University for the creative arts campuses

University for the creative arts campuses

Our creative communities

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      At UCA, we pride ourselves on offering a rich, practice-based and industry-focused learning experience. Our academics are closely connected to their respective industries and each is an active practitioner in their field, ensuring that every discipline taught at UCA remains relevant to the sectors it serves. We have a very strong staff/student ratio too, providing high levels of contact time between academics and students across all four campuses. You’ll also be supported by our talented technicians, who are integral to the development of your practical skills.

Each campus is a thriving hub of uniquely collaborative creativity. They are vibrant communities of artists, designers, scholars 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. We are 100% creative: as a specialist arts institution, 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.

University for the creative arts campuses


UCA has campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester, together with teaching bases at the Royal School of Needlework and The Maidstone Studios, and a project and exhibition space in Folkestone Creative Quarter. It previously had a campus in Maidstone, which was closed in 2014.

The University also validates provision at, or co-delivers courses with, a number of other educational institutions and arts organisations in the U.K. and overseas: Barking and Dagenham College, Farnham Maltings, Laine Theatre Arts, Millennium Performing Arts, Turner Contemporary, MIT Institute of Design, and Hong Kong Design Institute.

On 1 November 2016 Open College of the Arts became part of UCA. This built on a close working relationship established in 2010.

About UCA Canterbury

Canterbury exudes student appeal with its distinctive mix of ancient charm and contemporary culture.

Our Canterbury campus is a short walk from the city centre and has a range of purpose-built studios, workshops and lecture theatres. The campus offers courses in Architecture, Fine Art, Illustration and Animation, and Graphic Design. It’s also home to a vibrant Further Education department that runs the popular Foundation Diploma, Extended Diploma and Access to Higher Education Diploma.

With on-campus accommodation, a café, a newly-refurbished bar and a range of art facilities including a specialist library, an art shop and the Herbert Read Gallery, the campus is a relaxed and creative environment to study in.