University for the Creative Arts – UCABy Asian Correspondent Oct 20, 2011 5:31PM UTC
A highly acclaimed university singularly devoted to the creative industries, the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is one of the leading institutes in the UK. The UCA was formed in 2005 after the merger of The Surrey Institute of Art & Design and the Kent Institute of Art & Design, and was at that time called The University College for the Creative Arts. In 2008, it was granted the title of university by the Privy Council, after which it took its current name of University for the Creative Arts.
With five campuses spread across the Southeast England (Canterbury, Farnham, Rochester, Epsom and Maidstone), UCA has over 7,000 students enrolled. All five campuses are hubs of creativity and artistic talent attracting some of the most brilliant minds. For instance, UCA Epsom is most popular among students for its courses in art and design, fashion, graphics and journalism. The Maidstone campus attracts students for its courses in graphic design and illustration.
The university has shaped illustrious creative heads and has produced renowned celebrities and winners of prestigious awards. Star UCA alumni include fashion-designer Zandra Rhodes (who is also the Chancellor of UCA since May 2010), designer Karen Millen, animator Michaël Dudok de Wit and artist Tracey Emin.
The university is noted for its culture of creativity, high standards of teaching, interdisciplinary approach, state-of-the-art facilities and a wide range of courses. It offers numerous courses distributed evenly across its five campuses, which regularly score well in student satisfaction in the National Student Surveys. Fine arts, crafts, architecture, interiors, journalism, advertising, animation, photography, filmmaking—you name it, UCA offers it.
The university offers pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in 14 subject areas of the creative industries. Here are a few details of the courses on offer:
The Pre-Degree Courses at UCA provide students with the chance to explore the subjects before making any long-term decisions. UCA’s pre-degree courses cover Art, Design and Media, introducing students to the beautiful and colourful worlds of fine arts, 3D, animation, filmmaking, fashion and more. These diplomas courses help students build a foundation and decide where their talents and their ambitions lie.
BA (Hons) Courses
A minimum of three years in duration, these undergraduate courses cover a vast range of creative subjects with a keen focus on producing professional and highly employable graduates. A few courses, such a Graphic Media, Broadcast Media and Hand Embroidery, require one additional year of study. The employability rate of its students is very high and many of the courses are right up there in the National Student Satisfaction Survey.
Postgraduate degrees are offered at four of the five campuses: Canterbury, Epsom, Rochester and Farnham. The masters taught courses in fine arts, design, media etc. require students to learn through project-based learning. Students are encouraged to choose a topic and then develop it the way they would if they were a professional. Degrees offered are MA, PG certificates, Grad Dip and MFA. An MBA degree in Creative Industries Management is also available at UCA Rochester.
MPhil courses (2 years in duration) and PhDs (3 years) are available for all those who wish to further explore the areas of creative industries in depth. Both specialist and interdisciplinary approaches to research are welcomed by the university. As a research student studying in UCA you will be required to develop an idea in your chosen field and do independent research on it. Students are encouraged to attend research seminars on fine arts and avail of opportunities to interact with the leaders in the field. They are exposed to various contemporary and classic points of view at various lectures.
UCA is home to a diverse and vibrant international student community. Creative industries in the UK are booming and students from across Asia are keen to tap into these opportunities, while taking advantage of the innovative approach to teaching and learning to be found at UCA.
As you would expect from a top UK university, UCA helps its international students every step of the way, from basic orientation and finding accommodation to looking for and securing employment after graduation. International Student Advisors are on hand throughout the UCA experience to help with all manners of queries and problems.
UCA has representatives and holds exhibitions right across Asia were students can find out all they need know about studying in the UK. Click here to find out what UCA does in your country.
The university offers extensive resources to encourage learning in every possible way. It offers industry-standard equipment such as the Gerber Suite for fashion pattern cutting, darkrooms and studios for photography, workshops for ceramics and glass, hi-tech computers with the latest software for animation and design, and TV studios for broadcast journalism, to name just a few.
The university library gives access to over 250,000 books in print and electronic forms. It also nests a collection of over 12,000 journals and 30,000 video and DVDs to assist the learning process. Computer suites are available for students to do coursework and research on projects and assignments.
The campus galleries regularly display the creative outputs of the students as well as hosting exhibitions of various artists to inspire students.
Overseas students have the facility of living on campus. The university offers the choice of 11 residence halls sprinkled across the five campuses. University managed flats and houses are also available for students.