What is UCA like?

Our introduction to campus locations and general environment.


UCA has campuses in Rochester, Epsom, Farnham and Canterbury, as well as facilities at the TV studios in Maidstone. There are libraries, places to eat/drink, Gateways in the libraries where you can access Student Services (Disability Advice, Wellbeing, Money Advice, etc) and teaching facilities at all sites.


Our campus is bursting with artistic energy and offers an inspirational environment for your study. Rochester overlooks the Medway area, home to some of the most creative people in the country. Our Zandra Rhodes Gallery provides a focus for local interest in the arts as the campus hosts important exhibitions and contemporary art and design events throughout the year.

Our Rochester campus is at the heart of a vibrant community of creative arts organisations that produce, promote and retail the very best in contemporary design, craft and media – making Medway a lively centre for all creatively minded people.


Epsom has a creative atmosphere with a friendly and welcoming environment. Located close to the town centre, the campus offers a range of Fashion courses as well as Graphics and Music Journalism, plus the UK’s first MBA in Creative Business Management. Our campus boasts modern IT facilities and a specialist art library, gallery spaces, an art shop, on-campus halls, and printing and photography studios.

We host exhibitions and talks by highprofile industry figures, and our links with employers – from small, niche companies to large and established multinationals – give you the chance to take part in live projects and gain work placement opportunities.


With over 2,000 students, Farnham is the biggest of our campuses and has an incredibly strong community feel. The campus is home to the James Hockey and Foyer Galleries, which host a range of exhibitions by visiting artists as well as our staff, students and graduates. Several research centres are also based on campus, including the Centre for Sustainable Design and the Crafts Study Centre, which is a purpose-built museum and gallery dedicated to crafts.

Our Farnham campus has an extensive range of traditional and contemporary facilities designed to meet the requirements of a vast range of creative subjects, giving you the freedom to explore and discover your true potential.


We pride ourselves on being a part of Kent’s vibrant international art scene, with established community links which enable grants, paid apprenticeships and internships, involvement with events such as the Folkestone Triennial, and the availability of studio spaces for art and design students and graduates in the area.

Our Canterbury campus is a short walk from the city centre and has a range of purpose-built studios, workshops and lecture theatres. With on-campus accommodation, a café, a newly refurbished bar and a range of art facilities including a specialist library, an art shop and the Herbert Read art gallery, the campus is a relaxed and creative environment to study in.

Maidstone TV Studios

Maidstone TV Studios offers you the unique opportunity to study television production in the UK’s largest independent TV studio facility. In this professional environment you’ll have the chance to work on high-profile TV shows and network with leading industry professionals.

We have a dedicated technical tutor on site as well as a dedicated work-placement coordinator who can help you with work-experience opportunities.

Maidstone is a vibrant town in Kent, 32 miles from London and close to our Rochester campus. Maidstone offers excellent shopping, museums and galleries, events throughout the year and stunning local countryside to explore.

If you love to eat out then Maidstone won’t disappoint you. And with a variety of pubs, bars and nightclubs, there’s always places to go when the sun goes down.

How could this affect me?

The campuses are bigger than you might be used to at School or College and getting lost is common for new students and when timetables change. Becoming familiar with key buildings and locations may help you to prepare.

What to do next?

Explore our campus videos, virtual tours and images

Practical tips

You can explore more of the campus via these virtual tours and images but it helps to be mindful that although these will give you a basic idea of what to expect from the University environment they are not necessarily the spaces you will be taught in and timetables are only confirmed at the beginning of each semester. It is also worth noting that the images and virtual tours were taken during quieter periods at University so do not reflect how busy spaces can become during peak times; it may be helpful for you to visit during term time in order to experience this.







About the author

This article was written and edited by Jackie Hagan, Learning Support Coordinator, UCA Rochester