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UAL is home to a diverse body of 18,000 students from 130 countries. Made up of 6 world-class Colleges, our courses cover art, design, screen, communication, fashion, media and performing arts.

Careers and Employability empowers UAL students and graduates to make a living doing what they love. We work with students and graduates from all UAL Colleges to support them in developing their careers and creative businesses.

Support our work

We partner with a wide range of organisations to provide opportunities for our students. We can help you to engage with UAL’s network of creative students and graduates in different ways, including:

  • Events and fairs
  • Sponsorship
  • Advertising jobs
  • Mentoring
  • Large-scale projects and live briefs

We value the contributions made by partner organisations and we are always looking to forge new relationships. Contact us at to discuss your ideas or sign up to our partnerships mailing list to be informed about current opportunities.

Key stats

  • UAL is ranked second in the world for Art and Design in the 2021 QS World University Rankings®.
  • 2021 study by Capital on Tap, found that a higher percentage of UAL’s graduates go on to found or co-found their own business than from any other UK university.
  • Up to 25% of our graduates identify as self-employed within 6 months of graduating from UAL and many more state they work for themselves at some point in their career.

Employ UAL students

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    Post a job on Creative Opportunities  

    Advertise your jobs and paid internships for free on UAL's jobs board - Creative Opportunities - and start recruiting our students and graduates today. See our advertising options.

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    Find candidates through Arts Temps

    Arts Temps’ specialists can help you to find creative students and alumni to fill your temporary and permanent job roles.

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    Get involved in our job fair

    Creative Opportunities Unlocked is our annual job fair, which takes place during the spring term. Find out how your company can get involved.

Commission UAL students

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    Explore our Graduate Business Directory

    Discover exciting businesses, search for collaborators and find out more about our creative graduates.

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    Food waste into sustainable plastics by Daisy Delaney-Baxter
    Graduate Showcase  

    Discover the next generation of creatives. Explore projects by UAL’s graduating students and contact them directly.

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    UAL Portfolio  

    Browse the digital portfolios of current UAL students. Search for projects by College, discipline or level of study.

Support our work

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    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).

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    Mustafa Boga, MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins. Photo Alys Tomlinson.
    Creative Enterprise Awards

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

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    Opportunities for underrepresented students

    Learn more about Creative Shift, our programme of opportunities and events designed to help diversify the creative industries.

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    Mentoring by Gracie Dahl

    Matches UAL students with industry professionals, to help them to make decisions about their creative career and the steps they need to take to get there.

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