Do not FORCE UAL Final Year Students to Complete Design Degree in QUARANTINE

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UAL administration have decided to move forward with online teaching for the following term. This is unacceptable, and realistically not possible since the following term is focused on the material production of final collections and projects. Active engagement with studios and workshop is the only way art and design students can progress to complete their degree. 

Specifically for CSM fashion students, they have been told that their deadline remains the same and is still for May 2020. They must create a 2 look collection and have it presented through a 90 second video, with no opportunity for a degree show. This is unacceptable during the reality of the current COVID-19 outbreak circumstances.

UAL students will not allow the university to force students to continue to work while in quarantine without the specialized resources they have paid the University to use. Students do not agree that they should work 'online' to complete their course with a virtual degree show. This is not what students agreed to when signing their contract and paying for tuition. 

This time should be about focusing on the health and safety of ourselves, families, and community without the anxiety of an inconsiderately enforced deadline. When the time is right and safe, we demand:

-To be welcomed back to complete our final term with the specialized workshops and resources as originally agreed on 

-To have access to a fair degree show and appropriate exposure leading to further opportunities

-To have the appropriate measures in place regarding Tier 4 student visas 

-To have access to a postponed graduation ceremony 

-To give students that may wish to complete their course digitally the choice of doing so by June 2020

This applies to all courses across UAL colleges, namely:

Central Saint Martins

London College of Fashion

London College of Communication

Chelsea College of Arts

Camberwell College of Arts

Wimbledon College of Arts 

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