International Creative Summer School

*Update: The wellbeing of our student community is our top priority, which is why we are taking a range of precautionary steps over and above the Government guidance in response to Covid-19. Please note that as a result of this, we have reluctantly decided to cancel this year’s International Creative Summer School programmes. Our next International Creative Summer School will take place in 2021 - please keep checking this website for updates. 

Modern University of the Year 2019*

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 two weeks of creative discovery and cultural exploration in and around London and South-East England.

  • We are the No.1 Modern University of the Year in the UK*, with our Business School for the Creative Industries being the first of its kind.
  • The Guardian League Table 2020 positions us as 13th out of all UK universities.
  • We’re the highest placed specialist creative university in all three UK league tables (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, the Guardian League Table, and the Complete University Guide).
  • Nearly 97% of our graduates are employed or in further study within six months after graduation.
  • 17% of our student population comes from outside the UK.


*The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

International Summer School Brochure 2020

Take a look at the 2020 brochure and discover everything you need to know about the International Summer School.

At ISS2020 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.

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 the historic city of Canterbury. near London.

UCA ISS2020 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.

Based in a busy, historic student city, our Canterbury campus benefits from easy access to local exhibition projects and spaces as part of Kent’s vibrant international art scene. Students can enjoy established community links with places such as the Turner Contemporary Gallery, access to big events like the Folkestone Triennial, as well as its own dedicated facilities on campus.

Our Canterbury campus is a short walk from the city centre and has a range of purpose-built studios, workshops and lecture theatres. The campus offers a range of courses in Architecture, Fine Art, Illustration and Animation, and Graphic Design.

With on-campus accommodation, a café, a newly refurbished bar and a range of art facilities including a specialist library, an art shop and the Herbert Read art gallery, the campus is a relaxed and creative environment to study in.


Each course has access to influential professionals, job prospects and potential employers. And with multiple technical and industry facilities on site, you’ll have a truly amazing study experience. 

We regularly host exhibitions and talks by high profile industry figures, and our links with employers – from small, niche companies to large and established multinationals – give you the chance to take part in live projects and gain work placement opportunities.

What's included in your fee?

- 8 days of academic teaching and creativity
- Accommodation for the full two weeks
- Airport pick-up and drop-off* (take a look at our airport pick-up service section to find out more)
- Two meals a day provided through the University's refectory (Monday - Friday)
- Cultural visits every Wednesday (including entry fees)
- Programme of optional social events during evenings and free weekend time**
- UCA International Summer School t-shirt.

*Only available on advertised dates from/to London Heathrow (LHR) Airport.

** Additional costs may apply to certain optional events.

Further information


The International Summer School Disclaimer has information about cancellations & refunds, insurance, safeguarding and more.

Code of Conduct

Find out about the International Summer School Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure.