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If you’re passionate about the creative arts and want to make a successful career in an arts industry, University for the Creative Arts may just be the place for you.
UCA at a glance:
Constituent colleges were founded in the 19th century, received university status in its current form in 2008
Multiple locations in Surrey and Kent, and a campus in China
3 years for an undergraduate degree, plus 1-year foundation and certificate courses
Offers undergraduate and foundation courses in over 20 disciplines, plus Masters, PhD, and International Pathways programmes
Students who want to hone their craft and use their creativity to make the world a better place through creative arts, business, and technology.
Students with academic interests beyond the creative industries.
Savannah Moray, Senior Recruitment Officer at UCA, explains what makes UCA an exciting place to study - and how to put together a strong application.
What is UCA?
UCA is a specialist creative university, with a focus on the creative arts, business, and technology. It has campuses spread across the southeast, all within an hour’s journey of London. Each campus has a specialisation that is connected to the local area - for example, the Canterbury campus celebrates the area’s famous architecture by providing a home for architecture and design courses.
UCA also works with partner institutions such as the Royal School of Needlework, Maidstone Television Studios, and a specialist institute in Xiamen, China to ensure that students have what they need to build professional and creative partnerships that will serve them throughout their careers.
Why apply to UCA?
Studying at UCA means you’re part of a close-knit community of creatives, which creates an amazing environment for honing your craft. And the students aren’t the only ones hard at work: your teachers will be professional, working artists in relevant fields as well. This means they bring in their real-world experience, mentorship, and industry connections into the classroom. UCA also offers a strong support system after you graduate, and you’re free to come back after you’ve gotten your degree to ask your mentors and the career counselors for advice.
UCA has world-class facilities, with equipment like film studio green screens coming directly from professional sets (in this case, the Harry Potter films!). Any tools, software, or spaces that you need to learn to use to perfect your craft, UCA can provide.
If you’re interested in working in the arts, but are not an artist yourself, UCA offers business courses specifically designed to prepare you for working in the arts and creative industries.
UCA believes creativity makes global communities more vibrant, more innovative, more human. A course at UCA seeks not only to hone your artistic skills, but your identity as a person, and your ability to use your art to make a difference in the world. You'll find UCA Students, staffstaffs and graduates making waves in every corner of the creative industries. They're inventing sustainable materials, using art to change perspective and winning awards - from Golden Globes to Pulitzers.
Who isn’t the right fit for UCA?
There is no one path at UCA: you’ll shape your degree based on your interests and passions, guided by mentors in the faculty. That said, UCA is focused on the creative industries, so if you want to be a mathematician, a barrister, or a doctor, it probably is not the place for you!
The campuses also aren’t city-based. Rather, they focus on providing a quiet place to really focus on your work. While UCA’s campuses are all within a short distance of cities, if you’re looking for a wild, urban university experience, you won’t find that at UCA’s campuses.
Any application tips?
UCA takes a holistic approach to applications, placing a particular emphasis on your portfolio. So if you have any questions about how to build your portfolio or what to include, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for some advice!
Finally, remember to do your research. Make sure you understand the small differences between different institutions, campuses, and degree courses, so that you’re ready to answer questions in your interview and know that you’re making the right choice. For example, UCA offers multiple graphic design courses, but they do all have distinct differences - so do your reading, and make sure you’re applying for the course that suits you best.