University for the creative arts canterbury school of architecture

University for the creative arts canterbury school of architecture

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Our School is a laboratory for architecture and spatial design – a supportive, progressive and experimental educational environment for our students, staff and collaborators. We have been delivering courses in architecture for over 60 years at Canterbury and also offer courses in Interiors, Urban Design and Creative Arts for Theatre & Film. Our award-winning students and staff benefit from developing their creativity within a specialist arts university, sharing an extraordinary range of technical resources on our campuses with the wider academic community of fine artists, designers and designer-makers who share our culture of learning by doing.

We’re committed to an education that is situated firmly in the design studio and the workshop. These dedicated, open and creative spaces are where we embrace and debate the future and foster ways of thinking and making through our design practice. We’re equally committed to exploring the potentials of architecture and spatial design through our actions and agency.  This requires a commitment – a commitment to take a position, to take responsibility and to act with rigor and optimism. In short it requires the kind of entrepreneurship necessary to make a creative contribution as an architect or designer to the future.

University for the creative arts canterbury school of architecture

All of our courses are project based, and bring our students into contact with communities, and organisations regionally in the South-East of England and London as well as internationally through frequent overseas fieldtrips, workshops and exchange. We encourage this type of collaborative working across the School and are also committed to exhibiting and presenting the incredible outputs of our courses in competitions and conferences. Our current students have won prestigious awards including in 2013 the Janine Stone Young Interior Designer Award, the Shepherd Robson Student Award at the Royal Academy Summer Show and the Reardon Smith SLEEP Award. Our staff are equally impressive with award-winning architects, designers and researchers including our Professor of Architecture, Will Alsop committed to inspiring our students with their teaching and their own practice.

We believe in teaching that is rigorous and provides both the hard skills (designing, making and representing) and the soft skills (advocacy, activism and entrepreneurship) needed to be effective and successful agents of spatial, social and ecological change. Our graduates are testament to the value of this approach – going on to work in their respective fields and industries for leading architectural and design firms, theatre and film production companies, charities and NGOs and the design and creative industries media.

Allan Atlee
Head of the Canterbury School of Architecture


    Architecture and interior design professionals can enjoy challenging, enjoyable and influential roles within industry. Equipped with technical skill, creativity and the expertise to succeed, professionals can take on rewarding projects across a variety of sectors – from retail leisure, exhibitions, events, graphic and online design, to public buildings, theatres, shopping centres, offices and conferences, cruise ships, transportation and more.

UCA offers a number of highly-regarded architecture-based courses. And with over 60 years’ experience in delivering architecture education, we also offer an Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) validated BA (Hons) Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1) course – along with the opportunity to complete the full qualification with a Master of Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2).

University for the creative arts canterbury school of architecture

Our students produce a fantastic range of work using our extensive technical resources, including modelling, prototyping, casting, printmaking, drawing, films and animations. Their efforts are individually focused and owned, not following a formula or house style – so no two UCA projects look the same.

And our supportive environment enables students to complete projects between studio areas, workshops and internal and external public spaces for exhibition and engagement. We’ll encourage you to develop your skills by working with a range of communities and organisations. Our teaching exposes you to the dynamics of the modern profession of architecture, associated construction and development industries, and the arts and culture sectors.

Employers comment on the breadth of skills that UCA graduates offer. You’ll develop a great balance of rigour and expertise with optimism and imagination: being able to critically evaluate and learn the secret to great architecture and design.

University for the creative arts canterbury school of architecture

Studying our BA (Hons) Architecture course is a lively, progressive and creative experience that will enable you to learn from a group of more than fifty highly successful and dedicated architects, designers and engineers. This course is ranked in the top five Architecture courses in the Guardian’s University Guide 2017.

Developing your creativity will include experimenting with all the elements of architecture – from drawing and modelling, through to full-size project making, creating exhibitions and deployment in public spaces.

You’ll develop digital skills through the use of high-caliber technology and software such as our Tracklab – a dedicated virtual reality studio with spatial tracking.

Architecture & Interior Design courses

Architecture & Interior Design courses are available at the following locations: