The University of the Arts London (UAL) is Europe’s largest specialist art and Design University, bringing together six arts, design, fashion and communication colleges with more than 3,000 academic, research and technical staff and about 19,000 students from more than 100 countries. Established in 2004, UAL brings together six arts, design, fashion and communication Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts; Central Saint Martins; Chelsea College of Arts; London College of Communication; London College of Fashion; and Wimbledon College of Arts.
The university specialises entirely in design, the arts, fashion, architecture, communication and media. UAL is actively engaged in research and innovation as well as artistic, cultural and education projects. In the latest REF (UK Research Excellence Framework) 83% of UAL research was classified as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, and its overall quality profile placed it in the top 25 of UK Universities. In March 2017, UAL was named the world’s sixth best University for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings® 2017, cementing its status as a global leader of art and design education.
Across its six constituent colleges UAL’s learning programmes offer a thousand courses, which share an approach of exploring the boundaries of their discipline. Students and staff are continually curious and always restless in developing beyond the accepted norms of their subject, so the work emerging from these practitioners and researchers is at the forefront of their areas. UAL graduates include many of the leading designers and artists who have shaped contemporary visual culture. UAL has launched the careers of many creative and cultural leaders, including: more than half of all Turner Prize nominees; over half of the designers named British Designer of the Year; more than a third of the 40 artists named in the Catlin Guide’s most promising graduate artists and 12 winners of the Jerwood Photography Awards.
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