University of the Arts London
|University of the Arts London|
(University of the Arts London)
|Chairman||Sir John Tusa|
|Admin. staff||2,195 (2011)|
|Other students||9,325 (2009/10)|
|Location||London, United Kingdom
University of the Arts London (formerly the London Institute) is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom specialised in art, design, fashion and media. It is a collegiate university comprising six constituent colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, and Wimbledon College of Art. The university is Europe's largest provider of education in art, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts.
The University has its origins in five previously independent art, design, fashion and media colleges, which were brought together for administrative purposes to form the London Institute in 1986. Drama Centre London and Byam Shaw School of Art merged with Central Saint Martins in 1999 and 2006 respectively. Wimbledon College of Art joined in 2006. The colleges were originally established from the mid 19th century to the early 20th century.
Under the Education Reform Act 1988, the London Institute became a single legal entity, and the first court of governors were instated the following year in 1989. The first appointed Rector was Professor John McKenzie. The London Institute was incorporated as a higher education body in 1991 and was later granted academic degree awarding powers in 1993 by the Privy Council. Will Wyatt was appointed Chairman of Governors during the same year. Sir William Stubbs was appointed the second Rector after the retirement of McKenzie in 1996. A coat of arms was granted to the London Institute in 1998. Lord Stevenson was appointed the first chancellor in 2000.
On the retirement of Sir William Stubbs, Sir Michael Bichard was appointed as Rector in 2001 and encouraged the London Institute to apply for University status. The London Institute originally chose not to apply because its individual colleges were internationally recognised in their own right. In 2003, the London Institute received Privy Council approval for university status and was renamed University of the Arts London in 2004.
Wimbledon School of Art joined the university as a sixth college in 2006, and was renamed Wimbledon College of Art. Sir John Tusa was appointed as the new Chairman, replacing Will Wyatt, in 2007. Nigel Carrington, an international lawyer and former managing director of the McLaren Group, was appointed Rector in 2008, replacing Sir Michael Bichard.
In 2011 playwright and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah became Chancellor, crowning an association with the University that began in 2002 when he studied for a Screenwriting MA at London College of Communication.
In 2012, the university commissioned Pentagram to rebrand its identity which has now been rolled out successfully across all six colleges.
Since the university is a collegiate university, taking in a number of institutions, it is located in a number of buildings in various parts of London.
- Camberwell College of Arts has its main building on Peckham Road.
- The CCW (Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon) Progression Centre (postgraduate centre) is on Wilson Road, near Camberwell Green.
- The London College of Communication is based at Elephant and Castle.
- Wimbledon College of Art is based at Merton Hall Road, Wimbledon.
- Chelsea College is located next to Tate Britain on John Islip Street in Pimlico.
- 272 High Holborn is the site of the students' union as well as some departments of the College of Fashion.
- London College of Fashion has its main site at John Prince's Street, Oxford Circus.
- London College of Fashion has a campus at Mare Street, Hackney.
- The College of Fashion also has a campus at Curtain Road, Shoreditch.
- The Cordwainers College campus, part of the London College of Fashion, is at Golden Lane, near Barbican.
Organisation and administration
The University is a higher education corporation established under Section 121 of the Education Reform Act 1988 and is an exempt charity under charity legislation.
The University's governing body is the Court of Governors, and members of the Court of Governors are the University's trustees. The Court of Governors is composed primarily of external lay members from whom its Chairman and Deputy Chairman are elected. Also included in its membership are University staff members and the President of the Student Union.
The University of the Arts London has six constituent colleges.
|College name||Year of foundation|
|Camberwell College of Arts||1898|
|Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design||1854|
|Chelsea College of Art and Design||1895|
|London College of Communication||1894|
|London College of Fashion||1906|
|Wimbledon College of Art||1890|
In the financial year ended 31 July 2011, University of the Arts London had a total income (including share of joint ventures) of £209.17 million (2009/10 - £211.91 million) and total expenditure of £192.76 million (2009/10 - £200.6 million). Key sources of income included £107.32 million from tuition fees and education contracts (2009/10 - £101.16 million), £77.05 million from Funding Council grants (2009/10 - £85.31 million), £1.31 million from research grants and contracts (2009/10 - £2.26 million), £0.56 million from endowment and investment income (2009/10 - £0.34 million) and £22.94 million from other income (2009/10 - £22.84 million).
At year end the University of the Arts London had endowments of £3.74 million (2009/10 – £3.18 million) and total net assets of £212.99 million (2009/10 – £159.98 million).
The 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) published results by subject area on a point scale from 1, 2, 3a, 3b, 4, 5 to 5*, the University achieved a 5 rating. In 2006-07, this rating equated to a QR grant of £8.6 million.
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise the Times Higher Education's RAE league tables placed the University of the Arts 44th out of 132 universities in the institution-wide table. In the 'Art and Design' subject tables the University was placed 22nd out of 72 submissions (for 'submission A' - the majority of the constituent colleges) and 23rd out of 72 submissions (for 'submission B' - Wimbledon College of Art alone). The University submitted by far the largest number of researchers in the Arts and Design subject area (237.89 full-time equivalent staff), next highest was Glasgow School of Art with only 76.85 FTE staff. More than 50 per cent of the University of the Arts' research submission was rated as world leading or internationally excellent, with 77.5 per cent recognised as internationally significant. 
The university's research outputs, many of them free to download, can also be found in the university's institutional research repository. Launched in February 2010, UAL Research Online  was developed from the Kultur project, funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and was a collaboration between University of Southampton, University of the Arts London, University for the Creative Arts and the Visual Arts Data Service. It is currently the largest Creative Arts research repository in the UK.
The six Colleges all exceed in student applications each year with a 9 per cent rise at the beginning of 2008. This was one of the few significant increases for any university in the UK.
The University is the most popular institution in the United Kingdom for international students specialising in courses in the creative arts, and consequently has a comparatively high and diverse international intake, with students from over 120 countries currently studying across the six colleges.
Partnerships and collaborations
The University has international affiliations with institutions including the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons The New School for Design in New York, and the Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, where students have the opportunity to study abroad via exchange.
The University is part of the ERASMUS programme, through which it has exchange agreements with 40 European universities and specialist institutions. Under the programme students can study abroad for a minimum of three months to a maximum of one full academic year.
Industry partners of the University include the Body Shop, Hugo Boss, Pringle, Sony Mobile, Swarosvski, Tommy Hilfiger and Top Shop.
Galleries and collections
The University houses various archives and collections, including the Stanley Kubrick Archive, Tom Eckersley Collection, Thorold Dickinson Collection, the John Schlesinger Library and a large collection of 20th century and 21st century posters.
Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design has registered museum status. Its material includes historical and contemporary collections by students, staff and alumni of the college. The Platform Theatre at King's Cross provides venues for theatre productions, corporate hires and professional presentations. The Lethaby Gallery and the Window Gallery are used for exhibitions by practicising professionals and for past and present students from the college.
Chelsea College of Art and Design has two on-site exhibition spaces. Chelsea Space is an international and interdisciplinary platform for professional practitioners to exhibit experimental curatorial projects and releases regular publications from participating authors, artists and designers. The Parade Ground, situated within the college, has been transformed into an open-air gallery which hosts events including film screenings and large scale installations. The exhibition ground had previously been used for students and professionals as an open area platform, notably artist Chris Burden's "A Flying Steamroller" in 2006.
Many honours and awards have been received by students, staff and alumni across the six colleges. These include the BAFTA Award, BP Portrait Prize, British Fashion Designer of the Year, D&AD Student Award, Fujifilm Award, Jerwood Drawing Prize, Prince Philip Designers Prize, Saatchi Scholarship, Sunday Times Award, Academy Award and the Turner Prize.
The Queen's Anniversary Prize was awarded to Camberwell College of Arts for the conservation of "works of art on paper" in 1996. The prize was also awarded to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design for its contributions to the British fashion industry, and for nurturing the creativity of students, in 1998. Most recently, Cordwainers College of London College of Fashion was awarded the prize for its continued excellence in shoe and accessory design, development and teaching practice in 2008.
Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design and the London College of Communication have been awarded Skillset Media Academy status, recognizing the achievements in the area of media, interactive design and film respectively.
Chelsea College of Art and Design and the London College of Fashion share the "Creative Learning in Practice Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning" (CLIP CETL). The centre is funded by the British government in recognition of the two colleges' results in developing student learning.
Rankings and reputation
|The Sunday Times
The University of the Arts London is ranked 48th in the 2013 Complete University Guide, compared to 59th in the 2012 ranking. It is ranked 78th in the 2013 Sunday Times University Guide, compared to 70th in the 2012 ranking. In the 2012 Times Good University Guide the UAL is ranked 82nd out of 116 institutions. The UAL is ranked 31st in the 2013 Guardian University Guide and 16th out of 81 institutions in the Art and Design subject table.
In the 2011 National Student Survey, 69 per cent of University of the Arts London students were satisfied with their experience at the university, compared to an average across all English institutions of 83 per cent. This is up from 62 per cent in 2010.
In the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) results in 2004, Camberwell College of Arts and London College of Communication were awarded 23 out of 24 for art and design; Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and Chelsea College of Art and Design awarded 22; London College of Fashion awarded 21. The latest OFSTED report in March 2012 gave the University's further education provision an overall rating of "good".
In 2007 BusinessWeek formed a panel of experienced consultants, academics, and executives to select the best art and design schools around the world, which featured both Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design and the London College of Communication.
The Students' Union organises a variety of clubs, events and activities.
The Student Hub is the central university office at High Holborn, which is used for administrative purposes, learning resources, support services and a students' union cafe/bar. The Hub includes:
- the Learning Zone - a space for collaborative and private study; facilities include computers, laptop hire and rooms for presentations/rehearsals;
- the International Centre - manages international student recruitment and its network of local representatives based across the world. The centre and the local representatives offer specialist advice, such as course information and University services, as well as advice on immigration and fees; and
- the Language Centre - enables prospective students to study English and other modern languages, before and during their course.
The Student Union publishes Less Common More Sense, a magazine that serves to showcase student work from all six colleges. The University also publishes Arts London News, a weekly newspaper distributed throughout three terms of the year, which is produced, managed and edited during term time by Journalism and Photojournalism students at the London College of Communication. The paper is published in conjunction with News International.
SEE and the Enterprise Centre
Situated at the London College of Communication, the Enterprise Centre provides information, advice and guidance on obtaining freelance work or self-employment and is available to all students/graduates from all six Colleges.
The University also launched its Student Enterprise and Employability service in November 2011, which helps all UAL students and graduates to develop a sustainable career in the creative industries through information, training and support. The service also plays a role in shaping course content so that career skills such as pitching, presenting, business planning, marketing and the promotion of creative ideas are built into students' education.
The University has 14 residences across London and aims to offer all first year students a room in University accommodation.
For an extended list, view the respective article for each college.
Alumni of Camberwell College of Arts include:
- Samantha Cameron (former creative director of Smythson and wife of David Cameron)
- Maggi Hambling (painter)
- Howard Hodgkin (painter and printmaker)
- Peter Kindersley (publisher, founder of the Dorling Kindersley publishing group)
- Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen (designer)
- Tim Roth (actor)
Alumni of Chelsea College of Art and Design include:
- Quentin Blake (illustrator and author)
- Ralph Fiennes (film and stage actor)
- Anish Kapoor (sculptor)
- Ian McKay (writer)
- Steve McQueen (artist)
- Chris Ofili (artist)
- Alan Rickman (actor)
- Alexei Sayle (comedian)
- Gavin Turk (sculptor)
Alumni of Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design include:
- David E. Carter (graphic designer)
- Terence Conran (designer, retailer and restaurateur)
- Lucian Freud (painter)
- John Galliano (fashion designer)
- Gilbert & George (artists)
- Antony Gormley (sculptor)
- Katharine Hamnett, (fashion designer)
- John Hurt (actor)
- Anthony James (artist)
- Dylan Jones (journalist, Editor, GQ magazine)
- Sophia Kokosalaki (fashion designer)
- Mike Leigh (director)
- Richard Long (artist)
- Stella McCartney (fashion designer)
- Alexander McQueen (fashion designer)
- Juan Muñoz (artist)
- Paul Smith (fashion designer)
- Matthew Williamson (fashion designer)
- Wright and Teague (jeweler)
- Matthew Collings (art critic and television presenter)
- James Dyson (industrial designer, founder of Dyson)
- Mona Hatoum (video and installation artist)
- Paul Bettany (actor)
- Pierce Brosnan (actor)
- Simon Callow (actor)
- Anne-Marie Duff (actress)
- Colin Firth (actor)
- Tara FitzGerald (actress)
- Helen McCrory (actress)
- John Simm (actor)
- Penelope Wilton (actress)
Alumni of London College of Communication include:
- Paul Anderson (journalist and author)
- Neville Brody (typographer)
- Rebekah Brooks (newspaper editor)
- Molly Dineen (documentary film maker)
- Craig Doyle (TV presenter)
- Jefferson Hack (editorial director and co-founder of Dazed & Confused)
- Henry Holland (fashion designer, TV personality, journalist)
- John Lloyd (graphic designer and co-founder of design consultancy Lloyd Northover)
- Rut Blees Luxemburg (photographer)
- Anthony Dod Mantle (cinematographer)
- Rankin (fashion photographer)
- Jane Root (controller of BBC2)
- Charles Saatchi (advertising executive)
- Kate Thornton (TV presenter)
- Bonnie Wright (Actress)
Alumni of London College of Fashion include:
- Erin O'Connor (model)
- Mich Dulce (fashion designer)
- Kirsty Gallacher (sports presenter)
- Bibi Russell (fashion designer)
- Chris Liu (fashion designer)
- Patrick Cox (footwear designer)
- Rachel Stevens (popstar)
- Alek Wek (model)
- William Tempest (fashion designer)
- Alexander McQueen (fashion designer, fashion house)
Alumni of Wimbledon College of Art include:
- James Acheson (costume designer)
- Jeff Beck (musician, former member of the Yardbirds)
- Raymond Briggs (author and illustrator, including The Snowman)
- Tony Cragg (sculptor, Turner prizewinner)
- Peter Doig (artist)
- Michael Freedman (artist and mathematician)
- Sarah Greenwood (production designer)
- Richard Hudson (set designer, Olivier Award winner)
- Charles Knode (costume designer)
- Phoebe Philo (fashion designer)
- Mark Tildesley (production designer)
- Anthony Ward (theatre designer)
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