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We are here to help you find the right support for your professional and personal development. Arts SU Professional Development activity comes directly from our students' requests for support in this area.

We respond directly to your suggestions and help bring your ideas to life.

Suggest an industry related event you would like to attend or organise the event with Arts SU support by clicking here!

We ensure that you know about the resources currently available to you as a UAL student and as a creative in London though our useful links and regular posts on our blog.

Arts SU also provides a specialist Employment Rights advice service for all UAL students.



Life as a graduate: Making it work for you

Life as a graduateWhen: Wednesday 3rd May, 5:30 – 7pm
Where: London College of Fashion, Curtain Road

All current UAL students welcome.

Recent LCF graduates from a range of disciplines are going to share how they have succeeded since graduation.

Speakers include:

Jill Kennedy McNeill, London College of Fashion BA Hons Fashion, Design, Technology 2013 and Chelsea College of Arts MA Textile Design 2016:

Annette Mazinyi, London College of Fashion BA Hons Fashion Sportswear 2012:

This will be followed by a Q & A and networking session.

Refreshments will be provided!

Further speakers TBA

Click here to book your place


Arts SU Industry Advice Project

“It’s ok not to know”

6th – 17th March 2017

Creative opportunities drop-insWe've held our first ever Arts SU Industry Advice Project!

Over the space of a few months we organised industry advice events across all UAL colleges, inviting recent graduates to speak to students about their next steps.

We learned that success means different things to different people and there isn't one ‘correct’ career pathway for creatives.

Following this, we decided to bring students a full two weeks of Industry Advice events.

Students were able to learn first-hand from recent graduates about finding a path in the creative industries.


Our Industry Advice Project is supported by: UAL Careers & Employability.

We want to thank our partners:
Creative Entrepreneurs


Industry Advice on freelancing as a creative

freelancingWhen: Monday 6th March 1-2pm
Where: Wimbledon MHR211

Three recent Wimbledon 2015 Graduates: Summer Oxley, BA Fine Art Painting; Chloe Spicer, Fine Art: Print and Time-Based Media; and Gayathri Anand, BA Fine Art Painting, spoke about their experience surviving straight after graduation and how it’s ok to balance a job with your creative practice.

Following this, Summer, Chloe and Gayathri answered audience questions.




Industry Advice with Empty Shops

Finding a space to showcase your work

Empty shopsWhen: Monday 6th March 6-8.30pm
Where: Chelsea Red Room

Empty Shop provides opportunities and resources for artists of all levels and backgrounds to produce exhibit and engage with art.

Nick and Carlo, founders of Empty Shop, spoke to UAL students about finding a space and exhibiting work. This was followed by a Q&A session.




Your rights as an artist with artists Union England & a-n

artist-rightsWhen:Tuesday 7th March 1-2pm
Where: Camberwell MG04

This talk discussed what a trade union for artists is, why the Artists Union England was founded and what members receive from and contribute to it.

As well as this, audiences heard real stories about AUE actively supporting artists’ rights.

Julie McCalden is an artist and works for a-n, The Artists Information Company on ‘Paying Artists’.

Julie explained what you should expect as emerging artists when working, exhibiting and being commissioned.



Panel discussion with Shades of Noir

Shades of NoirWhen: Tuesday 7th March 6.30 - 8.30pm
Where: Camberwell Wilsons Road Lecture Hall

Shades of Noir (SoN) contributor Tiffany Webster and Aisha Richards organised a panel of speakers to discuss issues experienced by people of colour working in the creative industries.

This was followed by a Q&A session.





Your employment rights with specialist employment solicitor Leanne Good

Shades of NoirWhen: Wednesday 8th March 1-2pm
Where: LCF JPS 418B

What should you include in a contract with a customer/client to ensure you are paid?

What are your rights as an employee, as a freelancer and as a worker?

Leanne Good, former legal adviser at Arts SU shared her expertise in employment law and answered questions.




Industry Advice and networking with recent LCF graduates

LCF GraduatesWhen: Wednesday 8th March, 6-9pm
Where: LCF LG B003 (the lab)

Recent LCF graduates from a range of disciplines shared how they have succeeded since graduation.

This was followed by a Q & A and networking session






Internships, residencies, funding and finding work after graduation


When: Thursday 9th March 12.30-2pm
Where: LCC T304

Recent UAL and LCC graduates from a range of disciplines, including Yole Quintero LCC BA Photography, Chris Chambers LCC BA Animation, and Rebecca LCF SEE Fund recipient, shared their simple survival skills for graduation, plus invaluable tips about opportunities you may not know about while studying.

Image credit: Tom Pope




"Is Entrepreneurship a dirty word in the Creative Industries" with journalist Kieran Yates

EntrepreneushipWhen: Thursday 9th March 6-8.30pm
Where: LCC Lecture Theatre C

Do we hear enough about successful entrepreneurs from the creative industries?

Is there a focus on training creative people to be employees and freelancers instead of entrepreneurs? Is this term ‘entrepreneur’ unsuitable for creative people?

This panel discussed issues surrounding entrepreneurship in the creative industries with networking, questions and answers afterwards.




Dealing with Harassment in the Work Place/Art and Mental Health

SessionsWhen: Friday 10th March 1-2pm
Where: CSM D119

Session 1: Our speaker had a difficult experience regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. Audiences discovered what actually constitutes harassment, how it affected our speaker as a woman, what actions you should take, what to expect from your employer and how to deal with the situation in a small company without a HR department.

Session 2: Students heard from a specialist in arts and mental health. With useful information and advice, students were given a greater awareness of the issues they may face and how to overcome them.




'How to Network' with Carolyn Dailey of Creative Entrepreneurs

networkWhen: Friday 10th March 5-7.30pm
Where: CSM C303

We are often told how important this skill is but not told how to do it well. When to use a business card, when is the right moment to introduce yourself and your story, how to follow up on an introduction and how to keep your all-important confidence up.

Students tried out their new networking skills after this workshop during the drinks reception afterwards.

Find out more about Creative Entrepreneurs by clicking here




Queering Media; the importance of LGBTQIA+ people within the Industry

LGBTQIAWhen: Wednesday 14th March 6-8:30pm
Where: LCC Lecture Theatre C



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