University for the Creative Arts

The University for the Creative Arts is a specialist art and design university in the south of England. 

The University for the Creative Arts is a specialist art and design university in the south of England.

UCA has been named ‘Modern University of the Year’ in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, with more than 6,000 students studying over 110 creative courses across four campuses, we generate unique communities of artists, designers, makers, writers and researchers.

The origin of the University for the Creative Arts lies in the establishment of various small art schools in the English counties of Kent and Surrey in the nineteenth century. In Kent the first of these was Maidstone College of Art, founded in 1867, and in Surrey the Guildford School of Art, founded in 1856. During the second half of the twentieth century many of these small art schools merged, eventually forming Kent Institute of Art & Design in 1987, and Surrey Institute of Art & Design in 1995. These two organisations joined forces in 2005 to become the University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester. In May 2008 the University College for Creative Arts was granted full university status by the Privy Council, and adopted its current name, the University for the Creative Arts, officially in September 2008.

Animation, Computing & Games

Architecture & Interior Design

Business School for the Creative Industries

Crafts, Jewellery & 3D Design

Creative Education

Fashion & Textiles

Film & TV

Fine Art

Graphic Design, Advertising & Illustration

Marketing, Promotion & Management

Media & Journalism


Performing Arts


Pre-degree and Foundation Studies


Facilities vary across each campus, depending on the subjects taught at each one. Some of the impressive facilities and resources include:

  • Workshops for glass blowing, metal forging, bronze casting and vacuum forming
  • Animation suites, including stop motion and digital
  • Photographic studios with darkrooms and digital processing facilities
  • Hot shop for glass blowing
  • Kilns for ceramics work
  • Video production equipment andediting software
  • TV studio and broadcast newsroom
  • IT suites fully equipped with PCs and Macs
  • Access to the latest design software
  • Textiles digital printing facilities
  • Laser cutting and 3D printers
  • Motion capture and virtual reality lab
  • Fine Art studios
  • Film, television and radio studios
  • Editing suites
  • Workshops for model-making
  • Sound post-production facilities
  • Workshops for kiln fusing, casting and enamelling
  • Camera and sound equipment
  • Water and oil based printmaking resources
  • Digital print bureau
  • 3D studios for metal, jewellery, ceramics and glass
  • Dry workshops for wood and plastics
  • Welding and casting resources
  • Print beds for textiles
  • Pattern and production workshops with
  • Gerber digitised pattern cutting and industrial sewing machines
  • Dobby looms, computerised AVL looms, countermarch looms, table looms and box looms for textiles
  • Access to rehearsal and performance spaces
  • Dye labs and dye vat areas
  • Print and weave equipment
  • Archive of historical and contemporary textiles
  • Metal spinning equipment
  • Rapid prototyping facility
  • Industry-standard CAD software programs
  • Hasselblad high-end scanning stations and Epson scanning stations
  • 35mm and medium format film cameras
  • Colour film processing
  • Digital SLR cameras with high-end video capture

Campus Libraries provide one of the most comprehensive visual arts resources in the region, giving you access to around 272,000 print and electronic books and exhibition catalogues, plus nearly 700 print and around 11,400 e-journals.


  • Extensive media store for equipment hire.