hi~ sorry; no :(
the university of the arts is 6 very separate art colleges, UAL is an umbrealla term- nt a single entity- you mean central st martins?.
reluctance to cough up £9k /3 years, & take a break from your career is understandable, & prudent, bt doing a summer school wont make a difference.
the courses are NOT properly accredited; a btec foundation from smallsville's worth more. the courses are PAY ONLY- little/no skill required for entry, despite high fees. the students are mostly foreign who dont realise this, & want to make friends, have fun. colleges do it for revenue.
the staff generally arent BA course tutours, bt technicans, grads, visiting tutors. it doesnt mean the classes are any less rigerous, or badly taught- but its an example of how its not a *real* course. the summer school staff at my college, from my course, are ones we'd never heard of. im not saying they will all be like this, maybe some ARE taught by course heads- bt most arent.
employers will know its a week long course, w no criteria other thn money as entry. itll make little to no impact. & how much will you learn on a week??
are you thinking of it as an extra certificate, or more education, or both?? anyway, such summer schools are neither, really, given the cost. sorry.
ugh... sorry, i feel like im being horribly discouraging- im not, just saying- spend your money better elsewhere.
hmmmph... have you thought of doing a BA or even MA if you have enough work, PART TIME?? cost's spread, you can continue work! part time courses are supposed to be easier to get into, as there are less applicants per place thn BAs.
even full time, you pay fees LONG AFTER you leave.
really, a degree isnt the deciding factor in getting fash work; your book is. employers wont care too much, tho a top college name on your CV will be more likely to get your work looked at thn a bottom ranked one/no college at all.
BUT~ photographers mainly just send in discs/email links ad hoc; fewer jobs are advertised, theres always a long list of people wanting work, already on any agency's/studio's/magazine's books.
however education is about more than just getting technical instruction. youll learn how to compete with others, see how you rank against them, be challenged, pushed beyond wht you think's your limit.
i work extremely hard & well alone; i thought i couldnt do much more. the first few months of my graphics degree blew my head off. youll be pushed, opened to new experiences & ideas. youll have access to huge libraries, loads of facilities.
best of all, youll have limitless advice on tap. AND the london design & fash scene is SO networky. youll be able to meet not only other photgraphers, bt people in other courses, wholl be contacts post college.
you will just learn stuff youll never think of, looking from the outside in right now. youll have access to 3d, theatre studies, print making, textiles, etc- all kinds of madness to use in sets! (free your inner tim walker!) you can collaborate w ppl from film, graphics, theatre, costume, fash etc.
you'll gain so much beyond what youll learn in class, i honestly think its worth going. ha ha, promise im in no way paid by any college!
its a numbers game in some ways- breaks are abt luck & numbers of contacts- college gives you more contacts- so you have more chance of big break, earlier. you can do it without, bt its harder, longer. youll get more work w more contatcs; i know you have some already- w college, youll get 5347057 more.
making contacts is one of the most useful things will gain frm education. like a bunch of interlinked spider diagrams. people employ mates, & mates' mates, & mates of mates' mates; they rarely advertise. plus youll hear about jobs on the grapevine.
i know its a massive expense, bt its an investment too; you will become a better photographer (no offense!!) bt also get the secret little black book of contacts whichll get you work; help you along. earn you more money, faster.
consider doing straight photg too. its another option as most places would allow specialising in what you want anyway(fash), & there are more general phog than fash-only photog courses. pos even graphics; again w the option to do photog as a main (ask students, the prospectus often doesnt say this is poss). there are always people who excell who dont go to uni- bt its far harder; theyre the minority. its good to do things your own way, but art coll's a help, rather thn a hinderance, to a career.
anyway, im one person. go to a college &speak to 3nd & 3rd yrs, show your work, see theirs. you may discover youre more advanced thn them all anyway! the hardest thing in working alone is not knowing how you fare against peers; imput is always awesome.
oh, & degree shows are the biggest calling card youll ever have. the great and the good come hunting, snap up grads.
central st martins BA graphics. email if you think i can help :D
final tip, stay clear of LCC, LCF and london met- they are all dismal. i did foundation at LCC, hated it, friends who stayed are luke warm at best. lcc sucks, met is dreadful (friend there loathed it). bucks, brighton, bournemouth, kingston, middlesex all good, as well as csm, camberwell in london.
had a quick look round TSR for summer school threads, bt didnt find any- bt DID find this http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthre...
have a full look or post- its an excellent site!