History, Affiliations and Rankings
University of the Arts London (UAL) is a collegiate institution based in London city and was established in 1986. It is affiliated with the Universities UK and is a federation of seven former independent colleges.Formerly, known as the London Institute, in 1988, the Privy Council granted it the authority to award degree programs. In 2003, it received the university status, but in 2004 it adopted its current name. University of Arts London has been ranked by The Guardian Ranking, and Complete University Guide Rankings.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The University of the Arts London has six campuses that offer undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral educational programmes. University of Arts London has eight acclaimed colleges of London : Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication and Wimbledon College of Arts. The colleges are positioned at different parts of the city, each of them begets and contributes to the local culture. All colleges and schools can be covered by London’s channel, rail and bus network authorising students to enjoy their study and lead an eventful life .
UAL covers a wide range of disciplines in the arts, including visual and performing arts, design, and fashion. Pre-degree and short courses in 18 subjects are also available at the campus. Each campus of UAL is well equipped with modern academic, accommodation and recreation facilities. The university has a Language Centre which provides evening classes in foreign languages to international students. The campus also has numerous cafes and canteens. It has nine arts shops within the campus to facilitate selling fashion, design and art materials. It also has seven professional galleries that annually host a variety of exhibitions. In addition to these, there is a medical centre, libraries, digital resources, laminating and binding services. The university maintains 13 dormitory-style residence halls to help those who choose to stay in privately-rented rooms.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The university is globally recognized for offering several study-abroad opportunities to students through its Erasmus+ program. This helps in facilitating better learning and understanding along with global exposure. UAL also has partnerships with numerous international companies that provide training opportunities to its students.
UAL has a list of distinguished alumni members. Some of the notable alumni names include Murray Arbeid (Fashion Designer), Sophie Gerrard (Documentary Photographer), Jimmy Choo Yeang Keat (Jimmy Choo Limited's Co-Founder) and Suneet Varma (Indian Fashion Designer).
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
UAL is a diverse community of 18,000 students from around the world, with 3,000 students from 130 countries accounting for 15% of the total student body. Every year, UAL promotes student diversity at its campus by facilitating international admissions. UAL ensures development of skills as per industry needs. Students who graduate from UAL often start their own fashion lines. However, some also get placed with the top brands of the world.