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5 best creative universities in the UK

5 best creative universities in the UK


We’ve selected 5 UK universities that are fully dedicated to creative subjects and offer an excellent choice of programmes and great career prospects.


If you are planning to study an art course in the UK, you will have plenty to choose from. Universities are making a conscious effort to make art education commercially viable, and courses are designed with the industry requirements in mind. In addition to more traditional art courses, you can find other creative options on offer, such as Games Design, Advertising, Popular Music, and Fashion Design.

We have selected 5 best creative universities in the UK that will provide you with the necessary skills for a successful career.

Falmouth University

This is one of the most popular choices for studying art in the UK. It is located in Cornwall, where the beautiful scenery attracts artists from all over the country.

The university is fully dedicated to creative disciplines and offers a wide range of subjects in the areas of Architecture, Interior Design, Fashion and Textiles, Communication Design, Film and Television, Games Design, Music and Theatre, Photography, Creative Writing and even Business.

What is also important for international students, there is an option to take a Foundation Diploma in Arts and Design at the university itself, rather than a local college. Even though this degree is often compulsory for studies in Arts and Fashion Design, few UK all universities offer this option.

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University of the Arts London

If you prefer to study in London and to be at the centre of British cultural life, UAL is a great option. Its campuses are located across London offering easy access to all major attractions.

UAL takes the 5th place worldwide according to the QS Art & Design university ranking 2016, with over half of Turner Prize winners and nominees in the last 30 years coming from here.

The university offers over 100 different courses in the areas of Art, Design, Fashion, Textiles, Film, Animation, Television, Photography, Journalism, Games Design, Makeup, Advertising, Communication and Performing Art.

Similar to the Falmouth University, UAL offers a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design with an additional option of choosing Performance as your foundation subject.

Goldsmiths, University of London

Located in London, short travel distance from the city, Goldsmith is a small university with a community feel.

It offers courses in both Arts and Humanities, and its creative disciplines include Art, Design, Media and Communications, Journalism, Games Design, Music and Performance.

You can complete your foundation year in Design or Computing at the university before you start your course. But there’s no Foundation Diploma in Arts and Design at Goldsmith.

Some departments, e.g. Design and Computing, give you an option of a sandwich course, where you spend a year in a work placement. The university collaborates closely with many local institutions, and its students have worked for many famous organisations, including Google and Tate Modern, in the past.

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Bath Spa University

This university is located in Bath, a beautiful historic city just outside of Bristol, famous for its art scene.

The list of creative courses includes Art, Ceramics, Fashion, Graphic Communication, Textiles, Photography and 3D Design and many more. Bath Spa University allows its student to combine courses and specialise in more than one area.

The university offers paid summer work placements, where students work on a real-life projects for a local organisation in their second and third years of study.

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Arts University Bournemouth

The university is located in Bournemouth, a city on the beautiful south coast of England, popular with holiday makers.

There is a large choice of creative subjects on offer, including Acting, Photography, Architecture, Animation, Design, Creative Writing, Events Management, Dance, Drawing, Fashion, Film Production, Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Makeup, Modelmaking, Textiles, Video Communication, and Visual Effects.

You can take a foundation programme in Art and Design at the university that will help you to improve your English and prepare a good portfolio for your bachelor’s application.

Some programmes offer opportunities to take placements and internships with established artists.

Read more about the Arts University Bournemouth

With the demand for creative professions steadily growing in the commercial sector, there are so many areas where you can apply your creative skills.

If you want to study a creative subject in a UK university, contact us and we help you choose the best university for you and prepare a successful application.

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