Register & Buy Tickets

If you have registered for your ceremony and have passed your course, we look forward to seeing you at your ceremony. You will receive more information about the day 1 week before your ceremony.

Please note, we are no longer able to accept any further registrations for the ceremony and no further amendments to ticket orders can be made. Refunds for registered students who have been unsuccessful will be arranged in August.

Changes and refunds

We recommend checking with your guests before registering and buying tickets, but if you need to make any changes please contact the Graduation team.

You can make changes up to 8 June 2018, the final registration deadline.

You’ll get a refund on your tickets:

  • If you cancel your ticket purchases before 8 June 2018
  • If you don’t pass your course, guest ticket purchases will be refunded to you from August onwards. The College will let us know so you don’t have to contact us.

Confirmation and collection

About a week before the ceremony you’ll get an email confirming the number of tickets you’ve been allocated, including any extras. We’re unable to send emails out earlier because results aren’t finalised until the first week of July.

If you’ve asked for additional guest tickets, please don’t make travel arrangements for them until we’ve confirmed availability.

You can collect all of your tickets and pay for any extras you’ve been allocated, at the Royal Festival Hall, on the day of your Graduation ceremony.

No tickets are sent out before then!

Special requirements

If you or any of your guests have any special requirements, please let us know so we can do our best to accommodate your needs (for example, if one of your guests has mobility issues we will not seat them in the balcony).

There’s a Special Requirements section on the registration form so do let us know when you are booking your tickets.

If you’d like to send us any additional information about your requirements or you forget to tell us when you register, please contact the Graduation Team.

Please include your student id, your name and the ceremony you will be attending (e.g. Joseph Smith SMI0900007, CSM morning).

If you have a guest who plans to bring their own wheelchair, please contact us at graduation@arts.ac.uk so we can give you more information about how the ceremonies work.

Children (under 16)

  • The Royal Festival Hall requires all children two years old or above to have their own seat.
  • All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult so graduates must make arrangements for an adult to site with them. Don’t forget, graduates and guests are seated separately.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot offer price reductions for children’s tickets.
  • Ceremonies may last up to two hours so please tell us if you are bringing children when you purchase your tickets. We will try to seat your guests near to a door so they can easily exit the ceremony should they need to.
  • For the comfort of other guests, parents may wish to take any child who becomes agitated or distressed out of the hall.
  • Prams/buggies are not allowed in the auditorium but can be stored securely in the cloakroom.

Why do I have to buy tickets?

The £20 guest ticket contributes towards the cost of the graduation ceremony including:

  • The hire of the Royal Festival Hall – a major London arts venue
  • The reception after the ceremony where you and your guests will be served prosecco and light refreshments

Like most universities in London, UAL has lots of great spaces for you to study and train but unfortunately none big enough to accommodate a ceremony for all of our students and their guests.

You or your guests may have attended graduation ceremonies at other universities for no charge because they have been held on their own campus, where there is enough space on site.

Why don’t my tuition fees cover the cost of my tickets?

Your tuition fees are used for the delivery of your course, rather than non-compulsory events.