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University of the Arts London is a collegiate university comprising 6 international renowned colleges: Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication, Chelsea College of Arts, Camberwell College of Arts, Wimbledon College of Arts, and London College of Fashion. These colleges specialize in art, design, communications, fashion, and the performing arts, and is the largest provider of higher level education in the arts in Europe. All the colleges are located in London and each college is at the heart of their respective communities. Drawing on and contributing to the local culture, they foster closely-knit and welcoming environments in which to study, supported by all the resources of the larger University and the wider arts community. The University's 1,228 teaching staff; as active professional artists, practitioners, designers, critics, and theorists, lead the way in creative and experimental practice alongside historical and theoretical analysis. The combination of a varied student group, cutting-edge research, and highly-experienced staff creates a unique, multifaceted learning experience for students at UAL.

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Pre Departure Services

Advising

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Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Housing

Housing

Housing

Housing

Housing

On-Site Orientation

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Housing

Housing

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Must have completed at least one year in major of the desired field of study
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One official transcript
  • Program of study statement
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Students must submit all applicable portfolio as required by area of study
  • Entry Requirements: Valid passport with supporting documentation (for stays under 6 months) or valid passport with student visa for stays over 6 months

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-16 credits per term

The University of the Arts London is a collegiate university comprising 6 international renowned colleges: Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication, Chelsea College of Arts, Camberwell College of Arts, Wimbledon College of Arts, and London College of Fashion. These colleges specialize in art, design, communications, fashion, and the performing arts, and is the largest provider of higher level education in the arts in Europe. All the colleges are located in London and each college is at the heart of their respective communities. Drawing on and contributing to the local culture, they foster closely-knit and welcoming environments in which to study, supported by all the resources of the larger University and the wider arts community. The University's 1,228 teaching staff; as active professional artists, practitioners, designers, critics, and theorists, lead the way in creative and experimental practice alongside historical and theoretical analysis. The combination of a varied student group, cutting-edge research, and highly-experienced staff creates a unique, multifaceted learning experience for students at UAL.

PROGRAMS AT UAL

Integrated Programs - 40 UAL credits per term (12 semester credits)

Students enroll directly alongside local undergraduate students who are full-time, degree-seeking students. Students are required to work more independently than they may be accustomed to at their home institution. While teaching is not conducted in a traditional U.S. lecture-based class setting, students receive guidance from faculty and are helped to identify the resources they need to reach course goals. Course content is delivered in a variety of ways, including individual and group tutorials, projects, seminars, lectures, and museum, gallery and studio visits.

TRANSCRIPTS

Students receive an official transcript from the University of the Arts London upon completion of the program. Students are assessed on the basis of project work, preparatory materials, the log and written assignments.

Courses

COURSE OFFERINGS

The following links include courses from several of the constituent UAL colleges, including Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, and Wimbledon College of Arts.

INTEGRATED PROGRAM COURSE INFORMATION

In the UAL Integrated Programs, the word “course” refers to a “course of study,” or a “major” as we refer to it at U.S. universities. Therefore, students in this program choose only one course of study, and the classes, projects, and tutorials for that course are assigned upon arrival. Students are advised upon acceptance on the level of courses based on their previous experience in the specialist subject area. Year 1 is the equivalent of the Sophomore Year in the U.S. and Year 2 is equivalent to the Junior Year.

The following colleges offer integrated programs for international students: Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication, Chelsea College of Arts, Camberwell College of Arts, and Wimbledon College of Arts.

Students participating in the Integrated Studies program at UAL also have the opportunity to enroll in one of two courses as an optional extension to their regular coursework:

  • Creative Industries London
  • European Art History: London & Berlin

Please contact the England Program Coordinator if you require syllabi. Both modules are equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits. Students participating in a fall session complete the module during the two weeks preceding the standard program start date. Students participating in the spring session complete the module during the two weeks following the program end date for the winter quarter program. Students participating in this optional module study alongside other international students and engage with the art, history, environment, and culture of London and Europe through lectures, visits, discussion groups, and studio-based workshops.

  • The additional fee to participate in the optional Creative Industries London course is $3550.
  • The additional fee to participate in the optional European Art History module is $3850.

Please note that students participating in a fall session who choose to enroll in this optional module will need to schedule a flight that arrives into London Heathrow Airport prior to the standard program start date in order participate in an earlier API on-site orientation. Likewise, students participating in a winter session must select a flight that departs after the standard program end date.

CREDIT INFORMATION

The colleges that make up the University of the Arts, London - or UAL - (including Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion, and Wimbledon College of Arts) has offered recommendations for converting its alpha grades to American grades. Students who have enrolled full-time receive 40 credits at UAL each term. API awards 3 U.S. semester credits for every 10 UAL credit hours (e.g., a course representing 20 UAL credits would be awarded 6 US credits on the API translation.)

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Highlights
  • Creative and diverse arts programs
  • One of Europe's top art schoolsRanked #6 in Art and Design - QS World Rankings
  • Central Saint Martins ranked #1 for undergrad/post-grad courses in Fashion - QS World Rankings
  • 62% of the 'British Designers of the Year' are UAL alumni

Faculty

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    Kelsey Patton

    Kelsey Patton will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - kelsey.patton@apiabroad.com

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    Heather Lees

    Heather Lees will be your Resident Director in London and a resource for you on-site.

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    Anna McCole

    Anna McCole will be your Student Services Coordinator in England and a resource for you while you are abroad with us!

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API London programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Harlaxton Manor

    UNIQUE, EXCLUSIVE API EVENT!
    Escaping to the countryside, students will experience what life is like at a stately Manor House. They will spend an afternoon at Harlaxton Manor, where they will take a tour of the manor and learn more about the history of the buildings. In addition to this, students will be treated to Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory and enjoy a very English lawn sport, Croquet in the grounds of the manor. This is an exclusive excursion just for API as Harlaxton Manor is usually closed to the public.
  • Oxford

    The story of Oxford’s beginnings is a mysterious tangle of fact and legend. A Saxon princess and nun called Fridewide established a monastery here 700 AD on the site of Christ Church. A small community grew up around the monastery by the oxen ford (river crossing for oxen) from which Oxford takes its name. During the 12th century, a university gradually evolved within the defensive walls of the market town. Now Oxford is known for punting on the river, picnics, and poetry. The first colleges of Oxford University were Merton College, University College and Balliol College which were founded in 1249-80.

  • Peaks, Plague, and Puddings

    Escaping the hustle and bustle of London, students will head north to the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Nottingham, with its links to the legend of Robin Hood, is one of the largest cities in the East Midlands. You can enjoy the National Justice Museum, the Robin Hood Experience, or enjoy all the boutiques and cafes Nottingham has to offer. A journey to Derbyshire is not complete without a stop in Bakewell and a chance to sample one of the UK’s most popular puddings (dessert), the Bakewell Tart. Students will stay in Eyam, also known as the plague village. In 1665, when plague broke out, the villagers chose to isolate themselves, preventing infection from spreading. These days Eyam is a great base for outdoor activities, taking in the beautiful landscape of the national park. Before heading back to London, students will have a chance to explore a stately home that was once home to the rich and famous of English history
  • Harlaxton Manor

    UNIQUE, EXCLUSIVE API EVENT!
    Escaping to the countryside, students will experience what life is like at a stately Manor House. They will spend an afternoon at Harlaxton Manor, where they will take a tour of the manor and learn more about the history of the buildings. In addition to this, students will be treated to Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory and enjoy a very English lawn sport, Croquet in the grounds of the manor. This is an exclusive excursion just for API as Harlaxton Manor is usually closed to the public.
  • Oxford

    The story of Oxford’s beginnings is a mysterious tangle of fact and legend. A Saxon princess and nun called Fridewide established a monastery here 700 AD on the site of Christ Church. A small community grew up around the monastery by the oxen ford (river crossing for oxen) from which Oxford takes its name. During the 12th century, a university gradually evolved within the defensive walls of the market town. Now Oxford is known for punting on the river, picnics, and poetry. The first colleges of Oxford University were Merton College, University College and Balliol College which were founded in 1249-80.

  • Peaks, Plague, and Puddings

    Escaping the hustle and bustle of London, students will head north to the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Nottingham, with its links to the legend of Robin Hood, is one of the largest cities in the East Midlands. You can enjoy the National Justice Museum, the Robin Hood Experience, or enjoy all the boutiques and cafes Nottingham has to offer. A journey to Derbyshire is not complete without a stop in Bakewell and a chance to sample one of the UK’s most popular puddings (dessert), the Bakewell Tart. Students will stay in Eyam, also known as the plague village. In 1665, when plague broke out, the villagers chose to isolate themselves, preventing infection from spreading. These days Eyam is a great base for outdoor activities, taking in the beautiful landscape of the national park. Before heading back to London, students will have a chance to explore a stately home that was once home to the rich and famous of English history
  • Cambridge

    Though best known as the home of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge was important long before the University existed. In the first century BC, an Iron Age Belgic tribe built a settlement on what is now Castle Hill. Around AD 40 the Romans took over the site and it became the crossing point for the Via Devana which linked Colchester with the legions in Lincoln and beyond. The first scholars didn’t arrive in Cambridge until 1209 and another 75 years passed before Hugh de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, founded Peterhouse, the first college. Today Cambridge is the city of crocuses and daffodils on The Backs, of green open spaces, and of cattle grazing only 500 yards from the market square.

  • Harlaxton Manor

    UNIQUE, EXCLUSIVE API EVENT!
    Escaping to the countryside, students will experience what life is like at a stately Manor House. They will spend an afternoon at Harlaxton Manor, where they will take a tour of the manor and learn more about the history of the buildings. In addition to this, students will be treated to Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory and enjoy a very English lawn sport, Croquet in the grounds of the manor. This is an exclusive excursion just for API as Harlaxton Manor is usually closed to the public.
  • Harry Potter Studio Tour

    The Harry Potter Studio Tour London provides a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology, and talent that went into making one of the most successful film series of all time. Students have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed. From breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes to props and animatronics. Students explore a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes, and props. Some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics, will be revealed.

  • Oxford

    The story of Oxford’s beginnings is a mysterious tangle of fact and legend. A Saxon princess and nun called Fridewide established a monastery here 700 AD on the site of Christ Church. A small community grew up around the monastery by the oxen ford (river crossing for oxen) from which Oxford takes its name. During the 12th century, a university gradually evolved within the defensive walls of the market town. Now Oxford is known for punting on the river, picnics, and poetry. The first colleges of Oxford University were Merton College, University College and Balliol College which were founded in 1249-80.

  • Wales Weekend

    Wales has more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Every hill, church or standing stone has a story all of its own. Cardiff, the capital city is the location of many Dr. Who scenes, and the Welsh countryside is home to picturesque abbeys and castles painted by many artists through the centuries.

  • Cambridge

    Though best known as the home of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge was important long before the University existed. In the first century BC, an Iron Age Belgic tribe built a settlement on what is now Castle Hill. Around AD 40 the Romans took over the site and it became the crossing point for the Via Devana which linked Colchester with the legions in Lincoln and beyond. The first scholars didn’t arrive in Cambridge until 1209 and another 75 years passed before Hugh de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, founded Peterhouse, the first college. Today Cambridge is the city of crocuses and daffodils on The Backs, of green open spaces, and of cattle grazing only 500 yards from the market square.

  • Harlaxton Manor

    UNIQUE, EXCLUSIVE API EVENT!
    Escaping to the countryside, students will experience what life is like at a stately Manor House. They will spend an afternoon at Harlaxton Manor, where they will take a tour of the manor and learn more about the history of the buildings. In addition to this, students will be treated to Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory and enjoy a very English lawn sport, Croquet in the grounds of the manor. This is an exclusive excursion just for API as Harlaxton Manor is usually closed to the public.
  • Harry Potter Studio Tour

    The Harry Potter Studio Tour London provides a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology, and talent that went into making one of the most successful film series of all time. Students have the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed. From breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes to props and animatronics. Students explore a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes, and props. Some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics, will be revealed.

  • Oxford

    The story of Oxford’s beginnings is a mysterious tangle of fact and legend. A Saxon princess and nun called Fridewide established a monastery here 700 AD on the site of Christ Church. A small community grew up around the monastery by the oxen ford (river crossing for oxen) from which Oxford takes its name. During the 12th century, a university gradually evolved within the defensive walls of the market town. Now Oxford is known for punting on the river, picnics, and poetry. The first colleges of Oxford University were Merton College, University College and Balliol College which were founded in 1249-80.

  • Peaks, Plague, and Puddings

    Escaping the hustle and bustle of London, students will head north to the rolling hills of Derbyshire. Nottingham, with its links to the legend of Robin Hood, is one of the largest cities in the East Midlands. You can enjoy the National Justice Museum, the Robin Hood Experience, or enjoy all the boutiques and cafes Nottingham has to offer. A journey to Derbyshire is not complete without a stop in Bakewell and a chance to sample one of the UK’s most popular puddings (dessert), the Bakewell Tart. Students will stay in Eyam, also known as the plague village. In 1665, when plague broke out, the villagers chose to isolate themselves, preventing infection from spreading. These days Eyam is a great base for outdoor activities, taking in the beautiful landscape of the national park. Before heading back to London, students will have a chance to explore a stately home that was once home to the rich and famous of English history
  • Wales Weekend

    Wales has more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Every hill, church or standing stone has a story all of its own. Cardiff, the capital city is the location of many Dr. Who scenes, and the Welsh countryside is home to picturesque abbeys and castles painted by many artists through the centuries.

London is a large city, so all students can expect to use public transportation (i.e. tube or bus) to move around the city on a daily basis, both getting to school and for social/cultural activities. It is a part of life in London. Generally, it will take students 20-45 minutes to get to school from their housing. All housing will be located in Zones 1 and 2 on the tube map.

Students will be housed in privately owned student accommodations, that include quality furnishings and areas for socializing. The kitchens are equipped with ovens, stoves, microwaves, and refrigerators. Wireless Internet is provided in all flats. A weekly cleaning service is provided to the communal kitchen/living areas in all API London accommodations.

We are unable to take housing requests. Students will be placed in one of the following three options based on availability and their API program:

Lady Margaret – Kentish Town

The accommodation building is a 4-story, 8-bedroom period townhouse shared among 16 students in double rooms with two single beds in each room. All bedrooms have private bathrooms. The kitchen is a large, shared space with a seating area and TV. Cooking utensils and crockery are provided. Bed linens are also provided but towels are not. There is a free washer and dryer in the building. Students are responsible for cleaning their own bedrooms and bathrooms.

Lady Margaret is located on a quiet residential street within Kentish Town where there are numerous cafes, shops, restaurants, and pubs. All the benefits of the bustling, vibrant area of Camden Town are a short walk away, as are the delights of the large ancient park of Hampstead Heath. The accommodations are a 5-minute walk from the Kentish Town tube stop, where students are able to take the Northern Line into Central London. The travel time from Lady Margaret to the API office is 20-25 minutes, and the travel time to the Westminster Regent campus, Central Saint Martins, and London College of Fashion is 20-30 minutes. Past students have been pleased with this location, as it offers both a quiet neighborhood and easy access to Central London.

Acorn – Bloomsbury

The accommodation buildings are Georgian 18th-century townhouses and are laid out in flats, with 3-11 students within each flat. Standard rooms will be doubles or triples within a co-ed flat or on a co-ed floor. Single bedrooms are extremely limited and cannot be guaranteed. Each flat will have a fully equipped kitchen, including crockery and utensils. Bed linens and towels are provided and there are free laundry facilities in all buildings.

Acorn housing is situated on the Duke of Bedford’s Estate, between Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square and within walking distance of the many attractions of London’s West End including just a 3-minute walk to the British Museum and the API office. The travel time from Acorn to the API office, as well as FSU, is a 10-minute walk, and the travel time to the Westminster Harrow campus is a 45-50 minute tube ride.

Note: Housing between the fall and spring semesters is not included. Meals are not included in these housing options.

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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Sep, 2019 - Dec, 2019 $17,680 May 15, 2019 Jun 15, 2019
Academic Year Sep, 2019 - Jun, 2020 $46,980 May 15, 2019 Jun 15, 2019
Winter & Spring Jan 2, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019 $29,880 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018
Winter Jan 2, 2019 - Mar 16, 2019 $17,680 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018