About UCA

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has a long history of inspiring and creating graduates fit for work in the creative industries. In 2018, we are celebrating 150 years of providing unparalleled creative education in Surrey and Kent and are very proud of our achievements:

  • #1 SPECIALIST UNIVERSITY FOR THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
  • TOP 30 UK UNIVERSITY
  • Architecture, Fashion & Textiles AND Film Production & Photography courses all top 10 in the UK
  • SECOND LARGEST PROVIDER OF ARTS EDUCATION IN EUROPE
  • RANKED TOP 40 in the world for studying fashion
  • 95% OF GRADUATES EMPLOYED or in further study in 6 months

Since obtaining University status in 2008, UCA has grown into the UK’s top specialist university for the creative industries, nurturing many unique communities of artists, designers, architects, writers, animators, filmmakers, illustrators, photographers, actors and more.

For more about UCA please visit www.uca.ac.uk

UCA Graduates

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Gareth Edwards – the director of Star Wars: Rogue One - graduated from Farnham with a BA in Film & Video in 1996
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Mark Baker – Oscar-nominated animator and Peppa Pig creator studied at WSCAD in the 1980s
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William McGregor – award winning director graduated with a BA (Hons) Digital Film & Screen Arts at UCA Farnham in 2010
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Tracey Emin – Turner Prize nominated artist graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Maidstone College of Art in 1988, which has since become UCA Maidstone
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Dame Zandra Rhodes – world famous fashion designer and UCA Chancellor since 2010

Our History

UCA has historic roots in Surrey and Farnham. Its origins date back to the Victorian era, with the establishment of the Farnham School of Art in 1866.
Art schools established in Farnham (1866), Guildford (1870) and Epsom & Ewell (1896)
The three schools merged in 1969 to form the West Surrey College of Art & Design (WSCAD)
WSCAD evolves into the Surrey Institute of Art & Design (SIAD) in 1995
SIAD combines with the Kent Institute of Art and Design (KIAD) to establish the University College for the Creative Arts
Full university status granted, becoming the University for the Creative Arts (UCA)
Open College of the Arts (OCA) joins the UCA
Growing from humble beginnings, UCA has dedicated itself to shaping and inspiring artists fit to work in the thriving creative industries for 150 years.
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