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University for the Creative Arts International College

Holmes Institute Pathways specialises in providing personalised education offerings that help students succeed in their Higher Education programmes. Small class sizes and individual attention mean students can achieve to the highest standard.

The HI:P University for the Creative Arts International College is fully integrated with the University for the Creative Arts. This means from the first day of class, students are part of the University student community, with full access to all the facilities.

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Experience a true creative community

Coming to UCAIC will give you the opportunity to be a part of our creative community that cares about your studies, your wellbeing and your success. Through your time at UCA you will be able to collaborate with students on other creative courses, build a network of industry contacts and gain valuable work experience, preparing you for a career in the creative industries.

You will have access to our specialist facilities and expert tutors, all in the inspiring surroundings of our Epsom campus only 30 minutes from London.

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#1 Creative University

University for the Creative Arts is ranked the top creative specialist University in all three major league tables in the UK

UCA tops the rankings in The Guardian University Guide, The Complete University Guide and The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

We were also recently awarded Gold under the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, and ranked 13th out of all U.K. Universities by the Guardian.


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To find out more about the study options offered at the University for the Creative Arts, click your chosen pathway below.

Architecture and Interior Design

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The U.K. is a world centre of architectural education and there's never been a better time to take your place in this growing field.

There are currently 104,000 architecture-related jobs in the U.K.'s creative industries, with the largest concentration of architects found in London, the South East, East of English and Scotland (

Here at UCA we have over 60 years' experience in delivering architecture education. We offer highly-regarded architecture and interior design courses for you to progress onto a challenging, enjoyable and influential career.

By coming to study with us you'll learn from professionals who continue to practice in industry, gain excellent work experience opportunities and create valuable network contacts to the university.

Each course gives you the opportunity to undertake exciting projects and produce a diverse range of work. The technical resources at your fingertips include a dedicated virtual reality studio with spatial tracking, 3D printers, 3D workshops and high-calibre software for design and animation. Your efforts are individually focused and owned, not following a formula or house style—allowing you to develop your own unique voice.

Throughout your time with us, you'll also have the opportunity to visit exhibitions, attend trips and study abroad, as well as enter competitions to further increase your exposure to the sector and expand your network of contacts.

You'll develop your expertise by working with a range of communities and organisations, giving you a broad range of skills that employers are looking for.

Animation, Computing, and Games

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Animation, computing and games are some of the fastest-growing industries in the world, with the U.K. leading the way in global trends. The sector was valued at a record £5.11 billion in 2017 and is predicted to grow by £8 billion over the next four years.

Almost half of the U.K.'s gaming companies are based in London and the South East, and with over 80% of them looking to increase their workforce, there are more career opportunities than ever before.

Sitting at the forefront of new technology and user design, learning these subjects in a creative arts environment gives you the opportunity to discover exciting, imaginative worlds of your own creation.

By studying with us, you'll be able to explore animation, computing and video games through a range of techniques, all taught by our expert academics.

Our teaching teams include leading industry professionals, published authors, award-winning experts and working animators, coders and game designers, all with valuable links to industry. Subject tutors have worked for household names such as Warner Bros., DC Vertigo and Supermassive Games.

As a graduate of one of our courses, you'll be amongst several Oscar, BAFTA and British Animation Awards winners, and students who have had their films showcased at festivals in the U.K. and around the world, such as the British Animation Awards and the Miami Independent Film Festival.


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Our creative arts courses are designed to equip you with the necessary skills to thrive in a wide range of creative industries.

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Creative Education
Our Creative Education courses are designed to equip you with the necessary skills to help you teach and support the learning of students in creative arts environments, both in further education and higher education contexts.

Crafts, Jewellery & 3D Design
Our crafts, jewellery and 3D design courses are all based in inspiring locations renowned for their creative heritage. We're proud to offer you access to exceptional specialist craft and design workshop facilities and equipment, including glassblowing, kilns and a fully equipped Foundry, as well as a digital and traditional printmaking workshop. With experienced staff practitioners, educators, academics and technical teams on hand, we'll give you all the support you need to achieve far beyond your expectations.

Fashion & Textiles
Our fashion and textiles courses focus on creativity, skills, innovation and professionalism. With a range of courses that delve into all different aspects of fashion—from branding and commercial awareness to the traditional skills of draping, tailoring and sewing—we're supporting the next generation of fashion experts across a wide range of creative disciples.

As a student in one of our courses you can enjoy close links to a wealth of professional contacts, global fashion brands, companies and guest speakers. You'll have the opportunity to learn from industry experts while making integral connections to further your employability prospects for life after graduation.

Fine Art
Our fine art courses equip you with the practical skills and entrepreneurial knowledge to succeed in the arts sector. Throughout the courses, we'll help you to build your confidence and give you opportunities to network, exhibit your work publicly and discover what your art practice means to you.

You'll experiment and engage with different fine art disciplines and media, establishing your own unique style and making use of our impressive facilities when you study here. We enjoy close connections with both local arts communities and London venues, enabling you to aim high with what you seek to achieve.

Graphic Design, Advertising & Illustration
Our portfolio of graphic design, advertising and illustration courses will teach you high-level technical knowledge, helping you to fulfil your creative potential. Our programmes are relatively small, providing you with excellent tuition and a huge array of facilities—perfect for finding your voice as a designer.

As a music student at UCA, you'll be stretched creatively and will learn how to devise innovative solutions in a variety of different artistic scenarios. You'll explore the theoretical context behind your practice and be encouraged to put your ideas into diverse and exciting projects.

Collaboration is at the heart of UCA's music culture. Some of the best moments in music history have been down to collaborative opportunities with like-minded artists. Here at UCA, you'll have the opportunity to create projects in conjunction with our film, television, performance and marketing students.

Performing Arts
Studying performing arts at UCA will give you the confidence and skills to forge a career in this competitive sector. You'll find that all of our courses place an emphasis on cross-course collaboration, with units ingrained in the courses giving you the opportunity to seek out exciting projects among students in animation, film, music, fashion, gaming, television production and more. These creative communities on our campuses enable you to build a network of contacts that could form the bedrock of your future career.

As a student in one of our photography courses, you'll get to experiment, take risks and use your individuality and flair to become an expert in creating original visual work.

We have a strong ethos of conduction hands-on projects in studio environments with cutting-edge and traditional technology, giving you a platform to truly explore and push the boundaries of the discipline.

Some of the resources available for you to work with include generous studios, lighting, multi-platform digital suites (including Flextight scanners and high-end printers), and an impressive range of photographic equipment covering the analogue and digital spectrum of contemporary photography.


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The opportunity provided at the Business School stretches far beyond our four walls; offering a range of specialist courses from across the Creative Industries, that support you throughout your academic roadmap and beyond.

A curious community with global awareness, socially conscious and entrepreneurial mindsets. The Business School offers the tools and resources needed to support you to achieve your creative and visionary goals. Engaging teaching and learning, industry experience and insight, building of transferable skills and the opportunity to network with potential employers, means our community are more than equipped with the opportunities to excel within the Creative Industry. We challenge traditional ways of thinking, exploring and building.

Across all courses, our community are constantly engaging with new and contemporary landscapes. We believe that our students have the vision and creative talent to lead the next generation of thinkers and leaders. It is our job to assist you, to nurture, to challenge and to support you in your drive for a better future. We develop, empower and support the global thinkers and leaders tomorrow.

We nurture our community to envision their creative future—to explore, to build, to grow.


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The fields of marketing, advertising, and journalism are growing fast. Our communications degrees offer you endless opportunities to strengthen your skills as a creative thinker and effective communicator, and teach you how to engage audiences across the spectrum of media platforms.

While studying with us you’ll be a part of our creative community, helping you to gain new skills and inspire your work. You’ll be able to draw on expertise from specialists in areas such as television production, photography, branding, PR, promotion, and more to enhance your projects. Your fellow peers will provide a rich source of collaboration opportunities, some built into the course structure and others which you’ll discover as you make friends, expand your network across courses and become a creative collaborator.

We have seen alumni secure roles at high-profile career destinations such as Ralph Lauren, Burberry, British Fashion Council, ELLE magazine, and more.

Our teaching staff bring a wealth of industry experience from organisations such as the BBC, LBC and The Guardian, as well as industry contacts from Private Eye, Sky News, Vogue and many more.

Your drive will help you achieve great things while studying at UCA, and when you graduate you can join many of our alumni who now work in the newspaper, television, online, PR and media industries.

Film & TV

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The UK has created some of the most influential and celebrated film and television productions in the world. With an estimated 261,000 jobs in the TV, film, radio and photography sector in 2017 – an increase of 24.1 per cent since 2011 – the industry has a broad spectrum of career opportunities for graduates (

Coming to UCA to study a film or television course gives you a creative environment in which you can learn and hone your skills. Our campuses are perfectly located to provide you with valuable opportunities for work experience and networking alongside top film and television professionals.

On each of our courses, our teaching staff will nurture your abilities and encourage you to aim high. Once you complete your degree, you’ll be able to step into the industry with a range of skills and experience, capable of problem-solving and creating original projects. Our graduates often come across fellow UCA alumni on sets and productions both nationally and internationally, and with our training you’ll be able to work alongside these inspirational creatives.

Our Film and Television courses have produced Oscar and BAFTA-winning filmmakers and animators, and we’re proud that our students regularly win awards in recognition of their work. Amongst our most high-profile alumni are director of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Godzilla, Gareth Edwards; director of Poldark, Misfits and One of Us, William McGregor; and Oscar-winning filmmaker, Arnold Schwartzman OBE.

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Pathway programmes

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The University for the Creative Arts International College offers a variety of pathway programmes that will get you into your dream course. 

- Undergraduate Foundation programme
- Pre-Masters
- English Pre-Sessional


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Course duration will depend on your chosen pathway programme as well as your study area.

Foundation programme: 1 year Foundation + 3 years degree studies
Pre-Masters: 1-2 semesters Pre-Masters + 1 year Masters studies
English Pre-Sessional: 5 or 10 weeks English Language + course of your choice
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