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Because the world needs: innovators

At UAL we understand the value of a world-class creative education. Our 6 unique Colleges have a global reputation for excellence and together they form one University, ranked number 2 in the world for Art and Design.* Sir Nigel Carrington, UAL Vice-Chancellor, explains how our students are uniquely equipped to take on the world.

Sir Nigel Carrington, UAL Vice-Chancellor
Sir Nigel Carrington, UAL Vice-Chancellor © Alys Tomlinson

“The students I see coming through our doors at UAL are developing a unique set of skills. From day one, they learn how to be proactive, connect to others and embrace rapid change with an open mind. They build resilience and the ability to tackle complex problems.

Throughout their time here, our students are encouraged to push boundaries and explore the limits of their creativity.

The creative economy is booming, with jobs in the creative industries growing at almost twice the UK average. The sector employs over 2 million people and London is at its beating heart, producing new entrepreneurs, businesses and cutting-edge start-ups every year. We are immensely proud of our contribution to this entrepreneurial spirit; one in five UAL students and graduates currently manages or owns a business, the highest proportion of any UK university.

This talent for innovation and risk-taking exists for a reason. It is built into the fabric of UAL, growing out of a strong history of creative freedom and experimentation.

As well as contributing to the UK’s rich cultural sector, UAL students seek to use creativity to help solve the biggest global challenges, from social justice and climate change to health and wellbeing.

The collaborative, entrepreneurial and boundary-pushing environment here at UAL continues to produce many of the world’s leading creative minds. Whatever your area of interest, you’ll find a place where you can truly find your voice and thrive. I hope this prospectus inspires and helps you to imagine the possibilities that studying the arts here can provide.”


* QS World University Rankings by Subject ® 2021