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Posted 25.03.15

Students get industry focused in our I’m A Creative Week

By Sarah Packer

Five days, 23 speakers and 500+ students went through the studio theatre during our enterprising I’m A Creative Week.

The week long event in February gave our staff, students and graduates the opportunity to attend talks, portfolio reviews and workshops from industry experts King Rollo Films, Pete Mosley, The Design Trust and Richie Manu, to name a few.

"The students were excellent," says Jonathan Lee, Director of Echo Six, London Content Agency.

Run by Enterprise, Employability and Entrepreneurship (3E’s) lecturer Karin Jordan, the sessions included expert advice on how to protect your creative ideas, how to stand out from a crowd and market yourself in a competitive environment, how to seek crowd-funding for creative projects and more.

Alumni Ed Bartlett talks to our BA (Hons) Game Arts students about the games industry.

"I have seen a very positive impact of your 3Es teaching in the last year - the students came better prepared and with very interesting IP questions,” commented David Thompson, IP Lawyer, Michelmores.

Business Editor for Craft and Design magazine, Pete Mosley kicked off the week with a talk about how creative people can stay motivated and still live their dream, with advice such as,

“Relationships sustain you in business, so when you go to a trade show don’t just think about making your money back on the price of the stand, make friends, talk to people and forget about the money a bit.

Richie Manu holding portfolio reviews for our fashion students.

“Because in those moments you can make relationships with people who will be repeat customers, collaborators and investors.”

Pete also discussed his various roles as a writer on both the Creative Choices website and also for the Cape Design Institute, as well as his books: Make Your Creativity Pay and The Art of Shouting Quietly.

"I was both pleased and surprised at how many students here already have websites and online portfolios - about 50% more than other HEIs I've visited to give lectures," commented Pete Mosley, Business Editor Craft and Design Magazine.

Neil Fitzgibbon from King Rollo Films talks to students about their work.

Alumni Ed Bartlett, independent art curator/collector and founder of The Future Tense talked to our BA (Hons) Game Arts students about the gestation of the video game industry over the last 15 to 20 years, potential career paths, and current and future challenges and opportunities.

The BA (Hons) Animation students were given the chance to have portfolio reviews by BAFTA-winning King Rollo Films as part of the creative industry focused week, with Neil Fitzgibbon, the animation director at King Rollo Films, describing the facilities here as “inspirational to working”.

“It was a very inspiring talk, its good to hear from those in the industry and hear how to keep things moving and working. It all helps towards developing our professional practice,” says Billy Coles, 3rd year BA (Hons) Animation student.

Julie McCalden, from the a-n artists information company says, "The college feels like a proper arts school vibe and it's clear that art and design are prioritised here from the displays around the college and the enthusiasm of staff and students."  

With workshops, talks and portfolio reviews available for free to students and staff – with something for everyone – it’s no wonder it was packed out throughout the week.

Photographs by BA (Hons) Photography graduate Andy Ford.