The University of the Arts London, which comprises both Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the London College of Fashion, has confirmed that its tuition fees will rise to £9,000 from 2012 as it is set to lose nearly all the teaching funding it normally receives.
Foundation and honours courses for UK students at the London College of Fashion cost £3,375 for the 2011/12 academic year but will increase for the next academic year to £9,000.
“By charging £9,000 we will be able to increase our investment in access measures to widen participation and continue to invest in the student academic experience in order to meet the high standards our students expect”
Nigel Carrington, rector of University of the Arts London
In an email to staff, Nigel Carrington, rector of University of the Arts London wrote: “As a specialist university for teaching and research in art, design and communication, we are set to lose nearly all of the teaching funding we receive from the government.
“Because of that loss and because our costs reflect our London locations and specialist resources, we would need to charge 2012/13 fees of more than £8,600 simply to stand still; by charging £9,000 we will be able to increase our investment in access measures to widen participation and continue to invest in the student academic experience in order to meet the high standards our students expect.”
He said that in implementing efficiencies over the last couple of years the university has “significantly reduced” it’s administrative and support costs. But added: “However we cannot provide a quality education unless we fully replace the public grants which will be removed.”
The fee increase is subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access and the university will aim to ensure that students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds are not deterred from applying with a package of scholarships, bursaries and other support such a subsidised accommodation. The university will invest around £2.5m in outreach and retention in 2012/13.
Carrington said it was “absolutely vital” the university remains open to talented students regardless of their parental income or background. “We are already very successful at widening participation and are determined to make sure that higher fees will not impede that success,” he added.
Carrington added: “I, like all of you, believe passionately in the worth of a creative education, both to the individual and to society as a whole. I am confident that this University will continue to be a place where talented individuals from all backgrounds are nurtured, challenged and inspired, and from where they go on to establish themselves as leaders in their chosen fields.”