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Congratulations on graduating from UAL - top 2 in the world for Art and Design.

Even though your time at university is coming to a close, UAL will still be there to support you. As a member of the Alumni Association, a network of over 200,000 former UAL students, you are entitled to an exclusive range of benefits and opportunities. These are designed to support your career and grow your professional and social networks.

Professional development - making a living doing what you love

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    Develop your practical skills

    Want to develop the skills and knowledge you need to get the best jobs, go freelance, or start your own business? Take full advantage of UAL’s free careers events.

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    Find a job  

    UAL’s jobs board 'Creative Opportunities', is the perfect place for graduates to find work in the creative industries. It features hundreds of paid jobs and internships each month.

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    Support for artists  

    Artquest provides advice, information and opportunities for visual artists. Their free e-book Primer covers everything you need to know within your first couple of years after graduation.

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    LCF careers networking

    Dedicated careers support for LCF alumni.

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    Portfolio

    Show the world your work, share your creative skills and connect with peers from across UAL on Portfolio, UAL's online showcasing platform.

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    Get tailored careers advice

    UAL provides support for graduates for up to 5 years after graduation, helping you to make a living doing what you love.

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    Kick-start your career

    UAL graduates and alumni can apply for temporary and permanent job opportunities through UAL Arts Temps, London’s most inspiring and creative recruitment agency.

Funding to help grow your ideas

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    Creative Enterprise Awards

    Looking to start or develop a business? Apply for a grant of up to £5,000 plus a share of prizes including showcasing, industry mentoring and business training.

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    Sell your work - not just a shop

    Based in central London, not just a shop sells products and artwork created exclusively by UAL students and alumni to the public. Submit your work to be considered for sale.

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    Mead Fellowships

    Apply for a Mead Fellowship of up to £10,000 to develop your creative practice, open to projects in any creative discipline studied at UAL.

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    Made in Arts London  

    A platform for students at any stage of their career to identify and try out ways of positioning themselves and their work once they leave UAL. You must be a UAL student at time of deadline.

Expand your network

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    International Associations and Groups

    Network with professionals from across the creative industries and meet fellow UAL alumni in your country, by joining an Alumni Association or Group.

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    Alumni of Colour Association

    A supportive community to help increase the visibility and representation of people of colour in the creative industries.

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    Enterprising Alumni Association

    Activities and events to keep you in contact with other creative leaders who have graduated from UAL.

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    The Sustainability Network

    Connect with peers who are working in, or passionate about the climate emergency, and purposeful and responsible creative practice. Help encourage practical steps to achieve a fairer and sustainable future for all

Access to research and learning

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    Library access

    Continue to gain access to UAL's world-renowned libraries and e-resources by applying for the Alumni Library Access Card.

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    Short courses

    Develop your practice further by learning new skills on one of UAL’s highly respected short courses – you’ll receive a 10% discount.

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    Progression discount

    Receive a £1000 tuition fee discount towards a Master's degree. Read more on the criteria online.

Be inspired

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    Gradual  

    A podcast series that explores the big questions and challenges that many graduates will face. In each episode, we share unfiltered stories from creative graduates ‘who make a living doing what they love.’ Brought to you by Creative Shift, part of Careers and Employability.

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    Inspiring alumni  

    Be inspired and learn about alumni from across our six Colleges who are enjoying success in their specialist fields.

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    Freelance and business advice  

    Find useful advice and guidance on growing your freelance work or business.

--- Please be advised that this video may offend some viewers due to brief swearing --- Leading voice in contemporary art, whose work focuses on space theory and land development, sculpture and performance - Theaster Gates Junior gives an unforgettable speech to our #UALGrads.