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Insights: shape your portfolio

a womxn poses on a stool for a fashion look
a womxn poses on a stool for a fashion look

Enhance your creativity with our programmes and resources

UAL Insights is the University’s outreach programme offering young people access to our Colleges for creative activities and pre-university advice.

Build your skills and knowledge with our resources, made by our community of UAL tutors and students.

Develop your work

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    Still from from video produced by Dalia Dawood. 2019.
    How to

    Learn practical skills to build a portfolio. Design, podcasts, curation and more - dive into tips and advice put together by UAL's students and tutors.

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    Group shot of Rafin Jannat with models from the Jarafin shoot. 2019. BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear. London College of Fashion. UAL. Photograph: Calvin Chinthaka.
    Into uni

    Myth-busting articles on subject areas. UAL Insights students talk about their work and life. Find out what it's like to study a creative subject in a leading university.

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    Crab Samurai illustration. Omar Hernandez del Canto. 2020.

    Get new ideas and knowledge to shape your next project. Browse work by leading designers, discover artists and thinkers.

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    Sam Walsh. BA Graphic Branding and Identity, London College of Communication. UAL. Photograph: Sam Walsh.
    Insights archives

    Browse all our posts. Practical tips for making, ideas, artists and student stories - it's all here.

Featured tips: How to make a great sketchbook

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    Page from Jean Julien's sketchbook. Photograph: courtesy of Jean Julien.

    Themes/Identity: What’s in your sketchbook?

    Stuck on what to fill your sketchbook with? Oliver has some ideas to get you thinking.

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    Still from How to make a sketchbook video. Photograph: Hamish Mek Chohan.

    Techniques: Sketchbooks

    Oliver and Hamish’s step-by-step guide to making your own sketchbook is an unashamed tribute to ’90’s Art Attack legend, Neil Buchanan!

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    Portrait of Ishmael Lartey. BA Hons Fine Art. Central Saint Martins. 2016. Photograph: Kalina Pulit

    Insights introduces: Ishmael

    In this episode of Insights introduces, we caught up with fine art student Ishmael to find out more about how he approaches his work.

  • Honour Beddoe. Page from sketchbook with ruler to demonstrate scale. Photograph: Alex Wojcik.
    Honour Beddoe, Honour Beddoe. Page from sketchbook with ruler to demonstrate scale. Photograph: Alex Wojcik.
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    Techniques: Photograph sketchbooks and 2D work

    So, you’ve got your mini studio set up thanks to Alex’s first video. Now let's start by looking at how you can photograph your flat 2-dimensional work.