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University of the Arts London
Motto "A Creative Constellation"
Established 1986 - London Institute
2004 - University of the Arts London
Type Public
Chairman Sir John Tusa
Rector Nigel Carrington
Students 27,970 [1]
Undergraduates 11,555 [1]
Postgraduates 2,250 [1]
Other students 13,130 [1]
Location London, England, UK
Coordinates: 51°30′50″N 0°8′58″W / 51.51389°N 0.14944°W / 51.51389; -0.14944
Colours      Camberwell






The University of the Arts London, formerly known as the London Institute, is a collegiate university comprising six internationally recognised art, design, fashion and media colleges in London, England, UK.[2] The University is Europe's largest provider of education in art, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts.[2]



Constituent College Location(s) Founded
Camberwell College of Arts Camberwell 1898
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design Holborn, Charing Cross Road, Clerkenwell 1854
Chelsea College of Art and Design Millbank 1895
London College of Communication Elephant and Castle 1894
London College of Fashion Oxford Street, High Holborn, Hackney 1906
Wimbledon College of Art Wimbledon, Merton Park 1890


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. Wimbledon College of Art joined in 2006. The six colleges were originally established from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s.

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 Stubs 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 Stubs, 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.[3] 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. [4]

Student Hub

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 Students' Union organises a variety of clubs, events and activities.
  • The Learning Zone is a space for collaborative and private study. Students from across the six colleges can use the facilities, including 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. In addition to the main office at High Holborn, there are international offices situated at the six colleges.
  • The Language Centre enables for prospective students to study English and other modern languages, before and during their course. The primary aim is to allow students to reach the required level for entry onto their main courses.

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.

Foreign exchange

The ERASMUS programme has exchange agreements with 40 partnered European universities and specialist institutions. Students can study abroad for a minimum of three months to a maximum of one full academic year.

International affiliations include, but isn't limited to, 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.

Academic reputation

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.[5]

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.[6]

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).[7] 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.[8][9]

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.[2]

The University is the most popular institution in the United Kingdom for international students specialising in courses in the creative arts,[10] and consequently has a comparatively high and diverse international intake, with students from over 120 countries currently studying across the six colleges.



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 and the Turner Prize.[11]

Queen's Anniversary 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.[4] 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.[12]

Skillset Media Academy

Central Saint Martins College of Art 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.[13]


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.[14]


BusinessWeek formed a panel of experienced consultants, academics, and executives to select the best art and design schools around the world, which featured Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the London College of Communication.[15]

League tables

The University received a 60.50 overall average teaching score in The Guardian university guide for 2009.[2] The Independent league table for 2009 places the University at 56th of 113 universities.[16]

The Times Good University Guide 2008 places the University at 75th of 113 British universities, dropping from 59th in 2007.[17] The Sunday Times places the University at 67th of 123 institutions ranked.

The Headmaster's Survey, conducted by The Times, which surveyed 1,000 of Britain's most academically successful state and independent schools, rated the university 16th of 119 in 2007,[18] and top in its specialist areas of Art and Design, Performing Arts and Fashion.[19]

The "Complete University Guide" places the University at 55th overall for 2009, and 10th in the field of Art and Design.[5]

In the 2008 National Student Survey, just 63 per cent of students were satisfied with their experience at the University, compared to an average across all English institutions of 82 per cent.[20] The University has ranked at the bottom in terms of overall satisfaction for three years running.[20]

UK University Rankings
2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001
Times Good University Guide 75th 59th[21] 50th[22] 84th 65th[23] 72nd
Guardian University Guide 45th 83rd[24] 35th[25] 63rd[26]
Sunday Times University Guide 74th[27] 67th 54th[28] 57th[28] 58th[29] 54th[29] 47th[29] 53rd[29]
Daily Telegraph 59th[30]
The Independent 56th[31] 59th[31]


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 two terms of the year, which is produced and maintained by journalism students. The paper is published in conjunction with News International.

Galleries and collections

The University houses various archives and collections. These include the Stanley Kubrick Archive, Tom Eckersley Collection, Thorold Dickinson Collection and the John Schlesinger Library. In addition, there is a large poster collection circa 1900s to the beginning of the 21st century.

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design has registered museum status. Its material includes historical and contemporary collections by students, staff and alumni of the college. The Cochrane Theatre provides venues for theatre productions, exhibitions and presentations. The Lethaby Gallery and the Window Gallery is 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 London's largest open-air gallery[citation needed] hosting events from film screenings to 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.

Recent developments

The theatre at Wimbledon College of Art will be renovated as part of a million pound refurbishment project.

Central Saint Martins will relocate to a purpose built complex situated in Kings Cross in 2011.

Halls of Residence

The University has 11 residences, from traditional halls of residence to executive apartments, with 1,750 rooms available in total. Accommodation is not guaranteed to all first year students due to oversubscription. This is despite having multiple residences situated across London.

Notable alumni

For an extended list, view the respective article for each college.

Alumni of Camberwell College of Arts include:

Alumni of Chelsea College of Art and Design include:

Alumni of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design include:

Alumni of Byam Shaw School of Art, part of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design include:

Alumni of Drama Centre London, part of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design include:

Alumni of London College of Communication include:

Alumni of London College of Fashion include:

Alumni of Cordwainers College, part of London College of Fashion include:

Alumni of Wimbledon College of Art include:


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  7. ^ Times Higher Education RAE results - see the main institution-wide table and the subsection on 'Art and Design'
  8. ^ RAE results for University of Arts, from official RAE website
  9. ^ All RAE results for 'Art and Design' subject area, from official RAE website
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  12. ^ "Cordwainers - Queen Anniversary Prize". Queen's Anniversary Prize online statistics. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  13. ^ "Skillset Academy Status". Skillet online statistics. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
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