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UCA is ranked top specialist arts university for graduate employment

UCA has been ranked the top specialist arts university for graduate employment, with 96.9 percent of graduates in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

The latest findings of the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey put UCA ahead of every other UK specialist arts university, and places it in the top 25 of institutions nationally.

Professor Bashir Makhoul, Vice-Chancellor of UCA, said: “The DLHE results are testament to the quality of teaching and learning at UCA. As a specialist university for arts, business and technology, we provide our students with opportunities to work with and have exposure to the creative industries, ensuring that they graduate with the diverse and transferrable skillsets that employers are looking for.

“In addition to working on live industry briefs and receiving guest lectures from a broad range of industry representatives, our students are tutored by our exceptionally talented teaching staff, many of whom are leading practitioners and researchers in their fields.”

UCA is home to the Business School for the Creative Industries, which offers a range of courses designed to cultivate leadership as well as entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills in students. In addition, UCA has Schools in Architecture; Communication Design; Crafts & Design; Fashion; Film, Media & Performing Arts; Fine Art & Photography; and Further Education.

Earlier this year, Professor Makhoul voiced the importance of creative education following the Government’s announcement of the Post 18 Education Review. He said: “Specialist universities such as UCA have for many years taught the skills, such as creativity and innovation, which are now in increasing demand by all kinds of business and industry.

“A successful economy must be based on a diversity of approaches and skills.”

UCA has campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester, as well as a number of collaborative partners. In 2016, UCA joined with the Open College of the Arts, significantly enhancing its provision of art and design education through online and distance learning.