University for the Creative Arts



The University for the Creative Arts is a specialist art and design university in the south of England.

It was formed in 2005 as University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochesterwhen the Kent Institute of Art and Design was merged into the Surrey Institute of Art & Design, which already had degree-awardingstatus; both constituent schools had been formed by merging the local art schools, in Kent and Surrey respectively. It was granted university status in 2008, and the name changed to the present one. In 2016 it merged with the Open College of the Arts.

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 UK and overseas: Farnham Maltings, Laine Theatre Arts, London School of Design & Marketing, 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.

55 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 2005
Size Medium
5,934 Students
Canterbury, Rochester, Kent, Epsom, Farnham, Surrey


3,4 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
SELT Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 15,500
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



Sir Ray Tindle Scholarship
Total Worth £1,000 per year
Eligibility and Requirements Applicants to any of our undergraduate media or journalism courses- BA Fashion Journalism; BA Television Production; BA Journalism & Media Production; BA Television & Media Production. Applications are welcome from both home and international students
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details Based on Academic excellence / financial need
Women in Music Composition and Technology
Total Worth £5,000
Eligibility and Requirements Female applicants to year one of UCA’s BA/BSc (Hons) Music Composition & Technology
Available for International Students --
Application Deadline --
Other Details Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio of work and will be assessed on their creativity, originality, technical skill, contextualisation and potential for development, alongside their academic record
Gifted student scholarship
Total Worth £2,000
Eligibility and Requirements For new students applying to a degree course from an international country who are considered to be gifted.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details You will be judged on the quality of your application, portfolio/audition, previous experience, qualifications and interview performance, where applicable. Selectors will make a recommendation that the candidate is eligible for a ‘gifted’ scholarship. In addition to academic/creative merit, you must have met and accepted your offer, and paid your deposit of £2,500