Graduating Student Checklist
1. Award ceremony registration
Registration for the 2012 Graduation Ceremonies is now open, find out more at http://www.arts.ac.uk/student/awardceremonies/
2. Showcasing your work and free advertising
Take advantage University of the Arts London’s fantastic free promotion opportunities available to you to showcase your work and start your new career. Showtime http://www.arts.ac.uk/showtime/ is an exclusive, online platform for you to exhibit your final year work. You can create your own showcase for your degree show work where it will be seen by potential employers, industry, curators, gallerists, collectors, fellow students, alumni and art engaged public across the globe. The site is free to use and receives over 160,000 hits per year and over 2,000 hits a day during the shows. It has visitors from 173 countries.
Feedback from previous graduates:
“A year after being contacted through Showtime I’m having my first London solo show”
“Collectors were able to seek out and acquire works through Showtime”
Start your profile today at http://www.arts.ac.uk/showtime/
3. Social media
Promote your work through our social media channels and using the hashtag #SummerShows12:
https://twitter.com/Summer_Shows hashtag #SummerShows12
Flickr Group Pool
4 . Student Enterprise & Employability
Student Enterprise & Employability Service (SEE) helps UAL students and graduates develop enterprise and employability skills, and make and take opportunities. This service is available to students and graduates of the University of the Arts London of up to 3 years. Find out more at http://see.arts.ac.uk/
5. Creative Opportunities
Creative Opportunities is a job vacancy and work placement website for students and graduates of the University of the Arts London. The website advertises over 300 jobs and 300 work placements each month and covers all creative disciplines. You can also follow us on Twitter @CreativeOpps or set up an RSS feed to be the first to hear about new vacancies. You do not need an alumni log-on to access the website http://creativeopportunities.arts.ac.uk/
Do you want to know how to make money from your creative ideas? Or how best to protect your IP when you bring your product to market or negotiate your first commission? Own-it, www.own-it.org, is the only specialist, dedicated IP support website exclusively serving the needs of all UK creative industries. It provides advice, resources and events on intellectual property for creative students and graduates, including copyright, design rights, trade marks, patents, branding, licensing and contracts. All UAL students, graduates and staff can attend events, access event podcasts, templates of legal contracts, legal advice and book one-to-one IP advice sessions with lawyers for free.
7. Arts Temps
Join ArtsTemps the UAL in-house temp agency. ArtsTemps finds temp roles within the university across the six colleges. The service is available for graduates of up to 2 years after graduating from a BA or MA course http://www.arts.ac.uk/careers/artstemps/
8. Support and advice
Artquest including Artlaw
Artquest provides everything a visual artist needs to know – from practical issues like approaching galleries, finding affordable accommodation, working out your fees or writing the perfect CV, to the critical aspects of being a professional artist without selling out. Their extensive legal section, Artlaw, has all the information an artist needs on contracts, copyright, licensing and avoiding getting ripped off. Take a look through their 2,000 page, free to access website. artquest.org.uk
9. Library Services
Please ensure you return all items you have borrowed from the University Libraries and clear any outstanding fees before the Exam Board at the end of your course. Students who have completed a course of one year or more can have reference access to our libraries. Please see www.arts.ac.uk/library/about/alumniandvisitors/ for more information about how to register for this scheme.
10. Alumni Association
As soon as you graduate you become a member of the Alumni Association – the largest creative network in the world with over 200,000 alumni and former staff in 148 countries worldwide. Find out more and register your contact details at http://www.arts.ac.uk/alumni/ You can also keep up to date with alumni news and events on the Alumni Association’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.