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University of the Arts London

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Overview
Overview

Overview

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, Erin O’Connor 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 sixth in the world for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings® 2018 and was awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017.

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.

Graduates in job/further study
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' Union
Students' Union

Students' Union

The Students' Union is charity led and focuses on supporting students. There are four full time sabbatical offers, 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.

Accommodation
Accommodation

Accommodation

Halls of residence are scattered around the city, with a total of 13 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 £203-£220 a week)
  • Cordwainers Court (£150-154 a week)
  • The Costume Store (£189 – £274 per week)
  • Don Gratton House (£195 a week)
  • Emily Bowes Court (£185 per week)
  • Furzedown Student Village (£161 – £176 per week)
  • Gardens House (£156.50 – £195 per week)
  • Glassyard Building (£188 - £198 per week)
  • Highline Building (£189.50 - £239 a week)
  • Manna Ash House (£203 per week (single room), £240 per week (studio room)
  • Portland House (£119 - £297 per week)
  • Sketch House (£191 - £253 per week)
  • Will Wyatt Court (£195 - £199 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.

Cost of living
Accommodation This is the average annual cost for a full time student at this uni.
Source: Hotcourses 2017

£9,800

per annum
Cost of living
Living costs This is the average annual cost of living for a student studying in the town where this uni is based.
Source: Hotcourses 2017

£13,900

per annum
Facilities
Facilities

Facilities

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Fees
Fees

Fees

UK Students Per Year: £9,250 (UK/EU)

International Students Per Year: £19,350

These fees are for the 2018/19 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

CUG ranking Source: Complete University Guide 2019

84th / 131

Undergraduate students Source: HESA, 2017 (note: only applies to undergraduate records)

14,800
LOW

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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  • Full-timePart-time
    98%2%
  • School leaversMature students
    71%29%
  • UndergraduatePostgraduate
    81%19%
  • UKInternational
    57%43%
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Overall Rating
1.4
Job Prospects
2.0
Course and Lecturers
1.7
Students' Union
1.4
Accommodation
1.7
Uni Facilities
1.7
City Life
3.7
Clubs & Societies
1.4
Student Support
1.7
Giving back
1.0

Shani-Louise

University Of The Arts London

BA (Hons) Product Design 24 Jan 18

Tell us about your overall university experience

It's been a sharp learning curve; I'm grateful for everything I've been taught. UAL is full of opportunities and I'm glad I have been able to take part in so

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Anonymous

University Of The Arts London

BA (Hons) Textile Design - Chelsea 26 Jun 17

Tell us about your overall university experience

Disappointing. You don't even get to meet people on other courses. Very clicky. If I could retake my selection of uni it wouldn't be UAL. The course itself is so unorganised, it's a

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