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Launching your career:

UAL has a track record for launching and furthering careers. Our graduates are everywhere in the creative and cultural sectors, from heads of global businesses to self-employed practitioners. They are even on shortlists for awards ranging from the Turner Prize to the Oscars.

  • Miguel Desport and Marion Bisserier during their Internship at Pentagram © Alys Tomlinson
  • Miguel Desport and Marion Bisserier during their Internship at Pentagram © Alys Tomlinson

We’re as career-focused as you are. As a UAL graduate you’ll have access to a vast network of top names in business and art and design worlds. 95% of our recent graduates are undertaking further study or are working. Over a quarter are freelance or have started their own business.

What’s more, a recent study by Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance revealed that 19.85% of UAL graduates go on to lead businesses. And almost 1 in 10 (9.21%) used their degrees to form their own start-ups. Making UAL the number one UK university for producing business leaders.


Dedicated careers support

UAL Careers and Employability exists to empower students and graduates to make a living doing what they love. The team can help you to equip yourself with the skills you need to develop your creative practice, business and employment prospects.

Services include one-to-one CV and business advice, industry talks, career workshops, mentoring and funding. Creative Futures and Creative Start-up Day are two major annual events that support the career prospects of our students and graduates. Support is free and accessible to all students.

Careers and Employability also provides UAL students with employment opportunities. Our online jobs board, Creative Opportunities, advertises industry jobs and paid internships in the creative and non-creative sectors. UAL students and graduates also benefit from access to Artquest, which provides support and information for artists.

Visit the student careers section of our website to find out more about launching your career at UAL.

not just a shop

Managed by Careers and Employability, not just a shop is the place to discover unique home, fashion, giftware and artwork by UAL students and alumni. Students and alumni from all six Colleges can submit their work to be considered for sale via open calls.

Outside of retail hours not just a shop is also a learning space; proceeds from sales are reinvested into supporting the next generation of creative students with their businesses through UAL’s enterprise learning programme.

Made in Arts London

Made in Arts London (MiAL) is a not-for-profit enterprise originally founded by students, for students. Nested within the Arts Students’ Union, MiAL runs an online sales platform for students to sell their work, while also providing crucial professional development, industry advice and networking opportunities. MiAL also hosts a programme of events, exhibitions and talks, and works with renowned brands, art fairs and a growing list of industry professionals. The initiative aims to give UAL students a vital foundation of knowledge to help them confidently enter the creative industry professionally.

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Alumni Association

Even when it’s time to leave us, we’ll continue to support you. Our Alumni Association is a global creative network, uniting 200,000 former students around the world.

Benefits include:

  • Discounts on fees for postgraduate and short courses
  • Access to UAL libraries
  • Exclusive alumni events in the UK and overseas where you can network with industry professionals, meet old friends and make new contacts
  • The opportunity to join your local alumni group
  • Access to festivals and workshops run by Careers and Employability

Take a look at the alumni and friends page of our website for more information.

 

Alumni story:

Sophie and Louis

After graduating from UAL, siblings Sophie and Louis launched their collaborative ceramics company, Ralli Design. The design duo reflect on their experiences at university and how the creative network they built as students has supported them in their professional career.

Can you describe one of the highlights of your time at UAL?

Sophie: One of our group projects involved working with homeware brand Joseph Joseph. It was an exciting and insightful experience and subsequently I was lucky enough to be offered an internship with the company over the summer break.

"I learned a huge amount about the inner workings of a product design studio and gained invaluable practical experience."

Louis: One of the highlights of my time at UAL was a second-year trip to Milan to visit the amazing factories and design studios.

How has your experience and the contacts you gained at UAL been helpful in your creative career?

Sophie: After graduation we maintained a relationship with Joseph Joseph and they offered us lots of great advice when we were setting up our own company.

What for you was the best thing about studying at UAL?

Louis: Central Saint Martins taught us the importance of being self-critical and to always push our ideas as designers.

"The ability to present work with confidence and communicate clearly has been vital for the projects we have worked on."

What was it like living and studying in London? Did this help shape your career path?

Sophie: It’s great being in the heart of a design capital with events like the London Design Festival on your doorstep.

"We built up a great network of people that have supported and helped us develop our own company."

What is your proudest achievement since leaving UAL?

Louis: Creating our company RALLI Design and making products that have been sold around the world.

If you could go back in time and give advice to your first year self, what would you say?

Sophie: Be open-minded and inquisitive. Find your niche and work hard.

 

Sophie Ralli

BA (Hons) Ceramic Design, Central Saint Martins

Louis Ralli

BA (Hons) Product Design, Central Saint Martins

Images © Alys Tomlinson