A double portrait using magazines and thread
Student work from the 'Double Portraits' project, UAL East National Arts and Design Saturday Club, 2016, photo by Sarah Sparks

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'.

Our approach

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.  

UAL Insights

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.

Access Agreements

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):

Access Agreement 2018-19 (PDF)
Access Agreement 2017-18 (PDF)
Access Agreement 2016-17 (PDF)
Access Agreement 2015-16 (PDF)
Access Agreement 2014-15 (PDF)
Access Agreement 2013-14 (PDF)

Access Agreement 2016-17 (PDF)
Access Agreement 2013-14 (PDF)
Access Agreement 2015-16 (PDF)

Working together across UAL

Our Outreach team is based at sites across UAL’s 6 Colleges. 

  • Image of student and their work from the UAL Insights Summer School, Wimbledon
    Final designs from the UAL Insights Summer School in Theatre and Screen at Wimbledon College of Arts, 2016

    Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon

    Find our more about our Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon team based at Chelsea College of Arts.

  • Students showing their finished artwork Institute of Anything collaboration
    Collaborative artwork from CSM's partnership with the Institute of Anything, Cubitt Education, 2016, photo by Institute of Anything

    Central Saint Martins

    Our team at Central Saint Martins (CSM) is based at our King's Cross site. Find out more about their work.

  • Image of Marielle Mata's work for the Album project
    ’Strange Fruit’- final photographic work, Album 2016, photo by Marielle Mata

    London College of Communication

    Find out more about our team at London College of Communication (LCC), based at our Elephant & Castle site.

  • Photoshoot image from the Fashion Styling, Make-up and Photography Summer School
    Final photoshoot image from the UAL Insights Summer School in Fashion Styling, Make-up and Photography, 2016, photo by Simona, Chloe, Yasmine, Gemma, Brianna, Jadar & Blaise

    London College of Fashion

    Our team at London College of Fashion (LCF) is based at our Mare St site. Find out more about their work.