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UCA Creative Campuses: Rochester

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 we offer at UCA Rochester.


Sitting atop Fort Pitt Hill overlooking the River Medway, our Rochester campus offers a diverse range of courses varying from traditional craft to cutting edge media and design.

The campus enjoys spectacular views across the River Medway

Campus breakdown

Courses: Computer Games, Photography, Jewellery, Fashion, Performance

Alumni & successes 
 Alumni from the campus include:
- Jewellery designer Stephen Webster MBE
- Dame Zandra Rhodes, fashion designer and UCA Chancellor
- The co-inventor of Stuckist Art, Billy Childish
- Tracey Emin, Fine Artist and 1999 Turner Prize Nominee

Other students have progressed to work for major brands such as Stella McCartney, Jigsaw, House of Fraser and River Island in the fashion industry and our jewellery-making students have won awards such as the Young Designer Silversmith of the Year (Gold Award) and first prizes at the Pewter Live awards.

Graduates have also made props and costumes for blockbuster movies including Thor: The Dark World, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Dark Knight Rises, Spectre and many others.

Courses in Rochester also benefit from incredibly strong industry links, with students having the opportunity to work with the BBC, ITV, Pinewood Studios, The Royal Opera House, Marc Jacobs, John Lewis, Getty Images and the Worshipful Company of Pewterers.

Heritage & lifestyle

Rochester has been rapidly building a strong reputation as a centre of culture, learning and new technologies. It has a deep-rooted arts and music scene, and the town has a creative, edgy and lively vibe.

The campus is less than an hour away from London by train, and benefits from easy access to major brands and companies in the capital, as well as nearby Maidstone Studios, where our TV Production course is located.

Our UCA Rochester campus is located in a beautiful setting in Kent

Perched high on a hill, our purpose-built Rochester campus enjoys great views over the town and the river Medway.

With halls only five minutes away and a range of exceptional facilities, including an art shop and the unique Gerber Suite, our Rochester campus offers an exceptional study experience.

Must-see on campus

Pay a visit to the Zandra Rhodes Gallery is worth a visit to see the latest exhibition, and don’t miss your opportunity to look around the Gerber Suite, a state-of-the-art digital suite for the textiles courses.

If you’re interested in the minute detail that is involved with jewellery-making, and enjoy the intricate craft of hand embroidery, the Royal School of Needlework will be something for you to consider, too.