University of the Arts London believes that widening participation to art and design higher education is essential to nurturing the artists and designers of the future.
We work with students in partner schools and further education colleges in Greater London, whose parent(s) or guardian(s) have not completed a university degree.
We call our family of programmes and projects 'UAL Insights'.
We design innovative learning programmes for 2 age groups: ‘pre-16’ and ‘post-16’. This means we can support students as they progress through different stages of their educational journey.
Our partnerships with schools and colleges are vital. By working together we can encourage young people to explore the range of study and career paths open to them.
Collaborations with cultural organisations and initiatives such as Autograph ABP, Cubitt Education, Camden Arts Centre, ICA and the National Arts and Design Saturday Club help us to bring together a diverse range of creative expertise and resources for our programmes and projects.
All our projects start with a creative brief and access to subject area experts- UAL tutors and students (Outreach Ambassadors). They provide a space to experiment with different disciplines, techniques and processes. This enables students to discover what kind of art or design practice could suit their creative abilities and interests.
At 'pre-16' level we introduce students to a range of possible 'creative futures' through masterclasses, visits and presentations. From year 9 and 10 onwards, longer, more intense projects help pupils and students to recognise their own creative potential and prepare for the transition between different levels of creative education.
Our core ‘post-16’ programme runs across students’ 1st and 2nd year of Level 3 or A/AS Level study. Spring Schools encourage students to explore a range of disciplines before specialising in a particular subject area in our Summer Schools. During our Autumn/Winter Schools activities switch to developing portfolios and preparing for interviews in order to support students' progression to university courses.
Each year universities are asked to put together a document outlining their commitment to widening participation and fair access to Higher Education.
Browse UAL's recent documents approved by the Office of Fair Access (OFFA):
Working together across UAL
Our Outreach team is based at sites across UAL’s 6 Colleges.