University of the Arts London

Introduction

University of the Arts London is in the top 5 universities in the world for art and design. We offer an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. Our graduates go on to work in and shape creative industries worldwide.

The University draws together 6 renowned colleges, each with its own world-class reputation. Our state of the art facilities include workshops with letterpress machinery, studio theatres, gallery space as well as libraries and archives for research into hundreds of years of the greatest artists and designers.

Your passport to a successful creative future

  • UAL is a world Top 5 university for art and design according to the QS World University Rankings®.
  • We have launched the careers of many creative and cultural leaders with:
  • 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
  • You automatically join the UAL Alumni Association once you graduate - a global network of over 200,000 creative professionals.
  • We celebrate diversity, individuality and innovation and it is at the heart of what we do - learn more about diversity at UAL.

Over 100 courses in art and design

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. Explore our courses or find out more about studying at UAL.

The university of the future

We have launched an ambitious 7 year strategy 2015-22 with 4 key strategic areas that will ensure UAL continues to be a world-class place of learning. Learn more about our four strategic areas:

  • Transformative Education
  • World-leading Research and Enterprise
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Building an Inspirational Environment

UAL: Leadership

UAL Vice Chancellor Nigel Carrington leads a 9 person Executive Board which manages the university. It is governed by a 24 person Court of Governors, chaired by Sir John Sorrell. Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry is Chancellor of UAL.

Explore the Exchange

The Teaching and Learning Exchange supports teaching and learning enhancement, working in partnership with staff and students.

We improve the student experience by working across three areas: teaching and research development, digital learning and careers and employability.

We work in partnership with academics, technicians, academic support teams and librarians across the colleges to ensure everyone involved in teaching, supporting learning and developing careers and employability, can access great courses, workshops, resources, funding opportunities and awards.

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Innovative Pattern Cutting for Graduates and Professionals

Campus Full time 10 weeks July 2017 United Kingdom London

A highly regarded postgraduate level course for designers, graduates and practising pattern cutters. [+]

A highly regarded intensive pattern cutting course for fashion graduates and practising pattern cutters Content and Structure In response to a significant industry need, this course provides an innovative and relevant training programme for potential and practising pattern cutters and designers who need to expand their experience. It is designed to enhance creativity and provide a supportive postgraduate learning environment for personal and professional development. Emphasis is placed on exploratory and versatile approaches to this craft through practical work carried out both as a group and independently. You will build your knowledge by being encouraged to unlock the potential of your existing pattern cutting skills. You will discover the creativity of your own discipline by developing new practical, analytical and interpretative skills. The course normally features two or three 'master classes' given by highly regarded specialists who have reputations for working in particularly creative ways. Attendance is 5 days per week. Structure Innovative Pattern Cutting framework comprises a full time mode of study with a single exit point. The course has been structured to attract recent graduates and practising professionals and offers a ten-week full time mode of study. It runs during the summer months and is led by Patrick Lee Yow a respected Associate Lecturer on the BA Fashion at Central Saint Martins College and supported by experienced designers and pattern cutters from industry. The course will develop your knowledge of the interdependence that exists between the designer and pattern cutter in translating innovative design into finished garments. The... [-]

Postgraduate Certificate

Postgraduate Certificate Design for Visual Communication

Campus Part time 30 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom London

Gain practical skills and expand your knowledge of design principles, research methodologies and theory with this postgraduate certificate. Explore visual language, typography, colour and information design through set and self-initiated projects. This course offers an intensive vocational route in the graphic design profession and is an ideal option if you need a bridge to Masters study. [+]

Gain practical skills and expand your knowledge of design principles, research methodologies and theory with this postgraduate certificate. Explore visual language, typography, colour and information design through set and self-initiated projects. This part-time course offers an intensive vocational route into the graphic design profession and can provide a portfolio for further study at postgraduate level. CONTENT: London College of Communication’s vocationally-focussed Postgraduate Certificate will help you to build practice-based and professional skills in the highly diverse field of design for visual communication. Visual communication is a process by which ideas are made visible and conveyed through media to enhance meaning, experience and understanding. This one-year intensive course re-examines the relationship between design principles, research methodologies and the related theoretical contexts. The programme is ideal for those from diverse academic backgrounds who wish to extend and develop their prior experience through visual communication. Students on the course have previously studied subjects from molecular genetics to English. The course is a confidence-building bridge to Masters study as well as providing the foundations for professional career development. You can expect ... You can expect to become part of a unique learning community made up of staff, guest speakers and fellow students from a diverse range of creative disciplines and cultures. Through tutorials, set and self-initiated projects, workshops and group discussions, you will gain a deeper understanding of the design process that will enhance your practice. Visual language and grammar, typographic hierarchy, symbol design, graphic representation, identity and information visualisation are just some of... [-]

Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Buying and Merchandising

Campus Full time 15 weeks January 2018 United Kingdom London

A dynamic, relevant and industry-facing fashion buying and merchandising course, with live briefs, keynote speakers and field trips. Students develop product, market and consumer insight, an understanding of the supply chain and strong negotiating skills. [+]

A dynamic, relevant and industry-facing fashion buying and merchandising course, with live briefs, keynote speakers and field trips. Students develop product, market and consumer insight, an understanding of the supply chain and strong negotiating skills. Content and Structure The Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Buying and Merchandising is a fashion business course with a vocational focus on buying and merchandising. It combines a post graduate level academic experience with the vocational realities of retailer buying and merchandising operations. The course covers a range of vocational knowledge and skills for students seeking a career in fashion buying and merchandising, and develops knowledge of both theoretical and practical issues relevant to current practice in the UK buying and merchandising sector. This is integrated with practical professional skills in communication, negotiation and presentation. Distinctive features of the course are the strong links with fashion buying and merchandising offices in the UK and the opportunity afforded by the practical emphasis on skills negotiation in the final project. The course is designed for graduates aiming at a first career position in fashion buying or merchandising but who need to supplement their first degree with a more relevant academic qualification. The course may also be suitable as a preparation for higher level postgraduate study in related subject areas. The Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Buying and Merchandising course is based at High Holborn, adjacent to Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Other green spaces in the area include Gray’s Inn Gardens and Coram’s Fields. Situated nearby are Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincoln’s... [-]

Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism

Campus Full time 15 weeks August 2017 United Kingdom London

A dynamic fast-track course preparing the next generation of fashion, lifestyle and feature writers and editors. Develop a professional writing portfolio. Build up essential contacts. Find your place in the industry. [+]

A dynamic fast-track course preparing the next generation of fashion, lifestyle and feature writers and editors. Develop a professional writing portfolio. Build up essential contacts. Find your place in the industry. Content and Structure The Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism course aims to give students a working knowledge of fashion and lifestyle media, as well as a professional practical foundation in writing skills developing vocational skills and analytical thinking. The course is designed for graduates and those with appropriate industry experience who wish to develop their career prospects in the highly competitive fashion industry. It is also a suitable preparation for higher level postgraduate study. This dynamic course cultivates both a practical and theoretical understanding of fashion and lifestyle journalism in the UK. With a close eye on changing trends in contemporary lifestyle media, emphasis is placed on developing an analytical understanding of the commercial marketplace as well as the rigours of practical journalism. You will develop an enhanced commercial awareness, enabling you to produce editorial material for this specialist area. The programme is supported by a series of guest speakers from the fashion and lifestyle media industry, from publications including Elle, The Guardian, W, Net a porter, i-D, Another, Harper’s Bazaar, 10 Magazine and Telegraph Weekend magazine. The Postgraduate Certificate Fashion: Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism course is based at the university’s John Prince’s Street and High Holborn sites, in the heart of the city. Course Structure Weeks 1-10: Fashion and Lifestyle Journalism (20 credits, level 7) Weeks... [-]

Postgraduate Certificate in Fashion: Fashion Visual Merchandising

Campus Full time 15 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom London

This visual merchandising course is developed in collaboration with our industry networks, and allows students to create innovative visual merchandising solutions, with a focus on creativity, innovation and new technologies. [+]

This visual merchandising course is developed in collaboration with our industry networks, and allows students to create innovative visual merchandising solutions, with a focus on creativity, innovation and new technologies. Content and Structure The Postgraduate Certificate in Fashion Visual Merchandising provides a highly focused and vocationally-orientated period of full-time study at advanced level in the field of Fashion Visual Merchandising. It is designed both for graduates (or equivalent) and those with appropriate industry experience, who wish to develop their career in the highly competitive fashion and creative industries. The course is suitable as a preparation for higher level postgraduate study, for example one of the Master’s Degrees within the LCF framework. The programme builds upon strengths already developed within the college including staff expertise, specialist facilities and close industry links, to provide a suitable learning environment for this specialist study. It is designed to meet both local, regional and international needs for vocational education in aspects of the fashion and creative industries which have a high concentration of activities in London. London College of Fashion is situated in the heart of the fashion district in London, with sites in the West End on Oxford Street, West London in Shepherds Bush and the East End in Shoreditch, a centre for manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, and increasingly for young designers. The course has been established to extend the post graduate provision at the college, and has been developed in conjunction with the Fashion Visual Merchandising industry and specialist staff. The Course... [-]

Graduate Diploma

Graduate Diploma Fashion Design Technology

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London

This intensive one year programme allows you to develop your skills in creative fashion design technology, which will facilitate progression to MA study or into employment. [+]

This intensive one year programme allows you to develop your skills in creative fashion design technology, which will facilitate progression to MA study or into employment. Please note: this course is being reviewed to enhance the curriculum, therefore the content is subject to change. Content and Structure PLEASE NOTE: This course will run at Level 6, which is equivalent to the final year of a BA Honours degree, and is a preparatory course for students who want to study at postgraduate level, but currently need further knowledge and skills before being eligible for postgraduate study. The course is also suitable for graduates who would like to further their knowledge and skills before moving into industry. It covers design for menswear and womenswear, product development, garment technology and pattern cutting. The course encourages creative thinking and innovative design approaches, and emphasises that 3D realisation is key to understanding the process of design and manufacture. Specialist staff and facilities cover a range of new and established technologies that give students an insight into manufacturing and design in the fashion industry. Students from the Graduate Diploma are part of the postgraduate community in the design hub at Mare Street, and many students find this course helpful in preparing them for progression to MA study. Other graduates move straight into the international fashion market. Students are encouraged to think about fashion in the wider sense and use their time at LCF to proactively forge industry links. Many alumni have gained employment within the industry.... [-]

Graduate Diploma Fashion Management

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London

Combine creative and business knowledge and skills to develop a solid understanding of the fashion industry in this international, inter-disciplinary course. [+]

Combine creative and business knowledge and skills to develop a solid understanding of the fashion industry in this international course. Please note: this course is being reviewed to enhance the curriculum, therefore the content is subject to change. Content and Structure PLEASE NOTE: This course will run at Level 6, which is equivalent to the final year of a BA Honours degree, and is a preparatory course for students who want to study at postgraduate level, but currently need further knowledge and skills before being eligible for postgraduate study. A one-year conversion course for students who have a 2.1 or higher first degree in an area unrelated to fashion management, this course will enable students who come from different paths of study to progress onto fashion management postgraduate courses or enter employment. Content The international student body on the Graduate Diploma Fashion Management, reflects the internationalisation of the fashion industry. Students are encouraged to draw on their own experience to develop a global understanding of the relevant dynamics affecting the fashion industry. Drawing on the field of International Business, Marketing, Operations Management and Creative Management, this inter-disciplinary course will cover a wide range of topics, including the establishment of the fashion industry, its internationalisation drivers, product development and product life cycles, fashion forecasting, fashion marketing and marketing communications with a specific focus on social media, consumer behaviour and fashion branding. This provides students with a rich and stimulating learning experience from which to progress, culminating in a final project that... [-]

Graduate Diploma Fashion Media Styling

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London

Discover the power of visual narrative and develop a portfolio of professional skills required to forge a career in the diverse and multi-faceted world of fashion media styling. A one year course where creative individuals can network, collaborate and transition into critical thinkers, distinctive image-makers and stylists of the future. [+]

Discover the power of visual narrative and develop a portfolio of professional skills required to forge a career in the diverse and multi-faceted world of fashion media styling. A one year course where creative individuals can network, collaborate and transition into critical thinkers, distinctive image-makers and stylists of the future. Content and Structure PLEASE NOTE: This course will run at Level 6, which is equivalent to the final year of a BA Honours degree, and is a preparatory course for students who want to study at postgraduate level, but currently need further knowledge and skills before being eligible for postgraduate study. Primarily practice-based, this course will equip you with a solid grounding in visual and communicative styling skills. It will deliver an authentic experience that reflects the needs and demands of current industry, in the context of fashion, advertising, film and music, and will furnish you with core skills while furthering your professional development. By drawing on theoretical work, the course will also explore styling as a powerful and challenging visual tool that can interpret, interrogate and challenge political, social and cultural contexts. Research is key to project work, and it is expected that image-making will be reinforced by close attention to audience, market and context, as well as investigation into the broader image culture. You will work alongside photographers, curators, designers and journalists within the LCF Graduate School, which will provide you and other students with increased potential for creative dialogue and collaboration. Networked into the wider professional context,... [-]

Graduate Diploma Fine Art

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London

Graduate Diploma in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts is a full time, one year programme. [+]

Graduate Diploma in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts is a full time, one year programme. The course enables you to develop your practice within a contemporary context, against the backdrop of the vibrant London art scene, whether your aim is to progress to further study at Masters Level or pursue a career within the field of Fine Art. Content: what students can expect An introduction to research-led creative practice that will enable you to develop your own personal direction and work independently towards a well-defined goal To enable you to locate your ideas and practice in relation to contemporary art practice and debate on cultural and theoretical issues Integrated practice and theory elements to help you understand the contexts and conditions that shape and frame contemporary art practice To support your creative development with appropriate artistic, technical and professional skills To develop a critical body of work To leave the course with a portfolio of work that will effectively support application to postgraduate study and / or entry into employment Structure The course runs over a total of 30 weeks. Learning and teaching are delivered through a programme of regular one-to-one tutorials, seminars and lectures, featuring a wide array of artists and practitioners. The course is studio based and students work in a designated Graduate Diploma studio. The course is delivered through three units of study: Unit 1 - Research and risk-taking: exploring your practice You will establish and develop a working practice that best makes use of... [-]

Graduate Diploma in Fashion

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London

The Graduate Diploma in Fashion is a one-year programme for fashion graduates, aiming to prepare sophisticated designers for the next stage of their careers. [+]

The Graduate Diploma in Fashion is a one-year programme for fashion graduates, aiming to prepare sophisticated designers for the next stage of their careers. Created for International students, the course is now open to Home/EU applicants. You’ll specialise in Womenswear, Menswear, Fashion Design with Knit or Fashion Design with Textiles. The course has excellent rates of progression to leading postgraduate fashion courses including CSM - MA Fashion (Womenswear and Menswear) and MA Textiles Futures; RCA - MA Fashion (Womenswear, Menswear, Menswear Knit, Footwear and Accessories); Parsons, New York - MA Fashion (Womenswear and Menswear); LCF - MA Fashion (Womenswear, Menswear, Footwear and Accessories), MA Digital Fashion, MA Fashion Marketing; Chelsea - MA Textiles; Arnhem - MA Fashion (Womenswear); Goldsmiths - MA Design and Environment and Westminster University - MA Fashion. 5 great reasons to apply In the most recent graduating year, 82% of students that applied for a postgraduate course were offered a place either at Central Saint Martins, Royal College of Art or London College of Fashion. You’ll benefit from the teaching and learning methods of some of the most eminent and experienced current practitioners in the field of fashion, which have produced some of the world's leading fashion design professionals. You’ll take part in staff-directed and industry projects to help you identify and develop your strengths and address areas for improvement. Recent projects have been set by Net-a-Porter and Alexander McQueen. You’ll receive support in developing your personal presentation skills (including CV-writing) to support your applications for further... [-]

Graduate Diploma in Photography

Campus Full time 30 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom London

Graduate Diploma Photography at London College of Communication is a professional photography course designed to provide you with a comprehensive foundation that will equip you for entry into the world of professional photography or for entry to further advanced study in photography (e.g. MA courses). [+]

Graduate Diploma Photography at London College of Communication is a professional photography course designed to provide you with a comprehensive foundation that will equip you for entry into the world of professional photography or for entry to further advanced study in photography (e.g. MA courses). Students will develop professional confidence and technical proficiency, explore and define a distinct creative vision, and create a portfolio of professional and personal work that can be presented to industry clients. CONTENT Graduate Diploma Photography will give you the practical skills you'll need to define yourself as a leading photographer and by encouraging the development of a strong conceptual approach to your personal practice, achieve a defined identity in you work. The course will give you an invaluable understanding of the photography industry and the business aspect of professional photography, as well as introduce you to key contacts and help you build relationships. Building on the rich heritage of photography teaching at London College of Communication, Graduate Diploma Photography will open a variety of career opportunities in professional photography. During your studies, you'll work towards developing a high quality portfolio suitable for presentation when approaching clients for future commissions or industry roles. In addition, you'll work on set and self-initiated projects which promote learning through discovery, interaction and response to change. For those wishing to continue their study the theory and research elements of the course will also prepare you for continued learning at a higher level of study. The Graduate Diploma in Photography is... [-]

Graduate Diploma Interior Design

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London

Graduate Diploma in Interior Design at Chelsea College of Arts is a full time, one year programme. This course provides students with the skills and experience required for a career in the field of interior design, or further study at MA level. [+]

Graduate Diploma in Interior Design at Chelsea College of Arts is a full time, one year programme. This course provides students with the skills and experience required for a career in the field of interior design, or further study at MA level. Content: what students can expect To develop a flexible, open-minded approach to thinking about interior design or critically engaging with contemporary design approaches To connect with interior design in a variety of ways such as designing, writing, visual communication and research To explore the possibility of making narratives from interior design To develop an open way of thinking about interior design, and give students the opportunity to critically engage with contemporary design approaches To design small-scale interiors and explore new opportunities within existing architectural spaces To be assigned a personal tutor who supports your development Structure The course runs over a total of 30 weeks and offers a combination of taught study, self-directed negotiated study, personal research and written assignments. There are also two major practical projects undertaken during the year and each is the subject of a book. The course is studio based and delivered in three units of study: Unit 1 - Commodity and Design This is a design programme that explores a small-scale domestic interior. This project focuses on how the client / user can be given a new opportunity to perform within a space and the various methods students have to envisage and communicate this opportunity. Unit 2 - Negotiated Design Programme In this... [-]

Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication

Campus Full time 30 weeks September 2017 United Kingdom London

Gain practical skills and expand your knowledge of design principles, research methodologies and theory with this postgraduate diploma. Explore visual language, typography, colour and information design through set and self-initiated projects. This course offers an intensive vocational route in the graphic design profession and is an ideal option if you need a bridge to Masters study. [+]

Gain practical skills and expand your knowledge of design principles, research methodologies and theory with this postgraduate diploma. Explore visual language, typography, colour and information design through set and self-initiated projects. This full-time course offers an intensive vocational route into the graphic design profession and can provide a portfolio for further study at postgraduate level. CONTENT: Build up a strong vocational portfolio on this intensive 30 week course. The Postgraduate Diploma Design for Visual Communication provides a unique learning experience across an intensive 30 week programme. The highly structured delivery of the first stage of the course places emphasis on the development of fundamental design skills. This is underpinned with the importance of visual research and the development of critical and analytical skills. During the second stage of the course you will choose from a wide range of postgraduate electives and go on to develop a self-initiated major project that focuses on individual interests. The Postgraduate Diploma is designed to build design skills even if you are relatively new to the subject of graphic design. The course provides you with a strong, vocational portfolio and is also useful in building your confidence to undertake further postgraduate study at Masters level. The course recognises that graphic design is one of the most important and influential of what has become known as the creative industries and that it contributes significantly, directly and indirectly, to our economic and cultural well being. STRUCTURE: Each course is divided into units, which are credit-rated. The minimum... [-]

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University of the Arts London

Address High Holborn 272
WC1V 7EY, United Kingdom
Website http://www.arts.ac.uk/
Phone +44 20 7514 6000

Camberwell College of Arts

Address Peckham Road 45-65
SE5 8UF, United Kingdom
Website http://www.arts.ac.uk/camberwell
Phone +44 20 7514 6302

Central Saint Martins

Address Granary Square 1
N1C 4AA, United Kingdom
Website http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/
Phone +44 20 7514 7000

Chelsea College of Arts

Address John Islip Street 16
SW1P 4JU, United Kingdom
Website http://www.arts.ac.uk/chelsea
Phone +44 20 7514 7751

London College of Communication

Address Saint George's Road
Elephant & Castle SE1 6SB, United Kingdom
Website http://www.arts.ac.uk/lcc/
Phone +44 20 7514 6569

London College of Fashion

Address John Prince's Street 20
W1G 0BJ, United Kingdom
Website http://www.arts.ac.uk/fashion
Phone +44 20 7514 7400

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