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Welcome to University for the Creative Arts (UCA)

University for the Creative Arts 

The University for the Creative Arts is one of the leading specialist provider of art, design, architecture, media and communication education in the UK. Offering further education, undergraduate and postgraduate courses, studying a course here will develop your individual creativity, understanding and skills for a wide choice of careers.

After successful completion of GCSE's (or equivalent) you could apply for a place on one of our UAL Extended Diploma courses. These are practical courses allowing you to experience a broad range of art and design activities, concentrating on the skills you need for your chosen area and developing confidence in communicating ideas, opinions and creativity.

Experienced and committed staff, who are also practising artists and designers, will keep you informed of your progress throughout the course and give you advice on how to improve. You will have guidance on career and educational opportunities and help to prepare a portfolio for interviews that demonstrates your creative skills. All Extended Diploma students take a key skills qualification in communication to improve their future employability.

About us

The University is one of the leading specialist art and design institutions in the UK.  Unlike many other higher education institutions, we concentrate on just art, design, architecture, media and communication, which means that you get dedicated teaching in your chosen subject as well as access to all the latest creative resources.

Whether you're a potential film director or designer, you get to mix with others who are planning careers in journalism, glass making, fashion, graphics and architecture. Many students will tell you that they love being surrounded by people with the same passions and interests. It also helps you to see your own discipline in a broader context.

Facilities available

At UCA you will have access to extensive resources to support all of your study needs including:

  • industry standard Gerber suite for fashion pattern cutting;
  • 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 photography equipment;
  • workshops for ceramics, glass, wood and metals;
  • studio spaces and workshops for painting, sculpture, fashion and filmmaking;
  • dedicated team 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.

To view the facilities available on each campus and to find out about course-specific facilities please visit our website


In addition to course-specific facilities you also have access to the University Library on each campus. Collectively the libraries provide one of the most comprehensive visual arts resources in the region with:

  • around 250,000 print and electronic books
  • over 30,000 videos and DVDs
  • over 12,000 print and electronic journals
  • computer suites for research and coursework
  • website with links to over 45 specialist databases including image collections, newspaper archives and business data
  • access to the UCA online research repository.

Each library has a dedicated subject support team to help you use the facilities and services. There is also a Study Advisor at each library to help you get the most out of your lectures and seminars, improve your academic writing skills and develop a better understanding of academic practices and methods.

Additional support

The Student Development Services team provides the following services, to all of our students, on each of our five campuses: 

  • Advice Centres provide information, advice and guidance to students about finance and other general welfare issues. 
  • Careers Servicesprovide a career development, information, advice and guidance service. 
  • Counselling Services offer students a safe and confidential space to discuss personal and emotional issues.
  • Disability Support Services provide advice and coordinate support, to promote students' independent study in relation to disabilities, dyslexia and specific learning differences.
  • English for Academic Purposes Tutors provide free classes and tutorials, for students whose first language is not English, to help them improve their academic language, communication and study skills.
  • International Student Advice staff provide specialist immigration information, advice and guidance to international students.

Learner success

With such a creative buzz going on around the place, our students are constantly winning industry awards as well as showcasing their work at national and international festivals. If you join us, you will be following in the footsteps of many famous former students including fashion designers, Zandra Rhodes, Karen Millen, Owen Gaster and Gharani Strok; Turner Prize nominee, Tracey Emin; and Oscar-winning animators, Daniel Greaves and Michael Dudok de Wit.

How to apply

You can apply for courses at University for the Creative Arts (UCA) through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 17 November 2015
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