibition projects and spaces as part of Kent’s vibrant international art scene. Students can enjoy established community links with places such as the Turner Contemporary Gallery, access to big events like the Folkestone Triennial, as well as its own dedicated facilities on campus.

The Canterbury campus is a short walk from the city centre and has a range of purpose-built studios, workshops and lecture theatres. The campus offers courses in Architecture, Fine Art, Illustration and Animation, and Graphic Design. With on-campus accommodation, a café, a newly refurbished bar and a range of art facilities including a specialist library, an art shop and the Herbert Read art gallery, the campus is a relaxed and creative environment to study in. Here are some amenities near our campus.

The Epsom campus is a modern, well-equipped collection of studios and facilities set in a picturesque town within easy reach of London. Living and studying at the Epsom campus, you’ll be immersed in a hub of creativity – the perfect place to let your talent run wild and create the extraordinary. Epsom campus offers a range of Fashion courses as well as Graphics and Music Marketing and it’s also the home of the Business School for the Creative Industries, which offers a variety of courses in business management and marketing specifically aimed at working within the creative industries. Here are some amenities near our campus.

Farnham campus has a long history, going back more than 45 years as a respected art and design institution. The campus offers a variety of courses, ranging from glasswork and ceramics to film and animation. With over 2,000 students, Farnham is the biggest of UCA's campuses and has an incredibly strong community feel. The campus has an extensive range of up-to-date resources for students to use, including glassblowing furnaces, radio and TV studios, a cinema, dark rooms and metal and wood workshops. Any student can have an induction in any one of these, and include the practices in their work – making it an inspirational, creative place to study.
Here are some amenities near our campus.

Perched high on a hill, our purpose-built Rochester campus enjoys great views over the town and the river Medway. The campus is a creative hub for students studying a rich variety of courses in fashion, photography, product design and digital animation. With halls of residence only five minutes away and a range of exceptional facilities, including an art shop, the Zandra Rhodes Gallery and the unique Gerber Suite, the Rochester campus offers you a genuinely inspirational study experience. Here are some amenities near our campus.

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Business Studies
The Times, Business, management and marketing
Media & Communications
The Times, Communication and media studies
The Times, Architecture
Performing Arts
The Times, Art and design
Product Design
The Times, Art and design
Visual Arts
The Times, Art and design
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Notable alumni

Gareth Edwards Film Director
Gareth Edwards is an English film director, film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, production designer, and visual effects artist. He directed the 2014 reboot of Godzilla, and the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), the first in the Star Wars Anthology. Edwards studied BA (Hons) Film & Video at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, graduating in 1996. In 2012, he received an honorary Master of Arts from UCA.

Stephen Webster Jewellery Designer
Stephen is the Founder and Creative Director of the internationally renowned luxury jewellery brand, Stephen Webster. Stephen studied Jewellery and Silversmithing at one of our founding colleges – the Medway College of Design – at the age of 16. He established his company in 1989 and, with one of the largest jewellery manufacturing and design studios in London's West End, Stephen is widely considered to be one of the international scene's most accomplished and exciting designers. The company has expanded globally with close to 200 points of sale worldwide as well as boasting flagship stores on London's Mount Street and Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills.
Student life
Modern University of the Year 2019
Student Life at UCA