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 Farnham.
Our Farnham campus has a long history, going back more than 45 years as a respected art and design institution. We offer a variety of courses on this campus, ranging from glasswork and ceramics to film and animation.
Alumni & Successes
- Alumni from the campus include:
- Director of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Godzilla, Gareth Edwards
- Creator of the Meerkats from Compare the Meerkat, Darren Walsh
- Animator and Peppa Pig creator Mark Baker
- Mark Waring, lead animator on Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox
- Linda Barker, TV Presenter and Fine Art graduate
- Oscar-winning animator, Michael Dudok Du Wit
- Director of BBC’s Poldark and E4’s Misfits, William McGregor
- Oscar-nominated writer and director of ParaNorman, Chris Butler
There are many more exciting and star-struck stories that have come out of our Farnham campus. Students before and after graduating have completed work experience with big names like Harry Potter, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride, Simon’s Cat and others. Students and graduates have won awards far and wide, ranging from Oscars and BAFTAs to meeting Stephen Hawking.
A big part of beginning a strong creative career is industry experience, and students in Farnham have that in spades — they have secured internships at well-known companies such as Ubisoft, Sony and EA through the games design courses; Cartoon Network, Boomerang, BBC, Paramount and Working Title in the film courses; and Private Eye, The Times and Reuters through journalism just to name a few.
Heritage & lifestyle
Farnham is our biggest campus, with over 2,000 students nestled in a creative market town in Surrey, full of striking Georgian architecture, bohemian bars and quirky shops. It’s a home away from home for all our students.
The campus has an extensive range of up-to-date resources for students to use, including glassblowing furnaces, radio and TV studios, a cinema, dark rooms and metal and wood workshops. Any student can have an induction in any one of these, and include the practices in their work.
Locally, Farnham is also home to the renowned arts venue the Farnham Maltings, and boasts the accolade of Craft Town England. The town is a cultural centre which benefits from being right next to Bourne Woods, the backdrop of many blockbuster films such as Thor, Avengers and Gladiator.
Further afield, Farnham is 30 minutes from the university town of Guildford — home of some of the biggest names in the computer games industry — and just under an hour by train to central London, within easy reach of the capital’s must-see galleries, exhibitions and industry contacts.
Must-see on campus
The sculpture garden next to the main reception building is always a pleasant surprise to students, with unusual and inspiring artworks hidden amongst the trees. Take a look around the James Hockey Gallery to see the latest exhibition on show, and there are a number of research centres based on campus, including the Centre for Sustainable Design and the Crafts Study Centre.
If the talk of film and media has inspired you, it’s worth considering Maidstone TV Studios, where our Television Production course is taught right inside one of the biggest TV studios in the country.