As the creative economy becomes one of the fastest growing sectors of the global economy, overseas demand for a creative education in the UK continues to grow.
The total number of international students studying creative arts subjects at UK universities has increased by 20% in five years, making the creative industries one of the most attractive sectors in the UK international education market.
Cambridge Education Group (CEG) and the University of Reading have now partnered to guarantee a pathway into higher education for successful international students wanting to study creative arts in the UK.
From September 2017 CEG’s ONCAMPUS Reading centre will offer international students an Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP) with guaranteed progression for successful students to a range of the University of Reading’s Arts and Design courses.
The UFP is designed to offer high-quality teaching that is tailored to the needs of international students, ensuring that they are ideally prepared to be successful on their chosen degree programme.
Lord Patten, Senior Honorary Adviser for CEG commented: “I think we underestimate the importance of education as the most important humanising experience in our lives and I think we understate the role of education in creating some of the glue which holds our societies and indeed our international communities together.”
Fergus Brownlee, President of CEG said, “ONCAMPUS Reading is a great new partnership that builds on our reputation for delivering quality pathway programmes. There is growing interest internationally for students to study creative disciplines, such as Art and Design. We are very pleased to be able to partner with the University of Reading to offer international students a route to study in these areas with one of the UK’s leading institutions in the field.”
Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Reading said:
“I am delighted by the opportunities this new collaboration with ONCAMPUS will help to create. We are providing a specialist pathway for international art and design students here at the University of Reading, and we look forward to a fruitful partnership with Cambridge Education Group for future global excellence in the sector.”
ONCAMPUS, part of CEG, operates successfully in the UK preparing thousands of international students each year for university courses in the UK. ONCAMPUS Reading students will progress to degrees in the University of Reading’s School of Arts and Communication Design, which is home to a vibrant 24-hour studio community with state-of-the-art facilities, well-equipped studio space, a student-run gallery and commercial student-supported design and print studio.