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Take part in our action research project

What are these activities?

Between April and June 2022, we are running online research activities to help us shape our future online courses and we’re inviting you to take part. These activities are open to all and, with all learning taking place online, you can join from anywhere in the world — for free!

  • Designed with flexibility in mind, you can work at times that suit you to fit learning around your other commitments. Each activity will run for 3 weeks and involve around 16 hours of work per week, with a mix of live, recorded, and self-directed learning.
  • The activities have been organised into 3 teaching blocks. You can choose to join just one research activity, or apply for multiple activities from different blocks to design your own pathway.
  • Each research activity has been designed by UAL academics to expand your knowledge and skillset across subjects like fine art, animation, creative computing and critical writing.
  • Most activities are suitable for anyone with a genuine interest in the topic and offer a great opportunity to develop your creative practice.

What to expect

Over the course of 3 weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to begin, develop and complete a piece of creative work aligned to the research activity’s focus. You'll gain feedback from your subject specialist tutor to help you grow your practice. Collaborative group work and discussions will connect you with a network of creators and innovators.

You will receive a statement of completion for each activity that you join. Please note that completion of a research activity will not lead to a UAL qualification. If you secure a place on an activity, you’ll be sent a confirmation email with more details, including information on how to prepare.

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    Block 1:
    Tuesday 19 April — Friday 6 May

    Please note, applications for all activities are now closed.

    • Human rights and computation (part 1)
    • Introduction to creative computing concepts
    • Introduction to researching and writing in the arts
    • Introduction to screenwriting

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    Student studying online by Ben Turner
    Block 2:
    Monday 9 — Friday 27 May

    Please note, applications for all activities are now closed.

    • Curating and accessibility
    • Developing your digital creative practice through constructive conversation
    • Gender, human rights and computation (part 2)
    • Introduction to 3D computer animation
    • Introduction to natural language processing

  • Student working outside on their laptop
    Student studying online by Ben Turner
    Block 3:
    Monday 30 May — Friday 17 June

    Please note, applications for all activities are now closed.

    • Creating and sustaining your fine art practice
    • Creating Zines using images and sound
    • Introduction to creative computing concepts
    • Introduction to machine learning and the Cloud
    • Introduction to visual effects (VFX)
    • Writing activism
    • Introduction to data science

Entry requirements

To participate in a research activity, you will need:

  • To be 18 or older.
  • Access to a stable internet connection.
  • Access to a laptop computer or tablet. A webcam and headset or microphone are also recommended and may be required.
  • To be able to participate in live group discussions and presentations in English, and complete written tasks. You should also be comfortable reading critical texts with some technical language. All classes and materials will be in English. Applicants whose first language is not English should note that they are required to be proficient in written and spoken English and reading.
  • Basic digital literacy skills, such as using web browsers and search engines, understanding the basics of digital media (e.g. file types), evaluating online resources, and staying safe online.

Additional requirements

Some activities may require additional software or materials, a higher level of English, or some prior knowledge. Where this is the case, any additional requirements will be clearly highlighted in the individual course description. If the activity you are interested in joining requires additional software, we recommend that you check your device meets minimum system requirements to run the software.

Student writing with a pen
Student writing while working online by Ben Turner

How to apply

Please note that applications for all activities are now closed.
  • As part of your application, you will be asked to email a short personal statement to us at ualonline@arts.ac.uk.
  • Your personal statement is an opportunity to share your story and explain why you’re a good match for a research activity. It's the place to use your voice. From what’s driven you to your current position, to what you hope for in the future and what draws you towards creative online education.
  • Let us know why you’re interested in the research activities you have selected. Please highlight any relevant educational, professional or personal experience that relates to your selection, in no more than 300 words. You may also want to read our guidance below on how to prepare your personal statement for this action research project.

Personal Statement Advice

  1. Don't live in the past: we love hearing about your journey, but what does your future hold? What will you bring to the research activities and where will they take you? Tell us about your transferable skills and experiences which align to your selected activity.
  2. Practice makes perfect: before you submit your statement, check you’re satisfied. Read it aloud – does it have your voice? Write a few different drafts, your statement shouldn’t be something that’s rushed.
  3. Give us context: you may be applying for a few research activities but with only one personal statement needed, aim to be broad. We seek similar qualities from our applicants, so it’s more about how you demonstrate your specific ability.
  4. Avoid errors: you’ve worked hard, so show attention to detail by catching any glaring errors. Not everyone feels confident producing written work, but don’t worry. Ask someone to help you identify any mistakes or use online tools and software.
  5. Give it structure: include the punchiest points to create a text with intent. Ask yourself a series of questions and return to them to stay on track. There’s no right answer. Every applicant will have their own version – that’s what makes a statement personal.
  6. It's all about you: what attracts you to the activity you’re applying to? It doesn’t have to be the obvious. Maybe you've chosen human rights because you're passionate about social issues. We want your point of view.