University for the Creative Arts

Globally reputed as a

 passionate advocate for creative education and research,

University for the Creative Arts is a

public, professional arts and design university

. The goal of the university is to

inspire people to use their creativity to drive change, overcome challenges and improve the lives of others.

The origins of the university can be traced back to the Maidstone College of Art established in 1867. In 2008, It gained university status and was christened as

University for the Creative Arts.

The university has campus in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Rochester, Maidstone TV Studios, Royal School of Needlework, The Institute for Creativity, and Innovation (ICI).

Home to over

7,800 students, UCA offers more than 120

courses in Architecture, Crafts, Fashion, Graphic Design, Illustration, Fine Art, Photography, Film, Media, the Performing Arts and Creative Business.

The university offers a diverse, and multicultural learning environment. With students from over 90 countries, the university is a global favorite amongst the international student community. Students are offered access to industry-grade creative facilities and have unparalleled opportunity to combine theoretical study with creative practice.

University for the Creative Arts has seven academic schools, namely, School of Architecture, Business School for the Creative Industries, School of Crafts & Design, School of Fashion & Textiles, School of Fine Art, Photography & Visual Communication, and School of Film, Media and Performing Arts.

The university has a vibrant research culture and is home to seven world leading research centers Animation Research Centre, Crafts Study Centre, Centre for Digital Scholarship, International Textile Research Centre, Audio Research Cluster, Cluster for Cinema/Affect/Place, Conflict and the Creative Arts Research Centre.

The university boasts of having global creative mavericks including world renowned fashion designers, Oscar and BAFTA winning filmmakers,

Turner Prize nominees, Stirling Prize winners as its distinguished alumnus.

Why study at University for the Creative Arts?

  • #

    1 Specialist Art University by Complete University Guide 2020 and Guardian University League Table 2020.

  • Second largest provider of creative education in Europe.

  • 93% of the university’s research areas are internationally recognized for quality 

  • Houses UK’s largest independent studio facility, Maidstone TV Studios, along with the Royal School of Needlework, which is based in Hampton Court Palace. 

  • High employability rate with 97% of graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduation.

  • Rated Gold in Teaching Excellence Framework

  • Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) scheme offers opportunity to pair with peers for course specific learning support.

  • Collaborative opportunities with renowned creative houses and gain practical, hands-on experience.

  • Peer Mentoring offers non-course specific general learning support for students.

  • Employment Support and placement opportunities offered by specialized employability support team.

  • MyWellbing app and TogetherAll offers wellbeing support to students.

  • Study Abroad Programmes offers opportunity to gain international experiences.

  • Focused on providing world-leading creative experience through internationalization and cultural exchange.

Entry Requirements

International Baccalaureate:

The number of points you need to achieve can vary depending on the strength of your portfolio and the number of Higher Level points you achieve. As a guide, the number of points applicants are usually asked to achieve is

  • Bachelor’s courses (except BA (Hons) Architecture): 27 total points. 
  • BA (Hons) Architecture: 29 points.
  • Four Year Bachelor’s and Further Education Courses: minimum of 24 points.

Master of Architecture (MArch):

For the MArch, we require the equivalent of a UK 2:1 Honours degree in Architecture. For international qualifications, the exact grade required will be confirmed at the time of application. If you have any queries, please get in touch with the Admissions team.

English Language Requirement:

In order to support students who are impacted by the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, we have approved the following English language tests on an exceptional basis.  These will be accepted for September 2021 and February 2022, and will be reviewed after that point.

  • IELTS Indicator
  • TOEFL At Home and Essentials
  • LanguageCert at home version
  • PSI Skills for English test (UKVI four skills version)
  • Oxford International Digital Institute - English Language Level Test

International Foundation with English:

For those applicants whose scores have not met the entry requirements for their chosen course, we offer our International Foundation courses fully integrated with 6 or 10-weeks English language teaching, helping you to reach your IELTS target for undergraduate-level study.

There are several English tests that you can take to study at UCA.

The scores requirement vary according to the course.


  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic UKVI

  • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT

  • Pearson Test of English (Academic

  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency

  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT

  • Oxford International Digital Inst - English Language Level Test


UCA Creative Scholarships

Undergraduate creative scholarships 2022 entry:

  • Sir Ray Tindle Scholarship. 

    (up to three available)

  • Elaine Thomas Bursary for Care Leavers

Postgraduate Creative Scholarships 2022 entry:

  • Nick Jack Scholarship

Fee Discounts for International Students:

  • Early-bird reduction

  • International Future Leaders of the Creative Industries Scholarships

  • UCA Creative Europe Scholarship

  • UCA Creative Development Scholarships

  • UCA Crafts Scholarships

  • UCA Impact Scholarships 

International Fee Discounts for Current Students:

  • Undergraduate to Postgraduate taught courses
  • Graduate diploma to postgraduate taught courses
  • Postgraduate taught to postgraduate research courses

  • International foundation to undergraduate courses.

Fee discounts for UK students:

  • Grenfell Tower Scholarship
  • UK Future Leader of the Creative Industries Scholarships
  • Vice-Chancellor Ph.D. Studentships
  • Diploma2Degree Bursary
  • Undergraduate to Postgraduate fee discounts
  • Masters to Ph.D. fee discounts
*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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