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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.


  • 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.

  • Pair of shows on brightly coloured embroidery
    Neven Rae Thomas-Glendinning, 2021 BA Textile Design, Chelsea College of Art, UAL

    Discover the next generation of creatives

    Graduate showcase launches 30 June

  • 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.

  • Student working in the studio with a range of tools
    Anna Tsuda working with tools in the studio. Photo by Alys Tomlinson

    Climbing 41 places in 3 years in the Complete University Guide

    UAL has moved up 8 places to number 43 in the Complete University Guide 2022, out of a total of 130 institutions. Following positive performances in 2019 and 2020, we have climbed the ranking by 41 places in 3 years.

  • Student working on a computer with books around
    Portfolio by Craig Green, MA Games Design, London College of Communication. Photo by Alys Tomlinson

    Launching 30 Online Courses for Students Worldwide

    From autumn 2021, we will open our colleges to students at any life stage anywhere in the world, with a set of 30 online and low-residency degrees.

  • 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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