University for the Creative Arts

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University for the Creative Arts
University for the Creative Arts logo.svg
Established 2005 (as the University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester)[1]
Type Public
Vice-Chancellor Simon Ofield-Kerr[2]
Location Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester, England, UK
Website http://www.ucreative.ac.uk/

The University for the Creative Arts is a specialist art and design university in the south of England.

History[edit]

The university was formed in 2005 as University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester, through the merger of the Kent Institute of Art & Design and Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College. It was granted full university status by the Privy Council in May 2008 and adopted its current name officially in September 2008. The origin of the university lies in a number of independent public art and design colleges in the counties of Kent and Surrey, almost all of which had origins in the Victorian period. In the 1990s these merged to form multi-campus art and design institutes in their respective counties, before merging into one organisation in 2005.

In its previous forms and current form, alumni of the UCA as well as students have achieved artistic excellence with very considerable commerciality and critical merit of certain alumni's work such as Tracey Emin, Michaël Dudok de Wit, Chris Shepherd, Zandra Rhodes, and Karen Millen.

Following the election of a Coalition government, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills introduced legislation to increase tuition fees while reducing government spending on Higher Education in real terms[3] and the University for the Creative Arts was revealed to be the fourth most-cut university in England with a cut of 7.8% (10.2% in real terms).[4]

The University for the Creative Arts announced in February 2011 that it was discussing designating part of its Maidstone campus for use by MidKent College.[5] Further to this, MidKent College expressed its willingness to buy the Maidstone campus from 2012 and phase out the UCA presence at the campus by 2014.[6]

Campuses[edit]

It has campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester. It previously had a campus in Maidstone, which was closed in 2014.

Organisation and academic life[edit]

It is a large art and design institution, by UK standards, with around 7,000 students, and offers courses in a very wide range of art, design, fashion and architecture subjects. These are at non-degree further education such as diploma and BTEC, degree and doctorate level.

Notable alumni[edit]

Where known, alumni are listed by the component institution at which they studied.

Kent Institute of Art and Design (comprising the three Kent campuses)

Canterbury College of Art

Maidstone College of Art

Medway College of Design (Rochester)

Surrey Institute of Art and Design

University for the Creative Arts

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Coordinates: 51°12′59″N 0°48′19″W / 51.21639°N 0.80528°W / 51.21639; -0.80528