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University for the Creative Arts
Established 2005 (as the University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester)[1]
Type Public
Vice-Chancellor Professor Elaine Thomas[2]
Chair of the Board of Governors Loyd Grossman[3]
Location Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester, England, UK

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

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.

It is a large art and design institution, by UK standards, with around 7,000 students. It has campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester, and offers courses in a very wide range of art, design and architecture subjects. These are at further education, degree and doctorate level.


Notable alumni

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


Kent Institute of Art and Design

  • Christopher A. Beckwith, Graphic designer, 3d Digital Designer, Media Analyst
  • Wendy Dagworthy, fashion designer
  • Tony Malone, designer
  • Karen Millen, fashion designer
  • Jayne Parker, artist
  • Zandra Rhodes, fashion designer
  • Sean Malone, filmmaker, artist

Canterbury College of Art

Maidstone College of Art

  • Tracy Emin, 1998 Turner Prize nominee
  • Tony Hart, TV presenter
  • Robin Young, artist
  • James Swain, filmmaker, artist
  • Sam Alberg, filmmaker, artist
  • Gareth Polmeer, filmmaker, artist
  • James Mayhew, writer and illustrator of children's books
  • Edd Gould, animator, artist

Medway College of Design

Surrey Institute of Art and Design

  • Linda Barker, TV presenter
  • Michael Dudok De Wit, Academy Award-winning animator
  • Owen Gaster, fashion designer
  • Daniel Greaves, Academy Award-winning animator
  • Dick Powell, product designer
  • Vanja Strok, fashion designer (of Gharani Strok)
  • Chris Shepherd, animator and film director
  • Suzie Templeton, director of BAFTA and Academy Award winning animated films
  • Thompson Okuku, animator
  • Jonathon N. R. Chappelle, Jr., interior designer
  • Natascha "IsnotKool" Aguilera, fashion editor
  • Joey Francis Dean, Entertainments Officer 2008.
  • Giuliano Riosa, Graphic Designer, Union Representative.
  • Jun Yoshino, Game Producer, SEGA.


External links

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