Progression and careers: advising art and design students

Chelsea College of Art. © Alys Tomlinson.

This course offers essential support and guidance for art teachers and careers advisors, to help them to relay the full range of progression opportunities available to their creative students.

Creative careers are often varied, challenging and hugely rewarding, but harder to explore with students than more linear career options. Through examples, case studies and discussion, you will find out how to give students the information and advice they need to progress to further study, employment or self-employment in the creative industries. You will also receive a resource pack, containing useful reference sheets to use back in the classroom.

Learning outcomes

  • Insight into the broad range of progression and employment opportunities within the creative industries
  • Techniques to help you to effectively support and guide students preparing for progression within education, industry or enterprise
  • Understanding of the critical stages Higher Education progression, including key responsibilities for staff and students
  • Knowledge to help you to advise students on best practices for tailoring UCAS personal statements
  • Methods to help you to effectively critique your students’ portfolios and presentations.

Who should attend?

Ideal for student careers advisors from secondary and FE institutions and those who teach art and design qualifications at levels 1-3 including:

  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • UAL Awarding Body
  • BTEC.

All levels of expertise and specialism are welcome.

About the facilitators

Find out about Vija and Dan, two of our excellent facilitators.

Vija Vilcins

Having previously worked as the course leader of a one-year higher education diploma for 15 years, Vija is now responsible for academic development for both FE and undergraduate levels at London College of Fashion.

Working in both the FE and HE sectors has provided her with a unique insight into the different types of support needed when making progression and careers choices at both levels.

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Dan Fardell

Dan graduated with a BA Hons in Interior Design Environment Architecture and previously worked as a graphic designer for a building services company. He has been in education for the last six-years, teaching Level 3 National Diplomas, FAD and BA Hons Interior Design and Graphic Design courses.

‌Dan has been the design pathway leader at South Essex College for the past three-years, becoming course leader in 2015. In addition to teaching the UAL Awarding Body L4 Diploma in Art & Design – Foundation Studies, Dan is the Manager of Quality and Assessment for South Essex College’s department of Art & Design, and works with local colleges and schools to advise them on progression opportunities and involvement in the arts.

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Wednesday 28 September 20161 day£250London College of Fashion

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