You did it! You are now a University of the Arts Graduate, on your way to becoming a University of Arts Alumni, one of the biggest creative communities in the world. If that last phrase doesn’t do it for you here are five reasons why we think being an UAL Alumni is a great thing.
1. Postgraduate and Short Courses discount.
You might be feeling a bit depressed about leaving UAL, and you might be considering spending a little bit more time here. Here’s some great news then, the Alumni Association is giving an impressive £1000 for a one year MA, or £500 per year on courses lasting more, to UK/EU students who have successfully graduated from one of the colleges.
If this turns out to be too much of a commitment straight after finishing a degree, you might be interested in attending one fo the amazingly divesre short courses. Well, you can get a 10% disscount on that as well, as a UAL graduate.
2. Alumni bulletin newsletter.
As a UAL student you get amazing opportunities targeted at you all the time through SUARTS emails, social platforms and publications, and these more often than not turn out to be extremely helpful for new or continuing students. That can go on even after you graduate, with the alumni bulletin. By subscribing to this monthly newsletter you get the latest of news and opportunities aimed solely at UAL graduates. Not to mention upcoming events, such as future summer shows, which are hot-spots for networking and scouting for new creative thinkers.
3. Library access.
If you have to chose one thing that you could still come back to after graduating from UAL, let that be the enormously diverse and resourceful libraries within the colleges. All you have to do is download and fill in the form, and the largest art related and beyond reference source is at your service.
Here is the form: Alumni Library Registration Form (PDF,51.5 KB)
4. Career advice.
Regardless of what you have decided to do after graduating, whether that is to find a steady job, pursue a freelance career or set up your own thing, the department of Student Enterprise & Employability is here to help you out. With a huge variety of workshop, events and funding opportunities to make your dreams a little bit easier to achieve.
5. The long-lasting relationships you’ve made.
Probably the most important thing you will get out of your degree is the friends you’ve made, who are as talented and as willing to create and innovate as you are. Most likely you have collaborated during your degree, with at least one person you enjoyed and will keep in touch with. It’s all about meeting the right people and UAL is the place for that. You might be right now, sitting around a table in a pub’s terrace with you fellow graduates of 2014, talking about how amazing it would be to start your own thing and collaborate further. Next thing you know, you are setting up your own studio, working on briefs together, collaborate on project and so on. However far fetched this sounds, chances are you are very likely to be running into those people you love working with in uni. The Alumni Associations is also supporting this by constantly promoting networking events within the UAL Alumni community.