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University for the Creative Arts

3.9 out of 5 (17 ratings / 15 reviews) Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
As a specialist arts institution, we are 100% creative. Our students develop their skills and thinking in environments that replicate the studios found within the creative industries, alongside peers on courses spanning arts, business and technology.

Top reasons to study here

  • We’re the highest placed specialist creative university in the Complete University Guide and The Guardian's 2021 league table.
  • We’re the 2nd largest provider of creative education in Europe.
  • Our students regularly win awards across the creative subjects

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Journalism & Media (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Social Sciences (1)



The origin of the university lies in the Victorian era when our founding independent, public art and design colleges opened their doors. Located in Canterbury, Epsom, Guildford, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester, each college made it their mission to serve people in the local community and offer arts education regardless of social class.


At UCA, you can choose from hundreds of courses, covering every kind of creative specialism. Follow the links below to find out more about the subject areas which interest you the most.


Our purpose is to nurture extraordinary graduates, practitioners and projects across the creative arts. This is underpinned by our vision to be a powerhouse of learning and discovery, whose research excellence is recognised nationally and globally.


We help our students and alumni prepare for their next steps. We work with you and guide you through the challenges of navigating your career journey to reach your potential as a creative professional.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

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Housing services

It's really important that you find the right accommodation for you, so that it suits your needs in every way. Choose from campus halls of residence, privately rented flats and houses or lodgings with local families.

Library services

The Library collections include a wide range of resources to help support you in your studies. Not only do we have an impressive selection of books, journals and DVDs, but we also have special collections focused on animation, photography and arts activism, to name but a few.

Student Life

Campus life

Each of our campuses is a thriving hub of collaborative creativity. They are vibrant communities of artists, designers and creative arts professionals, all of whom will provide a huge amount of support and enable you to create extraordinary, innovative work that opens the door to your future career. You’ll also be supported by our talented technicians, who are integral to the development of your practical skills.

Student Reviews

Uni socials
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It could have improved with student social life

A sincere apology to myself
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

My academic background was intensively stressing over intellect and performance, and UCA did not encourage intense learning and actually relevant knowledge for the field studied. Few teaching hours and minimal to non posible career prospects. It is ideal for a UK student or a highly creative person that can motivate themselves.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My university experiences thus far have been amazing. I have learned and experienced so many new things in such a short period of time, and it has gone by so fast.Therefore, to be able to achieve the best results I am still discovering all the opportunities that university offers me. I recently graduated as an fashion and textile designer.

Canterbury, England, United Kingdom

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