We engage in many types of collaborative activity.

Collaborative agreements

Collaborative arrangements are formal agreements with an external partner institution to provide a programme of study that leads to a University award, or, to specific credit as part of a University award.

Study abroad

We promote and support student and staff mobility and have strong collaborative links with partner institutions worldwide.

Research partnerships

We have a vibrant and dynamic research culture. Collaboration within and beyond the University remains an essential conceptual driver for our research.

Creative Enterprise & Development

Our Creative Enterprise & Development team has long-established relationships with business, cultural and creative industries and a wealth of experience working in collaboration and partnership.

Widening participation

Our Widening Participation team offers a range of activities, giving learners of all ages an insight into studying art, design and media-related subjects and entering further and higher education. 

Our partner institutions

We work in partnership with the following institutions.

Barking & Dagenham College

UCA validates the following course at Barking & Dagenham College.

- Foundation Degree in Graphic Design

Students who successfully complete the Foundation Degree can progress to a top-up year for an Honours degree at a UCA campus.

Laine Theatre Arts

Laine Theatre Arts is a specialist training college for musical theatre and dance situated in Epsom, Surrey. UCA validates the following Laine course.

- BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (top up)

London School of Design & Marketing

UCA validates the following courses at the London School of Design & Marketing:

- BA (Hons) Marketing
- BA (Hons) Design
- MA Marketing
- MA Design

Millennium Performing Arts

Millennium Performing Arts (MPA) is a specialist training college for musical theatre and dance situated in Woolwich, London. UCA validates the following MPA course.

- BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Open College of the Arts

The Open College of the Arts (OCA) specialises in delivering courses by distance learning. UCA validates the following OCA courses:

- BA (Hons) Creative Arts
- BA (Hons) Creative Writing
- BA (Hons) Drawing
- BA (Hons) Fine Art
- BA (Hons) Graphic Design
- BA (Hons) Illustration
- BA (Hons) Moving Image
- BA (Hons) Music
- BA (Hons) Painting
- BA (Hons) Photography
- BA (Hons) Textiles
- BA (Hons) Visual Communications
- MA Fine Art

Royal School of Needlework

The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) is a specialist institution situated in Hampton Court Palace. UCA validates the following RSN course:

- BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art

Overseas partner institutions

Maeer's MIT Institute of Design (MITID)

Maeer's MIT Institute of Design (MITID), based in India, offers the following courses.

- BA (Hons) Fashion Design (4 years)
- BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion & Imaging (4 years)
- MDes Fashion Design
- MBA (International) Fashion Management & Marketing

School of Higher and Professional Education

The School of Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE), based in Hong Kong, co-delivers the following course with UCA at Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI).

- BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion & Imaging (top-up)

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