University of the Arts London (UAL)

University of the Arts London (UAL)

The University of the Arts London is Europe’s largest specialist arts and design university, and one of the most renowned international institutions in arts, design, fashion and communication. UAL has six constituent Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts.

Top reasons to study here

  • The University dominates when it comes to fashion education with 2 of the world’s top 4 undergraduate fashion courses taught at UAL Colleges.
  • UAL is home to a diverse body of 18,000 students from 130 countries.
  • The University has a world-class reputation and is made up of 6 equally renowned Colleges.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (75)
Humanities (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



  • Founded in 1986


University of the Arts London offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. Graduates go on to work in and shape the creative industries worldwide. 

Students have access to state of the art facilities, including workshops with letterpress machinery, studio theatres and gallery space. Students can also make use of the University’s libraries and archives for research into hundreds of years of the greatest artists and designers. Find out more about the University’s Colleges.


The University’s research environment supports the research capacity and capability of staff at all stages of their career, with a structure that aims to develop the world leading researchers of the future.UAL's research culture reflects our leadership in the arts, design and communication sector, particularly in practice-based research.The University ensures the highest standard of research by supporting staff with clear research policies, data management and expert advice. Research mentoring, training and access to sabbatical leave ensure that UAL research staff are able to develop their careers and deliver high quality research.


Careers and Employability at UAL is committed to teaching, learning and assessment that enhances, nurtures and recognises our students’ employability, individuality and entrepreneurship.

Enterprise and employability is about more than getting a job, it is about enabling our students and graduates to find, make and take opportunities and to meet their aspirations in a changing world, whether as a successful creative professional, innovator, practitioner, employee and/or entrepreneur in the UK and globally.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021

GSSA 2021

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2021. Universities with a score above 4.0 (out of 5) in any of the 8 award categories, receive Badges of Excellence. Congratulations!

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards


Student services

Student Services at University of the Arts London includes the Student Advice Service, the Counselling, Health Advice and Chaplaincy service and the Disability Service.

Student Services staff provide a professional, confidential, and free service to UAL students and also, where appropriate, to prospective students from the UK or abroad who are considering applying for courses at the University. Staff are based at each of the main College sites, and at the central office building in Holborn.

Housing services

Halls of residence are available to all students who have been offered a place on a course at UAL.

Students should pick their top five halls of residence when applying. We will try to place you in one of your top five halls, but we cannot guarantee this will be possible. Please make sure you send in your application early to avoid disappointment.

Library services

In our libraries you can access outstanding collections in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. You can also make full use of our study spaces, technology and academic support. There is a library in each of our Colleges with staff who are happy to help you make the most of our resources.

ICT services

The University IT Services provide IT systems and support to the UAL community, including help and support for: 

  • Computers and printing
  • Discounts and software
  • Email, calendar and personal storage
  • ID cards
  • MyUAL, the official app for students at University of the Arts London
  • Password reset
  • Terms of use
  • Wifi and Eduroam

Medical services

The Health Advice Service provides advice and information to students at University of the Arts London on registering with a doctor (GP) in the UK and about any other aspect of health and well-being.

Advice is available for students who have questions or concerns about:

  • lifestyle (including alcohol, drugs and smoking)
  • healthy eating
  • physical wellbeing
  • infectious diseases
  • sexual health 
  • mental health

Student Life

Campus life

Life in halls of residence is a communal and enriching experience. Accommodation Services are always happy to help students find the most suitable and convenient place to live, in a fully student-focused environment, within easy reach of your College.

Student clubs

University of the Arts London Students’ Union is an arts union for arts students. When you join UAL you automatically become part of the Students’ Union. 

During your time at UAL, the Arts SU is the place to find other students, learn new skills, have fun and become who you plan to be. 

The Union is there to help make your time at UAL better, whether you need advice about your course, you want to play sports or join societies, or you just want to meet other people at UAL.

Student Reviews

not for everyone
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Teachers are helpful and nice, sometimes there are problems with communication. Most of the people are not friendly and feel as if they are better than others. If you want to go to university for friends and uni experience this might not be the place, but it is a good uni to pursue your career path.

Don't apply
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

They don't really teach us anything, the university's name is the only thing that remained from it, I think. It is overhyped and does not give the students enough education. It is quite a disappointment. We have 1 lesson per week, and usually the equipment is not available/ working, etc. The teachers praise anything we do, even if its a minimal effort quickly done project....

It's alright, elitist
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I personally have mixed feelings about UAL, but that could be incredibly biased considering that during my three years of education 6 months included tutor protests which effected my education and a year and a half of complete lockdown in London due to COVID19. Depending on your course, tutors will do their best to support you. Some tutors are not the most qualified for...

London, England, United Kingdom


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