International Creative Summer School 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 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 ISS2019 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. Those who attended in 2018 produced work in one of four areas:

  • Jewellery
  • Fashion & Textiles
  • Digital Media & Gaming
  • 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 ISS2019 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 2019. 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.

Courses 2019

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. 

Courses for 2019 are currently being finalised.

Please check back at a later date for more information.

Previous courses

To get a flavour for our International Summer Schools, take a look at some of our previous courses.