International Creative Summer School 2018

As one of Europe’s premier universities for creative education, the University for the Creative Arts International Summer School is a world-class creative experience. We bring together talent from across the globe for three weeks of creative discovery and cultural exploration in and around London and South-East England.

We are the highest placed creative university, the second highest modern university and are in the top 25 of all UK universities in The Guardian University Guide 2018. The Guardian also placed us in the top 10 for our Architecture, Fashion & Textiles and Film Production & Photography courses for 2018.

At ISS2018 you will be studying with some of the UK’s leading creative academics, practicing artists and technicians.

The programme will help you to develop your skills, personal portfolio and understanding of the UK’s creative industries and educational opportunities.

Most importantly, every student will leave with a well-developed piece of original art inspired by the experience and environment of UCA in one of four areas:

  • Jewellery
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Digital Media & Gaming
  • or broader Creative Art & Design.

For over 150 years, UCA has been nurturing a unique community of artists, from jewellers, games-makers, designers, architects and writers to animators, filmmakers, illustrators, photographers and actors.

This is your opportunity to benefit from our facilities and academic teachers in our unique creative environment in historic Farnham, near London.

UCA ISS2018 will give you a full programme of workshop-based creative experiences and reflective learning alongside cultural visits, social activities and independent exploration to allow you to make the most out of your time with us.

We’ll help you to develop your knowledge and explore your own artistic potential surrounded by our academic staff and other aspiring artists and makers.

We have produced Oscar-winning film makers and animators, world-renowned fashion designers, television presenters and Turner-Prize nominees.

Our high-profile graduates have been taught and guided by our experienced, industry-connected academic staff who will support you through your Summer School programme.

UCA Farnham is a vibrant and picturesque market town in Surrey, characterised by striking Georgian architecture, independent bars, restaurants and quirky shops.

Surrounded by the Surrey Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Farnham enjoys a long-standing association with the creative industries – it has a variety of independent boutiques along with several art galleries and contemporary art and craft galleries.

The craft culture in Farnham is one of its defining features – thanks to its ex-ceptional arts facilities the town boasts the accolade of Craft Town England. It’s home to the Farnham Maltings, a cultural centre renowned for its events which include plays, music, comedy nights, film screenings, workshops, classes, festivals and exhibitions.


Nestled in the Surrey Hills and famous for providing the backdrops for more than a few famous films (the likes of Harry Potter, Skyfall, Snow White and the Huntsman, Thor: The Dark World and Transformers: The Last Knight being amongst the most recent), Farnham is the perfect place to inspire your creativity.

UCA Farnham is the largest of the University’s campuses and is the location for the International Summer School 2018. Farnham is located in the beautiful county of Surrey, just outside London. London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports are only a short journey from the campus.

Fee discount

A discount of £250 is available on course fees if booked before 1st April 2018


Throughout the three-week programme, you will have the opportunity to visit some of London and the South East’s major cultural and historic destinations, including royal palaces, art galleries and museums, famous landmarks and shopping districts. You will be surrounded by British history, stunning architecture and picturesque scenery. There will also be a social programme in Farnham throughout the Summer School to entertain you and cater for you during your stay. 

.ISS 2018 Programme

How to apply

Please complete the Summer School application form from your chosen programme (above).

Please ensure that you read, understand and agree to our terms and conditions before you complete the form.

All individual applicants must be aged 16+

Key dates

Arrival days
Saturday 21st July and Sunday 22nd July

First day of programme
Monday 23rd July

Last day of programme
Friday 10th August

Departure days
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August

International Summer School Guide

You can download the International Summer School Guide to read more about what we offer.

We will provide accommodation for three weeks from arrival to departure. You’ll be located in our Student village on the UCA Farnham Campus, directly next to the main campus buildings All rooms are single occupancy with a large bed, plenty of storage space, a desk and a chair. You will share kitchen facilities, washrooms and toilets with other students in your house within the Student Village.

The accommodation cost is included in the Summer School package and no additional payments are required to secure your accommodation.

  • If you wish to withdraw from your course, your request should be made in writing.
  • If your written request is received more than eight weeks before the start of the course, you will be entitled to a full refund, minus an administration charge of £50.
  • If your written request is received within eight weeks of the start of the course, we reserve the right not to refund your payment.
  • However, if your visa is refused, we will refund your tuition fee minus a £50 administration charge.
  • Non-attendance due to illness, or for personal, professional or visa reasons, does not confer the right to refunds or transfer.

Students are required to have adequate health, accident, disability and hospitalisation insurance to cover themselves during their time at the University for the Creative Arts.

Students recognise and accept that no part of the fee goes towards payment of such insurance and that the University has no obligation to provide such insurance. Travel to the UK, visa costs and other personal travel and living expenses are not included.

Students will experience four trips to some of England's most historic and culturally important cities, visiting museums, royal palaces, cultural venues and landmark as part of the programme.

Trips include Brighton, London, Oxford, and Windsor.

In addition to the scheduled trips across the three week course, students will have the opportunity to have free days to relax or travel to London or the surrounding area as an optional extra.

Evening events and entertainment will also take place to help student make friends, interact and share their creative experiences. 

Please bring comfortable clothing and footwear with you as many visits and optional extras will involve walking.

Note: The additional visit to Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studios in London is available to students studying the Digital Media & Games course.