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Possible U.S. Credits: Approximately 12-13 U.S. semester credits per semester. Normal course load is 4 classes (units) per semester.
Final transcript is issued by University of the Arts London.
Semester Abroad at University of the Arts London: The Integrated Programme
Five of the colleges which comprise the University of the Arts London (UAL) are open to ASA students: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins (CSM), Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication (LCC), and Wimbledon College of Arts. Each college has a unique focus, approach, and subject areas. Since there are so many available options at UAL, ASA is happy to work with each student one-on-one to determine which college is the best fit for your area of study and learning goals!
The Integrated Programme at University of the Arts London allows ASA students to take classes alongside British students. Each term (Fall or Spring) is 10 weeks long, during which students will earn 12-13 semester credits. Through the Integrated Programme, you will take all of your classes within one subject area – usually your major – allowing you to delve deep into your area of specialization. The majority of your coursework will be done independently, although you’ll also have guidance from your instructor and attend lectures as well. This program is ideal for students who are independent learners, as coursework tends to be more project-based than lecture-based. While this may sound intimidating, past students have found it to be an extraordinarily exciting learning experience, as you will be encouraged to develop your own projects and explore your own creative process. Most students find they have more space and freedom to create than they have ever experienced before.This type of learning will help you develop specialist and detailed technical skills that go deeper and further within your chosen subject area.
Before reading on, here is a quick glossary of the different terminology used at UK universities vs. U.S. universities. It will help you greatly in understanding the rest of the information given here!
Course = Degree / Degree Area / Major
Unit/Module = Class/course
Course Director = Department Head/Chair; this is the person who will ultimately determine your acceptance into a course. He/she will make a recommendation that you enter either Year 1 or Year 2, based on the previous classes you have taken and your portfolio.
Year 1 = First year of a course; a sophomore study abroad student may enter at Year 1, depending on previous coursework
Year 2 = Second year of a course; a sophomore or junior study abroad student may enter at Year 1, depending on previous coursework
Year 3 = Third and last year of a course; study abroad students are not allowed to enter at Year 3 since degree-seeking students are working on dissertations or final projects
After one-on-one advising with an ASA representative, students will decide on 1 college and 3 possible “courses” (degree areas/majors) within that college that they want to apply for. Students will be asked to list these 3 courses in order of preference on their application. For example, a if you are Communications major, you might apply to these 3 courses at London College of Communications (LCC): Public Relations, Media Communications, and Media & Cultural Studies. Please note, it is not possible to take units within multiple courses. All of your units will be taken within one course, at one college. We ask that students please consult with ASA before going through the course approval process at your home institution, so that we can ensure you choose the right UAL college and course for you.
What is the application process like?
Most semester applicants must submit a portfolio of their work, although this depends on which Course you are applying for. While Art and Design students must always submit a portfolio, it may or may not be required for students in Courses such as Journalism or Communications. Please check with an ASA representative to find out whether a portfolio will be required for you.
Applicants will give a list of 3 possible Courses (degree areas) in which you would like to enroll, and then based on your past coursework, portfolio, and academic goals, the UAL Admissions staff will determine which Course is the best fit for you, and, if accepted, offer you a place to study on that Course. For example, a painting major’s top 3 courses might be: Painting at Camberwell, Fine Art at Chelsea, and Painting and Wimbledon. A Journalism major’s top 3 courses might all be at London College of Communications; for example, Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, and Publishing.
Some UAL colleges offer the same or similar Courses. For example, Painting is available at both Camberwell and Wimbledon, and Graphic Design is available at both Central Saint Martins and London College of Communications. If you are wondering what is the difference between these, or which one you should apply for, please give us a call at 888-845-4272, and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you!
What classes will I take?
Studying abroad at UAL is a bit different from your home institution or even your typical study abroad program, where students choose classes from various subject areas. UAL has a different framework, where through the Integrated Programme, you will take a set curriculum of classes, all within your major or area of specialization.
Each course (degree) at UAL is typically 3 years. Each year of the course has a fixed curriculum of 3-5 units (classes) that are taken for the duration of that academic year. For example, degree-seeking students in Year 1 of the Public Relations course at LCC would take the same 4 units for the entire academic year; they will then take a different set of units for the Year 2 academic year and another set of units for the Year 3 academic year (mostly dissertation/final projects). In the Integrated Programme, ASA students will take exactly the same units as the Year 1 or Year 2 degree-seeking students; hence, they are fully integrated. (Study abroad students may not take Year 3 units.) To continue with the same example, a sophomore year ASA student who has been accepted to the Public Relations course at LCC will take either Year 1 or Year 2 units (depending on the recommendation of the Public Relations Course Director at UAL). To be clear, once again, she will take ONLY those units listed under Year 1 or Year 2 (whichever she is assigned to). Students may not take units from other courses or colleges, other than the one they are accepted to.
The total number of credits earned per Fall or Spring term is approximately 12-13 U.S. credits (40 UAL credits). Individual units may be worth anywhere from 5-20 UAL credits (1.5 – 6 U.S. semester credits). Once again, please consult with ASA before going through the course approval process at your home institution, so that we can ensure you choose the right UAL college and course for your particular needs.
Below you can see which units (classes) are offered within the following courses (degrees). Once again, you cannot mix and match units from different colleges or courses. Only Year 1 and Year 2 units are open to study abroad students. To see the available units, please click on the course name below, and then when the UAL webpage opens up, click on the “Content and Structure” tab. Course offerings are subject to change.
Camberwell College of Arts
Central Saint Martins (CSM)
Chelsea College of Arts
London College of Communication (LCC)
Wimbledon College of Arts
Why am I not allowed to take classes in different subject areas?
At the heart of University of the Art London’s learning philosophy is that students are given the space and creative freedom to explore their own ideas and professional practice. You will take classes (that are assigned to you) in just one subject area, in order to fully develop specialist and detailed technical skills that go deeper and further within that chosen subject area. This, in turn, encourages independent research, creativity and skill building – all of which are required for a career in professional artistic practice and the creative industries.
What classes will I take? How do I select and sign up for them?
You will be assigned a set curriculum of classes by the Course Director of your subject area, and your timetable (class schedule) will be confirmed after you arrive in London. At the Welcome Day for Study Abroad students, you will be given an appointment to meet with your Course Director. at this meeting, you will receive further details, such as your timetable and a tour of your college!
How can I ensure transfer of credits back to my U.S. home institution?
Above is a list of the UAL courses (degrees) in which study abroad students may enroll. Please click on the link of the course you are interested in, and then click “Content and Structure” to view the units (classes) offered within that course. (If you click “Staff,” you can read about the Course Director of that particular area – this will be the person who will determine your admissiblity, if you choose to apply for that course.) Please remember that study abroad students may only take Year 1 or Year 2 units. In some cases, you will also find a detailed description of each unit (similar to a syllabus). If you do not see a detailed description of the units, please call or email ASA, and we’ll be happy to help!
Isn’t it quite restrictive for students not to be able to choose their classes?
While it might sound restrictive, you will actually have more freedom within your programme than you are probably used to. All of the students in your year group will attend the same classes, but you will be expected to interpret project briefs differently and generate your own ideas on how to respond to them. You will be expected to develop, explore and build your own ideas and creative thought processes and will have the freedom to manage and direct your work according to your own thought processes and schedule. While this can sound intimidating, it doesn’t take long for Study Abroad students to find their feet and immerse themselves in the new learning environment. Lots of support will be available to you, and you should never feel awkward about asking your course tutors (and others within the University) for extra support or assistance in navigating the new learning system.