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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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    Profile images from left to right: Maya Gurung-Russell Campbell, Archi Banerjee, Cassie Quinn, Nat Norland, Veera Rustomji, Eva Titherington, Tim Boddy.
    Mead Fellowship Awards

    Students and recent alumni (undergraduate and postgraduate) can apply for an award of up to £10,000 to complete a creative project after graduation. This opportunity is open to final-year students on a degree or postgraduate course and those who graduated in 2022.

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    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!

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    Illustration by Gracie Dahl
    The Creative Innovator  

    Join us for a flexible career programme spread over four weeks aimed at helping you articulate and progress your skills and ideas!

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    Illustration by Gracie Dahl
    Mentoring at UAL

    One-to-one mentors offer their support, knowledge and experience to a mentee, usually over a set period of time.

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.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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