You got accepted into one of the colleges of University of the Arts London and are on your way to becoming one of the 2014 UAL Freshers: hooray!Before getting excited about the Freshers’ Parties at XOYO and the Bussey Building, you must first get to know what’s what within the university.
First of all we should introduce ourselves, your Students’ Union, or better known as SUARTS. We are here to help you out through your time here at University of the Arts London. Anything and everything we do is because of that. If you love something that we are doing we want to know about it so we can do it more often, and do it bigger - but because we make decisions democratically, if there is something you don’t like, you are able to help make it better. We will keep you informed on upcoming events, news, campaigns and creative opportunities, aimed at making your student life even better.
Below are just some examples of the kind of creative opportunities we will provide you as a UAL student. Every creative opportunity from the Students’ Union will be on this blog, on our website and in an email we’ll send you weekly once term starts, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled!
SUARTS runs exhibition spaces in two UAL colleges, giving you the chance to create, collaborate and exhibit. We call for submissions regularly and students in all colleges and at all levels are encouraged to propose solo or group exhibitions.
We will need students interested in photography to participate in – and even lead – public workshops in The Photographers’ Gallery. A great opportunity to learn about public engagement and to develop your skills. Stay tuned for details on how to take part!
Our next Late event will be on 12th October in the Royal Academy, with UAL students exhibiting, performing and facilitating workshops throughout the RA’s current exhibition, Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album. We’re also planning Late events with the British Museum on 12th December and the V&A too: stay tuned for the chance to participate. More previous events can be found here.
An independent panel of industry experts selects a range of student work from all disciplines for an annual public exhibition. Submit your work to be considered for the 18th edition of Xhibit in early 2015 for a chance to show a wider audience just what you’ve got.
Sports and Societies
SUARTS supports 60+ sports clubs and societies that are all run by students, for students. So whether you want to play competitive sport or get involved in one of the creative societies, this is a great opportunity to gain experience and improve your skills outside of your course. Meet them and sign up at Freshers’ Fair.
Sell your work with Made in Arts London
Another thing to know about is Made in Arts London. MiAL is a non-profit organisation within the Students’ Union which offers UAL students and recent graduates the possibility to promote and sell their work. With an impressive portfolio of independent exhibitions such as ‘Bigger, Brighter, Bolder’ and also notorious exhibitions such as ‘London Illustration Fair’ and ‘Affordable Art Fair’, MiAL takes pride in helping sustain some 80 upcoming artists careers. MiAL was born in 2012 and since then has become a major creative opportunity for UAL students. For more information on how to sell your work click here.