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University of Creative Arts

Overview of University of Creative Arts

The starting point of the University for the Creative Arts lies in the foundation of different little craftsmanship schools in the English regions of Kent and Surrey in the nineteenth century. In Kent the first of these was Maidstone College of Art, established in 1867, and in Surrey the Guildford School of Art, established in 1856. During the second 50% of the twentieth century a large number of these little workmanship schools consolidated, in the end shaping Kent Institute of Art and Design in 1987, and Surrey Institute of Art and Design in 1995. These two associations united in 2005 to turn into the University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester. In May 2008 the University College for Creative Arts was allowed full college status by the Privy Council, and embraced its present name, the University for the Creative Arts, authoritatively in September 2008.


UCA has grounds in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester, together with showing bases at the Royal School of Needlework and The Maidstone Studios

  • William McGregor – Film and TV Director
  • PJ Liguori – YouTube filmmaker
Fun Facts
  • Over 30 active student clubs and campus organisations, including cultural organizations such as the African Diaspora Collective, recreation groups such as UArts intramural dodgeball and basketball, and arts-specific events such as Gallery One, Philadelphia's only student art gallery.
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