The study abroad process (applications, deadlines, paperwork, funding, destinations, etc.) differs greatly from college to college and course to course, so make sure to consult your specific department’s offers and requirements.
This page on the official UAL Outgoing Exchanges webpage covers the basics thoroughly, including some information on funding and language support: http://www.arts.ac.uk/study-at-ual/international/study-abroad-and-exchanges/exchanges/outgoing-students/
The first logical step would be to ask your tutor about the exchanges offered on your own course, but you can also check out the official UAL Erasmus Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/UAL.Erasmus/) or shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Easter as a kid was great, wasn’t it? Your parents got a few more days off work to take you on Easter egg hunts, sometimes there was face painting, and all sorts of fun, maybe a trip to church, almost certainly a roast dinner or a family meal.
But what’s on in London this long weekend if you don’t have kids (and want to spend time around them) but you still want to celebrate the glorious weather and the last weekend before term? From ping-pong to cider to kilo shopping to outdoor music, find something for you this weekend.
Club nights everywhere are hosting their ‘Easter-eggstravaganzas’ (or similar witty titles) but tonight there is a gin & vodka tasting event at Climpson’s Arch in Hackney – and there’s also a BBQ. What better way to enjoy the weather? This kicks off their weekend events that also include DJs and brunch.
If you aren’t a fan of the strong stuff but still fancy drinking in the sun then check out the cider festival at Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick (also boasting a BBQ) all day on Saturday & Sunday.
Berwick Street Record Store Day on Saturday offers a free outdoor gig with appearances from Cass Art, Jerusalem Falafel and Pizza Pilgrims.
1. Do your research.
// The more you know about the destination and what you’re looking for in a study abroad experience, the more likely it is that you’ll end up in the right place. Read up on the history, the pop culture, the education system, the politics, the cuisine, everything; after all, you’re not just going to be studying there—you’re going to be living there.
2. Pack less than you think you’ll need.
// Material possessions have a tendency to multiply, and this is no exception when you’re studying abroad. You’ll start with one suitcase and end up with two more filled with prizes for your friends, local snacks that you want to stock up on for the return to London, and a bunch of weather-inappropriate clothing items that you never even wore. Much of your kitchen staples, toiletries, and office supplies you can buy upon arrival. The size of your accommodation depends largely on the school you’re staying with, but don’t count on it being luxurious. I considered myself lucky to share a small single room with another girl, then a kitchen annd bathroom with two others en suite.
3. Look beyond the classroom.
// Studying abroad is about much more than flying to another country just to sit at a different studio desk. While it’s undoubtedly important to do well on your studies during the exchange, don’t get so caught up in academics that you miss out on all the city itself has to offer.
4. Stay humble and flexible.
// This is so important when traveling somewhere, especially for extended periods of time. You should understand that the host school doesn’t exist to cater to your each and every need as a visiting exchange student. The local mannerisms may seem foreign, but you’re on their turf; don’t feel entitled to impose your cultural expectations upon them. The more you allow yourself space to bend and adapt, the more you’ll learn and enjoy yourself.
5. Be eager.
// It’s fair to assume that those who follow through with stacks of paperwork and visa applications are the eager sort, but don’t lose this sense of hunger upon arriving and settling in. Milk the university’s industry links, sign up for all the local venues’ event update emails, plan day trips around the country during long weekends. Fill in all the gaps between class with what you can’t do back home in London. Sure it’ll be hectic, but there’s a lifetime to squeeze into the semester. You’ll reap what you sow, so sow away madly!Comments
Monday saw a really great talk organised by Made in Arts London, on ‘Promoting & Selling New Media, Moving Image, Performance and Installation Art.’
Whilst the talk was predominantly focused on promoting, selling and sustaining these practices, one member of the audience asked a really useful question: what practical advice could this impressive panel* offer students for now, before they have gallery affiliation and friends in high places?
The answers went a little bit like this…
Value yourself and your practice. There is a perception that when you leave college you have nothing – but you do have your practice, and that might be what a gallery (or commissioner, or employer) is looking for.
But have valuable conversations with people about your shared interests – not “look at my work” – and it’s important to find the right people and contexts for these conversations.
It’s entirely likely that these conversations will be happening over email. Don’t be afraid to ask people for their time – but it’s about what you’re asking, what you’re offering, and how you ask. Panelist Anna Gritz from the South London Gallery responds well to carefully worded emails like; “I see you did this, which crosses over with my interest here, would it be possible to meet for a coffee?”Comments
We know that this term is going to be a hectic one for all of you, but taking a breather from studio work is important and getting involved in Sports or Societies can be a good way of letting off some steam. Take a look at the schedule of sports and physical activities going on around UAL kicking off today and running until 20 June and see what takes your fancy!
The reason I ended up as an international student at UAL in the first place was the same one that landed me in New York last term. I’ve always been a staunch believer in the value of travel and cross-cultural experience, so when my previous university continually denied my stubborn pursuit of study abroad opportunities, I decided to transfer overseas completely. Happily settling into London but always thirsty for more chances to learn via travel, imagine the irony of finding out that my specific course offered only one destination for student exchange: back to the United States. To be fair, New York might as well be it’s own planet. I can hardly compare it to any big city, much less my dinky hometown in Florida.
Of course, it wasn’t quite as easy as that. Annually, two second-year students are sent to New York based on their responses to the brief set by the previous years’ winners. People have won by bungee-jumping off buildings whilst dressed as the Statue of Liberty, making mockumentaries about swimming the Atlantic Ocean, and filming a London version of the Sex in the City title sequence…the judges are the previous year’s winners, so I’ve just set the brief for current First Years and look forward to sifting through their submissions and deciding fates.
My initial reaction to the good news was shock, followed shortly by a mix of ecstatic excitement and sheepish guilt for winning as an American…but New York’s opportunities were as varied and novel to me as any foreign capital, regardless of my Floridian roots. After all, the beauty of studying abroad is having an opportunity to realign your own outlook whilst immersed in the perspective of a different culture and community. New Yorkers exude a sort of local pride that transcends general American patriotism. Instead of resulting in alienation, their self-obsession is convincing and infectious; I arrived with some wariness about being sucked into this hype, but left with the resolution that if I ever return to America after completing my degree, it’ll only be to NYC. Sorry, Florida—it’s true.
Education systems can vary quite bit from country to country, so there are both benefits and challenges of being suddenly stuck in a completely different system. American universities let you choose individual classes from a very broad catalogue of majors, so you can delve into subjects outside of your main jurisdiction. Along with some core design classes like Advanced Typography and Publication Design, I took advantage of courses I wouldn’t have access to at Chelsea like Screen Printing, Bookbinding, Sustainable Packaging Design, Honours Old & New Testament in the History of Ideas and, (silly as it sounds) Fencing. I luckily had some great professors during my semester at FIT, but even outside of the classroom there were endless chances to soak up art and design. The creative community is accessible beyond belief, and even the most notorious of “design celebrities” and personal heroes of mine made themselves readily accessible to students and young professionals alike. I learned that there’s more than the “industry” to look forward to—there’s a lively and intra-inspired community.
All of these things—the bookbinding techniques, the heavenly bagels, the real-world design tips and an autograph here and there—have shaped me as a student and will no doubt continue to inform my decisions about what kind of designer I aspire to be in the future. Studying abroad provides an opportunity to reach far beyond the most stilted interpretations of what formal education can provide…regardless of whether it’s back to your home country.
Irina’s weekly posts about New York can be found on her personal student blog at irinagdc.wordpress.com.
Her Instagram feed of the trip can be found at http://instagram.com/irina_wang.
— Transport for London (@TfLOfficial)July 23, 2013
TfL are proposing a huge redesign of Elephant and Castle’s famous roundabout, which provides many LCC students’ pedestrianised access to the building.
The proposal would see roads widened to accommodate higher levels of traffic and the removal of many trees lining the surrounding area.
One of the key changes affecting LCC students would be large increases in travel times in crossing the roundabout.
We’ve been supporting the Save our Subways campaign to make sure LCC students’ voices are included and represented before the public consultation closes on April 30th. Read Education officer, Hannah’s blog post on the redevelopment here.Comments
The Scholarships and Fellowships are awarded to students or graduates who have demonstrated outstanding ideas and excellence in practice across a wide range of creative sectors, or the use of creative solutions in other sectors.
The Mead Scholarship will provide up to three awards of up to £2,500 each for undergraduate students, and the Mead Fellowship will provide up to two awards of up to £10,000 each to new and recent graduates. The Mead Programme is managed by Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) and generously supported by philanthropist Scott Mead, a fine art photographer, philanthropist and investor based in London for over 20 years.
For full details and application process, please visit: http://bit.ly/1cqM6Aw
Applications need to be submitted by 28 April 2014, 10am.Comments
Writing a Press Release for your Design Brand
6-7pm, Thursday 24 April
Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, UAL, 272 High Holborn, WC1V 7EY
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Protecting & Licensing Your Designs
6-7pm, Tuesday 29 April
Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, UAL, 272 High Holborn, WC1V 7EY
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Attracting and Selling to Trade Buyers
12pm-1.30pm, Friday 2 May
Room 313, UAL, 272 High Holborn, WC1V 7EY
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Bigger, Brighter, Bolder. is an exciting opportunity to see a selection from the key artists and designers that Made in Arts London has worked with over the past two years alongside the new MiAL Spring Collection of work selected by an independent panel of art and design experts.
Exhibiting artists and designers are: Monica Alcazar-Duarte, Laura Aldous, Fredrik Andersson, Katy Binks, Rosie Brewer, Daniel Challis, Ronnie Chen, Jacob Eaton, Edgar-Walker, Sarah Fortais, Michael G Maris, Conall McAteer, Sylvia Moritz, Lara Morrell, Isabella Pagnotta, Cheryl Papasian, Robbie Porter, Rene Ramirez, Tommy Ramsey, Miranda Sofroniou, Dominkia Świerad, Zoe Tynan-Campbell, Jessica Windhorst, Joanna Zhou
Bigger, Brighter, Bolder. runs from 10 April to 23 May in UAL Showroom, High Holborn, WC1V 7EY, make sure you make it down!Comments