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Type  Public
Website  uca.ac.uk
Phone  +44 1252 722441
Founded  2005
Affiliations  GuildHE
Vice-Chancellor  Alan Cooke (Acting)
Affiliation  GuildHE
University for the Creative Arts
Established  2005 (as the University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester)
Location  Canterbury & Rochester, Kent Epsom & Farnham, Surrey, England, UK
Address  Falkner Rd, Farnham GU9 7DS, UK
Chancellor  Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE RDI
Notable alumni  Zandra Rhodes, Humphrey Ocean, Martin Handford, Grant Orchard, Gareth Edwards
Similar  The Arts University College a, Falmouth University, Southampton Solent University, University of Brighton, Kingston University
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The University for the Creative Arts is a specialist art and design university in the south of England.

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History

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 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).

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. 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.

Timeline

  • 1856 - Guildford School of Art is founded as Guildford Working Men's Institution
  • 1866 - Farnham School of Art is founded
  • 1867 - Maidstone College of Art is founded as Maidstone School of Art
  • 1868 - Canterbury College of Art is founded as the Sidney Cooper School of Art
  • 1886 - Medway College of Design is founded as Rochester School of Art
  • 1896 - Epsom School of Art & Design is founded as Epsom Technical Institute & School of Art
  • 1969 - Farnham School of Art and Guildford School of Art merge to form West Surrey College of Art & Design
  • 1987 - Canterbury College of Art, Maidstone College of Art and Medway College of Design merge to form Kent Institute of Art & Design
  • 1995 - Epsom School of Art & Design and West Surrey College of Art & Design merge to form Surrey Institute of Art & Design
  • 1999 - Surrey Institute of Art & Design receives University College Title from the Privy Council and is renamed Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College
  • 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
  • 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
  • Campuses

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

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

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

    Organisation and academic life

    It is a large art and design institution, by UK standards, with around 10,000 students, and offers courses in a very wide range of art, design, fashion, moving image and architecture subjects. Courses are offered at non-degree further education such as diploma and BTEC, degree and doctorate level.

    UCA 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.

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

    Chancellor

  • 2010 - Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE RDI
  • Pro-Chancellors / Chairs of the Board of Governors

  • 2008 - Dr Loyd Grossman CBE FSA
  • 2012 - Robert Taylor
  • Vice-Chancellors

  • 2005 - Professor Elaine Thomas CBE
  • 2011 - Professor Simon Ofield-Kerr PhD FRSA
  • 2017 - Alan Cooke (Acting)
  • Notable current and former academics

  • Will Alsop, Professor of Architecture, UCA Canterbury
  • Ian Dury, Fine Art, Canterbury College of Art
  • Stephen Farthing, Fine Art, Canterbury College of Art and West Surrey College of Art & Design
  • Anna Fox, Professor of Photography, UCA Farnham
  • Alex Lambe, Famous Twitter User, UCA Farnham
  • Ori Gersht, Professor of Photography, UCA Rochester
  • Bob Godfrey, Animation, West Surrey College of Art & Design
  • David Hockney, Fine Art, Maidstone College of Art
  • Karen Knorr, Professor of Photography, UCA Farnham
  • Andrew Kötting, Professor of Time Based Media, UCA Canterbury
  • Magdalene Odundo, Professor of Ceramics, UCA Farnham
  • Vaughan Oliver, Visiting Professor, Graphic Design, UCA Epsom
  • Martin Parr, Photography, West Surrey College of Art & Design
  • Notable alumni

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

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

  • Karen Millen, fashion designer
  • Zandra Rhodes, fashion designer
  • Julie Verhoeven, illustrator/artist and fashion designer
  • Canterbury College of Art

  • James Burgess, Ministry of Sound DJ and Sound Engineer
  • Roger Dean, artist
  • Tacita Dean, Turner Prize-nominated artist
  • Martin Lambie-Nairn, graphic designer
  • Humphrey Ocean, artist
  • Arnold Schwartzman, Academy Award-winning film maker, graphic designer and author
  • Mary Tourtel, illustrator and creator of Rupert Bear
  • Maidstone College of Art

  • Tracey Emin, 1999 Turner Prize nominee
  • Tony Hart, TV presenter
  • Bob Holness, TV and radio presenter
  • James Swain, filmmaker, artist
  • James Mayhew, writer and illustrator of children's books
  • Gordon Frickers, marine artist
  • Martin Handford, creator of Where's Wally?
  • Edd Gould, animator, creator of Eddsworld
  • Richard Spare, artist
  • Simon Starling, Turner Prize-winning artist
  • Medway College of Design (Rochester)

  • Billy Childish, artist
  • Tracey Emin, 1999 Turner Prize nominee
  • Zandra Rhodes, fashion designer
  • Karen Millen, fashion designer
  • Stephen Webster, jewellery designer
  • Surrey Institute of Art and Design (Farnham & Epsom)

  • Mark Baker, Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA-winning animator
  • Linda Barker, TV presenter
  • Pauline Baynes (9 September 1922 – 1 August 2008) was an notable English illustrator
  • Sara Bor (née Hirst) Painter, Animation Producer / Director
  • Simon Bor Animation Producer / director Wolves Witches & Giants
  • Jane Bown, photographer
  • Consolata Boyle, Academy Award-nominated costume designer
  • Chris Butler, Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA-nominated animator
  • Anthony Caro, sculptor
  • Davide Cinzi, cinematographer
  • Anna Fox, photographer
  • David Hulin, Animation Director
  • Michaël Dudok de Wit, Academy Award-winning animator
  • Gareth Edwards, British film director best known for directing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, 2016
  • William McGregor, screenwriter and director
  • Robert Morgan, filmmaker and award-winning animator
  • Dominic Mitchell, screenwriter/playwright, creator of In The Flesh
  • Magdalene Odundo, ceramicist
  • Grant Orchard, Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA-winning animator
  • Sean Parker, singer-songwriter of Istanbul-based Sean Parker Band
  • Richard Rogers, Stirling Prize-winning architect
  • Chris Shepherd, animator and film director
  • Frances Sorrell, designer and philanthropist
  • Suzie Templeton, director of BAFTA and Academy Award winning animated films
  • Jun Yoshino, Video Game Producer
  • References

    University for the Creative Arts Wikipedia


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