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Illustration of a person jumping up and down with joy
Illustration by Giada Maestra

Find out how Careers and Employability at UAL can support you with your career and job search.

Careers and Employability empowers UAL students and graduates to make a living doing what they love.

Our range of services can help you to build a successful career, whether you want to be an employee, freelancer, entrepreneur or creative practitioner.

We provide:

Support is free and accessible to all UAL students and graduates (up to 5 years after graduation).

We don't have a student-facing office, but you can email us anytime with any questions:,  or for graduates, you can email

Get involved

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    Image courtesy of UAL
    Starting Out

    Want to get the skills, knowledge and motivation you need to fulfil your ambitions? Starting Out is our summer programme of inspiring and empowering talks, workshops, one-to-ones and networking opportunities. Events run from 12 July until 15 September 2022.

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    Credit Illustration by Gracie Dahl
    Join our Founders and Freelancers network  

    Work for yourself or want to in the future? Sign up to be part of our Founders and Freelancers group on The Dots!

  • Graduate Entrepreneur Visa
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    International Start-up visa

    Want to set up your own business? UAL can help you apply for a Start-up Visa to stay in the UK after graduation. Apply by 11 July 2022.

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    Design a notebook for not just a shop  

    Enter our latest competition and your design could be sold in not just a shop. Winners receive £250 and 5 notebooks with their design. Apply by 10am 26 July.

Key resources

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    Find a job

    UAL can help you to find paid employment during or after your studies through Arts Temps and Creative Opportunities.

  • Illustration of a woman carrying a portfolio to an interview
    Illustration by Gracie Dahl
    Explore our career resources

    Our range of online tools and learning guides are designed to help you with your portfolio, interview skills and more.

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    Opportunities for underrepresented students

    Learn more about Creative Shift, our programme of opportunities and events designed to help you kick start your career.

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    Networking by Catarina Fonseca Chaica
    Come to our events

    Our free events, training sessions and one-to-ones will help you to learn practical skills, gain advice and meet creative professionals.

What are you looking for?

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    Money by Gabriele Lorusso
    Careers advice for students

    Explore the full range of ways we can support you with your career, from making money while you study to preparing for the world of work.

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    Collaboration by Gracie Dahl
    Careers advice for graduates

    Our advisors and resources can support you with identifying your career path, applications and preparing for interviews.

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    Starting A Business by Gracie Dahl
    Freelance and business support

    Our enterprise team can support you with many aspects of setting up and running a successful business or freelance practice.

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    Mohammed Adel painting in the studio. Photo Alys Tomlinson
    Support for visual artists  

    Artquest provides the professional information, advice and projects that visual artists need to understand the art world.

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