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Starting Out

Starting Out is an online programme of events to help you prepare for your virtual degree show and embark on your creative career during uncertain times.

The series of industry-led webinars, online workshops and one-to-one advice will empower you to:

  • use your creative strengths,
  • be proactive and enterprising,
  • positively navigate change
  • and communicate your abilities in a way that helps you to stand out from the crowd.

See what events are happening and book your place now.

Booking and Attending Events

Please book your place at least 30 minutes before event start time so that we have the time to send you the link to attend online. Late bookings may not receive the link.

Starting Out events are only available to UAL current students and alumni.

June 2020

Students with hanging textiles installation
Installation by Amelia Rodney, Chelsea College of Arts. Photo by Alys Tomlinson.

Costing and pricing your work - degree show and beyond

Learn how to decide prices for your creative work, products, services and commissions - 23 June (11am-1pm)

Woman's hands with fabric swatches
Dyed textiles by Memunatu Barrie, Central Saint Martins. Photo by Alys Tomlinson.

Careers advice

Tailored careers advice whether you're considering routes to employment, self-employment or further education - 24 June (25-minute slots from 10am-6pm)

Yeshen at South East Makers Club
Image by Yeshen

Photographing your work at home

Learn how to create your own photography at home, regardless of your skills or equipment - 24 June (1.30pm-2.45pm)

Two people chatting in a studio
Laura Arroyo Rocha in the studio, Wimbledon College. Photo by Alys Tomlinson.

Graduate support 1-2-1s

UAL graduate? Get help with career queries such as: job search strategies, interview preparation, CVs and identifying a career path - 24 June (30-minute slots from1.30pm-4.15pm)

Zoe Zanan Rives in the studio
Image by Alys Tomlinson

Start to sell online

Learn how to get started with selling your products and services online - 25 June (11am-1pm)

Two students sat down talking
Miguel Desport and Marion Bisserier during their Internship at Pentagram. Photo by Alys Tomlinson.

Find and reach your target market, clients and employers

Identify who you are, who you want to work with, and how to approach prospective customers - 30 June (11am-1pm).

July 2020

Cem Hamlacibasi during his Internship at Narrative Projects
Image by Alys Tomlinson

Business advice 1-2-1s

Whether you’re in the early stages or have already started a business, come and discuss your ideas with our expert advisors - 1 July (25-minute slots from 10am-6pm)

Students on the floor painting
Fungai Benhura painting, Camberwell College. Photo by Alys Tomlinson.

Protecting and showcasing your work

Find out how to protect your work when sharing it online or with 3rd parties and how to use sourced content within your work - 1 July (11am-12.30pm)

Yeshen at South East Makers Club
Image by Yeshen

Building a website

Gain an overview of the main online selling platforms and learn how to organise and plan your website content with audiences in mind - 2 July (1.30pm-2.45pm)

Close up shot of letterpress
Letterpress. London College of Communication. Photo by Lewis Bush.

Writing for the web to get seen!

This webinar will explore how people read and absorb information online. Find out how best to create content that works with your audience and gets their attention - 7 July (12pm-2pm)

Collage and textiles by Lucie Hands. Photo by Alys Tomlinson.

CV, portfolio and creative job search advice

Get personalised feedback on your CV, portfolio and website plus advice on all aspects of your career - 8 July (25-minute slots from 10am-6pm)

Visitors outside an exhibition
School of Media and Communication. Photo by Arianna Poverini.

How to network like a pro (on and offline!)

Hone your networking skills in this fun and interactive session. Using exercises, theories and examples, you'll learn how to market yourself confidently - 9 July (11am-12pm)

Photo of not just a shop interior
Not just a shop interior

not just a shop presents: Getting your brand retail ready

Unsure if your brand and products are ready for the real world of retail, or where to even start? Learn how to go through the process from product curation to applying to sell your products to the public - 14 July (11am-1pm)

Two people chatting in a studio
Laura Arroyo Rocha in the studio, Wimbledon College. Photo by Alys Tomlinson.

Graduate support 1-2-1s

UAL graduate? Get help with career queries such as: job search strategies, interview preparation, CVs and identifying a career path - 15 July (30-minute slots from10am-12.45pm)

Photo of installation of shiny buttons on a wall
Installation by Mengheng Wang in Camberwell

Time Management for Creatives

Do you struggle with managing your time and energy? This practical and thought-provoking online session will help you to manage yourself and your time better - 15 July (11am-1pm)

Photo of installation of brightly coloured textured hanging works
Installation by Saroj Patel from CSM

Building a mindset to survive in crises

This mindset workshop will enable you to walk away with a renewed mindset, improve your level of confidence, and develop resilience to face challenges within the current crises. - 16 July (1pm-2.30pm)

Photo of people at private view in Chelsea College
Private view night at gallery in Chelsea

Developing communication skills and effective storytelling methods

Develop communication skills and storytelling methods as a culture of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking for creative businesses.- 21 July (11am-1pm)

Woman's hands with fabric swatches
Dyed textiles by Memunatu Barrie, Central Saint Martins. Photo by Alys Tomlinson.

Careers advice

Tailored careers advice whether you're considering routes to employment, self-employment or further education - 22 July (25-minute slots from 10am-6pm)

Two people chatting in a studio
Laura Arroyo Rocha in the studio, Wimbledon College. Photo by Alys Tomlinson.

Graduate support 1-2-1s

UAL graduate? Get help with career queries such as: job search strategies, interview preparation, CVs and identifying a career path - 22 July (30-minute slots from1.30pm-4.15pm)

Cem Hamlacibasi during his Internship at Narrative Projects
Image by Alys Tomlinson

Business advice 1-2-1s

Whether you’re in the early stages or have already started a business, come and discuss your ideas with our expert advisors - 29 July (25-minute slots from 10am-6pm)

Woman's hands with fabric swatches
Dyed textiles by Memunatu Barrie, Central Saint Martins. Photo by Alys Tomlinson.

Careers advice

Tailored careers advice whether you're considering routes to employment, self-employment or further education - 29 July (25-minute slots from 10am-6pm)

Photo of student drawing on the wall at a studio at LCC
Noel Garland in the studio at LCC

How and why to start a business at a time of employment uncertainty

Is 2020 a good time to start your own business or to start freelancing? Find out at this workshop why it is and how to get started - 29 July (11am-1pm)

Photo of mobile phone installation on wall at degree show
Installation by Trystan Williams at Camberwell

Social Media to promote yourself

Are you using social media in a professional way to get more sales or land a job? Find out how you can do this effectively at this session - 30 July (11am-1pm)

August 2020

Male students writing
Tevin Akinyemi working in the studio at LCC. Photo by Alys Tomlinson.

Self-employment, funding and application advice

Starting a project or working for yourself? Sign up to receive 1-2-1- advice on self-employment and feedback on your applications  - 5 August (25-minute slots from 10am-6pm)

Photo of installation of shiny buttons on a wall
Installation by Mengheng Wang in Camberwell

Crafting effective personal statements

This session will offer practical tips on how you can create and refine your personal statement so that you feel confident expressing yourself in a range of professional contexts  - 5 August (12.30pm-2pm)

Two people chatting in a studio
Laura Arroyo Rocha in the studio, Wimbledon College. Photo by Alys Tomlinson.

Graduate support 1-2-1s

UAL graduate? Get help with career queries such as: job search strategies, interview preparation, CVs and identifying a career path - 12 August (30-minute slots from10am-12.45pm)

Photo of people at private view in Chelsea College
Private view night at gallery in Chelsea

Understanding and valuing your skills

Being able to identify and describe what you're capable of is key to succeeding in the creative industries and this workshop is designed to help you overcome this challenge - 12 August (12.30pm-2pm)

Cem Hamlacibasi during his Internship at Narrative Projects
Image by Alys Tomlinson

Business advice 1-2-1s

Whether you’re in the early stages or have already started a business, come and discuss your ideas with our expert advisors - 19 August (25-minute slots from 10am-6pm)

Two people chatting in a studio
Laura Arroyo Rocha in the studio, Wimbledon College. Photo by Alys Tomlinson.

Graduate support 1-2-1s

UAL graduate? Get help with career queries such as: job search strategies, interview preparation, CVs and identifying a career path - 26 August (30-minute slots from 1.30pm-4.15pm)