Living in London

London is a massive city, home to over 8 million people, there’s lots to see and do but discovering the good bits can be tricky. So we’ve put together a series of fun and inspirational posts on the theme of what to see and do in London. So to start us off with a bang here we’ll list our top 5 things to do in London!

1.Visit a Museum

London is jam-packed with galleries and museums but one of our favourites is the V&A. It has collections to interest everyone, all housed in a beautiful building. Extra points if you visit at night during one of the famous Late Nights.

2. Lunch in a Park

London may not seem like the leafiest of cities but you’ll be surprised! London features some of the most beautiful parks in the work, why not take a trip down to Kew Gardens for a sandwich?

3. See some Theatre

The West End is the home of theatre in London, and if you think tickets are too expensive, you’re wrong! Lots of theatres have a student standby scheme to get great last minute seats. And many others reserve a number of seats each day for concessions on a first come first served basis so get queuing!

4. Have a Drink

London is well known for its historic pubs so come down and visit one of the finest! Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is one of the oldest pubs in London, enter its winding catacombs and explore all the secret nooks as you enjoy one of the more reasonably priced pints in the city.

5. Go Shopping

If you want the traditional British shopping experience then forget Harrods and visit Liberty. Set just behind Oxford Street Liberty is a hub of traditional Britishness all set within a beautiful wooden building and known world-over for its original floral prints.

We hope this gets you started off in your exploration of London and stay tuned for more updates in the series as we reveal the very best of things to do in London.


The 4th International Co-Creative Design Competition 2014

The Ministry of Knowledge Economy (KME) and Korea Institute of Design Promotions (KIDP) cordially invite you to participate in the 4th International Co-Creative Design Competition. This competition is held to foster exploring future values through co-creative (multidisciplinary) approach, and to promote exploring designs that create social innovations and sustainable lifestyles. Through co-creative project between various disciplines, it is hoped to increase opportunities for creative design innovations & entrepreneurship and to enrich value of design centered multidisciplinary education & study. 


Safety and Security

Maslow’s theory defines the hierarchy of human needs by the following terms: Physiological needs, Safety, Sense of Belonging and Love, Self Esteem, Self-Actualization. Physical Safety is the second basic need of human. However it is not fully guaranteed to the people today. This society is becoming more dangerous with dreadful crimes and risk ignorance. Moreover, the big issues of this year are leakage of private information and the ferry disaster that simply shows our safety situations still in trouble. This year, the 4th CCDC seeks for design ideas that provide solutions for needs of safety as well as physical and emotional security 


1. Registration :JUN.01.2014(Sun) - OCT.13.2014(Mon)
2. Design Submission : OCT.01.2014(Wed) - OCT.13.2014(Mon)
3. The First Judge : OCT.14.2014(Tue)
4. 2
nd Presentation & Mentoring: OCT.17.2014(Fri)
5. Final Judge : OCT.31.2014(Fri)
6. Award & Exhibition Opening : OCT.31.2014(Fri)
*Foreigners presentation should be submitted in video format. 

1. Registration Instruction 

- Application Template can be downloaded from CCDC’’s homepage. (

- Application fill-out includes title, team member information and name of guiding professor

- Registration is completed only after paying fees -

Accounts Information

NH Bank (NongHyub Bank)

/ Shift Code : NACFKRSE

/ Branch Name : Seoul National University / 301-0102-0936-71

/ (Seoul National University ICD) 

2. Design Submission Guideline 

- Domestic applicants should turn in printed panel, digital and description.
- International applicants may submit only digital image and design description.

Print Template

- One to three A1 size panel on 5mm thick white foam-board
- Panel should include; design purpose, concept description, image of final design - Posts must arrive BEFORE the submission deadline. Postal Address is:

International Co-Creative Design Competition Committee Department of Craft& Design,


GwanAk-gu, GwanAk-ro, 599, Seoul National University Republic of Korea, Seoul

Zip Code. 151-742

Digital Template

- Digital image must be over 300dpi in jpg or PDF format. - To

Design Description

- Document should be submitted in pdf format. The document should be no longer than 5 pages.

- The document should include; design purpose, design research summary, multidisciplinary activities, technological implementation plan, design concept and design image.

- To 


Gold medal - 1 team

Prize - Award + 5,000 $/team

Award will be given by the Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP)

Silver medal - 1 team

Prize - Award + 3,000 $/team

Bronze medal - 2 teams

Award + 1,000 $/team

Finalist - 16 teams

Prize - Achievement Award


Famous Alumni from CSM

This week we trawled the Central Saint Martins archives (*cough* Wikipedia page) for some of their best and brightest alumni. CSM graduates have made an impact in a whole host of creative ways, here are just a small number of interesting alumni…


Laure Provost (born 1978) is a French artist based here in London and won last year’s Turner Prize. Working primarily in moving image, Prouvost won the Turner Prize for a video installation responding to artsit Kurt Schwitters called Wantoo.


Jarvis Cocker (born 1963) is a musician best known for being lead singer of Britpop sensation Pulp. Head to a 90s disco to hear hits like Disco 2000 and Common People. He also hit the headlines in 1996 when he invaded the stage at the BRIT Awards during a Michael Jackson performance.

Stella McCartney (born 1971) could have been one of those people with famous parents who coasts through life, but instead she’s become an international star in her own right. Her fashion label is one of Britain’s most successful AND ethical, promoting the use of animal-free materials wherever possible.

Pierce Brosnan (born 1953) is CSM alumnus on a technicality, but we’ll take it. He studied in Drama Centre London and the photo above is hanging in the Drama Centre on the 1st floor. Taffin, Bond, the annoying boyfriend in Mrs Doubtfire, he’s the guilty pleasure of many a film fan.


Things to remember as classes start…

Phew Freshers is a lot of fun! But let’s not forget the real reason you’re all here: to learn! Here are some things to make sure you’ve sorted before your classes begin.


It’s super important that you make sure you’ve enrolled online onto your course. Check you emails carefully for instructions on how to enrol and if you get stuck just email your contact person for the course.

ID Card

Equally as important as enrolling on the course is getting you student ID card. This card allows you into all the UAL buildings and facilities and you need to make sure you have it on you at all times as some buildings will not let you in without it. You’ll find information about where and when to get your card in your emails. And if you lose your card you can buy a new one from the UAL shop, although it costs a fiver a time so best try not to lose it.


Make sure that you familiarise yourself with your timetable and either download it to your phone or copy it into your calendar. It’s really important that you attend all of your lectures so know your timetable inside and out. Also make sure that you read the room number as well as the campus code as sometimes lectures will be in a different campus.


Make sure that you have everything you need ready for your first lesson. A pen and paper or a laptop  is always useful in any class but you may also have a list of course specific materials to buy. If this is the case then try to ensure that you have them ready to go in the first lesson.

We hope that you have a fabulous first week and soak up knowledge like creative sponges!



Freshers: what’s on this week?

Howdy Freshers! For those of you who’ve already landed in London, the fun just keeps on coming. Here’s what’s happening over the next 7 days:


Monday 15th Sept, 12noon: Danny DeFreitas at Somerset House

Soak up the London Fashion Week atmosphere AND go to a talk with celebrity hair and make-up artist Danny DeFreitas. Book your free ticket now.

Monday 15th Sept, 2pm: Trip to Malevich at Tate Modern

Join the SUARTS sabbatical officers for a trip to Tate Modern to see the work of turn-of-the-century radical Russian artist Kazimir Malevich. Bring money for a ticket or pre-order online.

Tuesday 16th Sept, 5pm: Clothes Swap Party at Chelsea

Come along to Chelsea College of Arts to swap the stuff you don’t want for some stuff you do! Good for the environment AND good for your wallet…

Wednesday 17th Sept, 11am: Visit Spitalfields Farm

A city of 7.5 million people, but there’s still some room for farm animals… Book your free space with the UAL Accommodation team.

Thursday 18th Sept, 1pm: Visit Greenwich Market and Observatory

A market, great architecture, super boats, a park, and observatory… Greenwich has a whole lot worth visiting. Meet at Greenwich station at 1pm for a wander round with your sabbatical officers.

Thursday 18th Sept, 3pm: Pub Games in the Darkroom

Foundation students and anyone else who fancies it: come along to LCC’s Darkroom bar for darts, pool and more!


Thursday 18th Sept, 6pm: Fashion Bingo at Blueprint

This week in London, fashion is what it’s all about… join us in Blueprint Bar in UAL High Holborn for the trendiest game of bingo you’ll ever play!


Friday 19th Sept, 12noon: Funding Foundation at LCC

Foundation Art and Design, a key part of many people’s creative education, is under threat. SUARTS is hosting meetings and campaign preparations in a number of UAL colleges in order to fight for its survival and for increased support for those undertaking it. Join us to ensure Foundation is funded!!

Friday 19th Sept, 9pm: Silent Disco at the Costume Store

Have a headphone disco in your common room! Pay a small fee for your headphones and then dance til you drop…


Saturday 20th Sept, 1pm: Camden Markets

Meet the UAL Accommodation team at the Ice Wharf pub at 1pm to explore Camden Markets, one of London’s most famous market spots.

Sunday 21st Sept, 2pm: Sunday Games in your common room

Hanging in halls? Meet your neighbours over some free games, including cards, boardgames and giant Jenga!


London Fashion Week kicked off with a fun-filled evening of drinks and prizes hosted by LCF’s very own Vice President Megan. Fashion students and young entrepreneurs attended the event to celebrate the start of one of the most important weeks in the fashion industry. Guests got to take home goodie bags with yummy (but healthy) treats sponsored by PROPERCORNRude Health and teapigs. The DJ from Dirrty also made an appearance to spice up the evening with some amazing tunes. 


British Museum Late: German Folktales Creative Opportunity

In the exhibition Germany: Memories of a Nation the British Museum will explore, through objects, the changing frontiers and imagery of German culture over the last six hundred years. To celebrate this the Museum will be hosting a Late event on Friday 12 December themed on German folk tales, and invites UAL students to be a part of this.

We are looking for proposals for workshops and interactive activities that are inspired by these familiar and beguiling stories. You may want to think about the characters and motifs within the tales, or the settings and backdrops such as the German landscape, Castles, and the all-important deep, dark woods. We can’t wait to hear your ideas for interpreting these tales to share with the public through practical sessions, and interactive experiences.  

These activities will take place in the Great Court at the British Museum, and there is much scope to bring this space alive. The evening will include music, performance, talks, as well as food and drink.

Entry is open to all students…

Selected participants will get:

  • Experience of collaborating with a prestigious cultural institution

  • The opportunity to showcase their work and develop their practice at a well attended event with a diverse audience

  • Support in the development of their ideas from both British Museum and SUARTS staff

In order to download our tips on how to devise and write your proposal and submit your proposal go to SUARTS Creative Opportunities page.

Deadline fo submission is Sunday 26 October


Things to remember when you get to London

Now that you’ve had a chance to settle in we thought we’d take the opportunity to suggest even more things that you can do to help you out in London. Yay! These things may seem dull but we assure you that they’re well worth doing :)


Register at a doctors

This one is really important as if you get sick you’ll need to be registered already to get an appointment with a GP. It doesn’t take long! Just find your nearest surgery, using the NHS finder and call to request to register. You’ll usually be required to bring in ID and proof of address so make sure that you have these ready. You might also be asked to complete a checkup. For more information on the process check out this handy link.


Get a National Insurance Number

If you’re thinking of getting a job at all in the UK you need to make sure that you have your NI number sorted. You may need one even for some internships for insurance reasons. To get your card you must have a visa which includes the right to work in the UK and some valid ID. Check out the website to apply.

Completing these might take a few weeks so it’s a good idea to do it now before you need them.


SUARTS headed along to UAL Graduation 2014 in the Southbank Centre to find out what graduates thought of their UAL experience. Congratulations to the 2014 graduates and freshers, find out what you’re in for!

Thanks to all these graduates for speaking to us:

CCW: Ella Stone, Chu Zhang, Yang Yang Shen, Tommy Fry, Heli Huang, Frances Barer, Jacob Edgar, Lucie Fararovi

CSM: Mariam Al Thani, Anjana Hassami, Ling Duong, Katrin Leibssle

LCC: Dragos Munteanu, Paul Kaaya, Filip Bigos, Sophia Savizon, Bethany Lancaster

LCF: Charlie Craggs, David McGovern, Jacqueline Puwalski, Kirstie Banks, Laura Holland, Reiss Smith, Steven Bailey by SUARTS UAL


Famous Alumni from LCF

Continuing our theme from last week, today we’re looking at some more famous faces from UAL’s illustrious past. This week we’re focusing on London College of Fashion…


Alexander McQueen (1969 - 2010) was a British fashion designer. He rose to fame shortly after graduating where his entire graduate collection was bought by Isabella Blow. He was working on Savile Row as a tailor when he applied for a job at LCF to be a pattern cutting tutor, however, he was persuaded instead to enroll on the course due to the strength of his portfolio. McQueen won the British Designer of the Year Award 4 times throughout his career.


Jimmy Choo (born 1961) is a famous footwear and accessories designer. He rose to prominence in the late 1980s after graduating from the cordwainers Technical College, later to become part of LCf. He set up shop in Hackney making beautiful hand-made shoes and earning him an 8-page spread in vogue.


Rachel Stevens (born 1978) is best known for her part in the popular band S Club 7. After studying Business at LCF she went on to work in PR before taking the plunge and launching a music career.


Freshers: What’s on this Week?

Hello again Freshers! We hope that you’re enjoying the welcome parties in your halls this weekend, because there’s plenty more where that came from! Here’s what’s happening this week:

Jack the Ripper Tour

A Jack the Ripper ghost walk led by experts on the subject. The guides include the Jack the Ripper Authors and broadcasters John Bennett and Philip Hutchinson, the leading researcher Lindsay Siviter, the world famous actor Alan Frake and East End historian Jenny Phillips. In short we offer you an array of expertise and talent that is unsurpassed.

Monday 8th Sept, meet outside exit 4 Algate East Station @ 7pm, tickets just £5, book now:


Cooking Masterclass

A cooking masterclass with BaxterStorey, the UK’s leading independent contract catering services provider. You’ll learn how to create great food using the best local produce prepared by the passionate chefs right in front of your eyes! No more pot noodles or microwave meals, you’ll learn how to make proper healthy food on a budget. There’s no charge - this event is totally free!

Tuesday 9th Sept, in Will Wyatt Court and The Costume Store Common Room @ 1pm.

Darkroom Bar Party

Join us at LCC’s atmospheric Darkroom Bar for a night of drinks and dancing! Meet your fellow Freshers for the first time and get to know one of UAL’s most important watering holes. There’ll be cheap drinks and DJs playing all night long. So come along and meet new buddies as you boogie! Remember to bring your UAL student card and valid ID.

Wednesday 10th Sept, in the Darkroom Bar LCC @ 9pm.


Bowling at Westfield

Once-upon-a-dual-carriageway there was only bowling. Sticky carpets, crappy hot dogs, warm beer. It pretty much sucked. Now bowling is here. It’s foo-ooo-oood, fine cocktails, crisp beer, good people. And oh yeah, bowling.

Wednesday 10th Sept, meet at All Star Lanes, Second Floor, Westfield Stratford City @ 8pm, £5 per person (exclusive UAL 35% discount). Book Now:

Living London Day

Are you new to London and want to know where to start? Come to our Living London Day to find out what it’s like to study in London. Get practical advice and tools on the spot, such as signing up with a GP, getting a National Insurance number, CV writing and finding out what activities you can be involved in while at university. A day of talks, workshops and stalls including: KX Recruit, Made in Arts, London, Sports, Societies, Student Services, Commonplace, SEE, Nightline and more!

Thursday 11th Sept, meet at The Street CSM @ 11am


Chilled Film Night

Do you like movies? Do you like FREE movies? Well then, the Chilled Film Night is just the thing for you! Along with free popcorn and drinks, how could you go wrong? It all kicks off from 8pm in your common room.

Thursday 11th Sept, in Your Common Room @ 8pm.

Funding Foundation

Come along to this talk about the future of Foundation courses and join the fight! Foundation Art and Design courses are at risk of being cut by the Government. Students do not have any financial support. UAL is making big changes to the course this year which could reduce the number of spaces available. The fees system is discriminatory: depending on how old students are, or where they are from.

Friday 12th Sept, meet at the Progression Centre CCW @ 12noon


Fabric Research Tour

Learn stuff early. This is generally good advice, but never more so than when you’re starting an intense fashion course! Come with us on a tour of Berwick street, London’s premier fabric market. Ask questions about fabrics, get swatches and generally become acquainted with an area that will become a big part of your life over the next 3 years. All this before your course even starts. Ace.

Friday 12th Sept, meet at the corner of Oxford St and Berwick St @ 12noon

Street Feast

Street Feast is London’s pioneering night market. Every weekend we bring together London’s best street food traders, chefs and restaurants, and serve giant festival-style pint-sized cocktails, craft beer and great wine, for quite a unique eating experience.

Friday 12th Sept, meet at Street Feast, Dalston Yard, Hartwell Street, E8 3DU @ 6pm Book Now:


Disco Ice Skating

Fancy a night away from your halls? Skate to the best anthems in the chart with our resident DJ every weekend in the Ice-Rink. Every so often we have themed nights where we all get a bit excited, dress up and theme out the rink.

Saturday 13th Sept, meet at  Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY @ 8.30pm, just £5 book now:

Tea At Two

Tea parties have been around for well over 3,000 years. People on all parts of the earth have tea parties every day. So sit down, pour yourself a cup of tea (or coffee), and let’s have a good old gossip! There’s no charge - this event is totally free!

Sunday 14th Sept, meet in Your Common Room ‘ 2pm

We can’t wait to see you there!



Analogue Documentation at #shinebrightstudio

The final exhibition featured in the #shinebrightstudio is now here. After more than a month of exhibitions and creative workshops #shinebrightstudio is coming to an end.

The final exhibitor was Analogue Documentation, a photography project put together by five artists, who all share a passion for analogue. Using this practice they explore the medium in five different ways, mainly focusing on the documentary approach. 

The group of artists/photographers consists of Joanne Coates, Victoria Schofield, Harriet Ball, Sarah Blaikie, and Thomas Addision, all of them students on the BA Photography course at London College of Communication. Analogue Documentation coincides with a Zine Fair, which also aims to promote the analogue, in this case in terms of print over digital format. A workshop on making zines and experiencing with the analogue will also be part of the exhibition.

As always, the exhibition Analogue Documentation will be available to the public at the Old Truman Brewery until this Sunday.



Arriving in London

WOOHOO, #FreshersFriday!  You’ve made it! You’ve just arrived in one of the biggest (and best) cities in the world. So what happens now?


Time to explore your new home! Go for a walk in your local area and get to know the useful things near you. Useful things to look out for are:

- Cash points

- Open late supermarkets/corner shops

- Quick turnaround printers

- Local services such as libraries

- Nice cafes/bars/restaurants/parks

- Tube/bus stops

The sooner you familiarise yourself with these helpful amenities the more at home you’ll feel and making a note of them now could save you lots of time and trouble later should you need them.


We hope that you’re settling well and grow to love this city as much as we do. As ever, if you need any help you’re always welcome to contact us.



Are you questioning your sexual or gender identity? Are you not sure? Join the buddying scheme run by UAL LGBTQ Society in collaboration with UAL Student Services! Sign up and we will assign you a friendly buddy who has gone through the same thing to give you some advice and chat :)

And if you’re already out and would like to support someone, click here to sign up.
All information is kept strictly confidential and if you have any queries, feel free to contact Filip Bigos (President of UAL LGBTQ Society) at any point.
I would like a buddy!         |         I would like to be a buddy!

Exhibition Opportunity: Students and Recent Graduates


Calling all Students and the recently graduated, we are looking for wall based art submissions based around Black History Month and the issues that face Black students in the Creative Industries.

The Exhibition will be part of a series of events called ‘Unspoken Barriers: Black History Month – A future perspective’ that will involve panel discussions, film screenings and an exhibition. 

The exhibition will be taking place Monday 6 October - Friday 14 November and will be located in the Darkroom Gallery and Main Lecture Theatre Wall of LCC.

Deadline for submissions: Friday 26 September

Panel Decision by: Tuesday 30 September

Installation date: Friday 3 October

To submit your idea please email with your name, contact details, pictures of your work and dimensions, plus any installation notes. Please also submit 100 words on why your work interacts with the theme of Black History Month or other Black Student issues.

Due to the nature of the spaces we cannot consider installation pieces; however some small plinth work or projections may be possible.

This will be a public exhibition so please no images that can be deemed offensive.

For further information or questions please email Vice President of LCC, Bee Tajudeeen or Amy Cook

Picture Credit: Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1960-1988