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UCA Creative Campuses: Royal School of Needlework

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. Take a look at our very unique offering at the Royal School of Needlework.

Students in the gardens at Hampton Court

Royal School of Needlework

This is an unique, incredible setting for one of our most specialised courses — we accredit the Hand Embroidery course in Hampton Court Palace in south-west London as part of the Royal School of Needlework.

Campus breakdown

Course: Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art

Alumni & successes

RSN is known as an international centre for excellence in the art of hand embroidery — the skills are very much in demand today by couture fashion houses TV and film productions and for individual and public commissions. During their studies, students are often invited to work on high-profile embroidered pieces for clients.

Our students are the best at what they do — they have achieved incredible things both before and after graduation, including:
- Working on Game of Thrones costumes
- Becoming the youngest Trade Freeman of all time
- Winning the Cockpit Creative Careers award
- Showcasing their work at Burberry’s Maker’s House
- Working on the Duchess of Cornwall’s wedding dress.

The school has a very rich history — founded in 1872 it has an extraordinary track record of creating iconic embroidered pieces for the royal family, as well as more modern projects, such as an album cover for Sir Paul McCartney and dresses for the red carpet.

UCA students working in the Palace

Heritage & lifestyle

The location of this course is truly unique: based in apartments designed by Sir Christopher Wren, in the heart of Hampton Court Palace. Students work on their pieces and projects while looking out on views over Hampton Court’s Privy Garden and the River Thames beyond.

The campus is near to Kingston-upon-Thames, Walton-On-Thames, Hampton and Esher and London Waterloo is only 30 minutes away by train — the setting is a beautiful, tranquil place that benefits from easy access to the city.

Events take place at the palace year-round –giving students a wealth of entertainment on their doorstep.

Students always fall in love with the campus and the surroundings — it is the perfect regal location for the course.

Must-see on campus

The whole campus itself is the must-see — as one of the Historic Royal Palaces, there is nothing about it that isn’t beautiful and eye-catching.

If Fashion is more up your street, particularly promotion, marketing and design, or down the design route you might like graphic design, or even music and journalism — Epsom campus might be for you.