University of the Arts London’s (UAL) Partnerships Team is looking for three designs, by three UAL alumni or students graduating this summer, to be featured on a variety of UAL Alumni Association branded merchandise. The final three selected artists will receive £250 worth of Amazon vouchers and their profiles featured across UAL’s blog, website, social media and internal/external email newsletters.
The UAL Alumni Association: The World’s Largest Creative Network
The UAL Alumni Association is a dynamic, international, creative network of over 200,000 graduates. When you graduate from one of UAL’s six Colleges, you automatically become a member. After graduation, the UAL Alumni Association provides you with invaluable support and helps keep you connected to each other and your college. The merchandise produced to promote the UAL Alumni Association is given away, free of charge, to graduates and students at world-wide events, UAL graduation ceremonies and across our campuses.
We are looking for creative, contemporary, simple designs that celebrate the spirit of UAL and the impressiveness of our global community. Designs can be colour or black & white and include any medium (such as illustration, graphics, drawing, painting…) the artist deems appropriate, but will need to be submitted digitally. Your design will be printed on a variety of materials such as cotton tote bags, plastic travel card holders and paper sketch pads.
We would like your designs to reflect your time at UAL. For example, what are your fond memories from your time with us? What has UAL meant to you?
Submissions are welcome from all UAL graduates from a foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate course.
The final three designs will be chosen by a selection panel and judged on their originality, creativity, public appeal and adaptability. Entrants are welcome to submit up to three designs, however, only one per artist will make the final selection.
All submissions should be made via the dedicated competition form. For entries to be processed you will be asked for your full name, course, college and a short statement
explaining your design and how it fits the brief. You will then have the opportunity to submit three jpeg images of your designs. (Higher resolutions maybe required for final production.)
The three selected artists will receive the following
- £250 of vouchers to spend on Amazon
- Be featured in an article along with the other two artists highlighting your work and telling your story. There will also be links to your website and social media pages. This article will be posted on UAL’s news blog, featured on the UAL Alumni Association homepage and in the monthly UAL Alumni Bulletin (sent to approx. 87,000 graduates world-wide).
- The designs and relevant contact information/website/ social media will be shared across UAL Alumni Association social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and across other UAL channels. It will also be feature on the UAL Alumni Association homepage.
UAL will own the intellectual property (IP) of the final winning designs. IP for all submitted but not selected designs will remain with the artist.
2 June 2017
For additional information, please contact
UAL Alumni Relations
Amira Baraka graduated from MA Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea College of Arts in 2016. Since then, she has moved to Egypt, and recently decided to set up an Alumni Group there.
We caught up with Amira to find out more about what she has been doing since graduating, and her future hopes for this newly established group.
What made you decide to come to London and study at UAL?
London is a fascinating city for me for its history and for being a leader in modern art. When I was thinking about pursuing a masters degree abroad, I was looking for a school known for creativity and experimentation where I could practice my ideas. That’s why I chose UAL. Also, I wanted to stay in a city where I could explore creative practices inside the university and outside of it. I loved visiting art galleries and exploring works by established and emerging artists and designers.
What did you study? And did you enjoy your time at UAL?
I studied an MA in Interior and Spatial Design in Chelsea College of Arts. I enjoyed the whole experience of the course, and I learned a lot from my course leader and tutors as well as my friends. Chelsea College was a fine place – I enjoyed being there very much, and I found it was an inspiration for me.
What have you been doing since you graduated?
I’m currently practicing as an Interior Designer in one of the leading consulting offices in Cairo. However, I haven’t settled yet. I’m planning to do a Ph.D. and to pursue a career in academia and research. After the exposure I have had to different kinds of arts and design during my stay in London, I’m currently in the phase of rearranging my thoughts before carrying on with a Ph.D.
What made you want to set up an alumni group in Egypt? And what do you hope to achieve from it?
I wanted to get in touch with alumni in my city however, I was surprised and curious when I found out that there wasn’t an alumni group in Egypt. So, I decided to be the one to take the step and connect UAL alumni. I believe the group could help establish a local network for creative activities, so that alumni can catch up and see what we’ve been doing since graduation. I hope this group can bring us all together so that we can explore our common interests in Arts and Design.
If you want to be a part of the new alumni group in Egypt, please visit the Facebook page
Oliver Pearce graduated from MA Publishing at LCC in 2008. He has since gone on to become Global Marketing Director at ReneSola Ltd., a leading developer of green energy projects and supplier of energy-efficient technology products, in Shanghai.
Oliver started his career as an editor at Noozz Media Group, an online Middle East-focused business information service, before moving to his wife Jiang’s hometown of Shanghai in 2009 to work as a copy-editor for the magazine Business Forum China. He then went on to work for various publications such as the 21st Century Business Herald, Interfax and the China Economic Review, before joining ReneSola originally as a Senior Marketing Content Manager in 2014.
In 2012, Oliver contacted UAL keen to find out ways of bringing graduates in Shanghai together. With no group set up, Oliver began work building a supportive, inclusive and fun community in the city, inlisting the help of others to then form a committee to help manage activities. In 2014 the Shanghai Alumni Association was officially launched with Oliver as President. Oliver and his fellow committee members not only work to support Shanghai based alumni, but those across all of China by collaborating with other local groups.
Madeleine Goubau graduated from MA Fashion Journalism at London College of Fashion in 2012. Since then, she has gone on to become a fashion journalist in Montreal, Canada. She works for Radio-Canada/CBC as a fashion commentator, as well as teaching Fashion and Communication at the École supérieure de la mode in Montréal.
Madeleine has spent the last two years working on a book project about the most famous fashion designer in Montreal, Marie Saint Pierre.
What was the most important thing you were taught while studying at UAL?
To make contacts and to collaborate. As an MA Fashion Journalism student I was encouraged by my professors to meet with photographers, stylists, hair and make-up artists, graphic designers, models and to build projects with them. We wanted our schoolwork to look 100 % professional. Not only did I enhance my portfolio and learn a lot about project management, but I also made friends all over the world that I am still in contact with.
In addition to networking with other creative students, LCF gave me the opportunity to meet with key actors from the fashion industry. Our professor, Andrew Tucker, would always invite amazing guest speakers to our class. I remember meeting with Penny Martin from The Gentlewoman. She is such an inspiration!
Can you talk us through your journey from graduation to where you are now?
After graduation, I went back to my old job as a TV reporter for the 6 o’clock broadcast news at CBC/Radio-Canada (the Canadian equivalent of BBC). I was covering everything, from national elections, to car crashes. But I really wanted to bring fashion journalism to the newsroom. Since fashion was not a priority for my employer, I had to take baby steps. I started with a weekly collaboration on the radio for a regional station in the small city of Trois-Rivières. It was supposed to last one summer, and I ended up doing it for three years. Nine other regional stations invited me on to their morning shows.
In 2015, I moved to Montreal to start a Ph.D. in fashion and communication. I also decided to quit my full time job at CBC/Radio-Canada to become a freelancer. I wanted to be able to focus only on fashion journalism. I got two main contracts with a national TV show called “Par ici l’été” and a national radio show called “Les éclaireurs”, both as a fashion commentator. I also started to produce branded content for various Canadian fashion houses.
At the moment, my career is a mix of many things! Since January, I have also been teaching fashion and communication to 130 undergraduate students at the École supérieure de la mode in Montreal.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
On the 11th of April, I launch my first book. It is called “Maison Marie Saint Pierre – en 30 tableaux”. It is the true story of one of the most famous Canadian fashion designers and it is beautifully illustrated by the photographer Dominique Malaterre. I have been working on that project for two years and I am very proud of the result. Writing that book put me in touch with so many talented and inspiring people. Once again, it’s all about contacts and collaboration.
What advice would you give to current UAL students who want to be successful Fashion Journalists like you?
I would tell them to find the right balance between boldness and realism. To be successful, you have to think big and dare to bring your ideas to the right people. But you also have to support your dreams while they are taking place. If you want to work on a book project for two years, make sure you have another job on the side that will help you pay the bills. It doesn’t have to be boring! I believe we learn from every experience we undertake. Someone told me once to keep in mind that a 10-year experience takes no less then 10 ten years to acquire. Instant success doesn’t exist.
Also, don’t hesitate to do exciting and interesting things for free. It will pay one day.
What do you think are the differences between the fashion scenes in Canada and in London?
It is so different I don’t even know where to start! I think Canada has a huge potential in terms of fashion, but not in the same way London, Paris, Milan and New York do. Here, it’s all about mixing aesthetic with performance. We want to look amazing even when it is -30 degrees outside. We want to have style even in snowstorms, and we are very good at it! I think there is a reason why the athleisure trend was born in Canada with Lulu Lemon. It’s precisely because it is not a trend for us. It is who we are. Even when we wear a ball gown we want to feel comfortable in it. Canadian fashion is fashion without compromise.
What are your plans for the future?
At the moment, my project number 1 is my Ph.D. I’m interested in soft power and public diplomacy through dress and fashion. In a perfect world I would like to become a university professor in a fashion or communication school one day. I also want to keep working in the media and keep informing people about the fashion industry. Lately I have submitted a proposal of a documentary series to a producer. I keep my fingers crossed!
Featured image: Courtesy of Christine Kreiselmaier
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