About UCA


Oscar-winning film makers and animators, world-renowned fashion designers, television presenters and Turner-Prize nominees are just some of UCA's high-profile graduates who have enriched the world with their creative talents. Taught and guided by our experienced, industry-connected academic staff, our students can now reap the benefits of studying in a top 25 UK university (see latest league table results below).

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.

As a specialist arts institution, we are 100% creative. Our distinctiveness against larger multi-disciplinary universities comes from focusing on provision through our creative campuses, which are not compromised by sharing facilities with other subjects or disciplines.

Over the past year, we have received recognition and awards which offer strong evidence that we're now one of the top creative universities in the UK:

  • We are the highest placed creative university, the second highest modern university and are in the top 25 of all UK universities in The Guardian University Guide 2018.

  • The Guardian also placed us in the top 10 for our Architecture, Fashion & Textiles and Film Production & Photography courses for 2018.

  • We are ranked the top specialist university for the creative industries by the Complete University Guide 2018.

  • The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 places us in the top 15 for teaching quality.

  • We were praised for our achievements at Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) 2016, with 12 students shortlisted for awards, and Epsom graduate Qiwei Jiang winning the Marks & Spencer Best Womenswear Award.

  • Our Students’ Union, UCASU, was named the best specialist Students’ Union in the country at the 2016 National Union of Students (NUS) Awards.

  • UCASU was also named HE Students’ Union of the Year at the NUS Disabled Students Awards 2017.

  • The latest Research Exercise Framework (REF 2014) confirms our position as one of the top ten research communities in art and design, with 93% of our research designated as internationally recognised for quality, and 64% of our research submissions classed as world leading and internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and thoroughness.