About UCA

RSN Degree Students and the University for the Creative Arts

The RSN Degree, BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art is accredited by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). The course is taught in dedicated studios based on the third floor of Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace in southwest London in apartments designed by Sir Christopher Wren. As a Degree student at the Royal School of Needlework, you will have access to the UCA University Library and Gateway Student Services and Learning Resources (including on-line learning materials) at the UCA campuses.

One of the top five creative Universities in the UK

About the University for the Creative Arts

Oscar-winning filmmakers, world-renowned fashion and interior designers, television presenters, celebrity jewellers and Turner Prize nominees are just some of the high-profile graduates from the University for the Creative Arts.

As a specialist university, UCA has created a unique community for its students, where like-minded people can share in the creative process and inspire one another.

It is not surprising that this specialist learning environment has produced graduates who go on to lead and innovate. UCA alumni include Karen Millen and Zandra Rhodes in the world of fashion; jeweller, Stephen Webster; Oscar winning animators, Michael Dudok de Wit and Suzie Templeton; artists, Humphrey Ocean and Tacita Dean and textile designer Roger Oates.


The UCA has been providing specialist art and design education through its founding colleges for almost 150 years.

The University for the Creative Arts will support you in developing and realising your ambitions for both your life and career by providing courses
that will inspire and motivate you to realise your full potential.

To support you though your studies, Student Services provides advice about careers and employability, studying, health and wellbeing, mental health and counselling, faith services and student finance. UCA also provides support for students, including care leavers, international students and students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

UCA’s History

UCA’s founder colleges in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester opened their doors in Victorian times. Each of these colleges made it their mission to serve local people in the communities in which they were based and to offer education irrespective of social class.

The curriculum and buildings may have changed since then but the passion for creativity and education remains and influences everything that the university does.

After a series of mergers, the University for the Creative Arts achieved full university title in 2008. This was wonderful news for staff, students and alumni alike, as the creation of a specialist creative arts university acknowledged the growing importance of the subject taught at the institutions. The appointment of Zandra Rhodes as our first Chancellor in May 2010 completed this process.

UCA’s Vision for the future

‘We will be internationally recognised as a leading creative arts university, known for the extraordinary individual and collective achievements of our students and staff.

Our graduates will be inquisitive, imaginative and enterprising, persevering, flexible and committed to learning; they will demonstrate intellectual and practical skills that make them highly employable and able to make a powerful contribution to culture, society and the world economy.

Informed by the important legacy of UK art and design education and of our founder Schools and Colleges in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester, we will champion the role of the creative arts in cultural, political, social and economic development.

We will be a university of choice that exceeds the expectations of its students and staff.’