A global Collegiate University and a leader in our field.
With 19,000 students, we are the largest specialist University in our field in Europe, and among the global elite for education in arts, fashion, design, communication and the performing arts. Our academic rationale is based on preserving the distinctive histories, identities and academic provision of our six world-famous colleges. Our teaching at further, higher and postgraduate level is equally informed by our research capability, practice-based approaches and deep links
Occupying multiple sites across London, students and staff benefit from and contribute to the enormous range of stimuli provided by what is widely considered to be the creative capital of the world. The University’s impact and engagement extends to the global stage through its international student body, affiliations and partnerships with other universities and creative organisations that share a passion for arts.
Our curriculum is designed to draw on and develop the natural enterprise and curiosity of our students, encouraging them to be the next initiators and innovators in their fields. UAL’s course offer is wholly specialist, with 94 per cent of higher education students studying on the creative, technical, studio and practice-based courses which characterise learning here. Taught courses are predominantly studio-based.
The University’s academic community comprises 850 permanent academic staff , 330 technicians and 1,800 associate and visiting lecturers, who are integral to our teaching model. It includes leading academics and practitioners in our disciplines and visiting staff from peer institutions and industry.