University of the Arts, London

University of the Arts London is the largest and most important university of fashion, art and design in Europe.

The composition of the University of Arts London consists of six colleges that are located in London.

The University offers a comprehensive range of academic programs in the field of design, fashion and art – from the preparatory courses to doctoral degrees.

Only practitioner actors, professional artists and famous figures of fashion teach in the UAL. The total number of university students is more than 20 thousand people.

University graduates are known and have leading positions in industry of design, fashion, arts, graphic arts and visual arts. A lot of artists, designers, writers, such as Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Paul Huxley, Samantha Cameron, Paul Anderson and many others studied there.

Entry Requirements

Foundation Program: IELTS 5.5 / TOEFL IBT 70+
Undergraduate: IELTS 6.0 / TOEFL IBT 80+
Magistracy: IELTS 6.5 / TOEFL IBT 90+

Program Exceptions

Preparatory Program Orientation to Art and Design: IELTS 4.5
Undergraduate studies of Fashion Promotion, Fashion Management, Fashion Journalism: IELTS 6.5
Undergraduate studies of Directing, Acting: IELTS 7.5 (TOEFL IBT 110+)
Except the confirming of knowledge of the language, students must submit their portfolio (for majority of programs) and pass the entrance interview.

Short professional courses

In addition to the long-term academic programs the University of Arts in London also offers short-term and summer programs. These programs are designed for young people from 18 years old (acting classes – from 16 years). Duration is 2-4 weeks.

Subjects courses

  1. Graphic Design
  2. Fashion Design
  3. Fashion Photography
  4. Art History, Supervision and Communication
  5. Acting
  6. Painting: The Practice of Contemporary Art
  7. Interior Design


The University has a student accommodation service. Employees of this department help to select and book accommodations. Students can choose the accommodation in the dormitory of the University or in a rented apartment.

Because London is quite expensive city, the cost of life per year is an average of around 8000 pounds.

Tuition fee

Undergraduate studies: from 15,950 pounds per year
Magistracy is from 15,950 pounds per year
Preparation and degree programs are from 11,700 pounds per year
Short summer courses: 905 – 2355 pounds per course (depending on the direction)
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