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UAL Awarding Body Events

Our events are designed to equip you with the confidence to run our qualifications successfully.

Origins Creative Arts Festival

This July at the Truman Brewery, UAL Awarding Body's Origins Creative Arts Festival offered the chance to view original creative talent from across the UK.

Origins Creative Arts Festival is an annual celebration of the work that students have completed throughout their programme of study on a UAL Awarding Body qualification. It offers the students an opportunity to exhibit their work in London, and to experience what it is like to be an ‘arts professional’. The theme of this year's exhibition was 'coming into focus' which represents the way that students clarify, consolidate and confirm their skills and their artistic practice whilst studying on UAL Awarding Body qualifications.

This year, UAL Awarding Body received over 350 applications for Origins Creative Arts Festival 2019, 150 of which were exhibited at the Truman Brewery from 26-28 July! Attendees enjoyed work created by talented students across Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. A range of painting, drawing, sculpture, film and fashion were exhibited, complemented by a Barbican Box workshop on the Friday and a programme of live music on the Saturday.  This year's graphic design was developed by London College of Communication graduate James Land, who produced some exciting visuals which were incorporated into the design and curation of the festival.

Did you miss out on seeing this year's Origins Creative Arts Festival?

Catch up now! Download the full programme of works (PDF)watch the showreel of film pieces, and check out our virtual tour of Origins Creative Arts Festival 2019.

#TeachInspireCreate - Annual Conference 2019

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2019 UAL Awarding Body Annual Conference at The Mermaid on Friday 8 February.

The conference kicked off with a welcome presentation from Ross Anderson, Director, UAL Awarding Body, and Simon Ofield-Kerr, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, UAL. The welcome was followed by an entertaining and inspiring presentation from Amy Lamé, London's first Night Czar, on The Value of Everything: Authenticity as Cultural Capital.

Delegates also got to hear key policy updates from UAL Awarding Body on T Levels, Funding and the Future from Ruben Hale, Deputy Director, before moving into subject-specific break out sessions.

Attendees heard from students and key industry voices including practising artists and performers, lecturers, tutors and professionals from 14-18 Now, PRS for Music, TIGA and John Lewis.

MinaLima, who developed the entire graphic style for the Harry Potter movies, delivered an encouraging and uplifting keynote presentation at the end of the day offering the following advice to attendees: 'Choose which opportunities you want to pursue and be confident about carving out your own strengths, identifying and pursuing them.'

Booking for our 2020 Annual Conference will be published here in Autumn 2019.


(Ross Anderson, Director, UAL Awarding Body)

Today we're hosting an annual conference and this is a moment in time where we bring together arts educators from across the country to support them, to inspire them, and to help them think about what they can do to positively impact the creative education of young people in this country.

(Justine Head, Chief Examiner of Fashion Business and Retail)

There's a chance for them to get together and to celebrate what really we do as an awarding body and to actually give something back to them in terms of having some inspirational speakers.


(Sue Cook, Chief Examiner of Foundation Art & Design)

Everyone that comes to the conference actually is a creator, but they also teach and through that teaching they inspire everyone.

(Ruben Hale, Deputy Director, UAL Awarding Body)

An event like this is really important because it's partly to do with building confidence and expertise in the people who are delivering creative education at the moment.

(MinaLima, Graphic Designers)

So MinaLima is a design studio specializing in graphic design, illustration, pretty much fully entertainment business starting with film design but branching out into publishing and packaging design. We formed our studio after working for 10 years together on the Harry Potter franchise.

(Marc Mollica, Chief Examiner of Performing & Production Arts)

The focus is always on the students and they're the next wave, they're the next generation of creators.


Standardisation events

Standardisation events allow centres to discuss and agree the national standards for Pass, Merit and Distinction grades across qualifications. Attendees are invited to look at previously graded, internally verified and externally moderated work from a centre.

Return to this page at the beginning of autumn term to book your place on our October and November standardisation events.

Delivery groups

These events are designed to support new centres that have been approved to commence delivering in the next academic year. Centres are invited to bring their delivery model and assessment materials along for feedback.

Please note that due to limited spacing, we can only accommodate 2 staff members per subject area.

The next delivery group event will take place in June 2020 for the following subject areas. Please check back in Autumn 2020 for specific dates.

  • Music, Performance and Production Delivery Group
  • Art and Design (Level 1, 2 and 3) Delivery Group
  • Creative Media Production and Technology Delivery Group
  • Performing and Production Arts Delivery Group
  • Fashion Business and Retail Delivery Group
  • Foundation Art and Design Delivery Group

Find out about our inspiring programme

Our continuing professional development (CPD) course is aimed at secondary and FE teachers.

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