UCA in 2020

Joining the UCA community this Autumn

Welcome to UCA! We’re thrilled you’re joining us this Autumn, and we hope you’re ready to immerse yourself in our creative community. We know how important it is to you to have the best University experience you can with us, and part of that is about feeling safe while you’re here. So, this page is designed to give you an insight into what to expect.

21 Sept
Pre-degree start date
19 Oct
BA and BSc (Hons) start date
19 Oct
Postgraduate start date
Nov 2
International pathway start date

  • Induction and enrolment

    To make sure your time on campus is focused on learning, this year enrolment and induction are being done mostly online. As part of enrolment and induction, we’ll be asking you to read and understand information about the health and safety measures and guidance in place and what is expected of you, as a member of the UCA community. The timetable for any ion-campus induction activities will be sent to students once they've enrolled.

    Your UCA induction and enrolment will take place online on the following dates. 

    Extended Diploma, Access Diploma and Foundation courses

    Enrolment opened 1 September
    Induction takes place 14-18 September

    BA, BSc and MArch courses

    Enrolment opens 28 September
    Induction opens 12 October

    Postgraduate courses

    Enrolment opens 28 September
    Induction opens 12 October

    International Foundation, Graduate Diploma and English for Creative Arts courses (autumn start)

    Enrolment opens 28 September
    Induction opens 26 October

    You’ll receive details of how to take part by email.

  • Changes to learning spaces and timetables

    Our priority is to deliver the best learning and overall University experience we can, while adhering to government guidelines ans ensuring your health and safety. There are many measures in place, including:

    • Face-to-face teaching with our academic and technical experts, in line with Public Health England guidelines  
    • Access to the state-of-the-art facilities in our workshops and studios, from animation suites and virtual reality labs to weaving looms, printing presses and pottery kilns 
    • Moving some elements online, including induction and enrolment and some taught session, to complement the learning activities taking place on campus
    • A new face coverings policy - they are now required to be worn in almost all circumstances on campus.

    Timetabling is particularly complex this year as we factor in social distancing and continue to respond to Government guidance. We will share timetabling information with you soon but please expect your course to be full-time as usual, with face-to-face teaching and enhanced online provisions.

    You can find specific information on how your course will be running in our course welcome guide pages.

    Canterbury course welcome guide 
    Epsom course welcome guide 
    Farnham course welcome guide 
    Rochester course welcome guide 

  • Online learning
    • We are doing in-person teaching so you can access the expertise of our academic and technical staff, and our state-of-the-art studios, workshops and equipment. We will be doing some of our teaching online and wherever it’s practical, we’ll put our lectures, classes and seminars online so that you can still access them if you are self-isolating, or unable to come to the UK. 
  • Assessments
    • If you’ve been personally affected by Coronavirus, your assessments will take that into account and make sure you aren’t disadvantaged by it.
  • Libraries and resources
    • A complete guide on our library services is available here – it contains everything you need to know, from opening hours, archive access, borrowing and returning items, and study spaces.

  • Wellbeing and support
    • You’ll have one-to-one Personal Development Tutorials with an academic tutor, where they’ll talk through your progress and also check on your wellbeing. They will offer online meetings if face-to-face sessions aren’t possible.
    • You’ll have access to a full range of specialist advisors, who will also be able to speak to you online if in-person meetings can’t be achieved.
    • All our plans take into account the students who might be most vulnerable – we’re making sure we can deliver learning safely to all our students, whether that means accessing teaching on campus, or online.
  • Keeping you informed
    • We’ll keep working with you to find out how you’re feeling about the new measures.
    • You’ll have opportunities to work with teaching staff to adapt and improve the way we deliver your course in line with public health guidelines.
    • Because the situation is changing rapidly, we will write to you if we need to make more changes to the way we deliver your course.
    • You will have the right to complain if you are not satisfied with our attempts to address any concerns you may have.
  • Social activities

    Safe doesn't need to be boring! Our Students’ Union has announced some fantastic distanced activities, including:

    • Outdoor cinema
    • Silent disco
    • Acoustic concerts
    • Pop-up escape room
    • Nerf gun target range. 

    Visit www.ucasu.com/freshers for more info.

  • Accommodation

    Making your accommodation safe

    We have announced a range of measures ready for your arrival to our accommodation. For full details on these, please visit www.uca.ac.uk/coronavirus


    For 2020 entry, we have extended the application deadline due to the COVID-19 pandemic – applications are still open, and we still have rooms available at Canterbury, Epsom and Rochester.

    Once you’ve received an offer from us, you’ll be able to access our applicant portal, where you’ll find a link to apply for a place in UCA accommodation.

    More about how to apply for UCA accommodation

What is online learning like?



Our facilities will be available to you with some extra precautions in place to maintain social distancing and hygiene standards. And don’t forget, you’ll need to bring your own face coverings to wear on campus.

Blogs about returning to campus