About UAL

Image of two women looking at paintings by Jasmir Creed
Paintings by Jasmir Creed, BA Fine Art Painting, Wimbledon College of Art, 2013
© Alys Tomlinson

University of the Arts London is in the top 5 universities in the world for art and design. We offer an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing art. Our graduates go on to work in and shape creative industries worldwide.

The University draws together 6 renowned colleges, each with its own world-class reputation. Our state of the art facilities include workshops with letterpress machinery. studio theatres, gallery space as well as libraries and archives for research into hunderds of years of the greatest artist and designers. Find out more about the University's colleges.

Your passport to a successful creative future

UAL is a world Top 5 university for art and design according to the QS World University Rankings®.

We have launched the careers of many creative and cultural leaders with:

  • Over half of all Turner Prize winners and nominees in the 30 years since its inception are UAL alumni
  • 37 of the 80 Royal Academicians are UAL alumni; a further 17 are serving or former staff
  • Over half of the recipients of British Designer of the Year are UAL alumni
  • 10: the number of UAL alumni who are current Royal Designers for Industry for product or industrial design
  • Over half of the fashion designers that showed a London Fashion Week A/W 2016 are UAL alumni
  • Multiple winners in the most prestigious art and design awards: from the BP Portrait Award; Jerwood Prize; Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize; Minerva Medal; BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Oscars 

You automatically join the UAL Alumni Association once you graduate - a global network of over 200,000 creative professionals.

We celebrate diversity, individuality and innovation and it is at the heart of what we do - learn more about diversity at UAL.

Over 100 courses in art and design

UAL's cutting edge programmes and courses delivered by an inspiring and supportive teaching staff made up of professional artists, practitioners, designers, critics and theorists.

Everything from fashion media, Fine Art through to 3D animation, graphic design and drama, there's a course for everyone. Explore our courses or find out more about studying at UAL.

The university of the future

We have launched an ambitious 7 year strategy 2015-22 with 4 key strategic areas that will ensure UAL continues to be a world-class place of learning. Learn more about our four strategic areas:

UAL: Where the money goes

UAL reinvests all of its money in developng our buildings, courses and facilities to support students on their creative journey. Find out where UAL money goes including what happens to any surplus. 

UAL: Leadership

UAL Vice Chancellor Nigel Carrington leads a 9 person Executive Board which manages the university. It is governmend by a 24 person Court of Governors, chaired by Sir John Sorrell. Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry is Chancellor of UAL. 

Find out more about the University’s leadership and governance.

Read the Vice Chancellor’s blog.