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Starting A Business by Gracie Dahl

Are you interested in working for yourself? Do you have an idea for a creative business?

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

We provide:

  • Online business resources and events
  • Enterprise one-to-ones
  • Opportunities to showcase and sell your work
  • Funding and awards
  • Guidance on how to protect your intellectual property (IP)

Take a look at the resources on this page or email enterprise@arts.ac.uk with your questions or to request a one-to-one.

Business resources

  • Man looking at typographic piece.
    Archive Research by Damilola Ayo-Vaughan. Photo Alys Tomlinson.
    How to be self-employed

    We explain the terminology and things to consider when planning and launching your own business.

  • Daisy Hristova from MA Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation in front of a rack of magazines and working on a laptop.
    Daisy Hristova studying in the Library © Alys Tomlinson
    How to work as a freelancer

    Read our guidance on how to launch and maintain a successful freelance career.

  • Bradley Vine in the studio
    Bradley Vine, BA (Hons) BA (Hons) ) Live Events and Television , London college of Communication © Alys Tomlinson
    How to find freelance work

    Find out about business planning, pitching and presenting as a freelancer or small business.


  • How to manage your IP

    Read our tips and advice on how best to manage and benefit from the value of your intellectual property (IP).

Exhibit and sell your work

  • Silhouette of somebody speaking into a microphone
    Image courtesy of UAL
    Self-promotion and marketing

    Get advice on self-promotion and marketing yourself as a creative professional.

  • Photo of the inside of UAL's shop.
    not just a shop. Photo by Damian Griffiths.
    not just a shop

    If you're a student or graduate from UAL you can apply to sell your work in not just a shop through our open calls.

  • Stationary products
    Selection of products from not just a shop. Photo Yeshen Venema.
    How to price your work

    Read our step-by-step guide to make sure you're charging the right price for your products.

  • People at an exhibition
    Made In Arts Londone exhibition at Free Range
    Made in Arts London  

    Made in Arts London is the Students' Union's selling platform. Current students from all UAL colleges can submit work to be considered for sale.

Funding and awards

  • Graduate Entrepreneur Visa

    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.

  • Selection of fabrics and notes
    Textiles work by Laetitia Forst. Photo Alys Tomlinson.
    Creative Business Accelerator

    The Creative Business Accelerator is a programme of business development for UAL graduates (up to 5 years after graduation).

  • A student in a fine art studio
    Mustafa Boga, MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins. Photo Alys Tomlinson.
    Creative Enterprise Awards

    Apply for a grant of up to £5,000 plus a share of prizes including: showcasing, industry mentoring and business training.

View enterprise events