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Introducing the new UAL Passport!

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The UAL Passport helps you get the best job, develop as an entrepreneur, set up a business or work as a freelancer, whether in the creative sector or for your broader career aspirations.

By collecting UAL Passport stamps you will earn increasingly valuable rewards such as individual careers advice, and CV and portfolio reviews. Complete the UAL Passport by collecting a total of 12 stamps and receive your UAL Passport award certificate, plus business start-up support or the opportunity to show your portfolio/CV to top employers.
You can pick up your UAL Passport at various locations across UAL; at all SEE events, talks and workshops; or at one of many SEE Roadshows taking place across UAL.
You can earn stamps in your passport in one of the two following ways – by attending SEE events (earning 1 stamp), or by applying to SEE opportunities such as the SEED Fund, MEAD Scholarships and Fellowships, ArtsTemps etc. (each worth 2 stamps). Find out more by visiting the Career Reward Passport page.
The UAL Passport in coordinated by Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) and runs from November 2014 to July 2015.

Visit the Career Reward Passport page.

Government agrees £141m for Stratford, including UAL’s new campus for London College of Fashion

The Government has today committed £141m to the new education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This will enable UAL’s new campus for London College of Fashion to go ahead into full planning.


The news was confirmed in the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan and will help deliver the Olympicopolis vision. This will create a world class education and cultural district on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park bringing together outstanding organisations to showcase exceptional art, dance, history, craft, science, technology and cutting edge design.

Vice-Chancellor of University of the Arts London, Nigel Carrington, said: “Research on global challenges is increasingly beginning to emerge from the borders of art and science. This new creative approach is physically expressed in the university and cultural quarter at Stratford. The partnership between these four world-class institutions will create radical research, and lead to exciting new technology and fashion businesses in this part of London.” UAL is one of the biggest investors in the quarter, alongside University College London.

UAL’s new campus will be on Stratford Waterfront opposite the Aquatics Centre. The 32,000m2 site will create a research and education hub for the global fashion industry, near the traditional heart of the East End fashion trade. It will bring together London College of Fashion’s 6,500 students and staff for the first time in the college’s 100 year history.

The new campus will include two major research centres focusing on sustainability and innovation in the fashion industry. It will provide widespread access to advanced fashion technology, business incubators, and a changing programme of public exhibitions. The Waterfront site will also house new locations for the Victoria and Albert Museum and Sadler’s Wells. UCL will create a new university campus to the south of the ArcelorMittal Orbit. The scheme is expected to deliver 3,000 jobs, 1.5 million additional visitors and £2.8 billion of economic value to Stratford and the surrounding area.

See the full press release.

Christmas shopping at UAL

Still stuck for the perfect gift for a loved one this Christmas? At UAL this year there are a number of fantastic opportunities to purchase unique items made by talented UAL students and graduates.

Christmas card made by Heather Perry, student of Central School of Arts and Crafts in the 1920s.

Today and tomorrow (2-3 December) third year BA (Hons) Surface Design students at London College of Communication have opened a pop-up shop in the Typo Cafe, 10.30am-6pm, selling a wide variety of handmade gifts, ranging from notebooks to decorations to clothing, many of which have been beautifully screen printed.

On Thursday 4 December, for one day only, the Creative Outlet Festive Pop Up Shop will be open from 12pm, where you can meet the artists and designers featured in the current exhibition in the UAL Showroom ‘The Creative Outlet’. All the work on show is available to buy directly from the exhibitors alongside work from past UAL Showroom exhibitors and Made In Arts London artists on the day. There will be a great selection of gifts to buy, from jewellery to greeting cards, art prints to contemporary interior products, from as little as £2.50. There will also be drinks and mince pies available from 5pm.

On Thursday 11 – Tuesday 16 December, London College of Fashion’s hugely popular pop-up retail space returns for a fourth year in a brand new location – 33 Marshall Street, in the heart of Carnaby. Here’s your chance to pick up exclusive designs from fashion’s newest and most exciting stars, with special limited-edition pieces at affordable prices of womenswear, menswear, accessories and jewellery, as well as fashion photography and illustration prints.


The Dots: a new professional networking platform for the creative industries

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The Dots is a new networking platform for the creative industries. Best described as a LinkedIn for creatives, The Dots is a completely free promotional tool for students specifically designed to help you connect to industry, clients and jobs. SEE is now collaborating with The Dots on a number of exciting initiatives and events throughout the year.

The Dots sponsored the Freelance Award at Creative Enterprise Week 2014, and Founder Pip Jameson presented the award to illustrator Robbie Porter. SEE’s Creative Opportunities is now featuring a Job of the Day from The Dots site to ensure that UAL students are aware of the most exciting creative jobs available right now. So far we’ve included a Junior Stylist role at Liberty London, Junior Photographer at Hearst Magazine and an internship at Random International – creators of the infamous Rain Room. We will also be collaborating on portfolio review sessions throughout the year. Watch this space.

So join The Dots and connect with companies and job opportunities, including Saatchi & Saatchi, Wolff Olins, Net-a-Porter, Facebook, Sony Music, V&A, Harvey Nichols, and many more.

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Creative Enterprise Awards 2014: An insider’s view

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On the 19th of November, with champagne and canapés in hand, invited guests gathered to honour the talented students and graduates of the University of the Arts London at the Creative Enterprise Awards 2014. Held in the exquisitely decorated Bloomsbury Ballroom, the event was a far cry from the original awards held in a student bar just six years ago. This upgrade is owed in part to NatWest, who sponsored the award for the third year running.

UAL has a rich history of enterprise and innovation. Many of the University’s most well-known alumni had an enterprising spirit which led them to “go out on their own” – including fashion designer Stella McCartney, film director Mike Leigh, industrial designer James Dyson and fine artist Antony Gormley. The Student Enterprise and Employability’s (SEE) mission is to support the inventiveness of UAL students as well as celebrate their impressive successes. SEE received over a hundred high quality entries this year which resulted in very impressive shortlists.

The night begun with the Digital Award, sponsored by UAL Futures and Decoded, and was given to Natalie Grogan for her user-led fashion platform Style Scape The Ethical or Social Enterprise Award was awarded to Gyo Kim for his sustainable womenswear label Gyo Yuni Kimchoe .

The Enterprising Individual award went to Melanie Smith for Story, a design business which creates interactive products and books specialising in storytelling for children. She was awarded a very generous £10,000 business loan plus unlimited business support from the East London Small Business Centre.

Jamie Coe used his own experiences as an art student at UAL to create the ArtSchooled comic and was awarded the Enterprising Project Award. The International winner was Elena Ozherelyeva for IN-SPACES a multifunctional PR, design, sales and communications platform, specialising in interior décor

The Freelancer Award was sponsored by portfolio and job website The Dots and founder Pip Jameson presented illustrator Robbie Porter with his award. Robbie Porter’s illustrations are also currently showing at Creative Outlet at the UAL Showroom.

The New Business Award was given to Emily Bridge and Emma Witter in recognition of their impressive artistic partnership, Beast & Burden , which explores social relationships and visual associations triggered by food.

These were followed by was four awards given from UAL’s individual Colleges. Bronwen Campbell-Golding & Fanny Santini were presented with the CCW award in recognition of their textile company Petite Albion. Central Saint Martins presented industrial designer Sarah Gold with her award. The LCC award was given to Callum Copley for founding the Registration Summer School, an innovative, free design course offered in Deptford, South London. London College of Fashion granted two awards; one to Fashion Textiles graduate Emily Carter and Fashion and the Environment MA student Sara Pignatelli.

The Awards were a dazzling display of fresh talent, and a reminder of the impressive creativity of UAL’s expanding network of students and alumni. Students and alumni, don’t forget to submit your work for consideration next year for a chance to join this remarkable roster.

Words by Anna Kealey | Coordinator, Creative Opportunities.

New out of hours IT Service Desk

University IT Services are pleased to announce that the Service Desk is now able to offer out of hours support.

Starting from 10 December, staff and students with IT problems will be able to phone our usual Service Desk number (0207 514 9898) for help and support between 5pm to 8am weekdays, plus weekends and holiday periods (including Christmas and bank holidays).

Any questions contact Service Desk on

Illegal downloads and copyright infringements

University IT Services have been informed by our network provider of several recent copyright infringements, primarily the downloading of pirated current box-office films.

Please be aware that it is illegal to download pirated films, music or any other copyrighted material from the internet. Staff or students found to be doing this using UAL’s internet connection may face disciplinary action or be suspended from work or study.

More information on UAL policy can be found in our IT terms of use. Please contact IT Service Desk via if you have any questions.

Awarded UAL MPhil Maria Christoforatou exhibits in London

Maria Christoforatou graduated earlier this year from CCW with an MPhil, we caught up with her to talk about her experience at UAL and what she has been doing since.

Why did you choose to study your MPhil at CCW? Was it a good experience?

I chose to study at CCW because I was confident in the high academic standards and knowledgeable and experienced tutors. It was challenging and enriching experience throughout.

What was the transition from MPhil researcher to independent practitioner like?

Since finishing my MPhil course, less than a year ago, I had 3 solo exhibitions and several group shows. I feel well equipped to explore and present my ideas and my work. I am ready to dedicate myself to further developing and expand my artistic vision.

How has the MPhil influenced your work and career?

It gave me a deeper understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of art. Also the extensive study and research opened doors to better appropriating the various aspects of my practice.  Most of all it gave me confidence in expressing my ideas and putting them into work.

Tell us about the work you are including in this solo exhibition; is it different from your MPhil work?

I am expanding the research that I have undertaken and developing new vision and possibilities for my art work.

Maria Christoforatou: Constructing Spaces

28 November – 30 November 2014
The Chocolate Studios, Flat 21, Shepherdess Place 7, London N1 7LJ

The exhibition Constructing Spaces presents new works by London based artist Maria Christoforatou. Christoforatou works across a variety of medium including drawings on paper, installations, sculpture, oil paintings and most recently collage.

Her practice examines the emotional effects of displacement in relation to notions of home as a place of refuge and departure, as well as the ways in which art can expose the effects of forced displacement, making observable such feelings as fear,
pain and loss. It is clear that her own personal experiences from the past, which has seen her lose two homes in fire has had a huge impact on her artistic practice.

Maria Christoforatou Constructing Spaces

Through her research Christoforatou examines critically the relationship between the romanticised notion of home, as a place of safety, security, comfort and belonging, and the emotional and material impact of its loss.

To express this concept, the artist deconstructs architectural and physical elements of a house, that are normally seen but overlooked, such as pipes or scaffoldings, to recreate a variety of pieces. By doing this Christoforatou emphasises that the
concept of a home can be very unstable, precarious and vulnerable reflecting the many changes and insecurities that humans have to face today.

The limited use of colour, the absence of people, the use of subtle lines, juxtaposed with the reproductions of Tudor and Victorian houses, as well as gable houses, are what characterise and distinguish Christoforatou’s work.

About Maria

Maria Christoforatou received her BA (Hons.) in Fine Art from the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA) in Greece and her MA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts London. Recently she graduated from CCW Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London with an MPhil in Fine Art Practice-based research. As part of her research she has been investigating narratives of home and displacement in contemporary art practice.

She recently had a solo exhibition called ‘Dislocated’ at The Gallery @Idea Store Whitechapel, London, UK (2014) and another called, ‘Un-build’, at the Galeria-Atelier Metamorfose, Porto, Portugal (2013). During her career she has taken part in shows in Greece, UK, Italy, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands and USA, and awarded academic scholarships for her work in Greece (Academy of Athens, IKY). She has also been involved in organizing numbers of workshops in London for Tate Galleries, Barbican, Parasol Unit and The National Gallery as well as in Greece and Italy.

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Call for Papers: Writing Histories of the Moving Image

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Call for Papers

‘Writing Histories of the Moving Image’
A Doctoral symposium to be held on Thursday 26 March 2015 at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London) Kings Cross

Deadline for submission of proposals: 19 January 2015

This call for papers invites submissions for the symposium Writing Histories of the Moving Image.

Moving image studies have been readdressing histories of artists’ film and video, expanded cinema, independent, community and activist film/video since the early 2000s. Recent research has often focussed on practices that go beyond earlier accounts that segregated histories of cinema, art and other forms of reception, distribution and engagement.

Moving image studies thus examine a wide range of histories, including those of exhibition contexts (Balsom, 2013; Uroskie, 2014), alternative approaches to television (Connolly, 2014), or documentary art practice (Demos, 2013). Moving image studies also frequently locates overlooked practices excluded from existing narratives, and in doing so casts a new light on the processes of inclusion and exclusion at work within historical accounts.

The discourse of moving image research reveals that its histories are open, and can be understood from a number of differing theoretical and critical perspectives. Scholars from different fields of academia such as Art History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Gender, Media and Film Studies, have contributed diverse theoretical approaches that have helped to broaden, deepen and contest histories of the moving image.

Writing about artists’ and experimental moving image is therefore built on a fragmentary patchwork of discourses, theoretical concerns and methodologies. While the approaches are diverse, these new histories have often set out to re-read canons, create new narratives, and disrupt boundaries between media and forms of film and video making. In light of these developments, this symposium aims to examine how and why academics today are writing historical narratives about moving image practices.

We invite submissions from speakers that explore new approaches to the histories of the moving image. The day-long symposium will consist of two panels and each speaker will present for 20 minutes. There will also be screening sessions, events relating to The British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection (part of the Central Saint Martins Museum) and a screening event co-organised with students undertaking the MRES Moving Image at CSM.

The symposium is organised by Claire Holdsworth and Colin Perry, who are currently undertaking PhDs at CSM. It is being organised with support from CSM Research. As well as encouraging submissions relating to PhD and post-doctoral research, we also welcome proposals from academics and curators with insights and interests relating to writing histories of the moving image.

  • Please send a 300-word abstract proposal, and 3-5 keywords, along with your full name, institutional affiliation and a short biography (ca. 50 words).
  • Proposals should be submitted by email with the subject heading “Proposal: Writing Histories” to:
  • Claire Holdsworth ( by 19 January 2015

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

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Christmas 2014 Pay Day

The December pay day for Christmas 2014 will be Monday 22 December.

Any agreed fee claim forms and any salary changes must be with the HR Officer or HR Consultancy by Thursday 27th November. All other hourly paid contracts, overtime claims and season ticket loan applications must be received by Payroll by Monday 1 December to ensure that they are included in December pay.