University for the Creative Arts

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About the University for the Creative Arts

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Creativity makes global communities more vibrant, more innovative, more human.

Which is why, for 160 years, the University for the Creative Arts has been a passionate advocate for creative education and research.

UCA is the UK’s highest-ranked creative specialist university, offering courses in Architecture, Crafts, Fashion, Graphic Design, Illustration, Fine Art, Photography, Film, Media, the Performing Arts and Creative Business.

But that’s not the whole story.

UCA’s ambition

UCA’s goal is to inspire people to use their creativity to drive change, overcome challenges and improve the lives of others.

The University’s campuses – from those in Surrey and Kent, to our homes within partner organisations such as the Royal School of Needlework, Maidstone Television Studios, and our specialist institute in Xiamen, China – are inclusive and dynamic environments that all have one thing in common:

They are places to forge inspiring partnerships, make work with purpose and build real solutions to human problems across the globe – whether that’s as part of a vibrant research community, or on a creative course.

The UCA community

If you decide to join UCA, you’ll be joining a diverse community of creative people from across the globe.

You’ll work with creative experts, use your talent to make a positive impact on the world around you, build a professional network that stays with you throughout your career, and develop the skills you need to make your mark in your creative field.

Beyond UCA

Because everyone is different, UCA will tailor your experience to help you forge your own path, reach your goals and design a career that inspires you.

That's why you’ll find UCA students, staff and graduates making waves in every corner of the creative industries. They're making fashion more inclusive, inventing new sustainable materials, using art to change perspectives, and winning awards – from Golden Globes to Pulitzers.

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