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QS World Rankings 2023

A photograph of a person wearing a costume with wing-like structures attached. In the background is a soft orange.
  • Written byUAL Communications
  • Published date 22 March 2023
A photograph of a person wearing a costume with wing-like structures attached. In the background is a soft orange.
Chloe Dootson-Graube, 2022 MA Costume Design for Perfomance, London College of Fashion, UAL | Photograph: Agnes Treplin

For the 5th consecutive year, University of the Arts London (UAL) has been ranked 2nd in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 for art and design and is the top institute offering undergraduate courses.

UAL places 2nd overall behind fellow London institution the Royal College of Art, which is dedicated to postgraduate studies. UAL offers pre-degree, undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Since the release of the rankings in 2022, UAL has:

James Purnell, President and Vice-Chancellor, said:

“This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff and students. It is down to them that we continue to earn our reputation as a world-leading University for art and design education. Our students and staff come from all backgrounds and cultures to meet in London – a world capital of creativity and a source of lifelong inspiration for our community. Creativity drives us forward and shapes a better future for everyone. It defines cultures, drives economies and powers social progress. The value of art and design education cannot be overstated - not only for the UK economy, but also for the way our graduates, who push the boundaries of creativity and innovation, go on to shape the sector, and beyond, and create positive change in the world."