University for the Creative Arts

4.1 out of 5 (24 ratings / 19 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.

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Journalism & Media (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Engineering & Technology (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.

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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

As honest as i can be
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

UCA is still a work in progress, their courses are more centred at the business department as it’s new, i wish they paid more attention to other non business courses because that’s the reason i had to change after 1st year, our fashion promotion and imaging was neglected and teachers were leaving, luckily i changed to the second year of fashion management and went well,...

Not being practical
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Not enough practical activities

for the fish being judged on their climbing skills
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I was a student that never really excelled during my highschool/olevels years, it was such an amazing experience for me to join an arts university and find something I was above average at, it was reassuring to have support from teachers that understood the things I am interested in and even better when they taught me to channel my likes into my work. Even the theorectical...

Canterbury, England, United Kingdom

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