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University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Reviews

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3.69 / 5 from 56 verified student reviews

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I like the university and the course is really interesting. All the workshops are great and I’m having a lot of fun this year

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By member575187
On 18th January 23
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University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Ranking


Ulster University #1
University of Sheffield #2
University of Birmingham #3
University of St Andrews #4
University of Southampton #5
Queen's University Belfast (QUB) #6
University of Leeds #7
University of Warwick #8
University of Glasgow #9
University of Exeter #10

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University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Hall Rankings


Rhodaus Court #1
Palamon Court #2
Pier Quays #3
Riverside #4
Pavilion Court #5
Alma Court #6
Canterbury Student Manor #7
Canterbury Student Village #8
Parham Student Village #9

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Students' Union at University for the Creative Arts (UCA)

StudentCrowd Students' Union score: 3.66 / 5

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I like the university and the course is really interesting. All the workshops are great and I’m having a lot of fun this year

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By member575187
On 18th January 23
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Applying to University for the Creative Arts (UCA)

Entry Requirements

160-175 UCAS Points

Average range for University for the Creative Arts (UCA) entry requirements. Varies depending on the course.


Offer and Acceptance Rates
Offers:
3,995
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Applications:
4,225
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Offer rate:
94.5%
Acceptances:
735
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Applicants:
3,850
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Acceptance rate:
17.4%

This is the latest available data, published by UCAS - 9th January 2023. All data is based on UCAS standard definitions.


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How does UCA Canterbury treat its neurodivergent young people. I’ve heard some absolute horror stories about the complete lack of understanding, accessibility and support. I know of one autistic person who was treated so appallingly due to validity and lack of understanding by a lead man named Hugh, that they caused a meltdown and left the poor person in a meltdown, frightened a traumatised and
By member796593 On 21st December 23
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Does it provides the quality of education in business and management for further studies?
By member1369984 On 14th July 22
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Via the VLE online platform are the lecture presentations presented by Americans?
By member969400 On 9th June 22
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Student Review: 5 /5
By member12107109 On 22nd April 24 verified Verified student

Super great university! If i ever get a chance, I will definitely continue my PHD here!

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Student Review: 2.8 /5
By member13106732 On 17th April 24 verified Verified student

Great teaching however better facilities would support teaching methods further

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member6106610 On 16th April 24 verified Verified student

Grate place to study Architecture

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member10102107 On 26th February 24 verified Verified student

uca is awesome and i’m really enjoying my time there :)

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1198280 On 26th January 24 verified Verified student

badbutgoodgoodgoodgoodgoodgoodgood

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Student Review: 3 /5
By JellyBean101 On 5th June 23 verified Verified student

Never really got that involved in SU. Tried to run a club and it wasn't well supported. Organisation is never UCAs strong point. They have winter and spring markets where students can sell their art things which is pretty great. Canteen food is not fab.

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Student Review: 2.8 /5
By member1079859 On 28th February 23 verified Verified student

this isn’t my campus i go to the canterbury one

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member477688 On 8th February 23 verified Verified student

Studying at UCA, Epsom is a great experience. The management faculty is really good and helpful plus after completing the course it does open a lot of job opportunities for me as well.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Senacolatse On 1st February 23 verified Verified student

Not a bad university so far but can do better

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Student Review: 3.6 /5
By member575298 On 19th January 23 verified Verified student

I have enjoyed the course so far in my first year and I have made good friends along the way.

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member775297 On 19th January 23 verified Verified student

Actually located in Canterbury but not an option, UCA is very diverse and accomodating for the variety of students that are located there.

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Student Review: 3.8 /5
By member1275296 On 19th January 23 verified Verified student

I enjoy going there and it’s really helped me feel welcome in this new place

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member1175188 On 18th January 23 verified Verified student

I love my friends and my course is so wonderful Dana is my favorite person in my course

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Student Review: 4.8 /5
By member575187 On 18th January 23 verified Verified student

I like the university and the course is really interesting. All the workshops are great and I’m having a lot of fun this year

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1372248 On 8th October 22 verified Verified student

Lovely place to learn and make new friends

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1271516 On 13th September 22 verified Verified student

Don’t waste your years going here. I went to uca in Epsom for the level 3 desploma ( A Levels). Honest to say these were some of the worst years of my life. I started in 2020 so in the beginning of Covid so you can’t blame them for that however I took Fashion business and retail. There were 8 people in my course at the beginning of the year by the end there was three ( I should have seen the red flags) when I returned for year two, it Turns out my teacher (year 1) left the uni during the summer as the course she had taught us the whole year wasn’t even a course! Meaning all the work we did first year was pointless and the exam board had to make us up a grade. To make things worse we were not informed about our course and the fact it didn’t exist until the day we returned for year 2 we were put onto a foundation course and had to choose a subject Within that. To sum it up worst uni so unorganised and F***** up my collage years so thanks UCA 🚩🚩🚩

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Student Review: 3.2 /5
By member1069021 On 17th May 22 verified Verified student

UCA is great for anyone wanting to get into the creative industries. There’s a good variety of courses to chose from. They offer some very specific courses you can’t find anywhere else. Some campuses have better facilities than are others. The WiFi, canteen and student union varies but none are bad - some are just better than others. All campuses have a very welcoming environment- they don’t feel snobby like other universities I visited ( I’m looking at you UAL! ). For me, it’s not all about the campus and facilities - the course and tuition matters too. This is where UCA is the best around. All of the tutors and technicians I’ve had have been great. You get taught by people actually working in the industry. Overall I’d say UCA is a great university and I would definitely recommend it.

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By Sophia99 On 4th May 22 verified Verified student

The university is brilliant, the teachers are extremely helpful and friendly. The cafe is great and the whole atmosphere is just brilliant.

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Student Review: 1.8 /5
By member668479 On 25th April 22 verified Verified student

Doing the foundation at Rochester was brilliant, felt really supported and encouraged, lots of emphasis on making, just a great environment, like a real art school. So, of course, it's being closed down now. Started my degree at the Canterbury campus and it's left a lot to be desired. The first year is good, amazing tutor, invested in you and your work. Second year is ridiculous. We have no portfolio. Everything is mixed up. Projects brief information is handed out in a weird, staggered fashion so you're constantly scrambling to get things done. Nothing has been done about the transphobia on campus. The tutors are treated so badly, and it's near impossible to get time with them which makes getting feedback difficult, for which you are marked down...it's endless. A lot of us are really unhappy. And the vice-chancellor is just a suit who doesn't care about students or staff - only money. I'd seriously recommend talking to some second or third year students before enrolling.

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member767698 On 31st March 22 verified Verified student

Good overall experience with plenty of social spaces and work spaces with appropriate equipment

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1067301 On 15th March 22 verified Verified student

Great university filled with lots of helpful facilities.

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Student Review: 2.4 /5
By member767260 On 15th March 22 verified Verified student

Very isolated. Feel as though you go there to work and that’s it. No socialising at all

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By Sophia99 On 9th November 21 verified Verified student

Fun nice experience. The tutors generally care and the environment was always friendly.

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Student Review: 3.6 /5
By member759783 On 9th June 21 verified Verified student

It's an amazing campus but because of COVID-19 there is less joy.

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Student Review: 2.4 /5
By member859420 On 2nd June 21 verified Verified student

The staff and on-site team is friendly however, there is little on-campus organised activity by the way of clubs or societies which was disappointing when joining the University for the first time. The campus is quite small, so there aren't many facilities for social gathering, and the University 'bar' is outdated and out of touch with the range of students that attend. In terms of social activities, there definitely needs to be more on offer to help students enjoy their uni experience, and key spaces (namely the bar) need updating and better advertisement for students. The terrace outside could be used more regularly, aswell as having designated and well designed outdoor tables and chairs for students to meet during breaks. The library + studios could also be open way later and available for students on weekends. Students should be encouraged more to mix between different courses and studios.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member1257639 On 12th May 21 verified Verified student

Terrible experience, will never recommend anyone to attend this uni

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Student Review: 2.6 /5
By member645013 On 27th January 20 verified Verified student

I had a generally poor experience due to the lack of entertainment in a social sense. The uni is small which is the main issue.

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Student Review: 3.8 /5
By UCAgrad1829 On 27th June 19 verified Verified student

The university has changed so much to drive up student experience. If you're looking for a traditional university experience, then this is not the right uni for you. This is an elevated art school, so if you're looking for that, this is the right place!

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