The origin of the University for the Creative Arts lies in a number of independent public art and design colleges in the counties of Kent and Surrey, almost all of which had origins in the Victorian period. In the 1990s, these merged to form multi-campus art and design institutes in their respective counties, before uniting to become a single organisation – the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) – in 2005.
Today UCA is the highest-ranking creative arts university in the UK. As one of the largest specialist creative arts universities in Europe, the University for the Creative Arts, UCA offers a global perspective in creative education, with 20% of its student population coming from outside the UK – 110 nations from all over the world. UCS’ notable alumni include: Turner Prize nominated artist, Tracey Emin; Fashion designers, Karen Millen and Dame Zandra Rhodes; Film and TV Directors, Gareth Edwards (Monsters and Godzilla) and Will McGregor (Misfits, Poldark); Oscar-nominated animator and creator of Peppa Pig, Mark Baker; and Oscar-winning filmmaker, graphic designer and author, Arnold Schwartzman, among others.
A program that focuses on the creation, execution, transmission, and evaluation of commercial messages in various media intended to promote and sell products, services, and brands; and that prepares individuals to function as advertising assistants, technicians, and managers. Includes instruction in advertising theory, marketing strategy, advertising design and production methods, campaign methods and techniques, media management, related principles of business management, and applicable technical and equipment skills.
A general, undifferentiated program that focuses on the use of computerized digital images as the primary medium of expression in the visual and performing arts, and that may prepare individuals for a wide variety of careers using new media, including graphic design, digital animation, motion graphics, 3D visualization, game and interactive media design, music and sound design, video production, web design, photography, and other fields.
A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of architecture and to conduct research in various aspects of the field. Includes instruction in architectural design, history, and theory; building structures and environmental systems; project and site planning; construction; professional responsibilities and standards; and related cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues.
A program in the applied visual arts that focuses on the general principles and techniques for effectively communicating ideas and information, and packaging products, in digital and other formats to business and consumer audiences, and that may prepare individuals in any of the applied art media.
A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.
A program that focuses on the theory and practice of gathering, processing, and delivering news and that prepares individuals to be professional print journalists, news editors, and news managers. Includes instruction in news writing and editing; reporting; photojournalism; layout and graphic design; journalism law and policy; professional standards and ethics; research methods; and journalism history and criticism.
A program that focuses on the development, use, critical evaluation, and regulation of new electronic communication technologies using computer applications; and that prepares individuals to function as developers and managers of digital communications media. Includes instruction in computer and telecommunications technologies and processes; design and development of digital communications; marketing and distribution; digital communications regulation, law, and policy; the study of human interaction with, and use of, digital media; and emerging trends and issues.
A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.
Established in 2005
The University for the Creative Arts encourages collaboration between its courses as it believes students benefit from exposure to a range of disciplines; hence fine artists study with budding filmmakers and fashion designers work alongside architects.
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I did my Master's degree at UCA, Epsom. A beautiful campus with oodles of energy and vibrancy around. The courses available here (and in UCA as a whole) are very good. The professors and the technical staff are knowledgeable. The library facility there is vast and you can spend days together there taking in all the knowledge available.
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I did a degree in photography here and really enjoyed it. Tutors were great and knew what they were doing, most were practicing artists
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