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Insights: how to

A finger hovers over a screen
A finger hovers over a screen
Still from from video produced by Dalia Dawood. 2019.

Discover skills to take your work a step further.


Browse essential tools and techniques chosen by Insights students who went on to study at UAL.
Bring your ideas to life with practical tips, challenge yourself, and find exciting ways to showcase your work.

How to: find

  • various robotics equipment laid out neatly on a white board
    3D, Interior and Spatial Design Insights Spring School. 2017. Camberwell College of Arts. UAL. Photograph: Luke Watson.

    Find: be a practical hoarder

    Product design tutor jw shows you how to think like a designer when looking at materials.

  • a small notebook with sketches, resting on top of a green cutting board
    Photograph: Sean Galvin

    Find: an architect's toolkit

    Architecture student Sean introduces us to his essential equipment list.

  • two students cutting a large wooden panel of wood with stanley knives
    Behind the scenes at 3D, interior and spatial design workshop. Insights Summer Schools. 2018. Photograph: Ming Lu.

    Find: a product designer's toolkit

    Product design tutor jw introduces us to the kit he uses everyday.

How to: techniques

  • pages from a zine, displaying 'initial research' into the colours, red, white and blue
    Sam Walsh. BA Graphic Branding and Identity, London College of Communication. UAL. Photograph: Sam Walsh.

    Techniques: mood boards

    Shernette shares some mood board tips with the help of her graphic branding students.

  • a miniature photography studio with 3 small blue objects prepared for photographing
    How to lay out your mini-studio as demonstrated by Alex. Photograph: Alex Wojcik.

    Techniques: make a mini studio

    Photography technician Alex shows you how to set up DIY photo studio at home.

  • Repeat pattern of 6 black on ear headphones on yellow background
    Photograph: Unsplash.

    Techniques: start planning a podcast

    Want to know how to start planning your first podcast? Journalism tutor Dalia shares some advice.

  • A pair of hands drawing in an sketchbook
    Still from How to use visual research video. Photograph: Omar Hernandez del Canto.

    Techniques: use visual research

    Illustration grad Omar demonstrates how he plans his illustrations and uses visual references.

  • a red and white spotted notebook placed on a small table
    Still from How to make a sketchbook video. Photograph: Hamish Mek Chohan.

    Techniques: sketchbooks

    Want to make your own sketchbooks? Oliver and Hamish show you how in this step – by – step guide.

  • a studio shot of a wide-necked, cream coloured garment on a mannequin
    Student work created during UAL Insights Summer Schools, 2017. Photograph: UAL.

    Techniques: create pleats and ruffles

    Interested in picking up some quick and easy sewing techniques? Watch textile technician Yosana's step-by-step-guides.

  • a close-up portrait of a person with one eyebrow missing
    Still from How to block out eyebrows video. Photograph: Joy Howley.

    Techniques: block out eyebrows

    Hair makeup and prosthetics student Joy introduces you to a go-to technique for artists working in film, tv or theatre.

How to: challenges

  • Collage and mark marking in orange and red hues with paint palette central to image
    Student work from UAL Insights Textiles Summer School. 2017. Photograph: Joygun Nehar.

    Challenges: create your own colour palette

    Textiles technician Josephine challenges you to experiment with colour by using your own photographs as inspiration.

  • Birds eye view of textile samples in pink and maroon tones
    Student work from UAL Insights Textiles Summer School, 2017. Photograph: Joygun Nehar.

    Challenges: create your own original pattern

    Textiles technician Josephine challenges you to experiment with pattern by using your own photographs as inspiration.

  • Montage of images showing girl waking up from sleep for pixelation sequence
    Behind the scenes pixelation experimentation, 2020. Photographs: Luiza.

    Challenges: pixilation animation

    Animation technician Nicola challenges you to generate moving image work by using by pixilation animation.

How to: showcase

  • Bold coloured illustrations annotated with words
    Illustrations from ‘Love In The Pines’ (LITP) Tumblr, 2020. Illustrations: Tom or Judy Moore.

    Showcase: alternative exhibitions

    Fine art tutor Rosemary introduces different ways to present your work online or in your own home.