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University of the Arts London

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University of the Arts London (UAL) is made up of six world renowned creative Colleges, across 14 sites around the capital. The Colleges are:

  • Camberwell College of Arts
  • Central Saint Martins
  • Chelsea College of Arts
  • London College of Communication
  • London College of Fashion
  • Wimbledon College of Arts

The university specialises in art, design, communication, fashion, screen, media and performing arts.

Many well-known people were once students at the university before embarking upon fame and success, with past graduates including Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo, Ian McKay, Quentin Blake, Ralph Fiennes and Mike Leigh. The UAL alumni network is full of well-known supporters of the university, including Rachel Stevens, Charlotte Hawkins and Russell Brand.

With some of the best industry links in the country (Donatella Versace was once a guest lecturer) many graduates go on to win prestigious awards. These include the Jerwood Photography Award, Turner Prize and British Fashion Designer of the Year.

University of the Arts London is ranked second in the world for Art and Design in the 2020 QS World University Rankings® for the second year in a row, and is Europe's largest specialist university for art and design.

Join UAL for the UAL Graduate Showcase created with IBM, celebrating the achievements of their graduates in art, communication, design, fashion, media and performing arts. For the first time in history you can explore the work of UAL's graduates in one curated space. Discover what it’s like to study on a course at UAL and what students achieve throughout their time with UAL.

Students of University of the Arts London on Whatuni say:

“I have enjoyed it, tutors on our course have been supportive and I have liked what the course has entailed.” Ella, Fashion Contour BA (Hons)

“Love it. Had a placement year and kept contact with tutors throughout. Very helpful!” Pheobe, Fashion Contour BA (Hons)

“Loving it! Definitely the right course for me - great connections through the uni and good value for money.” Maddie

Job Prospects
Job Prospects

Job Prospects

Studying at UAL opens many doors to students through its creative networks, support system and facilities on offer.

The Careers and Employability service runs several initiatives, including regular free events and workshops on the different aspects of building a career, as well as a mentor service. The service also runs a job board that’s unique to students at the university which is regularly updated with opportunities from well established brands in the creative industries.

The university’s in-house temp agency, ArtsTemps, recruits students and recent graduates for paid temporary jobs across the university too.

A funding initiative, SEED, is also available, through which students can apply for awards of up to £5,000 to help start up new business ventures.

A UAL showroom also gives students the chance to showcase and sell their work, which allows them to start making a name for themselves.

Students of University of the Arts London on Whatuni say:

“We have placement year which is very helpful to prepare us for future job.” Giordana, Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation BA (Hons)

“Jobs and placements are always advertised or emailed to us.” Melissa

“They really push placement year - really well connected uni.” Maddie

Course and lecturers
Course and lecturers

Course and lecturers

Courses across the different Colleges vary from ceramic design to journalism, many of which are world renowned. Most of the courses have strong industry links and the teaching methods are forward thinking.

Many of the lecturers have strong careers in their subject field, while guest lecturers from industries regularly visit the university to inspire students. Collaborations across the different departments are also encouraged to enhance creativity to a larger scale.

Students of University of the Arts London on Whatuni say:

“The lecturers are incredibly supportive.” Pheobe

“I like how the course is broken down in chunks making it easier to learn.” Victoria, Fashion Contour BA (Hons)

“I like that lectures are interactive and we have guest lecturers.” Simona


Students' union
Students' union

Students' union

The Students' Union is charity led and focuses on supporting students. There are four full time sabbatical officers, six part-time officers and four liberation officers. There are also over 600 course reps, which include 67 further education reps, 250 reps for international students and 132 reps for postgraduates.

The student union’s job is to look after and represent students independently from the university. The officers and reps are elected every year by the students of the university. MiAL (Made in Arts London) is an initiative set up by the union to help promote and sell students artwork.

Students of University of the Arts London on Whatuni say:

“I think they have done well in actually changing things and making changes.” Jessica, Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation BA (Hons)

“Student union and library facilities are very good.” Elena, Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation BA (Hons)

“Email lots and stopped fees going up so good.” Amelia, Fashion Contour BA (Hons)



Halls of residence are scattered around the city, with a total of 12 sites. While the locations vary, they are all within commutable distance from each College – some even by foot! These are:

  • Brooke Hall (Studio rooms ranging between £212 - £230 a week)
  • Cordwainers Court (£157 - £161 a week)
  • The Costume Store (£189 - £286 per week)
  • Emily Bowes Court (£191 per week)
  • Furzedown Student Village (£166 - £182 per week)
  • Gardens House (£179.50 - £280 per week)
  • Glassyard Building (£213 - £272 per week)
  • Highline Building (£211 - £272 a week)
  • Portland House (£139.50 - £319 per week)
  • Sketch House (£215 - £282 per week)
  • Wigram House (£264 - £407 per week)
  • Will Wyatt Court (£223 - £226 per week)

Facilities on each site vary, but include Wi-Fi, a common room, wheelchair access, a roof courtyard, on-site laundry and access to the popular Student Welfare Programme, organised by students who arrange budget friendly activities for those living in halls. These include movie nights, knitting clubs and cooking competitions and act as the perfect way to meet new like-minded friends.

Students of University of the Arts London on Whatuni say:

Halls are always safe, facilities are good at Sketch House and Will Wyatt court.” Melissa

“Highline Building. Amazing accommodation.” Maya

“Good social environment.” Toby

Cost of living
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Each College has specialised facilities to suit their departments and the courses they offer, from state of the art design suites, 3D workshops and photography suites to theatre studios, fashion workrooms and print studios.

There is a library at each of the Colleges (with strong design archives and study rooms), as well as art shops and canteens.

Over at the Central Saint Martins site, you will find a loan store with specialised equipment, a gallery and bar. 

Students of University of the Arts London on Whatuni say:

“The majority of my unis facilities were great, including extensive library materials and other resources.” Jessica, Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation BA (Hons) 

“Good facilities, loads of resources in the library.” Claudia

“Brilliant, open till late so enables students to finish work.” Maya

City life
City life

City life

When outside of the university walls, the creative capital will no doubt inspire. World famous art galleries, pop up shops, markets and theatre productions are in every corner of the city. Regular events and workshops independent of the university, including London Fashion Week, give plenty of opportunities and inspiration to students looking for extra work experience.

Students of University of the Arts London on Whatuni say:

“Elephant and Castle has loads of great things to do and is always changing.” Maya

“London can be busy and overwhelming, but also exciting and career-wise a good place to be.” Leslie, Documentary Film MA

“A creative/inspiring place to live with networking opportunities.” Daniella, Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation BA (Hons)


Clubs and Societies
Clubs and Societies

Clubs and Societies

Societies run by the union include the Baking Society, the Creative Community – a network for students to collaborate on independent projects; and the award winning student media – Less Common Magazine. There are also many sports clubs, including tennis, ballet, climbing and badminton.

Students of University of the Arts London on Whatuni say:

"The support and community within the sport clubs and societies is wonderful and important to stay sane during hard times.” Leslie, Documentary Film MA

“A big variety of clubs and events for students from everywhere.” M

“Joined the volleyball society and everyone is very nice, convenient meet ups.” Shun

Student support
Student support

Student support

The Student Advice Service offers a number of services, including counselling, health advice and dyslexic support tutors. Student advisors can help with queries on money, immigration and visas, while the free and confidential counsellors are on hand to relieve problems. Dyslexic screening is also offered, as well as support for disabled students.

Students of University of the Arts London on Whatuni say:

“I've sometimes used student support and it's been always very helpful.” Carlota

“Loads of support, it's very good. “ S, Film and Television BA (Hons)

“Amazing. Don't be afraid to ask for help - the uni counselling system helpful.” Esmee




UK Students Per Year: £9,250 (UK/EU)

International Students Per Year: £22,920

These fees are for the 2020/21 academic year. Please see the undergraduate tuition fees webpage for the latest information on fees.

Scholarships/ Bursaries
Scholarships/ Bursaries

Scholarships/ Bursaries

There are a huge number of scholarships, bursaries and awards available to support creative talent across the Colleges.

Find further information on scholarships, bursaries or awards from the university.

Academic strengths
Academic strengths

Academic strengths

While UAL is internationally leading in the creative fields, fashion design is one of the most recognised, as a result of the outstanding alumni. The Film and Television course is a particularly highly regarded degree at London College of Communication, and has resulted in graduate films being nominated for BAFTA awards and at the British Film Institute.

UAL has a strong reputation across all its key areas of art, design, communication, fashion, screen, media and performing arts.

Entry requirements
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary depending on the subject, and while some will require a certain number of UCAS points, many applications will be judged based on a personal statement or portfolio of work.

For more information on course requirements, visit the undergraduate course pages.


Key stats

WUSCA ranking The overall ranking is decided by students from this institution rating them in a Whatuni review. This forms the basis of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA for short).

117th / 131

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2021

51st / 130

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2019 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)


TEF score The Teaching Excellence Framework is how the standard of teaching at this institution is judged by an independent panel of experts. It's broken down into three levels; gold, silver and bronze, and looks at teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

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