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Creative Arts University

UCAS Code: C93

Location: Kent and Surrey, southern and south-east England Show on Map

Site: Sites at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone & Rochester

Specialist creative arts university; member of UKADIA group of universities.

Student Population

Total Students:8,125
FE Students:29%


Total undergraduates:5,460
Full Time:98%
Mature on Entry:17%
UK Students:90%
State school entry:97%

Teaching Staff

123 full-time, 136 part-time.

Broad study areas

Art, architecture, design, fashion, media & communication.


Admission Information:Many courses require 160+ points from 2 A-levels or equivalent, of which 80 points are in an art/design related subject. Many courses recruit from art foundation courses as well as from A-level.
Points on Entry (Mean):242
Drop Out Rate:10%
Accommodation:Many first years housed (allocated by distance).


Founded:2005, from amalgamation of Kent Institute of Art & Design and Surrey Institute of Art & Design. University status 2008.
Site:Two main centres: Kent with campuses in Canterbury, Maidstone (shared with other educational establishments) and Rochester, all close to the town/city centre; Surrey with campuses in Farnham and Epsom town centres.
How to get there:All sites easily accessible from London and Europe by coach, bus, rail and road.
Special features:Academic staff are practising artists, designers, film makers, media and crafts people. Many students win major awards, participate in festivals/trade fairs and receive external commissions.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:A student advice centre on each campus, including advice on student welfare and well-being, finance and money management, employment, complaints, access to medical services and advice on basic rights; specialist tutors give academic guidance and bespoke study advice (on academic and studio based work); international student advisors; disability support (eg claiming additional allowances and getting extra support; dyslexia advisers).
Amenities:Art supplies shop on each site.
Sporting facilities:Games hall at Surrey and local sports centres in town. Kent students have subsidised access to local leisure centres. 
Accommodation:Many first-year students housed (priority to those from greatest distance). 1055 self-catering places across all campuses; in modern halls, student villages and/or local houses and flats and all on 41-week contracts: 188 places at Canterbury, rent £101−£108 per week; 147 at Epsom, rent £100−£122 pw; 372 at Farnham, rent £82−£110 pw (£55 sharing); 134 at Maidstone, rent £96 pw; 214 at Rochester, rent £100−£104 pw.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Library and learning centre (LLC) on each campus. Access to around 250,000 print and electronic books, over 30,000 videos/DVDs, over 12,000 print and electronic journals. Students may borrow from any LLC; document supply service to provide items not available. Open 11 hours most weekdays in term time, less at weekends and outside term time. Information provision, £68 pa spent for each student (FTE). Suite of computers available in each LLC for online research and coursework, website links to over 45 online databases including image collections, newspaper archives and subject gateways.
Other learning resources:Professional facilities: TV studios, newsrooms, photographic studios, editing suites, cutting tables, sewing machines, easels, stop motion animation studios, sound production studios, video and film rostrum studios, drawn animation facilities, fully supported XSI studios, 3D printers, Gerber suite for pattern cutting, CAM (computer aided manufacturing) studios, film studios, “hot shop” for glass blowing and casting, kilns, forges, jewellery studios, 3D laser cutting, printmaking facilities, rapid prototyping, digital engraving, other specialist workshops, machinery and tools; fine art studio spaces for all undergraduate students.
Study abroad:Students can study abroad as part of degree course; links with 80 partner institutions in Europe, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand and the USA.
Careers:Specialist library, one-to-one guidance, online help, presentations and events. Career planning an essential part of each course.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £6500 for an academic year (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:University allows term-time work for first-degree students. Some work available on campus, including student ambassador scheme.
Financial help:Bursaries of up to £500 (£1000 for those transferring from a UCA course), depending on family income. 186 scholarships of £3000 in Year 1, open to home students whose family income is up to £25k pa; also some merit scholarships. Additional financial help may be available on a case by case basis.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £8500 pa for first degrees. International students pay £10,230 pa (£7970 for foundation degree).


Academic features:

International links. Range of design specialisms. Record of student awards and commissions. One-year foundation diploma in art and design offered at all campuses.

Awarding body:

University for the Creative Arts

Main undergraduate awards:


Length of courses:

3 years (5 or 6 years part-time); 4 years including foundation year.

Main subjects offered:

  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Architectural Design
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Arts Management
  • Broadcasting
  • Ceramics
  • Communication Studies
  • Contemporary Decorative Arts/Crafts
  • Costume Design
  • Directing
  • Embroidery
  • Fashion
  • Film Studies
  • Furniture Design
  • Glass
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Interior Design
  • Jewellery
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • Media Technology
  • Multimedia
  • New Media Publishing
  • Packaging Technology
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printing/Typography
  • Printmaking
  • Product Design
  • Publishing
  • Sculpture
  • Silversmithing
  • Sustainable Development
  • Textiles
  • Theatre Design
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • TV Studies
  • Video
  • Virtual Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Web Development/Design

Student view


Kent campuses

Canterbury is a great place to study; not large but has high student to resident ratio. Beautiful, historic city; great cathedral; lively pubs and bars and lots to do. A small but friendly campus. University provides a creative environment in which students’ energy and passion for their subject is given free range. Regular live bands and DJs in SU bar, also theme nights − most musical tastes accommodated. Hundreds of pubs in Canterbury. Halls have ensuite facilities, communal kitchens and dining rooms; some on campus, some 20 mins walk. Student services can help find private accommodation in second year, mostly in rented houses. Many students have part-time jobs. Students and staff get along well; all courses elect representatives who meet in a well-organised student/staff forum to sort out any problems. At Maidstone, itis in a purpose-built ‘70s building with some new additions, in a pleasant park within walking distance of the town centre. Halls midway between town and college. Illustration, graphics, photography, video, animation and further education are here; high standard facilities eg studios and IT kit. Well-stocked library, specific to art and design. Small and friendly campus so everyone knows everyone. Large refectory and fully-licensed bar. Students have highly subsidised use of huge local sports centre and there are organised sports teams at the college. Lively social life – Maidstone is known as the clubbing capital of the south-east. Large number of international students, so there is a diverse group of people. Courses also offer foreign exchanges which have had good feedback. At Rochester, a ‘70s-style building with lots of character sits at the top of the hill overlooking the city and surrounding area. 5 mins walk from halls and city centre. It houses many creative courses, including design, fashion, photography and foundation studies.

Surrey campuses


Both campuses, in Farnham and Epsom, relatively central to the town centres. Farnham is a small market town and has a good choice of pubs, restaurants and wine bars – as does the leafy town of Epsom (home of the famous racecourse). London is easily accessible by train; Epsom 30 minutes, Farnham 50 minutes. Both towns have sports centres and offer good discounts to students. Well-stocked specialist libraries at both sites, and resource centres with good computer access. It’s a specialist art, design and media college with a good reputation. Many students have won acclaimed prizes and awards both internationally and nationally. Design faculty has a good reputation and offers one of the few degree courses for the study of glass, plus others in design management and packaging. The arts and media faculty offers degree courses in most modern technologies. The majority of degrees are 100% coursework, so although the workload is constant there isn’t the pressure of end-of-year exams. Relatively easy to change course in first term, so long as there is space. Both campuses have bars and offer a wide range of clubs and societies.



Kent campuses

Housing: Rents can be high, so look around. Eats: Canterbury: Excellent value food, wide range, in college refectory; in town, good restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Maidstone: Canteen OK but pricey; in town, Maidstone Grill (good when you’ve had a few), various pizzas, Mexican and Mongolian restaurants, good Chinese and Indian buffets and takeouts, Nandos etc. Rochester: good value food in refectory suits most tastes, plus snacks in vending machines and from SU bar. Drink: College bar at all sites. Trendy wine bars, Weatherspoons (two of them), The Ashes sports bar in Maidstone. Plentiful bars and pubs in Rochester (20 in immediate area). Nightlife: Excellent mix of parties, theme nights and live gigs etc at all union bars. In town cinema, bars, bowling, comedy club, theatre. Limited gay scene. Business park near Rochester site, with cinema, bingo, variety of restaurants, bars and Kent’s largest nightclub. Sports: No sports facilities on Canterbury campus but two local universities help out. At Maidstone, Mote Park complex, swimming etc. College football and basketball teams. Travel: Some exchanges to Europe, Russia, Canada etc. Jobs: Some work helping at college gigs; restaurant, bar, shop, cleaning work and summer fruit picking. Financial help: Limited loan fund. Government funds allocated in extreme and specific hardship. Welfare and accommodation officers very helpful.

Surrey campuses

Housing: New accommodation in Epsom. Farnham has a student village and very helpful accommodation office. Halls/shared rooms, self-catering, for some 1st years (including all international students). Student houses, bedsits etc found through SU noticeboards, accommodation lists, word of mouth. Eats: University refectory; meal deals all year round. Lots of restaurants around town (Indian, Chinese, Italian); lots of pubs to eat in. Drink: SU bar (The Glasshouse) is cheap, has late licence and large selection of beers, spirits, lagers and cocktails. Nightlife: Students’ union – very well established and unique; SU nightclub with discos, bands, cabarets, films etc. Locals: Friendly enough. Jobs: Work available in local restaurants, supermarkets and cleaning. Financial help: Very good. Best features: Students’ union ents – it’s the only nightclub to go to in Farnham. And worst: Not enough places to go out.

Past Students

Kent:Tracey Emin (Brit-art artist), Karen Millen (fashion designer), Arnold Schwartzman (Oscar-winning film maker), Colin Banks (graphic designer/typographer), Humphrey Ocean (portrait artist), Zandra Rhodes (fashion designer), Tony Hart (TV artist), George Rodger (photo-journalist), Babette Cole (writer & illustrator).

Surrey: Annabelle Jankel (cucumber animation – Max Headroom), Dave Banks (editorial photographer – Face, etc), Mark Bauer (Grand Prix, Annely), Mark Baker (Oscar nomination 1994), Dan Greaves (Oscar winner 1992), Hugh Miles (director, BAFTA winner), Mike Edwards (camera CBS, Emmy award winner), Stephen Dodd (TV director), Kate Broom (director BBC2), Nick Sinclair (portrait photographer).

More info?

Contact SU on tel 01252 710263, website www.ucasu.com.



University for the Creative Arts
Farnham Campus
Falkner Road


01252 892913





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