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UAL ranked second in the world for Art and Design

Photo of CSM Granary Building facade with student work collaged onto it
Photo of CSM Granary Building facade with student work collaged onto it

Written by
Teleri Lloyd-Jones
Published date
26 February 2019

University of the Arts London (UAL) has jumped to second place in the 2019 QS World University Rankings for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject ® 2019).

This position, up from sixth in 2018, places UAL as the highest of any undergraduate university for art and design in the world, with the postgraduate-focused Royal College of Art taking the top spot. Not only is this a huge achievement for UAL and its six Colleges – which includes Central Saint Martins – but it cements London as the world's creative crucible.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Grayson Perry, UAL Chancellor, said:

"It’s great to see UAL shoot up the rankings to claim the number two spot in the world for Art and Design. It’s a testament to the incredible talent of UAL that has shaped the visionaries, renegades and pioneers that fuel the word’s need for creativity. It’s a brilliant result.”

Nigel Carrington, UAL Vice-chancellor, commented that the University's global reputation is in part due to the flexibility of movement of EU students. While Ben Sowter, Director of Research at QS, agreed that cross-border collaboration was key:

"This year’s results serve as a reminder of the enduring value provided by close collaboration with researchers, universities, and industry across the world.”