History, Affiliations, and Rankings
In the south of England, the Institution for the Creative Arts is a specialized art and design university. When the Kent Institute of Art and Design combined with the Surrey Institute of Art and Design in 2005, it became University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone, and Rochester. In 2008, it was awarded university status, and its name was changed to the current one. It amalgamated with the Open College of the Arts in 2016. It is a member of the GuildHE. According to the Complete 2022 rankings, this university is rated 48th.
Infrastructure, Campuses, and Courses
The University of Canterbury has campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, and Rochester, as well as teaching facilities at the Royal School of Needlework and The Maidstone Studios, as well as a project and exhibition space in Folkestone Creative Quarter. It used to have a campus in Maidstone, however, it shut down in 2014. In addition, the university certifies or co-delivers courses with a variety of other educational institutions and arts organizations in the UK and abroad. Courses are provided at the pre-degree, post-degree, undergraduate, taught postgraduate, and doctorate levels at the University, which is organized into seven academic schools and five research centers.
Accomplishments and Alumni
With roughly 6,000 students, UCA is the UK's second-biggest supplier of creative arts education. UCA Epsom is home to the UK's first Business School for the Creative Industries. With a score of 91.6 percent, The Times/Sunday Times Good Institution Guide has placed this university first for teaching quality across our Communications & Media degrees, while The Guardian has ranked us sixth for the same courses. When you graduate from UCA, you join our alumni network, which is a worldwide creative community of like-minded creators and innovators who attended UCA or one of our founding schools. Some of the most famous alumni of this institution are, Dame Zandra Rhodes RDI - Fashion designer and UCA Chancellor Emerita, Gareth Edwards - Award-winning film director, and William McGregor - Award-winning film and TV director.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The creative reputation of the University for the Creative Arts has been established for over 150 years, and the 6,500 students now enrolled from over 70 countries study a wide range of undergraduate and doctoral programs. Within six months of graduation, 96.9% of graduates from the University for the Creative Arts are employed. Students receive career services from the university three years after graduation. Companies such as Burberry, Michael Kors, Pandora, L'Oreal, and Urban Outfitters have approached the University about hiring graduates from its business school. The university's Career and Employability office assists students by setting up appointments, attending lectures, seminars, and events, and publishing job openings, among other things.