Our Students and Alumni
UAL prepares students to enter the creative economy and rise to the top in their chosen discipline. Longitudinal research into our graduates conducted by the Institute of Employment Studies shows that over 90 per cent of our graduates are engaged in creative work activities, of which 87 per cent are in the creative industries. Our alumni achieve early recognition and become the most influential names in arts, design, fashion, communication and performance.
Thirty-seven of the 80 Royal Academicians are UAL alumni; a further 17 are serving or former staff . Our alumni are heavily represented in the most prestigious art and design awards and include multiple winners of the BP Portrait Award; Jerwood Prize; Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize; Minerva Medal; BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Oscars. UAL alumni have won the Turner Prize 15 times in the 30 years since its inception, featuring in 23 shortlists and accounting for over half of all nominees.
UAL alumni make up over half the recipients of British Designer of the Year and typically over half of the fashion designers showing at London Fashion Week. Seven have won the Prince Philip Designers Prize. Ten are current Royal Designers for Industry for product or industrial design.
The strength and depth of our alumni is too extensive to list fully. A snapshot of household names includes Sir Terence Conran; Dylan Jones; Sir James Dyson; Katharine Hamnett; Stella McCartney; Alexander McQueen; Sir Peter Blake; Sir Anthony Caro; Gilbert and George; Pierce Brosnan; Sir John Hurt; Mike Leigh; Jimmy Choo; Sir Anish Kapoor; Quentin Blake; Raymond Briggs; and Charles Saatchi. In other fields, we have Bill Moggridge, developer of the laptop computer; and Sarah Greenwood, four times Oscar nominee for art direction.