We engage in many types of collaborative activity.

Creative Business Partnerships

Our creative business partnerships support schools and colleges across the UK with opportunities to enhance their creative provision and support progression into Higher Education.

Collaborative agreements

Collaborative arrangements are formal agreements with an external partner institution to provide a programme of study that leads to a University award, or, to specific credit as part of a University award.

Study abroad

We promote and support student and staff mobility and have strong collaborative links with partner institutions worldwide.

Research partnerships

We have a vibrant and dynamic research culture. Collaboration within and beyond the University remains an essential conceptual driver for our research.

Widening participation

Our Widening Participation team offers a range of activities, giving learners of all ages an insight into studying art, design and media-related subjects and entering further and higher education. 

Our UK partners

We work in partnership with the following institutions and arts venues in the UK.

The Farnham Maltings

The Farnham Maltings is a leading performance venue located in the heart of Farnham. Students benefit from its' network of professional theatre makers and extensive resources, including performance and rehearsal spaces, and a screening room. UCA offers the following course at The Farnham Maltings:

- BA (Hons) Acting & Performance

Laine Theatre Arts

Laine Theatre Arts is a specialist training college for musical theatre and dance situated in Epsom, Surrey. UCA validates the following Laine course.

- BA (Hons) Musical Theatre (top up)

London School of Design & Marketing

UCA validates the following courses at the London School of Design & Marketing:

- BA (Hons) Marketing
- BA (Hons) Design
- MA Marketing
- MA Design

The Maidstone Studios

The Maidstone Studios is the UK’s largest independent live TV studios, situated in Maidstone, Kent. UCA delivers the following course at Maidstone Studios.

- BA (Hons) Television Production

Millennium Performing Arts

Millennium Performing Arts (MPA) is a specialist training college for musical theatre and dance situated in Woolwich, London. UCA validates the following MPA course.

- BA (Hons) Musical Theatre

Oxford Business College

Oxford Business College is the oldest independent business school in the city centre of Oxford and is a recognised leader in the field of personalised business education. UCA validates the following OBC courses:

- BA (Hons) Business Innovation & Management (top-up)
- BA (Hons) Business Management
- International Foundation in Business
- International MBA

Royal School of Needlework

The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) is a specialist institution situated in Hampton Court Palace. UCA validates the following RSN course:

- BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery

Our global partners

We work in partnership with the following institutions globally.

Cyprus Academy of Arts

CAA is one of Cyprus’s longest established art schools (founded 1995) with a reputation for being a centre of excellence for the visual arts with a great deal of emphasis on intellectual, theoretical and practical skills development.

UCA validates the following CAA courses in Cyprus:

- BA (Hons) Animation
- BA (Hons) Fine Art
- MA Fine Art

Elite Education Wuhan, China

Founded in November 2017, Wuhan Elite Overseas Education and Consulting co., LTD. is a professional consulting agency for international art undergraduate and graduate preparatory courses, as well as overseas education application guidance.

Elite Education Wuhan is a UCA validated Foundation Centre:

- International Foundation in Art, Design and Media  (IFADM)

Hangzhou Fuyang Guildford Education Training School, China

Hangzhou Fuyang Guildford Education Training School, (HFGETS) is a Level 3 preparatory education provider, based in Hangzhou, China, for Chinese students wishing to progress to courses delivered in the UK.

HFGETS is a UCA validated Foundation Centre:

- International Foundation in Art, Design and Media (IFADM)

Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA), Hong Kong

Established in 1960, The Hong Kong Management Association (HKMA) is a non-profit-making organisation aiming to be the leading professional organisation in advancing management excellence in Hong Kong and the Region. It has effectively served the management education and training needs of the business community in Hong Kong and the region for nearly six decades.

UCA validates the following HKMA course in Hong Kong:

- MA Design, Innovation and Brand Management (DIBM)

The Millennium Universal College (TMUC), Pakistan

The Millennium Universal College is an institution of higher learning dedicated to providing innovative undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional education. By bringing a range of international qualifications home, TMUC aspires to be recognized as the leading institution for borderless education, committed to providing opportunities that exceed local stream of education to the youth of Pakistan.

UCA validates the following TMUC courses in Pakistan:

- BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles
- BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles Top-up
- BA (Hons) Hospitality Management (Top-up)
- BA(Hons) Film & Digital Art
- BA (Hons) Media & Communication
- BA (Hons) Interactive Media (top up)
- International MBA

Nanjing Winland Academy, China

Nanjing Winland Academy is an educational organisation which focuses on providing one-to-one tailored A-Level tutoring for Chinese students. The Academy’s creative courses and teaching methods help Chinese students to adapt to the A-Level programme and prepares them for further study abroad.

Nanjing Winland Academy is a UCA validated Foundation Centre:

- International Foundation in Art, Design and Media (IFADM)

VTC School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE), Hong Kong

The School of Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE), based in Hong Kong, co-delivers the following course with UCA at Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI).

- BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion & Imaging (top-up)

Shelton College International, Singapore

Shelton College International is a private education institution, based in Singapore.  The College’s vision is to ‘establish a premier, integrated and renowned international school for the ages.’

UCA validates the following Shelton College International course in Singapore:

- Graduate Diploma in Art, Design and Media (GDADM)

UK Creative Arts Centre Seoul, South Korea

The UKCAC is a privately owned, Art and Design centre dedicated to the Creative Arts. All staff are artists in their own right including the Senior Directors and owners. 

Part of the Gaudi Art Association, the organisation has been operating for many years, teaching art to a variety of ages.

The UKCAC is the result of a recent investment in brand new facilities specifically for the delivery of the UCA International Foundation in Art, Design and Media in order to offer Korean students a clear progression route to UCA Degree courses in the UK.