University for the Creative Arts

Introduction

University for the Creative Arts - UCA

The University for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone & Rochester provides inspiring courses in art, design, architecture, media and communication.

Formed through the union of The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College and the Kent Institute of Art & Design, we have an outstanding heritage spanning 150 years.

With around 6,500 students enrolled on more than 80 different courses, the University is one of the UK's leading providers of specialist art and design education, offering strengths in art, design, architecture, media and communication.

A thriving and vibrant community of students, staff and researchers, the University plays a significant role in the creative, economic and cultural life of the UK. It is home to several public art galleries, to the Crafts Study Centre and to research centres that include the Centre for Sustainable Design, the Animation Research Centre and the Public Art and Architecture (PARC) research centre.

As a specialist organisation, the University's purpose-built facilities, its expanding programme of research and development, and its growing range of business and professional links are all focused on the promotion of the creative arts. The recent award of the university will enhance the reputation of further and higher education in creative arts, drive forward research, and provide a gateway to the cultural industries in the UK and worldwide.

Specialist art and design


The University's key strength lies in the breadth of specialist, academic disciplines that it offers. Providing students with a ladder of opportunity, the University enables talented individuals to progress from further education through to undergraduate and postgraduate study and on to employment or creative practice.

Many staff are creative practitioners as well as academics and are actively involved in the cultural industries. In this way, they bring the workplace into the learning environment, enabling the University to drive forward research and to prepare its students for the real world of work.

High-quality education and research


The University is established on a strong foundation of high-quality academic provision. The Kent Institute, for example, received an outstanding rating for its further education (FE) provision in its Ofsted inspection report released in March 2005. The official report placed the Kent Institute as the highest rated institution or university offering further education in art and design in England.

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) gave its highest judgement of confidence to The Surrey Institute on completion of an institutional audit in May 2003. The judgement of 'broad confidence' indicated that the quality of the Institute's courses and the standard of its awards were extremely well managed, and confirmed an ability to secure and maintain this level of quality in the future. In the 2001 RAE (Research Assessment Exercise), the Kent Institute entered 22 research-active staff achieving an overall grade of 3a. The Surrey Institute was also awarded 3a for Art and Design in the same exercise, having raised its quality rating by three grades - the most significant improvement of all submissions in Art and Design.

Nurturing success


The University counts many of the UK's most successful designers, artists and communicators among its alumni, including such distinguished individuals as the Turner Prize nominee, Tracey Emin; TV personality, Tony Hart; fashion designers, Owen Gaster, Karen Millen, Zandra Rhodes and Nargess Gharani and Vanja Strok of Gharani Strok; graphic designer, Martin Lambie Nairn; artists, Humphrey Ocean and Tacita Dean; Oscar-winning animators, Daniel Greaves, Michael Dudok de Wit and Suzie Templeton; and textile designer, Roger Oates. Together these alumni demonstrate an ability to generate success, both nationally and internationally, and provide the University with a track record that speaks for itself.

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Programs

This school also offers:

MA

MA Animation

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Farnham + 1 more

Our MA Animation course builds on our long history of providing highly regarded animation education at UCA Farnham and will provide you with a strong interdisciplinary approach to the animated form. We offer a dynamic environment in which you'll be able to engage with the animated form in traditional 2D and 3D stop motion, as well as the theoretical aspects of the discipline. [+]

MA Animation

Our MA Animation course builds on our long history of providing highly regarded animation education at UCA Farnham and will provide you with a strong interdisciplinary approach to the animated form. We offer a dynamic environment in which you'll be able to engage with the animated form in traditional 2D and 3D stop motion, as well as the theoretical aspects of the discipline.

This course attracts students from around the world and has a rich cultural mix. You'll approach animation as a broad discipline and be encouraged to engage with experimental and speculative approaches to making through a range of projects, which will culminate in the production of a high quality animated film.... [-]


MA Architecture

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Our MA Architecture course is a research-focused programme that expresses and advances our knowledge of built and occupied space, through direct 1:1 scale making. You'll have the opportunity to undertake individual thematic investigations which will incorporate prototyping, experimenting, re-designing and crafting. This will provide a performative basis for the assessment of your design ambition, ability and research achievement. [+]

MA Architecture

Our MA Architecture course is a research-focused programme that expresses and advances our knowledge of built and occupied space, through direct 1:1 scale making. You'll have the opportunity to undertake individual thematic investigations which will incorporate prototyping, experimenting, re-designing and crafting. This will provide a performative basis for the assessment of your design ambition, ability and research achievement.

Our School of Architecture has been ranked in the Architecture top ten by the 2016 Guardian University Guide.

Length of study: One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts: September 2017

Campus: UCA Canterbury

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MA Ceramics

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Farnham + 1 more

Our MA Ceramics course is a project led and studio-based programme with tutorial guidance, where you'll produce high-quality work through rigorous academic research and creative studio practice. [+]

MA Ceramics

Our MA Ceramics course is a project led and studio-based programme with tutorial guidance, where you'll produce high-quality work through rigorous academic research and creative studio practice.

You'll have the opportunity to create a range of objects, experiment with different materials and processes, and develop your individual style and creativity. Our MA supports a wide range of ceramics practices, including historical, traditional and contemporary, and will encourage innovation in ceramics design and technology.

We'll guide you in maximising your talent and creative ability, so you'll be able to further develop your skills for future engagement with the arts, crafts and design industries.... [-]


MA Contemporary Jewellery

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Rochester + 1 more

Our MA Contemporary Jewellery course celebrates the contribution of individual artists and designer-makers. It enables you to extend the boundaries of your practice by examining cutting-edge ideas in jewellery which you've not been exposed to before. [+]

MA Contemporary Jewellery

Our MA Contemporary Jewellery course celebrates the contribution of individual artists and designer-makers. It enables you to extend the boundaries of your practice by examining cutting-edge ideas in jewellery which you've not been exposed to before.

As a student on this course, you'll be free to explore a variety of materials and to experiment with scale, form, ornament and body adornment in our dedicated facilities.

Length of study: One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts: September 2017

Campus: UCA Rochester

Course overview

Our course is responsive to a wide range of topics and creative disciplines, including fine art, fashion, design and photography. It's designed to encourage you to explore the relationship between jewellery and other related disciplines.... [-]


MA Curatorial Practice

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Our MA Curatorial Practice course has been developed in partnership with Turner Contemporary. It offers you the opportunity to think about and engage with art and issues of cultural regeneration through curatorial activity. [+]

MA Curatorial Practice

Our MA Curatorial Practice course has been developed in partnership with Turner Contemporary. It offers you the opportunity to think about and engage with art and issues of cultural regeneration through curatorial activity.

With a shared focus on experimental practice and vocational engagement, our course is open to curators, artists, historians, designers, architects and graduates in the humanities. It's been designed to foster new and innovative approaches to curation at an advanced level.

Length of study: One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts: September 2017

Campus: UCA Canterbury

Course overview:

Our MA course explores historical and recent developments within the field of curatorial practice. It provides a means for understanding such strategies in the logistical contexts of art management, commercial and public gallery or museum operations, art fairs, fringe platforms and artist-run spaces.... [-]


MA Documentary Practices

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Farnham

Our MA Documentary Practices course will allow you to undertake cross-disciplinary work between new media, photography and film, positioning the course in response to new trends and discourse within a creative documentary practice. [+]

MA Documentary Practices

Our MA Documentary Practices course will allow you to undertake cross-disciplinary work between new media, photography and film, positioning the course in response to new trends and discourse within a creative documentary practice.

Your outcomes could be in photography, film, interactive or web-based formats - and we'll encourage you to exploit recent developments within the industry.

Length of study: One year full-time

Starts: September 2017

Campus: UCA Farnham

Course overview

We aim to develop you as a thinking practitioner and help you to manage your career in a freelance industry. You'll learn to analyse and synthesise knowledge and understanding of your subject area of our course and demonstrate your critical and reflective practice.... [-]


MA Fashion Marketing & Communication

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Epsom + 1 more

Global fashion brands need creative thinkers to communicate their messages effectively through social media, digital technologies and creative PR practices. Our new MA course combines core marketing and communication skills to build a comprehensive portfolio of knowledge – central to this fast-changing sector and intrinsic to today’s world-class fashion communicators. [+]

MA Fashion Marketing & Communication

Global fashion brands need creative thinkers to communicate their messages effectively through social media, digital technologies and creative PR practices. Our new MA course combines core marketing and communication skills to build a comprehensive portfolio of knowledge – central to this fast-changing sector and intrinsic to today’s world-class fashion communicators.

As a student of this course, you’ll learn how to manage and generate brand appropriate campaigns and develop the ability to understand and derive strategies from future trend data.

Length of study: One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts: September 2017... [-]


MA Fashion Photography

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Rochester + 1 more

Behind every beautiful fashion shoot is a talented photographer. Be that photographer. As a student of MA Fashion Photography, you’ll build upon your existing fashion and photography knowledge to identify, develop and manage a Masters project. [+]

MA Fashion Photography

Behind every beautiful fashion shoot is a talented photographer. Be that photographer.

As a student of MA Fashion Photography, you’ll build upon your existing fashion and photography knowledge to identify, develop and manage a Masters project.

Throughout the course, you’ll have access to UCA’s state of the art photography and participate in a variety of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops, with regular off-campus visits to shoots and exhibitions.

Length of study: One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts: September 2017

Campus: UCA Rochester

Course overview

Our MA Fashion Photography course offers you the opportunity to develop your practical fashion photography skills whilst giving you a solid grounding in critical thinking and theory.... [-]


MA Filmmaking

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Farnham + 1 more

This course offers you the opportunity to develop your creative and technical skills as an independent filmmaker working in a fiction film. You will have the opportunity to write and direct your own Short Film or follow a specialist route as a Head of Department in film production. [+]

MA Filmmaking

This course offers you the opportunity to develop your creative and technical skills as an independent filmmaker working in a fiction film. You will have the opportunity to write and direct your own Short Film or follow a specialist route as a Head of Department in film production.

You'll develop high-level skills in a learning environment which nurtures technical excellence in the creation of cinematic sound and image. You'll develop personal creativity and the ability to collaborate effectively within a team in pursuit of a shared cinematic vision.

Length of study: One year full-time

Starts: September 2017

Campus: UCA Farnham

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MA Fine Art

Online Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Canterbury + 2 more

Our postgraduate Fine Art course is designed to provide a structured context for the development of individual Masters projects. [+]

MA Fine Art

Our postgraduate Fine Art course is designed to provide a structured context for the development of individual Masters projects. It does this through introducing and exploring various strategies for making art and nurturing an understanding of the ideas that make such practices meaningful. Questioning and exploring personal strategies for making art, we offer a reflective environment in which to understand the ideas and contexts that make your practice meaningful.

The cross-disciplinary structure of the course encourages connections with other modes of thinking and working.

Guest lectures and professional practice seminars will help you develop your personal networks. You'll work closely with local and national galleries and public arts organisations, including Turner Contemporary, Whitstable Biennale, The London Art Fair, Strange Cargo and the Folkestone Triennial, and be actively supported to develop and show work outside the context of the University.... [-]


MA Glass Design

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Farnham + 1 more

Our MA Glass course is a project led and studio-based course with tutorial guidance, where you'll create individual excellence through rigorous research including practical and theoretical investigation. We encourage a wide range of approaches, from the traditional specialist trades to the contemporary influences of art, craft, design and technology. [+]

MA Glass

Our MA Glass course is a project led and studio-based course with tutorial guidance, where you'll create individual excellence through rigorous research including practical and theoretical investigation. We encourage a wide range of approaches, from the traditional specialist trades to the contemporary influences of art, craft, design and technology.

Our course guides design professionals and graduates in the further development of their skills and experience within the crafts and design industries. Taught alongside our MA Ceramics, MA Metalwork and MA Jewellery courses, these courses are for highly motivated and talented people who wish to work at the forefront of their creative discipline.... [-]


MA Graphic Design

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Epsom + 1 more

Our MA Graphic Design course has been structured to promote the role of designers as skilled professional communicators, and firmly embed a culture of research and problem solving into creative practice. [+]

MA Graphic Design

Our MA Graphic Design course has been structured to promote the role of designers as skilled professional communicators, and firmly embed a culture of research and problem solving into creative practice.

Our course aims to promote specialism and mastery in your own unique area of graphic design - which you'll identify and develop with us on this MA. Enabling you to produce meaningful outcomes from informed research is a top priority.

Length of study: One year full-time

Starts: September 2017

Campus: UCA Epsom

Course overview

Using the extensive industry links brought by our course staff, you'll be encouraged to foster connections with industry partners within your area of specialism. With the help of visiting lecturers, industry experts and live briefs, you'll gain real-life experience in the design industry. An emphasis will be placed on how to present both yourself and your design work in a professional arena.... [-]


MA Illustration

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Farnham + 1 more

Contemporary illustration practice has grown to encompass a broad range of ambitions and opportunities for image makers and storytellers. The growth of online digital cultures - and the impact of digital image creation on traditional image making - requires flexible and adaptable practitioners, and it provides unique opportunities for the entrepreneurial illustrator. [+]

MA Illustration

Contemporary illustration practice has grown to encompass a broad range of ambitions and opportunities for image makers and storytellers. The growth of online digital cultures - and the impact of digital image creation on traditional image making - requires flexible and adaptable practitioners, and it provides unique opportunities for the entrepreneurial illustrator.

Our course offers you the chance to challenge the boundaries of illustration, both in its practice and its context, and is primarily concerned with the illustrated narrative. It offers you a creative and intellectual environment in which you can rigorously pursue a project of self-directed study, and produce a body of work on a topic of your interest in the field of illustration.... [-]


MA Interior Design

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Our MA Interior Design course enables you to develop an individual approach to spatial design within a stimulating, creative and supportive environment. [+]

MA Interior Design

Our MA Interior Design course enables you to develop an individual approach to spatial design within a stimulating, creative and supportive environment.

This degree provides you with a launchpad to potential higher level interior design careers within a diverse range of subjects. These include museum and exhibition design, design for film, television and digital games and brand interpretation for retail, leisure or promotional events.

An emphasis on ecological issues and processes is also a prominent aspect of this course and underpins all aspects of the course.

Length of study: One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts: September 2017... [-]


MA Metalwork

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Farnham + 1 more

Our MA Metalwork course gives design professionals and graduates the opportunity to deepen their skills and experience in the areas of forge work, foundry work and metalsmithing. [+]

MA Metalwork

Our MA Metalwork course gives design professionals and graduates the opportunity to deepen their skills and experience in the areas of forge work, foundry work and metalsmithing.

This course is for highly motivated and talented people who wish to work at the forefront of their creative discipline. It's a project-led and studio-based course with close tutorial guidance.

Rigorous research will encourage you to explore a wide range of approaches, from traditional to contemporary influences of art, craft, design and technology.

Length of study: One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts: September 2017

Campus: UCA Farnham

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MA Photography

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom Rochester + 1 more

Our MA Photography course approaches photography as an expanded visual discipline. You'll be encouraged to confidently produce complex and extended photographic projects and engage with experimental and speculative approaches to making. [+]

MA Photography

Our MA Photography course approaches photography as an expanded visual discipline. You'll be encouraged to confidently produce complex and extended photographic projects and engage with experimental and speculative approaches to making.

We offer a dynamic and exciting environment for studying the critical theory of photography, and this course engages with practices of reading and writing about the image. MA Photography also pays close attention to the dissemination, exhibition and publication of photographic work.

We provide specialist digital and analogue facilities for large-format colour and black-and-white exhibition prints.

Length of study: One year full-time or two years part-time... [-]


MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Rochester + 1 more

MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors offers a practice based, design led experience, which develops your creative vision and redefines your professional practice. You’ll be encouraged to push boundaries and challenge yourself; we provide you with a stimulating and supportive environment in which to do this. [+]

MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors

MA Printed Textiles for Fashion & Interiors offers a practice-based, design-led experience, which develops your creative vision and redefines your professional practice. You’ll be encouraged to push boundaries and challenge yourself; we provide you with a stimulating and supportive environment in which to do this. You’ll have the freedom to explore and combine traditional, handcrafted design and production techniques with the latest innovations in digital technology while researching constantly evolving materials and new technologies. You can create diverse design solutions that span a variety of outcomes.

Print for fashion covers: printed textiles collections for fashion, printed samples, experimental print pieces, printed garment prototypes, print design concepts or range plans, and printed fashion related products or accessories.... [-]


MA Product Design

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Farnham + 1 more

Our MA Product Design course provides a conceptual process and context for the development of creative and innovative products. This includes the study of socio-cultural and economic issues, new technologies and creative visual language in relation to your practice. [+]

MA Product Design

Our MA Product Design course provides a conceptual process and context for the development of creative and innovative products. This includes the study of socio-cultural and economic issues, new technologies and creative visual language in relation to your practice.

As a student on our course, you'll undertake individual research projects using an integrated product design process. You'll also develop and communicate design solutions which align with design criteria and respond to broader issues such as lifestyles, markets or the information economy.

Length of study: one year full-time or two years part-time

Starts: September 2017

Campus: UCA Farnham... [-]


MA Urban Design

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

Our MA Urban Design course is designed to develop your understanding of contemporary issues in urban design, planning and urbanism through sustained critical and creative engagement. [+]

MA Urban Design

Our MA Urban Design course is designed to develop your understanding of contemporary issues in urban design, planning and urbanism through sustained critical and creative engagement.

This course will develop and advance your understanding of the economic, ecological, social and political dynamics shaping the urban environment. We'll encourage you to build advanced urban design skills.

Length of study: One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts: September 2017

Campus: UCA Canterbury

Course overview

This course at UCA will help you to develop a range of strategies, tools and skills, including research methods and critical theories. The core of the curriculum is project-based, supplemented by lectures, seminars, workshops and independent study.... [-]


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