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University of the Arts London, formerly known as the London Institute, is a collegiate University comprising six internationally recognised Colleges:


The collegiate body was first introduced as the London Institute in 1986, and acquired university status in 2004 as University of the Arts London. The six Colleges have origins dating back to the mid 19th Century.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is the central University headquarters situated at 272 High Holborn, which is used for administrative purposes, learning resources, support services and a Students' Union cafe/bar, Blueprint.

Learning Zone

The Learning Zone is an innovative, flexible and informal space for both collaborative and private study. Students from across the six Colleges are welcome to use the facilities, including computers, laptop hire and rooms for presentations/rehearsals. The Learning Zone has extended weekday and weekend opening hours.

General Information
London, UK
272 High Holborn,
+44 (0)20 7514 6000
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Student Services

Student Services offer a wide range of support services to help develop your professional, personal and creative potential. It can advise home and international students about financial matters, immigration, careers, counselling, health, disability, childcare, and pastoral care through the chaplaincy.

Students' Union

Suarts (Student Union)

The Students' Union of University of the Arts London (SUARTS) represents students from across UAL's 6 colleges. They organise events for students throughout the year such as Freshers Week and activities like student led workshops at London Museum 'Lates'. SUARTS also represent and support students both individually and nationally through their Advice and Support team and elected officers and college Vice Presidents.

You can find out more from their Facebook Page, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram pages.

Clubs and Societies

SUARTS look after a variety of sports clubs who participate in BUCS and LUSL and societies run by students for students.

You can find more information via their website.

Career Prospects

The University has the largest specialist information service of its kind in the UK, providing advice about employment, entrepreneurship, further study, professional practice, and upon graduation one-to-one guidance for up to two years.

International Centre

The International Centre manages international student recruitment and its network of local representatives around the world. The Centre and the local representatives offer specialist advice, such as course information and University services, as well as immigration, fees and practical day-to-day living. In addition to the main office at Davies Street, there are international offices situated at the six colleges.

Language Centre

At the Language Centre you can study English and languages such as French, Spanish or Japanese, before and during your course. The primary aim is to enable students to reach the required level for entry onto their main courses through tutorials, workshops and proofreading services.

The Enterprise Centre

Situated at London College of Communication, the Enterprise Centre provides information, advice and guidance on obtaining freelance work or self-employment and is available to all students/graduates from all six colleges.

The Emerging Artists' Program

This scheme supports up-and-coming practitioners to gain exposure to galleries, agents collectors and journalists through solo and group exhibitions as well as acquisitions and commissions. The University Art Collection comprises work from the students' degree shows and of alumni from the six colleges of the university.

Young at Art

The scheme provides the opportunity for university students, who are interested in working with young people, a range of opportunities for paid and volunteer positions as mentors, ambassadors, assistants and more. The scheme is designed to help school children and teachers develop their creativity, and to gain experience of life at Art College through short courses, professional development, competitions and summer schools.

The Student Led Volunteering Scheme

SLED is organized and maintained through the Students' Union. The scheme is to arrange community projects with partnered organizations, thereby offering training, support and expenses to volunteers.


The university has 13 residences, from traditional halls of residence to executive apartments, with 1,750 rooms available.

You can find more information about the individual residences, including prices, facilities and private accommodation at the university's Housing Services section on their website.


There are nine libraries across the six colleges containing:

  • Over 310,000 books, including rare archival stock and some unique collections.
  • Over 3,500 magazines and periodicals, covering a wide range of subjects.
  • Over 10,000 videos and other media are available to view or borrow, including a wealth of archive material and online database resources.

IT and Computing

There are numerous studio spaces situated at each of the six colleges across the University, providing the latest PC and Apple Mac platforms. Standard industry software is available, including the Adobe, Apple and Microsoft suites.


Blackboard is the University's chosen Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). A VLE is an online electronic course management system which supports and extends communication between students and staff. It also creates new opportunities for innovative and interactive methods of learning and teaching.

Introduced by the IT Research and Development Unit (ITRDU) in 2001, Blackboard currently hosts more than 340 sites across the university and is in use for course administration and communication purposes.

Blackboard provides permanent access to course information and learning recourses, improves communication and supports student centered learning.


29% male to 71% female, with an ethnic diversity spanning 111 countries.

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Many honours and awards have been received by students, staff and alumni across the six colleges of the university. These include the BAFTA Award, BP Portrait Prize, British Fashion Designer of the Year, D&AD Student Award, Fujifilm Award, Jerwood Drawing Prize, Prince Philip Designers Prize, Saatchi Scholarship, Sunday Times Award and the Turner Prize.

Queen's Anniversary Prize

The Queen's Anniversary Prize was awarded to Camberwell College of Arts for the conservation of 'works of art on paper' in 1996. The prize has also been awarded to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design for its contributions to the British fashion industry in 1998. Most recently, Cordwainers College of London College of Fashion was awarded the prize for its continued excellence in shoe and accessory design, development and teaching practice in 2008.

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)

In the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) results in 2004, Camberwell College of Arts and London College of Communication were awarded 23 out of 24 for art and design; Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and Chelsea College of Art and Design awarded 22; London College of Fashion awarded 21.

Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)

The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) published results in 2001 by subject area and point scale from 1, 2, 3a, 3b, 4, 5 and 5*, the university achieved a 5 rating. In 2006-07, this rating will equate to a QR grant of £8.6 million. The results for 2008 place the University 1st of 71 that submitted research in the area of art and design, which was more than three times the size of the next biggest submission in this area. The University has been ranked 44th overall in the The Times 'Table of Excellence' out of 132 universities shown. More than 50 per cent of the University's research submission was rated as world leading or internationally excellent, with 77.5 per cent recognised as internationally significant.

Skillset Academy

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the London College of Communication have been awarded Skillset Media Academy status, recognizing the achievements in the area of media, interactive design and film respectively.


Chelsea College of Art and Design and the London College of Fashion share the 'Creative Learning in Practice Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning' (CLIP CETL). The Centre is funded by the British government in recognition of the two College's excellent results in developing student learning.

The Erasmus Exchange

The program has exchange agreements with 40 partnered European Universities and specialist institutions. You can study abroad for a minimum of three months to a maximum of one full academic year.

Affiliations include the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and the Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, USA and the Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, Japan, where students have the opportunity to study abroad via exchange.

The Alumni Association

As a graduate of the university, you become part of the Alumni Association that has more than 200,000 former students and staff from 150 countries worldwide. Upon joining you will have access to the forefront of creative research through frequent exhibitions, events and publications. Library access to all six colleges is also available. The Association can also help you to get back in touch with old friends and develop your professional and personal interests by meeting new people at special interest groups.


Situated on 24 sites across London, ranging from Oxford Street in the heart of the West End to Millbank alongside Tate Britain, all sites have easy access to the London Underground tube network with stations that are fully integrated with the capital's bus and rail system.

Recent Developments

The expansive Parade Ground situated at the Chelsea College of Art and Design has been transformed into London's largest open-air gallery hosting events from film screenings to large scale installations. The Parade Ground officially opened in Spring 2008.

Initiated in May 2007, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design will relocate to a brand new landmark college situated in King's Cross in 2011.

The theatre at Wimbledon College of Art will be renovated as part of a million pound refurbishment project.


Thinking of applying to University of the Arts London? Why not read some Personal Statements which were used for applying here?

The standard protocol for entry is primarily by portfolio review and interview (audition for acting courses). Each constituent College and its individual courses have their own guidelines and procedures in determining new students, and the competitiveness can vary.

Notable Alumni

The six colleges of the University have produced some of the most important practitioners in the creative industries for more than 150 years.

For an extended list, see each College's respective Wikipedia article.

Alumni of Camberwell College of Arts include:

  • Maggi Hambling (Painter)
  • Howard Hodgkin (Painter and Printmaker)
  • Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (Designer)
  • Richard Long (Sculptor)
  • Peter Kindersley (Publisher, Founder of the Dorling Kindersley Publishing Group)
  • Tim Roth (Actor)

Alumni of Chelsea College of Art and Design include:

  • Quentin Blake (Illustrator and Author)
  • Ralph Fiennes (Film and Stage Actor)
  • Anish Kapoor (Sculptor)
  • Steve McQueen (Artist)
  • Chris Ofili (Artist)
  • Alan Rickman (Film and Stage Actor)
  • Alexei Sayle (Comedian)
  • Gavin Turk (Sculptor)

Alumni of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design include:

  • Terence Conran (Designer, Retailer and Restaurateur)
  • Lucian Freud (Painter)
  • Gilbert & George (Artists)
  • John Galliano (Fashion Designer)
  • Antony Gormley (Sculptor)
  • John Hurt (Actor)
  • Dylan Jones (Editor GQ Magazine)
  • Sophia Kokosalaki (Fashion Designer)
  • Stella McCartney (Fashion Designer)
  • Alexander McQueen (Fashion Designer)
  • Juan Muñoz (Artist)
  • Mike Leigh (Director)
  • Matthew Williamson (Fashion Designer)
  • Wright and Teague (Jeweler)
  • David E. Carter (Graphic Designer)

Alumni of Byam Shaw School of Art, part of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design include:

  • Matthew Collings (Art Critic and Television Presenter)
  • James Dyson (Industrial Designer, founder of Dyson)
  • Mona Hatoum (Video and Installation Artist)

Alumni of Drama Centre London, part of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design include:

  • Paul Bettany (Actor)
  • Pierce Brosnan (Actor)
  • Simon Callow (Actor)
  • Colin Firth (Actor)
  • Tara Fitzgerald (Actress)
  • Helen McCrory (Actress)
  • John Simm (Actor)
  • Penelope Wilton (Actress)

Alumni of London College of Communication include:

  • Neville Brody (Typographer)
  • Molly Dineen (Documentary Film Maker)
  • Craig Doyle (TV Presenter)
  • Jefferson Hack (Editorial Director and co-founder of Dazed and Confused Magazine)
  • Rut Blees Luxemburg (Photographer)
  • Rankin (Fashion Photographer)
  • Charles Saatchi (Advertising Executive)
  • Paul Anderson (Journalist and Author)
  • Jane Root (BBC 2 Controller)
  • Rebekah Books (Editor)

Alumni of London College of Fashion include:

  • Erin O'Connor (Model)
  • Mich Dulce (Fashion Designer)
  • Kirsty Gallacher (Sports Presenter)
  • Bibi Russell (Fashion Designer)
  • Chris Liu (Fashion Designer)
  • Patrick Cox (Footwear Designer)
  • Rachel Stevens (Popstar)
  • Alek Wek (Model)

Alumni of Cordwainers College, part of London College of Fashion include:

  • Jimmy Choo (Shoe Designer)
  • Patrick Cox (Shoe Designer)
  • Beatrix Ong (Shoe Designer)

Alumni of Wimbledon College of Art include:

  • James Acheson (Three-Times Oscar Winning Costume Designer)
  • Jeff Beck (Musician and former member of the Yardbirds)
  • Raymond Briggs (Author and Illustrator, including The Snowman)
  • Tony Cragg (Sculptor, Turner Prize Winner)
  • Peter Doig (Artist, Turner Prize Nominee and John Moores Winner)
  • Sarah Greenwood (Production Designer and Oscar Nominee for Pride and Prejudice)
  • Richard Hudson (Set Designer, Olivier Award Winner and Designer for The Lion King on Broadway)
  • Charles Knode (Costume Designer for Film, including Braveheart and Blade Runner)
  • Phoebe Philo (Fashion Designer, former Head Designer for fashion label Chloe)
  • John Scott (TV Presenter)
  • Mark Tildesley (Production Designer for Film and Theatre, including The Constant Gardener and 28 Days Later)
  • Anthony Ward (Theatre Designer, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and My Fair Lady)


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