Facilities, resources & support

Facilities & resources

To encourage your experimentation, creativity and enterprise, we invest in extensive facilities, unique resources and high-tech digital technologies.

This means we can offer you industry-standard creative environments across each of our campuses, equipped with the latest facilities and resources to support your learning and fully prepare you for a successful career in the creative industries.

From animation suites to kilns and looms, and from TV production studios to our virtual reality lab, the range of our creative facilities 3D printing and laser cutting (Fab Lab) exceeds those of many of our competitors. There’s an extra benefit from being a specialist arts institution too – unlike multi-disciplinary universities, we can dedicate all of our campus space to purely creative resources and facilities.

When using our facilities and resources, you’ll be guided by our skilled technicians. Our dedicated team of technicians are experts within their fields, and they use their knowledge and experience to help students grow as confident creative practitioners.

 

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Student services & facilities

Starting a new way of life at university can throw up a lot of questions or concerns. So you can fully engage with your studies without any worries, each of our campus libraries acts as a 'gateway' to a variety of support services.

We have a specialist adviser at each campus who can advise you on finance and welfare issues, such as: 

  • Funding and student loans 
  • Budgeting and managing your money 
  • Disputes with housemates or landlords 
  • Accessing local faith services 
  • Working while you are studying 
  • Accessing external support agencies.  

 

Each adviser is a member of the National Association of Student Money Advisors. They will treat any information you give them in complete confidence.

You can talk with a trained counsellor in a safe and confidential setting, about any problems and feelings that cause you concern.  

Our counselling team provides a professional service to individual students free of charge. Located at each campus, our counsellors are fully qualified and experienced and abide by the code of practice and ethics of the professional bodies of which they are members.

Some of the concerns we can support you with include:  

  • Homesickness, difficulties settling into a new way of life or loneliness  
  • Pressure of work and meeting deadlines  
  • Anxiety  
  • Depression 
  • Family or relationship difficulties  
  • Bereavement, loss or trauma  
  • Lack of confidence or low self-esteem  
  • Physical or sexual abuse  
  • Eating difficulties  
  • Drugs and alcohol problems 
  • Overwhelming feelings, such as sadness, anger, panic. 

We aim to help you feel confident about managing your own career and make every effort to help you prepare successfully for your next step.  

All campuses have a professional Careers and Employability Adviser on site. You can discuss your career development with them, and get practical help with CVs and applications. We provide impartial and confidential guidance and you can benefit from our services while you are studying and for three years following graduation.  

You can also access a wide range of exclusive material and resources through the careers library and the myUCA virtual learning environment.

Discover more in our Creative Careers section.

We appreciate that there are practical concerns for young people leaving care and entering Further or Higher Education. 

We have four designated members of staff (DMS) to support students who are either looked-after children or young care-leavers aged 16-24.  

We’ll support you from your initial enquiry and application, right through to your graduation, providing you with information, help and advice on: 

  • Returning to education and choosing a course 
  • Paying for your course and accessing sources of financial help 
  • Completing applications for courses and student loans 
  • Getting your accommodation in place, including liaising with our Accommodation department 
  • Accessing additional support, such as disability support and study skills 
  • Accessing other services, including careers advice. 

Our learning development tutors and learning and teaching librarians offer tailored workshops to help you develop the skills you need to study independently and express your research findings. Through these workshops, you’ll learn academic practices, conventions and methods including:

  • Understanding and answering the brief 
  • Making best use of lectures, seminars and tutorials 
  • Referencing and compiling bibliographies according to our conventions 
  • Understanding plagiarism and how to avoid it 
  • Exploring, selecting, evaluating and applying research 
  • Developing a critical and reflective approach to your work and the work of others. 

We can also help you to develop skills in research, academic writing, time management and presentation techniques.  

Tutors are also available for individual support sessions on request. 

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Learning support

Each of our campuses has a designated Disability and Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) team which will support you from your initial enquiry right through to your graduation. 

Needs assessment

We wish to work effectively with Needs Assessment Centres so have produced an overarching statement to provide information on our current offer for students with disabilities and SpLDs.

Faith & religion

Our student population reflects a great diversity of faiths, beliefs and cultures, helping make UCA a wonderful place to study, work or visit.

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