Students benefit from working alongside artists as positive career role models, allowing them to build a professional network before graduating. Students can usually apply for an AA2A placement a year after graduating. Find out more here

"Working with AA2A in my first semester has honestly been a privilege. The time I've been able to spend working alongside our hosted artists has already been so crucial to my own practice and development, from the potential for networking, to second opinions on practice and process."

Jack Drummond   Lougborough Univeristy

Information on self-employment

Our 'Making it out there' employability resources give students the confidence to go self-employed, helping bridge the gap between studying and building a creative career. These include

“Brilliant, clear, simple, with all the scary bits explained”

“Very informative! Should be compulsory on all BA Art courses”

Quotes from students

AA2A Student Reps

Universities usually have two or three Student Reps. It's a great opportunity for them to build their professional networks and create a web profile before graduating

  • An AA2A profile allows Student Reps to document their work on a professional website, uploading images, blogs and exhibitions
  • AA2A run prize competitions for Student Reps that help increase their engagement with the resident creatives

What's expected of AA2A Student Reps

  • Create a profile, upload images of work in progress and blog about the scheme from a student perspective
  • Talk to fellow students about AA2A, particularly its artists and employability resources

If you're a student interested in this role please contact Mags at or speak to the AA2A Coordinator or Administrator at your university

AA2A Student Rep highlights

Previous AA2A Student Reps from Coventry University and York St John University organised studio visits for themselves and their peers. Read about some of these from the perspective of artists Susan Gough, and Chris Dugrenier and Adrian Baynes.

Here are some great examples of professional profiles by previous Student Reps