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A pair of white shoes on a blue grid rug
Neven Rae Thomas-Glendinning, BA Textile Design, Chelsea College of Art, UAL
Models by Jaz Martell, photographed by Alys Tomlinson

UAL is "the world’s biggest factory for making trouble" (Grayson Perry, UAL Chancellor). We are 1 university, made up of 6 Colleges and 19,000+ students from everywhere.

And we are top 2 in the world for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings 2021).

Come and join the creators and innovators of tomorrow.


  • Colourful installation, Everything Happens So Much, London Design Festival 2018

    Design Economy 2021 launches

    An ambitious Design Council research programme supported by UAL Social Design Institute will examine the social, environmental and economic value of UK design.

  • A collage based photographic image
    Twilight of the Unhomely © Fraser Hanley-Nicholls, London College of Communication, UAL. Read the story behind this artwork and share this student's work via the UAL Graduate Showcase:

    Decolonising Collections: reflections from our curatorial researchers in residence

    In an initiative led by UAL Decolonising Arts Institute, Harvey Dimond and Marenka Thompson-Odlum are working on a curatorial research residency to bring decolonial insights into 3 major collections: Arts Council Collection, British Council Collection and Manchester Art Gallery Collections.

  • Large scale painting of 4 sets of eyes created using 4 horizontal rows of bricks stacked on top of each other, with intense colours
    'Disposition', Acrylic on Bricks, 2021 by Joseph Ijoyemi, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL. Read about, share or buy this artist's work on the UAL Graduate Showcase:

    Decolonising Archives: meet our 2021 researchers in residence

    Led by UAL Decolonising Arts Institute, Dr Alice Correia, Dr Hannah Jones, Dr Nina Trivedi and Dr Michelle Williams Gamaker are working virtually and physically on projects to decolonise UAL's archives and collections during 2021. Read their interim insights and reflections.

  • Rebecca Earley in a workshop working with shirts on mannequins and images laid out on a table
    Image courtesy of Rebecca Earley

    Social Design Institute - Meet the practitioner: Professor Rebecca Earley

    Rebecca Earley is a design researcher, UAL Chair of Sustainable Fashion Textile Design; and co-director/founder of the Centre for Circular Design. Her Social Design Institute position paper ‘From Sustainable to Circular to Social Textile Design Research' explains how shifting from a linear to a circular production system can drive a fairer and more responsible society.

  • A cork structure made of hexagonal shapes on a wall  with green plants entiwned
    Work from MA Interior and Spatial Design Chelsea College of Arts UAL

    UAL pledges bold action to reach comprehensive net zero by 2040

    UAL is leading the way for higher education in the UK with a bold pledge to achieve net zero across our total carbon footprint by 2040 - accelerating our response to the climate emergency. It covers the university’s full indirect emissions, including the supply chain and international student travel, as well as direct emissions.

6 Colleges, 1 University

6 Colleges,
1 University

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