Enterprise & Research Resources
There are a number of advisory organisations, enterprise centres and agencies to assist researchers in resource, intellectual property and career advice.
Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network
The University of the Arts is the lead partner in hosting the national Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network. The Creative Industries KTN stimulates and encourages innovation in the creative industries. CIKTN engages with all sectors across the creative industries to ensure a landscape perspective of communities and their potential for innovation. It organises Creative Industries-KTN-led events showcasing the best of technology and innovation in the sector, as well as supporting other creative industries events.
Artquest launched in 2001, is hosted by University of the Arts London and is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.
Artquest provides Information and advice for artists; helping artists to make work, sell work, find work and network. Artquest provides the information to drive creative practice and help artists thrive on some of the lowest incomes in the creative sector. Run by artists, for artists, Artquest builds a bridge from student experience to sustainable working life, and throughout an artist’s professional career.
Own It is a partnership between Creative London and London College of Communication, University of The Arts London. It is a free intellectual property advice centre, providing free legal contract templates available for download, free legal advice and seminars to enable creative people to make the most of their ideas.
The Design Laboratory
The Design Laboratory is a design studio, based at Central Saint Martins, UAL, that delivers media, graphics, fashion and product consultancy for a wide range of international clients, employing the best emerging talents in design, communication, fashion and film from the University of the Arts London, overseen by experienced creative managers.
Method Design Lab
MDL is a partnership between Method, a world-class innovation and design consultancy based in San Francisco, and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
The next frontier of innovation is not solely about technology. Rather, it is about user experience and design—why and how customers interact with, and develop attachments to, products and services. Method Design Lab is the first accelerator to leverage this new frontier by taking a design-centric, user experience driven approach to innovation.
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The DigiLab works across design and media disciplines at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. The DigiLab is an interdisciplinary laboratory working with a range of partners in education, industry and government; large technology providers as well as museums and cultural institutions.
The aim is to generate collaborations, continual professional development workshops, as well as contract research and consultancy that is practice-based, practice-led and/or applied in its methods. The DigiLab is not driven by the premise of a technology push but driven by a social understanding of current convergence issues across specialisms and technologies.
The Designer-Manufacturer Innovation Support Centre (DISC) is based at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Their specialist experience covers the manufacturing industry incorporating factory production, global sourcing, jewellery production and sustainable manufacturing. DISC offers free support in three ways:
- Online resources offering toolkits, market intelligence reports, case studies, news and other useful information for both designers businesses and manufacturing businesses.
- A series of workshops, seminars and demonstrations promotes innovative ideas, solutions and techniques to both designers and manufacturers.
- The DISC Experts offers businesses unique one-to-one advice and support in all areas of fashion production.
Centre for Fashion Enterprise
The Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE), based at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London is London’s pioneering Fashion Business Incubator. Partners include The British Fashion Council, Olswang, the European Union, UK Trade & Investment, ukft, Charles Russell, F2iT, Nordens, On|Off.
London is home to some of the fashion industry’s brightest design talent. To ensure a brand’s survival and success though takes more than raw talent. It is crucial in today’s market for small businesses to understand their USP and vision, to be better informed and follow a considered development strategy. CFE facilitates this, unlocking creativity and business potential, allowing designers to gain an international foothold.
Working with the next generation of iconic design innovators, CFE fast tracks designers into businesses. Successes include Erdem, Richard Nicoll,Peter Pilotto, Meadham Kirchhoff and Mary Katrantzou.
By way of its four-level programme offering, CFE provides expert guidance in the fields of finance, legal, manufacturing and marketing. From strategic advice on progressive business solutions to bespoke mentoring from industry leaders and key influencers. CFE provides the tools to boost brand confidence – for designers, manufacturers and buyers, to ultimately reach economic sustainability.
Fashion Business Resource Centre
Fashion Business Resource Studio is as a single point of contact sharing the creative, business and technical expertise of London College of Fashion with the fashion and lifestyle industries in order to generate a mutually supportive culture dedicated to improving the integration of emerging talent, technical expertise, new knowledge and entrepreneurial advice into industry. It offers consultancy to industry;
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships; tailor-made training & up-skilling; Creative insights; and Networks. The FashionAim initiative by FBRC seeks to support graduates from London College of Fashion in making the transition from creative graduate to innovative employee and provides a network to harness and present skills to industry contexts. These include an Employability Toolkit through an online guide providing students and alumni access to employability advice and support; application guidance including CV tips and advice; job search and proactive ways to approach companies; best practice with portfolio and presentation; guidance on project management, networking and entrepreneurial schemes; and international graduate schemes.