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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: careers-support@arts.ac.uk, or for graduates, you can email gradsupport@arts.ac.uk

Get involved

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    Lauren Vaughan, 2019 MA Fine Art, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, Image courtesy of UAL

    Creative Business Accelerator

    UAL’s Creative Business Accelerator is a development programme designed to support the needs of graduates who have an active business that is ready to grow.

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    Lauren Vaughan,

    Creative Business Internships

    The Creative Business Internships give you the opportunity to get valuable, hands-on work experience with a business started by a UAL graduate.

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    Catarina Morais, Image courtesy of UAL

    UAL Career Toolkit

    Access support and guidance through your Moodle account with UAL Career Toolkit.

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    Side Hustle by Andreea Stan

    UAL Career Centre  

    Need a quick CV check or have an interview to prepare for? Use our AI powered tools on the UAL Career Centre.

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    not just a shop products 2021. Photo by Yeshen Venema

    not just a shop

    Apply to sell your products in not just a shop for our open call.

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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!

  • A blue and pastel green background is dotted with matching baubles. 9 Christmas cards are laid out on the table: The first card features an illustration of Santa in a tank top on a motorbike, the second is an abstract red green and yellow background with paint splatters and white letters spelling out 'NOEL', and the third is a black and white illustration of a house in a forest with a little ghost ice skating on a frozen lake, the forth is a photo of the oxford street Christmas lights through the rain, the fifth is a line drawing of Christmas dinner in lots of different colours, the sixth features four dotty colourful baubles in the Tate style and colours - red, yellow, green and blue, the seventh is a painting of a grumpy orange and black striped cat with a red bow on its head and a Christmas wreath around its neck, the eighth is a dark blue block print of mountains and the ninth is a computer generated image of a silver Christmas tree with a white to green gradient as the background.
    Yeshen Venema,

    Competitions and live briefs

    We run competitions throughout the year to provide students with opportunities to sell and showcase their work in not just a shop.

Key resources

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    Image by Gracie Dahl

    Find a job

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

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    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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    Image by Tasia Graham

    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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