We create careers

There's never been a better time to start a creative course at UCA

At a time when the creative industries are stronger than ever, the influence of art, design and media in our lives has never been more clearly defined.

The UK’s creative industries are now recognised as world-leading and, according to the latest figures from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), are growing faster than the UK economy as whole. And, with over 1.9 million people working directly in the creative industries, there are abundant and wide-ranging careers for creative people.

By studying with us, you’ll be investing in your future. You’ll be taught by staff who are leading practitioners in their fields, with fantastic links to the creative industries. These close connections help us to keep our courses in line with the latest industry trends, preparing you for professional practice.

of graduates employed within six months*
billion contributed to the UK economy every year**
million jobs in the Creative Economy
1 in 11
jobs in the UK Creative Economy

*Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DHLE) July 2018
**Figures from DCMS

How we can support you

Whether you’re a current student, a UCA graduate or an education professional, we have dedicated teams who can provide you with helpful information and advice about carving a career in the creative industries.

  • Support for students

    During your time at UCA, you’ll have full access to our comprehensive Careers & Employability service, offering you a wealth of information, advice and professional guidance.

    With our support network, we’ll help you to assess your skills and attributes, review a wide range of career opportunities, and achieve both your potential and your personal goals, empowering you to manage your own career path.

    To find out more, visit the Careers & Employability web pages.


  • Support for teachers and careers advisers

    Thrive is a UCA initiative dedicated to help young people choose the right path into the creative industries and thrive in their chosen field.

    We provide information for teachers and careers advisers about creative careers, pathway options, events, courses and qualifications for students.

    Visit our Thrive web area to see how we can support your school or college.

  • Support for graduates

    Your relationship with UCA doesn’t stop when your course ends – our Alumni Network is here to help you on your journey towards a creative career.

    As a UCA graduate you’ll have access to the Library Service and the Careers and Employability team for three years after you finish your course. And if you’re thinking of progressing onto a postgraduate course at UCA, you could be eligible for a £2,000 discount on your tuition fee.

    Visit our alumni web page to find out more.

Famous UCA alumni

Creating impact

From Oscar-winning filmmakers and animators, to fashion designers and Turner Prize nominated artists, our alumni include nationally and internationally renowned creative figures. Imagine where your UCA experience could take you…

View famous alumni profiles

Find the perfect course to kick-start your career

Our subject areas are closely aligned with the creative industries, making it easier for you to find a course that will help prepare you for your dream job. Choose a UCA subject area that interests you from the dropdown menu to discover which courses we offer.

Help and advice

Discover more about how studying at UCA can help you to boost your employability prospects.

Get in touch

For more information and advice, and to discover how we can help you to launch your creative career, please email us at careers@uca.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1252 892619.