University profile

University for the Creative Arts

2021/22 edition

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About University for the Creative Arts

At UCA, creativity is at the heart of everything we do. We are a vibrant community of makers, artists and innovators, studying and working across four specialist, creative campuses in South East England. It might be that you’re looking to qualify in a particular field or improve your career prospects, or maybe you simply want to keep honing your craft. Whatever your reason for thinking about postgraduate study, we’ve got the perfect course to spark your imagination. Find out more about life at UCA.

I learnt far more than I could have imagined

Current PGCE student

Postgraduate study at UCA is all about inspiring and challenging you to fulfil your creative potential. Our teaching staff are experts in their fields; practising artists and industry professionals, all dedicated to helping you explore and develop your creative skillset. We offer a full range of Masters level qualifications with MA, MFA and MSc courses available, as well as opportunities to pursue research degrees through PhD study. Find out more about postgraduate study at UCA.

I would very strongly recommend postgraduate study at UCA. Remarkable facilities and generous technical support

Current Masters student


We’re proud to be one of the top ten research communities for art and design, as well as the highest ranked creative specialist university in all three UK league tables. Our four creative campuses all offer a unique vibe and atmosphere for you to immerse yourself in, and our Business School for the Creative Industries was the first of its kind in the UK. UCA is also home to a number of internationally recognised research centres, including the Centre for Sustainable Design, the Craft Study Centre and the International Textile Research Centre. You can read more about our reputation and rankings.

A platform for personal and professional success in the arts

Current Masters student

Postgraduate study at UCA

Whether you’re looking for the latest games and design technology, film and photography studios or studio space for fine arts and crafts, we have the resources you need plus the technical expertise to help you along the way. You can find out more about the specialist facilities on each of our four campuses, Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester, by taking one of our virtual tours or by checking out the campus videos on our website.

It’s an amazing university. You have hands-on support, guidance, and knowledge from professionals

Current Masters student

Epsom campus is also home to our Business School where the courses incorporate problem-based commercial projects with high-level practical skills. Students are able to learn by doing, equipping them with valuable skills in leadership and strategic planning along with a skillset specially tailored to building a successful career in the creative industries.

A diverse, creative community

Creativity is not defined by geography, and our students and staff join us from all over the world. Each of our campuses have dedicated student support teams, so that all students are able to make the most of their time at UCA. These teams are able to provide inclusive advice and guidance on a wide range of topics such as health and wellbeing, finance and support for international students, as well as assistance for students with disabilities or learning differences. Find out more about Student Support at UCA.

A great approach to teaching, inclusivity and collaborative working practices

Current PGCE student

Our student body is diverse and multi-cultural, but we all share a dedication and passion for our craft. Graduates leave UCA with the skills and drive to innovate and push the boundaries of the creative industries. You might have heard of some of our famous alumni and 96.6% of our graduates are either employed or have gone on to further study six months after graduation.

Subject areas and useful information

Are you ready to find out where your creativity could take you?

Applications for postgraduate courses are accepted all year however we recommend applying before the 31st March to make sure you have enough time to prepare for your studies. We offer postgraduate courses in the following disciplines:

You can find out more about all of these subjects by taking a look around our postgraduate course listings.

If you’d like to find out more information about anything, including fees, accommodation, or how to apply, you’ll be able to find loads of useful information on our website

Want to ask questions? You can get in touch with our enquiries team, or take a look at our Unibuddy page to chat to current students.

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