UAL has once again been ranked sixth in the world for for Art and Design in the QS World University Rankings® 2018, cementing its status as a global leader of art and design education.

The 2018 rankings lists the world’s top 959 universities and is based on the opinions of over 75,000 academics, 40,000 employers, as well as 12.3m research papers and 75.1m citations. The QS World University Rankings by Subject identifies the world’s strongest universities in 48 individual subject areas.

UAL’s top six world ranking for art and design affirms its position as the main talent pipeline into the creative industries.

It follows on from a series of milestone moments for UAL, including Wimbledon College of Arts alumna, Lubaina Himid’s Turner Prize win late last year.

Turner Prize 2017 winner, Lubaina Himid, Spike Island

In another historic moment, Central Saint Martins alumnus, Richard Quinn was awarded with the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II last month. The award recognises an emerging British designer for their “talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or sustainable policies”.

Richard Quinn, HM The Queen, Caroline Rush, Angela Kelly; Getty Images/ BFC


Home to a diverse community of over 18,000 students from 129 countries, UAL graduates go on to work in and shape creative industries worldwide.

UAL has produced some of the most influential names in art, design, fashion, communication and performance, from Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Jimmy Choo, Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley, Jarvis Cocker, Sir Terrence Conran, Jefferson Hack , Rankin, Tom Hardy, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Florence Welch, to Michael Fassbender and many more.


UAL has also produced over half of all Turner Prize winners since its inception in 1984; 36 of the 77 Royal Academicians are UAL alumni, serving or former staff; almost two thirds of the recipients of British Designer of the Year are UAL alumni; over half of the designers showcased at London Fashion Week 2018 are UAL alumni; as well as producing multiple winners in the most prestigious art and design awards: from the BP Portrait Award; Prince Philip Designers Prize, Jerwood Prize; Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize; Minerva Medal; BAFTAs, Golden Globes and the Oscars.

Rosie Crawley, You Stole Our Pride. BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL. Photograph: Kristy Noble Photography.


Home to award-winning staff and students for more than a century, UAL’s prestigious Colleges are at the forefront of learning, creativity and practice in their specialised subjects, offering over 110 courses at pre-degree and undergraduate level in art, design, communication, fashion, media and performing arts.

UAL is also home to Europe’s largest postgraduate arts and design community. Our Colleges offer a wealth of postgraduate certificates, diplomas, masters and research programmes.

For full listings and more information, visit the QS World University Rankings by Subject website.