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UCA Creative Campuses: Canterbury

Each of our UCA campuses has a different personality, defined by the diverse portfolio of courses that each one offers as well as its surroundings. We’ve put together these guides to show you the differences — and celebrate their successes.

If you’re planning on coming to an Open Day at UCA, you might be contemplating which campus of our four main ones to visit — Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham or Rochester. Or you might want to find out more about our smaller, more specialised locations — Maidstone TV Studios and The Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace.

Each of our campuses has a different creative identity and each delivers a unique portfolio of courses — although you’ll find that there are a few that feature in different places.

To give you an insight into our campuses’ unique personalities, heritage and history, we’ve put together a guide to each one. Here’s what it’s like at UCA Canterbury.


Starting alphabetically, we’ll begin with Canterbury, the home of our School of Architecture as well as fine art, illustration and graphics courses.

Based in a busy, historic student city, our Canterbury campus benefits from easy access to local exhibition projects and spaces such as the Turner Contemporary Gallery, as well as its own dedicated facilities on campus.

Campus breakdown

Courses: Fine Art, Graphics & Illustration, Architecture

Alumni & successes

Alumni from the campus include:
- Oscar-winning filmmaker and designer Arnold Schwartzman OBE
- Justin Bere, innovative architect and most influential person in UK sustainability, 2010
- Award-winning children’s illustrator, Babette Cole
- Iconic album cover artist Roger Dean
- The creator of Rupert Bear, Mary Tourtel
- James Burgess, Ministry of Sound DJ and sound engineer

The Architecture studios at UCA Canterbury

We’ve also had some famous lecturers in the past: Ian Dury, from Ian Dury & The Blockheads and pop-artist David Hockney.

Canterbury students aim and achieve high while they study too — current and recent students can boast about awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects, exhibitions in the Turner Contemporary and designing skyscrapers in London. Many, too, continue their studies through to postgraduate level.

Heritage & lifestyle

Canterbury is an unexpectedly small city but with a big student population: being home to three universities makes it a lively place, with no shortage of entertainment or good food.

Canterbury city centre

Our graduates find that Canterbury offers more than other cities in helping them carve a career in the arts. Links within Kent’s vibrant international art scene with festivals, grants, paid apprenticeships, studio spaces and internships are available for art and design students and graduates in the area.

Canterbury even has its own Arts and Creative Development team, offering advice and information to arts practitioners, groups, businesses and members of the public.

Canterbury is a rather quirky student city

Must-see on campus: The Herbert Read Gallery is home to interesting exhibitions that are worth taking a look at. Make sure you visit our iconic Architecture building, with its huge sunlit studios and VR lab.

If you’re interested in Fine Art or Architecture, you will also want to consider our Farnham campus, where these courses are also taught, with a slightly different twist.