1. Build amazing networks
Life as a postgraduate student is about so much more than work and study. At UAL, you’re constantly surrounded by industry experts, tutors who are leaders in their fields, and a wealth of other creatives.
For Zula, who studied MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, this helped to inspire her and spark new ideas. “An aspect of my degree that I really appreciated was that most UAL staff have their own creative practice. Whatever you are doing, you are constantly surrounded by like-minded people, which is a perfect environment to bounce ideas around and develop.”
She also advises anyone thinking about postgraduate study to really do their research. “Find out what kind of art practice your tutors have, and where their specific interests lie. This really helped me make the decision to study at UAL.”
Rochelle, who’s currently studying on a part-time, distance learning MA in Arts and Cultural Enterprise, has found the links to industry that her course provides invaluable. “The highlight for me has been feeling like you are part of the future of the cultural and creative industries.” But it’s also about the communities you find yourself in and the friends you make. “As a distance learner, it’s great to have some days where you can come into university to immerse yourself in the experience and spend time with your colleagues. It's a nice way to feel connected to this side of your life!”