Here is all the practical info you need about the UAL Graduate Showcase platform and how to upload your work.
24 June - 13 July: you upload your work via Portfolio.
6 - 17 July: your course team will check your work.
13 - 22 July: your course team will curate your work.
24 - 27 July: Previews.
27 July, evening: Launch of the UAL Graduate Showcase.
Creating your work
The work you create for this showcase may be different from the work you were planning for the physical shows. How the graduate showcase works, and the formats you can upload, will affect how you create and document your work.
We know that the quality, intelligence and creativity of your work will shine through, whether it’s presented virtually or physically. The platform will allow you to present the scope and diversity of your work in the best possible way.
Also, you don't have to create new work to upload to the Showcase. You can upload work you have already completed as part of your course.
We might live-stream shows or Q&A sessions, to recreate those crucial interactions that you get with a physical show.
Access to facilities and equipment
Some of you have asked about accessing UAL facilities to create or photograph your work for the Showcase. Until Government restrictions are lifted, all buildings at UAL are closed.
We will update you as soon as this situation changes.
You also don't have to create new work for the Showcase. You can upload work you have already created for your course.
We strongly encourage you to check the expiry date for any programs and licenses you are using, to avoid any disruption to creating work for the Showcase.
If you are using Adobe CC:
- with a licence purchased through UAL at a discounted rate, your licence will expire at the end of July.
- through the free off-site access for all UAL students, this will expire on 6 July. This expiry date is set by Adobe - UAL cannot extend it.
Please note: access to your UAL email account and other UAL systems will expire 150 days after your course finishes.
Fundraising for your work
In previous years, some students have raised their own funds to pay for elements of their degree shows. You don't need to raise any extra funds for the virtual Graduate Showcase.
Uploading your work
You will upload your work to the UAL Graduate Showcase, via Portfolio, from 24 June to 13 July. Please use Google Chrome on a desktop or laptop for the best experience.
All graduate work should be uploaded to the UAL Graduate Showcase virtual platform. This is the official platform that UAL and the Colleges will promote.
See our full guidance on how to prepare and upload your work.
How work is selected
You will upload your work between 24 June and 13 July. Your work will then be checked and curated by your course team.
Timescales for displaying work
Work from this year’s graduates will be live on the showcase platform for a year. We will add more work from other courses over the coming year.
We are also looking at how we can archive work that is published on the showcase.
Browsing work on the showcase
We are working with IBM, our technology partners, to ensure that work can be browsed by student, course and College. You will also be able to search the site for work.
We are working hard, within the given timescales, to capture and reflect College and course identity on the Showcase.
Currently, you cannot display group projects. Similar work can be linked through tags, but each student has just 1 dedicated project space.
Virtual showcase/physical shows
The UAL Graduate Showcase is both virtual and physical. The platform, powered by IBM, is the virtual element, which will launch at the end of July.
Later in the year, subject to the lifting of Government restrictions, we want you to be able to showcase your work at a venue-based Graduate Showcase. When we know more, we'll let you know.
We are also putting together a launch programme of live events. This will enable deeper engagement with, and discussion about, your work. The programme will include :
- previews from 24 - 27 July for key UAL stakeholders, industry, press, and students’ friends and family
- a public programme, supported by a full media and marketing promotion plan.
More to explore
Don't miss these industry-led online events to help you prepare for the showcase.