If you're already booked up on our Open Days, or you feel more comfortable exploring UCA from the comfort of home, then here's the ideal alternative!

Our Virtual Open Day page is packed with vital info, videos, course overviews, virtual tours and live events - so feel free to explore and discover how UCA could be the perfect fit for you.


Wherever you choose to study there's a place for you to develop your skills and knowledge, connect with like-minded people and begin your journey toward a creative career.

Find out more about our campuses in our videos:

Open Day

Absolutely! We would love to have you visit our campuses and explore UCA first-hand. We have several events on campus, such as Open Days – you can check when these are here. If you can’t make it to an Open Day, then we offer campus tours every Wednesday between 12pm-5pm where you’ll be guided by one of our amazing student ambassadors. These do need to be pre-booked in advance, so make sure to book your place here.

The UCA Mini Guide is packed with all the information you’ll need to learn more about our courses and creative campuses – all in a handy booklet. And because it’s smaller than a prospectus it’s friendlier to the environment. Click here to either download a copy or order one to be delivered through the post.

It’d be quicker to tell you what we don’t have! In all seriousness, we’re thrilled to say we have a whole raft of specialist facilities and equipment for you to use, whatever course you’re studying. So, whether it’s firing clay or filming a short story, there’s the space, the facilities and the resources to make it happen. You can find out more here.

The application process doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. We’re here to help, and to answer questions you might have and also offer some flexibility so that we can accommodate you. From picking your course to submitting your portfolio, our How to Apply page has everything you need to know.

Depending on the subject you want to study, your portfolio might contain sketches and paintings, short films and musical compositions, photography, fabric swatches or patterns. We’d like to see up to 12 pieces of work, and audio/video files shouldn’t be more than two minutes long. To find out more information about submitting your portfolio visit our Portfolio Advice page.

While results and grades are important, remember that we also value you and your creativity. If you don’t think you’re going to meet the entry requirements with your grades, don’t worry – your portfolio will also play a big part in our offer process. If you have any doubts, contact us at enquiries@uca.ac.uk and we’ll be happy to help.

You must be 18 at the point you start your course. This could be either a Further Education course or Undergraduate course.

We have made a number of changes to ensure our campuses are Covid-secure and to keep our students, staff and local communities safe. This is all being done in accordance with government advice and is continually being reviewed. Please visit the government website for the latest guidance.

Tuition fees and costs of living differ from course to course, campus to campus. To find out all the information you need, visit out Fees & Finance page.

The Gateway team is available to help students access support while at university, both in person and online. Each campus has a team of staff on site who can provide advice with any student finance and/or welfare issues. A free, confidential counselling service is also available for students. The university has a specialist support team for students with disabilities, and there is a learning and teaching service to help those who need extra support with their studies and to get the most out of their course. Find out more about our support available here.