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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.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Housing

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

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Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

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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 Approval 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

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.

  • 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
  • Stonehenge & Bath

    This is your chance to see one of the wonders of the world, Stonehenge. Everyone has heard of Stonehenge, but mystery still shrouds it from how the stones made it to their final resting place to the exact purpose of the site. After exploring one of the best prehistoric sites in Europe, students will be off to Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here students can travel through time, exploring what Bath may have been like during the Roman Occupation through the Roman Baths or explore the Georgian Architecture and Fashion of Jane Austen’s time.

  • Stonehenge & Bath

    This is your chance to see one of the wonders of the world, Stonehenge. Everyone has heard of Stonehenge, but mystery still shrouds it from how the stones made it to their final resting place to the exact purpose of the site. After exploring one of the best prehistoric sites in Europe, students will be off to Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here students can travel through time, exploring what Bath may have been like during the Roman Occupation through the Roman Baths or explore the Georgian Architecture and Fashion of Jane Austen’s time.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

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.

Staff & Coordinators

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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!

  • Ross Thomas LONDON

    Thomas Ross

    Hometown: Canterbury, England
    International Experience:
    Taught English in Vietnam and Hong Kong.
    Education:
    BA honors degree from the University of Wales Lampeter and a Masters in Film Studies
    from UEA.
    Why did you choose to work in the field of international education, and what attracted you to
    API?

    I have chosen to work in the field of international education because of the huge role it plays in
    shaping a student’s life for the better. Having worked with students from a variety of different
    nationalities, ages and backgrounds I have seen first-hand the positive impact that studying abroad
    has on a student’s development both academically and personally. I was attracted to API due it’s
    status as a market leader in offering study abroad experiences to American students and am keen to
    maintain the high standards set by the organization.

COURSE OFFERINGS

CREDIT INFORMATION

Students participating in a semester program at UAL can expect to earn between 1-6 U.S. semester credits per module for a total of 12-16 U.S. semester credits per term. Credits are based on hours of learning.

UAL Semester Courses

Semester Study Abroad Programs For International Students

CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS SEMESTER PROGRAM (FASHION DESIGN OR GRAPHIC DESIGN):


1) Choose a core modules subject area which is your 'home' throughout the semester:

  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design

2) All students take the Research for Core Subject Area:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Research for Core Subject Area

3) Choose a maximum of 3 elective modules to customize your program. The electives allow for a cross-disciplinary approach to support your core subject area:

  • Concepts of Editing
  • Fashion Design with Textiles
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Accessory Design
  • Fashion Communication
  • Information Environments
  • Typography

UAL Semester Courses

Semester Study Abroad Programs For International Students

CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS SEMESTER PROGRAM (FASHION DESIGN OR GRAPHIC DESIGN):


1) Choose a core modules subject area which is your 'home' throughout the semester:

  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design

2) All students take the Research for Core Subject Area:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Research for Core Subject Area

3) Choose a maximum of 3 elective modules to customize your program. The electives allow for a cross-disciplinary approach to support your core subject area:

  • Concepts of Editing
  • Fashion Design with Textiles
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Accessory Design
  • Fashion Communication
  • Information Environments
  • Typography

Highlights
  • Creative and diverse arts programs
  • One of Europe's top art schoolsRanked #2 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

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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Students taking fashion modules at Central Saint Martins will incur an additional $1,350 fee.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 3, 2020 - Apr 10, 2020 $18,980 Oct 15, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Fall Aug, 2020 - Dec, 2020 $18,980 May 15, 2020 Jun 15, 2020
Spring Jan 2, 2019 - Apr 13, 2019 $18,980 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018
Fall Aug 24, 2019 - Dec 7, 2019 $18,980 May 15, 2019 Jun 15, 2019