University of the Arts London Partnership: Integrated Program
Follow your creative spirit to one of the world’s most prestigious art schools, with a rich legacy spanning 150+ years and a reputation for some of the UK’s best creative instruction. Join local students at one of five colleges and gain insight and skill from talented artists and professionals with close ties to the arts, theater, design, and media industries.
Interested in fashion business or design? Check out our sister program, University of Arts London: London College of Fashion.
The UAL Integrated program is for students who are art, design, fashion, communications, or performance majors with a strong background in these areas.
You should be prepared for an intensive, independent study that is very subject specific alongside degree-seeking UAL students. When you join a full-degree program for a semester, you will automatically take the classes local students are taking at that point in their degree. Usually this is Year Two in the degree plan. You will not be able to freely choose electives.
IFSA students can study on any of UAL’s full-degree programs at the following UAL colleges:
Camberwell College of Arts
Subjects: Illustration, Drawing, Photography, Sculpture, Computational Arts, Painting, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design
Chelsea College of Arts
Subjects: Fine Arts, Textile Design, Interior Design, Product and Furniture Design, Graphic Design
Central Saint Martins
Subjects: Architecture, Ceramic Design, Fine Arts, Textile Design, Fashion Design, Jewelry Design, Graphic Design, Fashion Communication, Fashion Journalism and Performance Design
London College of Communication
Subjects: Photography, Music Production, Journalism, Advertising, Graphic Design and Branding, Film Practice, Public Relations, Magazine Journalism and Publishing, Photojournalism, Film and Television Studies, Computer Animation, Game Design, Game Art and Design for Climate Justice
Wimbledon College of the Arts
The curriculum at Wimbledon is uniquely theater and film focused: Theater Arts, Theater Performance, Creative Technical Theater, Costume for Theater and Screen, Production Arts for Screen, Theater Design, Technical Arts for Theater
The UAL Integrated program is available for the fall, spring, and academic year terms, during which its structure varies as follows:
- Fall students enroll in a required, three-week presession Creative Industries London class in September plus a 10-week term for a total of 13 U.S. semester credit hours.
- Spring students enroll in a 19-week term for 20 U.S. semester credit hours. The optional three-week Creative Industries London class is available prior to the start of the Spring term for an additional 3 U.S. semester credit hours. A supplemental fee will apply.
- Academic Year students enroll in a required, three-week presession Creative Industries London class in September plus a 10-week term for a total of 13 U.S. semester credit hours for the fall. They also enroll in a 19-week term for 20 U.S. semester credit hours for the spring. Student will earn a total of 33 U.S. semester credit hours for the year.
Check out the University of the Arts London: London College of Fashion for additional options.
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Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.
Class descriptions in the online class catalog include prerequisites and portfolio requirements that you must fulfill in order to apply to the class when applicable.
Please note that the classes listed are three-year degree programs taught in a conservatory style with no electives, which you will join for a semester or year. You will be accepted to study in Year 1 or Year 2 of the course of study you have chosen, on the basis of your class background and experience.
Students can participate in only one course of study. If you are interested in multiple art forms and have the background experience and completed coursework in both, you must choose one.
- You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
- You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
- You must have completed at least one (1) full-time year of study at your home institution before the start of the program.
Your application to this program will require one (1) academic letter of recommendation.
Demonstration of Prior Work
Your application will be required to show your prior work, either through a portfolio of creative work or a written statement depending on your area of study. IFSA will provide guidance on the specifics of what you need to submit.
Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.
Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.
Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.
- London Pandemics–Past and Present: This event will engage you with both an historic overview and a contemporary look at concepts of community health and global health, with a particular focus on London and the pandemic. You will attend a guest lecture at the IFSA London Flagship, followed by the John Snow Cholera Tour. This tour will take you to the nearby streets of Soho to visit important sites in the story of Dr. Snow and the cholera outbreak in 1854.
- London Statue Walk: This walking tour includes stops at some of London’s most iconic statues as well as some of its most obscure, weaving in historical, cultural, literary, and political threads as it seeks to put the past into dialogue with the present.
- Homelessness in London–A Dialogue: This event will explore the realities of homelessness in London from three perspectives. First, you will participate in a dialogue with guest speakers followed by a tour of Central London developed, curated, and delivered by vulnerably housed individuals through Unseen Tours.
- The Square Mile Tour: The City of London, also known as the Square Mile, is just over one mile of the capital city. But what a mile it is. The Square Mile is the oldest part of London, dating back to 43 A.D. when the Romans christened it Londinium. From St. Paul’s Cathedral to Borough Market, the Bank of England to Tower Bridge, this walking tour will give you an exclusive glimpse into the London of old and new.
- London Graffiti and Street Art Tour: Get ready to experience the very best London has to offer in street art and graffiti during our urban street art adventure through the amazing painted streets of Shoreditch, East London and the surrounding areas. See work by some of the world’s most famous street artists including Banksy, Ben Eine, Obey, Roa, C215 and 100s more. We introduce you to all the various types of street art from street sculpture to stencils, wheat pastes and stickers. In addition to schooling you in graffiti art and explaining the different styles of lettering and techniques used in street art, the tour will really open your eyes to the graffiti/street art around you, as well as the meaning behind the graffiti.
- Stonehenge and Bath Visit: Stonehenge has stood on Salisbury Plain for around 5,000 years and it’s still unknown how the prehistoric monument came to rest there! Make up your own mind during this visit and discover the fascinating theories behind these rocks. You’ll learn about Stonehenge from the fascinating exhibits and be able to enjoy a virtual sunrise as it rises over the prehistoric stones! Afterward, travel to the Roman city of Bath for a walking tour of this World Heritage city once home to Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Gainsborough, Lord Nelson, and Beau Nash. Then prepare to travel back 2,000 years to the Roman era with a visit to the Roman Baths.
- Piers and Queers Brighton Trip: Since the 18th century Brighton has become a cosmopolitan place of recreation, escape, and freedom. A destination for people who didn’t conform. With an LGBTQ+ population now estimated at 15%, Brighton celebrated England’s first civil partnerships, and hosts the UK’s largest Pride event as well as Europe’s first Trans Pride, rightly earning its title as the LGBTQ+ Capital of Britain. Peers and Queers is a tour of Brighton from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer perspective, in a colorful 90-minute walk along the beach and historic city center taking in more than 200 years of history including Regency Dandies, 1950s lesbian and gay life, and political activism. Afterward, there’s time for a walk on the pier and fish and chips, just watch out for seagulls!
- Windsor Castle and Eton College Tours: Take a full-day tour to the beautiful Berkshire towns of Windsor and Eton. Visit the king’s home at Windsor Castle which has more than 900 years of royal history and is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. After lunch it will be on to Eton, home of the world-famous Eton College founded in 1440. Eton has educated generations of British and foreign aristocracy and members of the Royal family including Princes William and Harry, and British Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and David Cameron.
Housing and Meals
HousingResidence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option
Students live in UAL residences or in centrally located flats (apartments) provided by IFSA. Options change each semester.
Take a look at Costume Store (a UAL residence named as a nod to its previous life as storage for the BBC costume collection) to see what your London home might be like:
- Location: North Acton in West London
- Commute: North Acton Tube station is across the street. It’s a 60-minute ride to the College of Fashion site. North Acton has easy connections to other UAL sites.
- Furnished flats: Designed for four to nine students, with single bedrooms, some with private bathrooms, some with shared bathrooms. Shared living space and kitchen with refrigerator, freezer, microwave, oven, and kettle. Sheets and towels not included.
- Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare or purchase meals.
- Additional details: Student art gallery. On-site laundry, coffee shop, and small supermarket. Receptionist on staff.
- Nearby: Shepherd’s Bush, BBC Television Centre, Wembley Stadium; easy access to all of London via Tube
Lightfoot Hall is typical of a central London housing option provided by IFSA:
- Location: Chelsea, an upscale area known for beautiful architecture, galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and plentiful green space. Home of Chelsea Football.
- Commute: 30 minutes to most UAL locations; 60 minutes to UAL Camberwell; 30 minutes to IFSA Program Center in Mayfair
- Double rooms: Two students share one bedroom and one bathroom. Rooms include two single beds, desks, chairs, wardrobes, and TV. Bed linens are provided. Take advantage of fully equipped kitchens and comfortable, shared spaces for studying and socializing. (Students might be placed in single bedrooms, which incurs an additional fee.)
- Meals: No meal plan. Students purchase meals or prepare food in shared kitchens.
- Other details: Unlimited Wi-Fi, staff and security on site 24/7. Laundry facilities on-site.
- Nearby: The Natural History Museum, King’s Road shopping, the Victoria & Albert Musuem, Battersea Park, Kensington Palace, the River Thames, and more.