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University of the Arts London

4.4 out of 5 (26 reviews) London, England, United Kingdom
UAL is a world Top 6 university for art and design according to the QS World University Rankings® and Europe's largest specialist university for art and design. We offer an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing art. Our graduates go on to work in and shape creative industries worldwide.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (83)
Applied Sciences & Professions (30)
Journalism & Media (11)
Social Sciences (7)
Business & Management (6)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)



  • Founded in 1986


UAL's cutting edge programmes and courses delivered by an inspiring and supportive teaching staff made up of professional artists, practitioners, designers, critics and theorists.

Everything from fashion media, Fine Art through to 3D animation, graphic design and drama, there's a course for everyone.

UAL also offer theoretical and practice based research programmes, leading to a PhD or MPhil award in any subject area where appropriately qualified supervision can be provided.

  • Foundation & Preparation Courses
  • Undergraduate Study
  • Postgraduate Study
  • Short courses


At University of the Arts London, practice and theory-based research enriches our creative environment and positively impacts the work of UAL students and staff, demonstrating our leading global status in the arts, design and communication sectors.

Our academics play a prominent role in the UK’s creative culture, with research outcomes that enrich cultural life, enhance public awareness and understanding of major issues, and are of benefit to the creative and cultural industries.

The University has a vibrant Research culture across its six colleges, with nine University Research Centres and the University Innovation Insights Hub.


  • Over half of all Turner Prize winners and nominees in the 30 years since its inception are UAL alumni
  • 37 of the 80 Royal Academicians are UAL alumni; a further 17 are serving or former staff
  • Over half of the recipients of British Designer of the Year are UAL alumni
  • 10: the number of UAL alumni who are current Royal Designers for Industry for product or industrial design
  • Over half of the fashion designers that showed a London Fashion Week A/W 2016 are UAL alumni
  • Multiple winners in the most prestigious art and design awards: from the BP Portrait Award; Jerwood Prize; Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize; Minerva Medal; BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Oscars


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

Whether you choose to live in one of the University's halls of residence or in a privately-rented home, Accommodation Services can provide information and advice to help you find a suitable place to live.

The University's halls of residence are available to students who have an offer for a place on a course at the University.

We encourage you to pick five hall preferences when you apply, as that will give us a better indicator as to what your preferred choices are. We will endeavor to give you one of your five preferences. Please apply early to avoid disappointment, the sooner you apply the more likely you are to get one of these choices.

Library services

Library Services provides outstanding print and online collections in arts, design and communication, study spaces for independent and group learning, and staff who are happy to help you make the most of these resources.

There is a library in each of our colleges plus Learning Zones at Central Saint Martins (CSM) and London College of Communication (LCC).  

ICT services

Welcome to University IT Services. We provide IT systems and support to the UAL community. We offer help and support for:

  • Computers and printing
  • Discounts and software
  • Email, calendar and personal storage
  • ID cards
  • MyUAL
  • 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

Studying in London gives you a unique perspective on art and design. The face of the city is constantly changing, with a thriving culture of pop-ups, street art and performance spaces.

University of the Arts London prides itself on the variety and quality of its facilities; from state-of-the-art design suites to traditional print studios.

Students can access the libraries, Learning Zones, cafes, shops and galleries at any of UAL’s sites, as long as they can show their ID card.

We have eight art shops across our sites, selling a broad range of art, design and fashion materials. The shops are stocked in consultation with course leaders and sell products according to the courses being taught at each site.

Student clubs

SUARTS: University of the Arts London Students' Union.

We are an arts union for arts students.

When you join UAL you automatically become part of the Students’ Union.

We are here to help make your time at UAL better, whether you need advice about your course, you want to play sports or join societies, you want to change the university for the better or you just want to meet other people at UAL.


  • British Display Society
  • British Psychological Society
  • Member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools
  • The Chartered Institute Of Marketing
  • Chartered Management Institute Approved Centre
  • Enterprise Educators Member
  • Principles of Responsible Management Education Signatory
  • Awarded Small Business Charter
  • Worldskills Uk

Student Reviews

University of the Arts London
DMC Experience
rated 5 out of 5 stars
What I enjoyed most was the accessibility to local events followed by the opportunity to collaborate across courses and develop my skills.
University of the Arts London
DMC Experience
rated 5 out of 5 stars
What I enjoyed most was the accessibility to local events followed by the opportunity to collaborate across courses and develop my skills.
University of the Arts London
rated 3 out of 5 stars
Facilities can be improved, the structure of the course, more tutor lead activities and trips, more engaging debates.

London, England, United Kingdom