University for the Creative Arts

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University for the Creative Arts
University for the Creative Arts 2015 logo.svg
Type Public
Established 2005 (as the University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester)[1]
Chancellor Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE RDI
Vice-Chancellor Professor Bashir Makhoul PhD
Students 5,934 (2015/16)
Undergraduates 4,500 (2015/16)[2]
Postgraduates 305 (2015/16)[3]
Other students
1,129 FE (2015/16)[4]
Location Canterbury and Rochester, Kent
Epsom and Farnham, Surrey
, England, UK
Affiliations GuildHE
Website uca.ac.uk

The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) is a specialist art and design university in the south of England. It is the second biggest university in Europe and the 1st art university in UK (The Guardian University Guide & Complete University Guide). The graduate employment stands at an all-time high of 94.6%. Many courses in UCA are world-leading, such as Fashion, Textiles, Architecture, Photography and Film making.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Logo used from 2008-2015

The history of UCA can be traced back to Victoria era. In 2005, two of the most important art universities merged together as University 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[5] 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).[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

Timeline[edit]

  • 1856 - Guildford School of Art is founded as Guildford Working Men's Institution[9]
  • 1866 - Farnham School of Art is founded[10]
  • 1867 - Maidstone College of Art is founded as Maidstone School of Art[11]
  • 1868 - Canterbury College of Art is founded as the Sidney Cooper School of Art[12]
  • 1886 - Medway College of Design is founded as Rochester School of Art[13][14]
  • 1896 - Epsom School of Art & Design is founded as Epsom Technical Institute & School of Art[15]
  • 1969 - Farnham School of Art and Guildford School of Art merge to form West Surrey College of Art & Design[16]
  • 1987 - Canterbury College of Art, Maidstone College of Art and Medway College of Design merge to form Kent Institute of Art & Design [17]
  • 1995 - Epsom School of Art & Design and West Surrey College of Art & Design merge to form Surrey Institute of Art & Design [18]
  • 1999 - Surrey Institute of Art & Design receives University College Title from the Privy Council and is renamed Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College[19]
  • 2005 - Kent Institute of Art & Design and Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College merge to form University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone & Rochester [20][21]
  • 2008 - University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone & Rochester receives University Title from the Privy Council and is renamed University for the Creative Arts [22]

Campuses[edit]

UCA has campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester, together with teaching bases at the Royal School of Needlework and The Maidstone Studios,[23] and a project and exhibition space in Folkestone Creative Quarter.[24] It previously had a campus in Maidstone, which was closed in 2014.[25]

The University also validates provision at, or co-delivers courses with, a number of other educational institutions and arts organisations in the UK and overseas: Barking and Dagenham College, Farnham Maltings, Laine Theatre Arts, London School of Design & Marketing, Millennium Performing Arts, Turner Contemporary, MIT Institute of Design, and Hong Kong Design Institute.[26]

On 1 November 2016 Open College of the Arts became part of UCA. This built on a close working relationship established in 2010.[27]

Organisation and academic life[edit]

UCA is the second largest provider of creative arts education in the UK, with around 6,000 students, and offers courses in a very wide range of architecture, art, design, fashion, media and performing arts subjects.[28] Courses are offered at pre-degree further education, undergraduate, taught postgraduate and doctoral levels.[29]

The University is organised into seven academic schools: Canterbury School of Architecture; Communication Design; Crafts & Design; Fashion; Film, Media & Performing Arts; Fine Art & Photography; and Further Education.[30]

It has four research centres: Centre for Digital Scholarship, Centre for Sustainable Design, Crafts Study Centre, and International Textile Research Centre.[31]

Rankings and reputation[edit]

Rankings
Complete[32]
(2018, national)
54
The Guardian[33]
(2018, national)
21
Times/Sunday Times[34]
(2018, national)
53


Chancellor[edit]

Pro-Chancellors / Chairs of the Board of Governors[edit]

Vice-Chancellors[edit]

  • 2005 - Professor Elaine Thomas CBE[38]
  • 2011 - Professor Simon Ofield-Kerr PhD FRSA[39]
  • 2017 - Alan Cooke (Acting)[40]
  • 2017 - Professor Bashir Makhoul PhD[41]

Notable current and former academics[edit]

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)[edit]

Canterbury College of Art

Maidstone College of Art

Medway College of Design (Rochester)

Surrey Institute of Art and Design (Farnham & Epsom)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The University's History – UCA: University for the Creative Arts". University for the Creative Arts. 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 
  2. ^ https://www.hesa.ac.uk/files/student_1516_table_1.xlsx
  3. ^ https://www.hesa.ac.uk/files/student_1516_table_1.xlsx
  4. ^ http://webdocs.ucreative.ac.uk/UCA%20Financial%20Statements%20Year%20Ended%2031%20July%202016-1481111400006.pdf
  5. ^ Harrison, Angela (17 March 2011). "England's universities face funding cuts of 12%" – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  6. ^ "University for the Creative Arts faces 7.8% funding cut". BBC News. 17 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "UCASU". 
  8. ^ "UCA Maidstone campus page". 
  9. ^ http://archives.ucreative.ac.uk/CalmView/Record.aspx?src=CalmView.Catalog&id=GCOL&pos=1–
  10. ^ "Uni town status to lead to college expansion". 
  11. ^ "Maidstone College". 
  12. ^ "Canterbury College - UCA Archives". 
  13. ^ "Art Schools - UCA Archives". 
  14. ^ "IBEC – INDONESIA BRITAIN EDUCATION CENTRE  » Contact Us". 
  15. ^ "Epsom and Ewell Technical Institute and School of Art Archive Catalogue". 
  16. ^ "NSEAD - International Journal of Art & Design Education". 
  17. ^ Wignall, Alice (1 June 2004). "What it's like to work at..." – via The Guardian. 
  18. ^ "West Surrey College of Art and Design". 
  19. ^ "Seven crowned with university college title". 26 March 1999. 
  20. ^ MacLeod, Donald (10 May 2005). "Art colleges to merge in push for university status" – via The Guardian. 
  21. ^ "University College for the Creative Arts". 30 April 2008 – via The Guardian. 
  22. ^ "Uni town status to lead to college expansion". 
  23. ^ "UCA - Top specialist arts uni for student satisfaction". UCA. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  24. ^ "University for the Creative Arts". 1 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "End of an artistic era as University for the Creative Arts in Maidstone prepares to pack up brushes for last time". Kent Online. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  26. ^ "UCA - Partnerships". UCA. Retrieved 2016-10-16. 
  27. ^ "Partnership with the University for the Creative Arts (UCA)". 
  28. ^ http://search.ucas.com/provider/621/university-for-the-creative-arts?Vac=2&AvailableIn=2014&SubjectCode=17&ret=providers
  29. ^ http://www.uca.ac.uk/study/levels-of-study/
  30. ^ "UCA Schools". 
  31. ^ "UCA - Research". 
  32. ^ "University League Table 2018". The Complete University Guide. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  33. ^ "University league tables 2018". The Guardian. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  34. ^ "The Times and Sunday Times University Good University Guide 2018". Times Newspapers. Retrieved 24 September 2017. 
  35. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - England - Designer is university chancellor". 
  36. ^ "BBC News Online - Grossman heads up uni governors". 
  37. ^ "Rob Taylor, Author at The Financial Services Forum". 
  38. ^ "UCA vice chancellor Elaine Thomas in Honours list". 11 June 2011 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  39. ^ "University to keep community links in Kent and Surrey". 10 October 2011 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  40. ^ "UCA - COOKE Alan". 
  41. ^ http://universitybusiness.co.uk/Article/uca-appoints-professor-bashir-makhoul-as-vice-chancellor

External links[edit]

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