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University of the Arts London

Address: 272 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 7EY, United Kingdom

Description University of the Arts London

  • Founded: 1854
  • Location: London, the UK
  • Age of students: from 17 years
  • Number of students: more than 25,000
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of education: residence.

University of the Arts London (UAL) is the largest creative university in Europe. The university has been providing quality education for more than a century and a half, every year about 20 thousand students from countries around the world come here. UAL provides its students with a high-quality and modern education, thanks to which young people can obtain relevant knowledge from the field of fashion, design, art or communication and build a successful career in one of these areas.

The history of the educational giant begins in 1854, when the first of the creative colleges that make up the university began to work. Today it includes six colleges, which are known around the world for the number of subjects and disciplines that can be learned here:

  • Camberwell college of arts
  • Central saint martins
  • Chelsea college of arts
  • London College of Communications
  • London College of Fashion
  • Wimbledon College of Arts.

And here is a list of available specialties that can be obtained at one of these prestigious colleges:

  • Acting
  • Graphic design
  • Interior and space design
  • Surface design
  • Textile design
  • Jewelry design
  • Painting
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Fine arts
  • Illustration
  • Art and design
  • Ceramics
  • Book business
  • Communication design
  • Conservation
  • Cosmetology
  • Supervision
  • Media design
  • Fashion
  • Design
  • Picture
  • Advertising
  • Sculpture
  • Styling
  • Screenwriting
  • Theater design
  • 3D design
  • The photo
  • Digital design.

Over the years, UAL University has received many awards and titles - some of the titles we will now list:

  • According to the QS University World Rankings, UAL University ranks second among the world's higher schools for training in design or art
  • In the QS University ranking for 2015, the university takes the 2nd place in the country and 8th place in the world list of universities that provide the highest quality education in art and design
  • According to the Complete University Guide ranking for 2016-17, the university took 6th place in Britain among universities with a creative focus that conduct high-level scientific research.

The university’s status achievements also include the level of success that its graduates achieve - among them are 8 Oscar film award winners, 4 BAFTA award holders and 2 Golden Palm Branch winners, which are presented at the Cannes Film Festival. Among the famous graduates of the University of the Arts London are also the famous fashion designer John Galliano, designer Alexander McQueen, guitarist and musician Jeff Beck and many others.

These and other UAL university achievements are based on several crucial factors:

  • Impressive infrastructure, fully adapted for creative activities (workshops, studios, ateliers, etc.)
  • The teachers and employees of the university are professionals in the world of fashion and the modern art industry: they are professional artists, artists, designers, critics and theorists (for example, Alexandra Shulman, editor-in-chief of the British Vogue, is among the teachers)
  • Creating a free environment and a friendly atmosphere that encourages the creative energy of students and gives vent to the most amazing ideas of young people.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in University of the Arts London

Program name

Preparatory program

  • Age: from 17 years old
  • Dates: September-June
  • Duration: 1 year.

Language and academic training for students who want to enter one of the specialties of the University of London Arts.

Graduation program

  • Age: from 17 years old
  • Dates: September-June
  • Duration: 1-2 years.

Primary professional education in one of the chosen areas - art, design, fashion, communications - confirmed by a diploma in a specialty.


  • Age: from 17 years old
  • Dates: September-June
  • Duration: 3 years.

The first stage of higher education with the award of a bachelor's degree. The student receives the necessary theoretical and practical skills in the chosen specialty, after which he can already begin the professional path as a specialist.


  • Age: from 22 years old
  • Dates: September-June
  • Duration: 1-2 years.

The second stage of higher education with the award of a master's degree in selected students specialization. It gives an advanced level of proficiency in the profession + the opportunity to develop in the research direction.

from 22 920 £ / year

Doctoral studies

  • Age: from 25 years old
  • Dates: September-June
  • Duration: 1-3 years.

The third stage of higher education, aimed at conducting academic research and defending scientific work on the problems of the chosen specialization. The degree makes it possible to pursue a career as a teacher at the university.

20.06.2020 -15.08.2020
from 620 £ / week

Summer courses for schoolchildren and students

  • Age: from 14 years old
  • Dates: June-August
  • Duration: 1 to 6 weeks.

The summer educational program for students provides the opportunity to learn a language on the basis of one of the world's leading universities, to gain basic skills in specialties related to design, art, fashion or communication.

08.06.2020 -17.08.2020
from 1 995 £ / 3 weeks

Continuing education courses

  • Age: from 18 years old
  • Dates: throughout the year
  • Duration: 1 to 12 weeks.

The program of short-term professional courses includes specialized seminars and master classes. The duration of training is from 1 day to 3 months. The result is a certificate that is not a professional diploma, but adds weight to the experience of the employee.

Also, such a program makes it possible to gain experience in a particular university, in our case, the University of the Arts London. In addition, with the help of this program, young people can undergo retraining in order to receive further education in another specialty.

Accommodation and food

Students are offered accommodation in one of the 12 dormitories of the campus: these are more than 3,000 rooms with the necessary amenities and furniture (bed, work area, chairs, wardrobe). According to the format of landscaping, rooms can be of different types:

  • Separate bathroom and shared kitchen (several rooms)
  • Shared bathroom and kitchen on the floor
  • Room for several people (a budget option for those who want to save)
  • Suites (or studios), including a private bathroom, toilet and kitchen.

Students can eat in the dining room on campus or cook on their own in the kitchen areas of the residences. The average cost of living in a standard dorm room is £ 150 per week, studio accommodation is from £ 200 to £ 273 per week. Foreign students are guaranteed to be accommodated in a dormitory, subject to the timely submission of an application for accommodation.

The University is careful in creating a comfortable and safe environment, so the territories of all residences are equipped with a video surveillance system and have on-duty staff who are ready to help students around the clock.

Events University of the Arts London

It is expected that one of the leading world universities of art has organized a rich extracurricular activity: in their free time from academic studies, students can take part in various social and entertainment events - exhibitions, performances, festivals, stage plays, film screenings, screenings of new fashion collections, organization theme nights and more.

Since the university’s campus is located in the cultural capital of the UK, students can expand their horizons with an impressive list of cultural places - museums, galleries, buildings, squares and other attractions of London.

Equipment University of the Arts London

The educational campus of the University of the Arts London University is located in London: in the central part of the British capital there are six colleges and 12 residences offered for students. The latter are located in different urban areas, but thanks to the developed transport system of London, this does not create inconvenience for the comfortable movement of young people.

In general, the university has an excellent infrastructure, which includes everything that is necessary to obtain theoretical and practical experience in design, art, communication - these are workshops and studios, ateliers, exhibition and demonstration halls, theaters, cinemas and not only. For catering and keeping fit, the buildings have dining rooms, sports grounds, libraries and other necessary facilities.

Term dates and fees

The academic year at UAL University includes 2 semesters and runs from September to June.

Additional expenses:

  • Academic semester - 6600 ₤ (10 weeks)
  • The average cost of living in London (housing, food, transportation, books, personal expenses) - from 9000 ₤ / year.

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

The conditions for admission to UAL University may vary depending on the chosen program, but there are some general requirements:

  • Age from 17 years (for summer courses from 14 years)
  • Strong English proficiency is the minimum score for most IELTS 5.5 programs.
  • Creative portfolio (depending on specialty).

For students for whom English is not native, English-based courses are offered at the university, where young people can improve their level to the required level. Also, the staff of the courses are ready to provide their graduates with free language support.


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- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
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